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Digital Nomad Visa For Portugal

Portugal Quick Facts

On the Atlantic side of the Iberian peninsula, Portugal offers a long history and modern amenities that attract both tourists and professionals who are looking for a European lifestyle, and low cost of living.

Capital Lisbon
Form of Government Unitary semi-presidential
Population Around 10 million
Climate Mediterranean climate
Language Portuguese
Currency Euro - Need Help Converting?
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Portugal has a great climate, interesting food, and wonderful natural beauty to offer remote workers and location-independent professionals.

Compared to many other European nations, Portugal has a small population. This is a result of a move to migrate out of the country, as its Economy hasn’t been vibrant for a long time. For digital nomads, this is a great opportunity, as there is loads of housing, as well as an established infrastructure to use.

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The internet in major Portuguese cities like Lisbon and Porto is good, so making a connection with the global market is easy in Portugal.

The nation has some of the best weather in the EU, with southern regions boasting world-class beaches and a climate that never gets cold (at least compared to the Northern EU). Portugal also has programs for remote workers, and you can gain residency in Portugal without too much trouble.

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Portugal Remote Work Visa Overview

Portugal has created a number of programs to attract both investment and new residents, and digital nomads have a few options if they want to live and work in the nation.

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While there is no specific program that has been designed for digital nomads in Portugal, the D7 visa or the entrepreneur visa are probably going to be a good fit for anyone who has a location independent income – and wants to live in Portugal on a medium to long-term basis.

There is no minimum amount of time that you are required to stay once you have obtained a D7 or entrepreneur visa in Portugal, however, this program really is meant for people who want to live in the country for a year or more.

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You will be able to open a bank account, rent property, and many other things once you have either of these visas. The income requirements for this visa are low compared to other EU nations, although you will likely need to have a local immigration lawyer guide you through the process.

As an added perk, the Portuguese D7 and entrepreneur visas will also give you visa-free access to the rest of the Schengen area, which is great for digital nomads who want to explore the continent while they maintain a residence in Portugal.

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Who Can Apply for the
Digital Nomad Visa for Portugal

As part of the EU and the Schengen Zone, a long term stay in Portugal is accessible for any person that has residency in the Schengen area.

If you are planning to live in Portugal, be sure to check into the local tax laws, to be sure that you are complying with the nation’s regulations – even if you don’t need a visa to live there.

For anyone who only has access to a Schengen tourist visa may, more work will be needed. Remote workers who want to stay longer 90 days in Portugal will need another option, and there are a few good ways to establish yourself in Portugal.

For remote workers who want to stay in Portugal long-term, you can consider the following visa options:

D7 Visa

To attract digital nomads to the country, Portuguese government offers a special type of visa, called the Portugal Passive Income Visa or D7 Visa. The D7 Visa is applicable for foreign nationals wishing to reside in Portugal as remote workers living on their own income (real estate, intellectual property or financial investment) which is sourced from outside of Portugal.

The visa is valid for 2 entries and allows the holder to stay in Portugal for an initial period of 4 months (if they don’t qualify for a regular tourist visa).

The D7 visa also allows the holder to obtain a residence permit in Portugal for a period of 2 years, which can then be renewed for 3 consecutive years and can be converted to a permanent residence permit after 5 years.

You will need to make at least €7.200 per year to qualify for this program. If you have a spouse, you will need to make an additional €3.600 as a couple, and for children, Portugal requires that you make an €2.160 for each child.

These are income requirements, not fees, so you would only be required to pay taxes on this income at a reduced rate once you have a D7 visa in Portugal.

Sole Proprietary Visa/Liberal or Entrepreneurial Profession Visa

Besides the D7 Visa, the Portuguese government also offers a sole proprietorship visa for entrepreneurs and self-employed people that want to invest and immigrate to Portugal, provided that these businesses carry out investment activities, or demonstrate a stable financial income in the country.

In general, this is going to be a more expensive route, and will require a digital nomad to actively participate in the Portuguese economy. While this could make sense for a startup, the D7 visa is likely going to be a better fit for the digital nomad business model.

If you have questions about which type of visa and residency permit would make sense for your business, it would be a good idea to talk to an immigration professional in Portugal about all your options.

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How To Apply For the
Digital Nomad Visa For Portugal

Requirements for Applying


When applying for a visa to Portugal, applicants need to ensure the following basic documents:

2 standard photos, no glasses (unless you have eye problems), no scarf (except for religious reasons)

Original passport, valid for more than 6 months from time of application

Family registration if married or with children

Notarized identity card copy on both sides

Confirmation of family marital status

Criminal history record checks

Proof of current work

Proof of health insurance

Proof of financial status covers from personal savings, bank account records or real estate documents and stocks. If the applicant is a business owner or self-employed, business registration certificate of the company and tax payment report are mandatory.

For D7 Visa, applicants need to have a proof of a regular source of passive income which is above the legal minimum income level in Portugal.

A confirmed round trip flight to Portugal, and a hotel reservation

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How much does it cost?

The processing cost varies depending on the type of visa you apply to obtain.

If you opt for the D7 Visa, the government fee will fall around €400 for each application. In terms of extras, there will be some fees associated with gathering all the documents, and perhaps paying for an immigration lawyer to facilitate the process.

In addition to the costs for the application and to gather all the necessary documentation, both of these programs have tax liabilities attached to them.

If you need to know more about how the Portuguese government incentivizes relocation via tax breaks, it would be a very good idea to talk to an immigration lawyer in Portugal.

Depending on where you are a citizen, and the nature of your business, a move to Portugal could save you money of taxes, and grant you visa-free access to the rest of the EU.

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Timeline for Applying

When applying for a visa to Portugal, applicants need to pay attention to the timeline and additional issues to make the visa application process easier and more successful. All required documents must be available and prepared in Portuguese or English.


When applying for a visa to Portugal, applicants need to pay attention to the timeline and additional issues to make the visa application process easier and more successful. All required documents must be available and prepared in Portuguese or English.

It would be a good idea to consult with a Portuguese immigration professional, and save both time and money in the long run.

The process will include the following steps:

  1. Select the type of visa you want to apply for (D7 Visa or Sole Entrepreneur Visa). For the D7 Visa, you need to set up a bank account, prepare accommodation (house purchase or rental) in Portugal and all secure required documents.
  2. Complete visa application form at your home country
  3. Arrange an appointment with Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF)
  4. Submit all the required documentations and additional papers
  5. When you arrive in Portugal, you also need to apply for the Portuguese social insurance and tax code. You can do this through the Portuguese Social Security Administration. This certificate of registration is generally required when applying for a Portuguese residence permit.

The Portuguese visa will be valid for as long as you are working in Portugal or long enough to apply for a resident visa in Portugal. The total processing time of the forms can range from two weeks to two to three months.

To avoid the unexpected errors, we recommend you should have all documentation in place at least 2 to 3 months prior to visa application date. Visa application should be submitted at least 3 months before your intended date of arrival in Portugal.

You can apply as early as 90 days in advance and no later than 15 days from the departure date.

The average visa processing time is about 15 days. However, during the high season the process may take longer. If after 15 days there are still no results, you can contact the consulate to discuss the matter.

It is important to note that late submission can likely lead to visa rejection as the issue is out of the time control of the consulate.

Applicants can rely on visa counseling agencies that specialize in performing visa service to Portugal to complete the procedure completely and quickly. These agencies will also give you professional advice and assistance in the process of obtaining a visa to live and work in Portugal.

While the process to obtain a long-stay visa in Portugal isn’t going to be as simple as some other nations that have custom tailored programs for digital nomads, the Portuguese visa options are very compelling for anyone who wants to live and work in Portugal on a medium-term basis, or move there permanently.

Portugal has wonderful lifestyle options to offer digital nomads from around the world, and a great location inside of the EU.

Boa viagem!

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Requirements for Applying
2 standard photos, no glasses (unless you have eye problems), no scarf (except for religious reasons)
Original passport, valid for more than 6 months from time of application
Family registration if married or with children
Notarized identity card copy on both sides
Confirmation of family marital status
Criminal history record checks
Proof of current work
Proof of health insurance
Proof of financial status covers from personal savings, bank account records or real estate documents and stocks. If the applicant is a business owner or self-employed, business registration certificate of the company and tax payment report are mandatory.
For D7 Visa, applicants need to have a proof of a regular source of passive income which is above the legal minimum income level in Portugal.
A confirmed round trip flight to Portugal, and a hotel reservation
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