Portugal’s Digital Nomad Visa: Updated for 2024

Are you a freelancer, digital nomad, or remote worker in search of your next adventure? How about a new life in Portugal, with the opportunity to apply for Portuguese citizenship after less than five years?

If you earn more than €3,280 per month on average, either through a remote job or freelancing, you may be able to take advantage of Portugal’s D8 visa (or digital nomad visa as it’s often called).

Overview of Portugal’s Digital Nomad Visa

The Digital Nomad Visa allows non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens to live and work remotely in Portugal. Applicants must demonstrate an income of at least four times the Portuguese minimum wage (approximately €3,040 per month as of 2024). 

This visa doesn’t just allow you to spend more time in Portugal, but offers all the benefits that come with having residency in Portugal. These benefits include:

  • Ease of travel within Europe: Getting to live in Portugal and travel throughout the Schengen Area without being confined to the 90/180 days Schengen Visa rule.
  • Public healthcare: Having access to the Portuguese tax-funded public healthcare service (and potentially more affordable private health insurance, should you wish to opt for this).
  • Pathway to citizenship: After five years of residency, you will be able to apply for Portuguese citizenship, which means getting your hands on the very coveted EU passport. That passport will then allow you to live, work, and retire throughout the EU—not just Portugal.

Although often referred to as the digital nomad visa, this is just a nickname and the D8 isn’t limited to those that work in tech. If you work for a foreign company or have foreign clients, you could qualify. It’s open to anyone who actively earns an income that comes from outside Portugal.

The D8 is both a “temporary stay” and “residence visa” for digital nomads: one allows you to stay for up to a year and the other is a long-term stay visa. Most nomads opt for the long-term stay visa.

  • The renewable residence visa (most popular): This option is valid for 24 months initially and then renewable for 36, totalling five years. After 5 years, you will also be able to apply for Portuguese citizenship.
  • The temporary stay option: This option allows you to live in Portugal for up to 1 year. It’s ideal for those that want to stay for less than 12 months but more than the typical 90 days allowed by the Schengen Visa.
Temporary StayResidence Visa
Duration12 Months24 Months
RenewableYesYes (for 36 months)
AccommodationMin 4 month leaseMin 12 month lease
Minimum Salary€3,280 p/m*€3,280 p/m*
Portugal Bank Account RequiredSome ConsulatesYes (not required at all consulates)
Police ClearanceYesYes
Family ReunificationNoYes

Requirements

The main requirements for the D8 are:

  • Age: Applicants must be over 18 years old.
  • Monthly Income: Earn more than €3,280 (net) per month on average for an individual (this is equivalent to four times the Portuguese minimum wage).
  • Criminal Record: Have a clean criminal record (crimes with less than one year of prison time can be overlooked).
  • Portuguese NIF Number: A nine-digit Portuguese tax number.
  • Portuguese bank account (not required by all consulates): A Portuguese bank account. This should be funded with one year’s savings.
  • Proof of address in Portugal: Normally that’s a registered rental contract (typically one-year, but sometimes six months), deeds to a property, or a letter of invitation from a Portuguese resident. For the short-term stay option, you only need to provide a 4-month lease.
  • Insurance: You will need qualifying travel insurance for your initial four-month stay in Portugal (while you wait for your AIMA appointment) and then health insurance when you attend your interview with AIMA.

The following are examples of some companies that can obtain you a NIF number & Portuguese bank account.

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As well as the above, you will also typically need:

  1. Motivation Letter: A letter explaining why you want to move to Portugal.
  2. Flight Itinerary: Some consulates require a ticket, and some just the itinerary.
  3. Signed Portugal Release to check Portuguese Criminal System: This is a document (found here) which allows the Portuguese government to run a background check in Portugal. 

What about couples & families?

This amount is for an individual. But what if you are a couple or have children?

According to Sandra Gomes Pinto [source], “there is no specific regime for the digital nomad visa in terms of family reunification. So it should follow the general rules, and the general rules are that you have to show +50% of your income for your spouse and +30% for each child.”

However, Sandra notes that this is unfair on those applying via the digital nomad visa versus others like the D7 as those applying for the D8 already need to show four times the Portuguese minimum wage.

The €3,280 in itself is enough to support a spouse and around eight children. Sandra says some authorities may interpret this in a different way, allowing couples and families to apply with less income, but there is no legal reason to think they should do so.

Process

The process from initial application to applying for citizenship.

StepExplanation
ApplicationApply for the D8 visa
VisaFollowing a successful interview with your consulate, receive a residence visa which allows you to move to Portugal and stay there for 120 days.
PermitDuring that four-month period, attend an interview with AIMA. Shortly after, you will receive your residence permit (valid for 24 months)
RenewalAfter two years, attend another interview with AIMA (previously known as SEF) to renew your visa (valid for 36 months).
Renewal & Citizenship ApplicationAfter 36 months, renew you residence permit. Around the five-year mark, you will also be able to apply for citizenship through naturalisation (due to the new rules, this is likely to work out at less than five years). You can also apply for permanent residency at this point, should you wish.

Minimum Stay Requirements

According to immigration lawyer, Sandra Gomes Pinto, “Within the first two-year period, you should not leave Portugal for more than six months in a row or eight months in total. [source]”

However, Sandra notes that, to date, the authorities haven’t been very strict about this.

“This is something that’s only checked when you renew rather than when you leave each time. In practice, this isn’t something that has been checked in great detail. To date the authorities have mainly wanted to check that your life and new home is in Portugal rather than counting the exact days.” 

Applying for Citizenship

After living in Portugal for five years, you can apply for citizenship through naturalisation.

You might even be able to apply earlier. Starting in 2024, the time counts from when you apply for residency, not when you actually get your residency card like before. In the past, it could take 6-12 months to settle in Portugal and get your residency permit, which meant waiting an extra year to apply for citizenship.

Now, by the time you move to Portugal, you’ll already have a few months that count towards applying for citizenship [source].

Currently, the processing time for a citizenship application is around two years [source].

Alternative Visas

As well as the digital nomad visa, there are several other residency visas that may suit nomadic professionals who are looking for residency in Portugal as well as a path to citizenship.

  • The D7: This is aimed at those with a passive income, i.e. an income they don’t actively work for. If you have income from rental properties or investments, for example, this could be worth considering, especially as the minimum monthly requirements are lower.
  • The Golden Visa: This is aimed at those with cash to invest, typically €500,000 or more. The benefit is that you only need to spend an average of seven days per year in Portugal to maintain your residency.
  • The D2: This visa is aimed at those that want to start a business in Portugal. Although the minimum monthly requirements are lower, lawyers typically discourage people from applying for this visa as the requirements and more vague and the person reviewing it has a lot more discretionary powers to say yes or no.
  • The D3: A priority residence visa which aims to attract workers with high professional qualifications to Portugal. Unlike the D8, where you work for yourself or a company outside of Portugal, this would allow you to work for a Portuguese company.

Where Should You Live?

Although you can live anywhere in Portugal, there are a few spots that are particularly nomad-friendly.

rooftops of Lisbon

Lisbon: The most popular spot for digital nomads in Portugal, Lisbon is home to thousands of digital nomads as well as lots of coworking spaces, laptop-friendly-cafes, and other nomad essentials.

Beach in the Algarve

The Algarve: Although far less popular than Lisbon, the Algarve is quickly becoming a popular destination for digital nomads thanks to its warm weather and beautiful beaches. Lagos is the most popular hub, but there are also plenty of nomads in other towns like Portimão, Faro, and Albufeira.

madeira hills

Madeira: Since the introduction of the world’s first digital nomad village, Madeira has quickly become a popular destination for digital nomads in Portugal. While most people visit for a few weeks or months, the island is looking to attract entrepreneurs and remote workers who want to live there permanently.

A view of Porto and the Dom Luis Bridge from Vila Nova de Gaia

Porto: Long overshadowed by Lisbon, Porto is growing popular with remote workers and digital nomads that want a smaller, more affordable city.

ericeira broadwalk

Ericeira: Popular with surfers and those that want to live near Lisbon but not necessarily in it, Ericeira offers all the benefits of a small seaside town with proximity to a major city.

What About Those with an “EU Passport”?

If you hold a passport from an EU country like Spain or Ireland, you don’t need to apply for a visa to come to Portugal on either a short or long-term basis. However, if you’re planning on staying long-term, you will need to apply for residency and check what the tax implications are, particularly if you stay for longer than 6 months.

FAQs

What’s the difference between the D8 and D7?

In the past, many freelancers and remote workers successfully applied for the D7 using remote work or freelancing income. However, the introduction of the D8 clarified that:

  • The D7 is for those with a passive income (such as a pension, dividends, or income from a rental property) of more than €820 per month, as of 2024.
  • The D8 is for those with an actively earned income (such as a salary or remote job) or more than €3,280 net per month.

My income fluctuates. Can I still apply for the D8?

Yes. You will need to show an average monthly income that’s equivalent to four times the Portuguese minimum wage (€3,280 as of 2024). You can take the average over the previous three months.

Can I apply for NHR?

The old NHR regime ended in 2023 (with a transitionary period for some people in 2024). However, there is a new NHR regime, which some have dubbed NHR 2.0. The rules for this are less straightforward and so it is recommended you seek professional advice regarding eligibility. Besides the NHR regime, there are other tax regimes like “the simplified regime” which may even work better than a flat rate of tax.

How do I get my AIMA appointment?

Sometimes the appointment is given automatically and sometimes you need to get in touch with AIMA to arrange an appointment. If that’s the case, you’ll need to phone AIMA or, the easier option: have your lawyer call AIMA to get an appointment. Many law firms even employ people just to phone AIMA to try and get through because it’s such a challenge [source].

Where are the best places for a digital nomad to live?

While the D8 allows you to live anywhere in Portugal, there are a few hotspots including Lisbon, Madeira, Ericeira, and the Algarve (particularly Lagos). Of these, Lisbon is undoubtedly the most popular.

Can I move to Portugal if I have a criminal record?

The particular crime would have to attract a prison sentence of more than one year in Portugal to affect your D8 visa application. However, it is important that you write a personal statement that not only notes that criminal record but also the applicable Portuguese law [source].

Should a couple apply on the same application or two independent visas?

The challenge of applying separately is the costs. If a husband and wife apply for a D8, the amount required is the main amount + 50%. However, if there are two separate applications, each would have to show €3,280 (the amount for the main applicant) [source].

Can I work in Portugal on the D8 visa?

Yes. You can both work and own property in Portugal without any type of restrictions [source].

What happens if my visa is rejected?

According to the rules of Portuguese administrative law, you should be aware that before the authorities make a decision that might negatively impact your application, you have the right to present a case against that. Given the possibility of rejection, it’s recommended that you work with a lawyer [source].

Could a freelancer apply for the D2 instead of the D8?

You can. However, it’s more challenging because you have to have a business plan, capital investment, and approval. So from a legal point of view, it’s not as straightforward as the D7 or D8. With the D2, there are more discretionary powers and subjectivity, and this means there is more chance of getting rejected [source].

Can I apply for the D8 while in Portugal?

The D8 is one visa that you can apply for while in Portugal. However, from a practical point of view, the process doesn’t work very well and many lawyers don’t advise it.

You can also submit what’s known as a Expression of Interest or Manifestation of Interest while in Portugal, however this also takes a very long time and so isn’t generally advised.

Can you leave the country during your 4-month period?

“Once you have your four-month visa, which is stamped into your passport and you get so that you can move to Portugal and attend an interview with AIMA, you can leave the country twice. If you have already been in Portugal for four months and haven’t yet had your AIMA appointment, you should stay until you get your residence permit. 

We do have cases where people have left the country despite us recommending no and nothing has happened, however we prefer to be precautionary.”

If I rent a property, do I need a 6 or a 12-month lease?

It depends on the consulate. Some places accept a six-month lease, while others require a 12-month lease as a minimum. Note: that even if a six-month lease is allowed, it can be hard to find a landlord that wants to rent for that short a period [source].

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Comments

  1. So this makes Portugal more appealing than other European digital nomad destinations like Gran Canaria, Barcelona, Berlin, Riga etc where you can only get the 90 day schengen entry. But is this separate for schengen? Can I come to Portugal for 180 days on the digital nomad visa and then go to a schengen country like Spain for 90?

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  2. Thanks for the article and this info about DNV. I was thinking of applying for a D7 and was not aware at all that Portugal is coming up with a dedicated DNV. Now I would rather go with DNV and hoping it doesn’t have any complicated requirements specially when it comes to salary required.

    Is there a way I can subscribe to your posts on the site so I can keep myself updated, I did not find any subscription service?

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  3. If in the process of setting up an online business (on Etsy for example) could we still apply for this visa with bank savings rather than a monthly income? I’ve been trying to contact the consulate in London but the phone just rings off the hook for 2hrs!

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  4. Interesting that a new visa type can be introduced at short notice, but biometric cards for resident ex pats have still not been rolled out after two years and there is still confusion at border crossings using the QR codes. I wonder how SEF will cope with this additional workload!

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  5. Good morning I found this information very informative I would like to look into it a bit more I have visited Portugal before many years ago now that I have reached my Senior Status I would love to spend more time there or possibly live there for an extended time again many thanks for this information
    Kind Regards,
    E.Floyd Forth Jr.

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  6. @George

    It’s a visa for those with an income. Savings isn’t an income. I imagine it’ll be like the D7 where savings generally weren’t accepted as they were looking for regular passive income.

    Also starting an Etsy shop may not be enough. They will probably be looking for proof that you can support yourself.

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  7. @Stuart Wood

    SEF won’t cope. Portugal loves to issue new visas or talk about how it wants more foreigners moving there but they never mention the fact that their immigration system is completely backlogged. Yes you can move to Portugal but once you move here you’ll wait months and maybe even years to get an appointment with SEF. You can stay here of course but you won’t be able to travel or leave the Schengen Area while you’re waiting on an appointment.

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  8. This seems promising but as usual the proof will be in the pudding. There is only a line or two in the law. It will be down to interpretation and that’s where everything gets messy in Portugal. It would be great if this was as painfree as the USA’s ETSA but my guess is it won’t be.

    Basically the 6 month digital nomad visa will be an extended tourist visa. It means people can come and stay here for 6 months and spend money by renting Airbnbs and spending money in restaurants and at the supermarkets. It will be interesting to see which group become more valuable to the economy. Short term tourists might only come for a week and spend a lot of money but nomads will potentially be here for six months so may spend more money in that time.

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  9. I wonder if the minimum income requirement will be more than the (inaccurate) €700 per month figure that was given for the D7. Given that most digital nomads live in Lisbon it seems unlikely they would be able to survive on €700 per month. A reasonable room seems to cost at least €400 per month and an apartment at least €900. You could move to another part of Portugal but I have yet to meet many digital nomads in the center of Portugal.

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    • Good point. The other digital nomad hotspots (Ericeira, Lagos, and Ponta do Sol) all have higher than average rents as well.

      A lot of nomad visas in other countries have set minimums (e.g. €24,000 for Malaysia) and some have minimum savings requirements as well. It will be interesting to see if Portugal has a minimum amount.

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  10. The long stay version of this looks to be similar to Spain’s digital nomad visa which they just announced but perhaps better. It takes 10 years to get citizenship in Spain vs 5 in Portugal. The Spanish visa might offer a better rate of tax for the first 4 years (15% base rate) but this is the base rate and so Portugal’s NHR flat rate of 20% might be better. Both seem to offer family reunification.

    Lots of EU counties trying to attract digital nomads now. Portugal will need to make sure this is competitive.

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  11. Any official updates on where to find the application details associated with this, or any details at all? VFS isn’t updated and I cannot find anything online except for this post.

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  12. Any official updates on where to find the application details associated with this, or any details at all? VFS isn’t updated and I cannot find anything online except for this post.

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  13. Hey guys,

    This was a good informative article but now it’s been 5 days from 24th Sept but not able to find any info on this new DNV for Portugal. Neither VFS nor Google returns anything but this article.Does anyone has any official source of this info?

    Thanks

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  14. Again, there will be issues with this, namely tax issues. Foreign companies cannot, in great majority of cases, allow their workers to work remotely without having a physical presence in the country, or using Employer of Record – and in both cases those entities run a local payroll despite the fact that the foreign company is paying the salary.
    If anyone is smart enough to understand how to deal with this, I am all ears.

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  15. Again, there will be issues with this, namely tax issues. Foreign companies cannot, in great majority of cases, allow their workers to work remotely without having a physical presence in the country, or using Employer of Record – and in both cases those entities run a local payroll despite the fact that the foreign company is paying the salary.
    If anyone is smart enough to understand how to deal with this, I am all ears.

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  16. Ok, so I work for the US company. US companies can legally hire people abroad (as remote workers too) only if they have a physical presence in the country, or hire an Employer of Record. There is no third way. In both cases local subsidiaries must run a locally compliant payroll – practically a domestic companies that hire. When it comes to taxes and social contributions.
    It is so easy to say that the visa is aimed at people who work for the foreign companies, but when it comes to proof, those companies will have to resort to local hiring, or no hiring at all – despite the fact that remote worker’s salaries are coming from the US. Portuguese government can adopt a law about pink unicorns, but there are practical legal steps that must be obeyed, and that is where it really gets messy in Portugal.

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  17. You haven’t commented on the socio-economic effects of digital nomads in Portugal. Higher house prices, higher rents, more strain on resources like public transport, non-integration within Portuguese society and earning differences between foreigners and natives…

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  18. I have done a lot of digging on this nomad visa and this is what I have concluded.

    – I believe the visa will ask 2820 per month and not the smaller figure. You must have hit this amount in 3 of the last 4 months. This is €33,840, which isn’t that giant a salary. Some people are complaining about it but it’s not a lot. Most people in North America and a lot of Europe will be bringing this home.
    – The application will be through the consulates so you would apply in your country of residence. Some people said that you could apply through SEF if you were already in Portugal but from what I’ve heard SEF are not an organisation you want to deal with. Maybe its better to go home and apply if you’re already here 🙂
    – If you spend more than 183 days you will become a tax paying resident in Portugal. I think a few people coming on the 12 month visa could get caught out with this. Most will be still paying tax in another country. It will be possible to only pay tax once if there’s a double tax treaty between the countries but this is much too much paperwork for the average digital nomad.
    – It could be a good deal if you want to come to Portugal for more than 90 days but less than 183 days as you won’t need to start paying Portuguese taxes yet. Maybe you need to tell the Portuguese government that you are staying less than 183 days otherwise the tax man will send you a letter in the mail
    – If you do become a tax resident you could apply for NHR. For those with big salaries this could be very nice. But with the cost of social security I couldn’t see that it was any better than paying tax in Germany on 100k. I believe it is better than paying tax in Ireland. BUT these figures do not take into account deductions (like healthcare) which do not seem possible on NHR. You will also need to pay social security at 21% on the 80%.
    – Nobody is talking about the fact that employers will not want their employees working from Portugal as it will mean social security contributions in Portugal. Big paperwork pain in the a$$!
    – Some people are saying you can come to Portugal and pay no tax. This doesn’t seem to be true. Sad!
    – You could come to Portugal and not tell your employer that you’ve applied for this visa as a job contract letter can be enough. But it’s going to get messy when Portugal starts asking for taxes and social security and you’ve already paid these elsewhere. You can claim back if there’s a double taxation treaty but this sounds like another pain in the A$$.
    – BUT I think this is a good visa for those that want to move to Portugal and are willing to become tax resident there. It’s clearer than the D7 and it has a specific income amount. You can get citizenship if you go this way.
    – NOBODY knows anything about this visa including lawyers and people in SEF. This seems to be common in Portugal but it is worrying. The whole thing was announced to grab news headlines without any consideration on how the thing will work. Again this seems to be common in Portugal.
    – Nothing has been mentioned about minimum stay requirements. This will likely be 6 or 8 months of the year. That’s definitely less flexibility than most digital nomads (even those that want to move to a European country) want. It’s not clear whether this will be tracked if you travel on land though.
    – It’s not clear what happens if you have to travel for work. Can you spend less than the 6-8 months in the year? This will affect a lot of digital nomads especially those that have businesses that involve travel by their nature.
    – This visa will offer all of the same benefits that other visas offer (studying, healthcare, family reunification, etc)
    – Other digital nomad visas like the one in Bali don’t tax you but you don’t get benefits like healthcare so it depends on your goals. Also Portugal is a European country with all of the benefits that come with that. Bali is a developing country.

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  19. I can see why PT government wants digital nomads.

    – They are young unlike the retirees Portugal normally attracts and so are less likely to be a strain on the Portuguese NHS
    – They have their own income and seem capable of finding and getting remote work again unlike retirees who are not skilled in this area
    – They are unlikely to look for jobs locally (see point above)
    – They have enough disposable income to rent and this new system will probably see SEF require nomads to have an official rental contract aka the government gets to see its tax dollars

    But it seems like the government has just accepted that places like Lisbon are going to become unaffordable for the Portuguese. Algarve also seems this way but I guess the Portuguese gave up on the Algarve a long time ago. Lisbon will just be filled with laptop carrying foreigners who don’t integrate with locals or try learning Portuguese.

    It’s like the PT government is downsizing the country, getting all the Portuguese to move out of Lisbon, renting out Lisbon to foreigners and trying to live off the Lisbon income.

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  20. This visa is being marketed as a way to move to Portugal and work from the beach but there are a lot of facts that aren’t being considered

    Stay in Portugal for 183 days and you’ll become tax resident there!!
    You’ll have to pay social security too. Most people don’t want a Portuguese pension so they’ll be contributing to social security elsewhere as well.
    The minimum income amount is higher than most people would want. That amount would be fine for Lisbon but they should have lower amounts if you move to other parts of Portugal
    There are cheaper digital nomad visas around the world. Of course this is a visa for an EU country so it should be priced higher than places like Medellin
    Most companies aren’t going to let you go and work from Portugal unless they have a physical presence there. And no company is going to open a physical presence just so you can work from there. The way these digital nomad visas are written about is completely inaccurate.
    Prices in Lisbon are high. Lots of newspapers say you can get an apartment for €700 but this is simply not true. Try double that.

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  21. Looks like this is essentially the D7 but for remote workers and freelancers. I would consider a digital nomad visa to be something that offers some kind of tax exemption. This is more of a residency visa, especially the long-term section. The short-term section (up to 1 year) is a temporary stay visa but as there has been no changes to the tax law it seems that it will also make you tax resident after 6 months. So it’s okay if you want to spend more than 90 days but less than 183 days. But I don’t know why anyone would want to stay between 6 and 12 months as it involves becoming tax resident in Portugal for a short amount of time but still carrying on work for companies outside of Portugal. This is likely to become messy.

    As someone else pointed out you can apply through SEF but avoiding SEF is definitely the best option. Better to apply through the consulate or through VFS who will likely be managing applications for consulates in a lot of places. First step would be to contact the consulate though.

    In terms of documents I’ve been told I’ll need the following:
    Passport photos
    Valid passport
    Proof of income (e.g. services provided for freelancers or work contract for employees)
    Proof of 2820 euros per month income (before tax most likely given people will have different taxes and pension contributions)
    Schengen Travel insurance
    Criminal record certificate for every country you’ve resided for more than 1 year
    Criminal record check from SEF to show no criminal records in Portugal
    Roundtrip flights (presumably not for the long-term stay. This one is also a bit of a pain for nomads since they don’t always know what they’ll be doing in a few months. It’s likely people will book a lot of flights to places outside of the Schengen like the UK or Croatia)
    Documents showing current fiscal residence

    No mention so far of NIFs or Portuguese bank accounts or savings but as with the D7 this could be down to the individual consulate or VFS office

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  22. Does the proof of accommodation requirement mean you have to rent a place for a year like the D7 or will Airbnb be acceptable?

    Will there be a minimum savings amount?

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  23. So if you earn less than €2.8k a month is this visa completely ruled out? What visa is the best route for those able to work remotely but not meeting the minimum of €2.8k a month? Are there any other suitable options?

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  24. Would anyone be able to provide info on how to do the visa application online and what the reasons would be to avoid SEF? Thanks. Currently in EU and looking to apply directly in Portugal rather than flying to country of origin and back again to the EU ($$)

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  25. I’ve heard that the shorter stay D8 does have family reunification through something called the Temporary Stay accompanying family visa. Is this true?

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  26. Surely the whole point of wanting a DNV is the flexibility to move…around Portugal and other countries. That would be important for my business. Requiring a 1yr lease at a fixed address negates that (unless I have money to waste). Ideally, I’d want to use my mobile home for my work….which can be done from anywhere I can connect my computer to the internet.

    I do have one question however; I will struggle to make the D8 min income requirements each month; but I also have a passive income that would exceed it. Will it be my total income that is taken into consideration if I apply for a visa?

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    • Hi Anthony,

      I think using the name “digital nomad visa” doesn’t really help explain what this is. Rather than being a digital nomad visa, this is a visa for people with active income from outside Portugal. A lot of digital nomads in Portugal come here to live and settle down after years of travelling, so I think this was what the perception of a digital nomad was from the point of view of the Portuguese government.

      If you have passive income, the D7 might be an alternative. I’ll drop you an email.

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  27. Hi James, Thanks for your response.

    To clarify, I would want my base to be in Portugal, but not a specific place in Portugal; and I would want to travel to other places in Europe. Essentially, I would be working and selling my work as a fine art photographer where landscape is an important element. I am a retired lecturer / photographer, hence having a decent pension and other investments. My photographic work is an easy and enjoyable source of additional income.

    I’ve just bought your book by the way…..Anthony

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