How to apply for Greece’s digital nomad visa

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The Greek Digital Nomad Visa (DNV) - issued under Law 4825/2021 - allows non-EU citizens to live and work in Greece legally.

However, as with all of these schemes, eligibility restrictions do apply. Here’s everything you need to know.

How long does the visa last?

The visa allows for a stay of up to 12 months. After that, visa-holders can apply for a further 12-month extension, meaning the DNV is valid for a maximum of two years.

Who is eligible for the visa?

Non-EU citizens who are freelancers, entrepreneurs or remote workers. Only Third Country nationals - such as British citizens - should apply. (Citizens from the Schengen Area can already live and work freely in Greece without needing a visa.)

Applicants must prove they work for a company outside of Greece or with clients based outside the country; plus, they can complete their work remotely using technology such as a computer and the internet.

The main potential stumbling block for prospective applicants is income; Greece demands that the primary visa applicant prove monthly earnings of at least €3,500 (£3,036) after tax deductions. This minimum income amount goes up by 20 per cent if the applicant is bringing a spouse (€4,200/£3,641), and 15 per cent if bringing a child (€4,025/£3,489).

How much does it cost?

The visa application costs €75.

How do you apply?

Visa applicants must submit certain documents according to Law 4825/2021:

  • A declaration letter
  • Proof of employment
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • DNV fee

Employed applicants must provide proof of a work contract for an employer based outside of Greece. At the same time, self-employed candidates must disclose their earnings and produce arrangements or pay slips to support their application.

You can apply for a DNV at theGreek consular authority in your country of principal residence as part of a fast-track process, according to the website Workfromgreece.gr.

“The request can be made by email or registered letter, and the consular authority is obliged to respond within ten days, with the eventual residency permit being issued by the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum,” reads the advice on its site.

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