Italy set to introduce digital nomad visas

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Digital nomads from outside the EU will be able to stay in Italy more easily, thanks to a newly-approved proposal

In the last month, lawmakers in Italy have approved a proposal to issue visas to digital nomads wishing to come and work in the country. The news comes hand-in-hand with the government’s planned initiative to invest €1 billion into more remote areas of the country, in order to attract globetrotting professionals.

What’s changing?

Woman working on a laptop on rocks by the sea in Italy — ShutterstockQuaint towns along the Italian coastline could soon be popular workplaces for non-EU digital nomads — Shutterstock

Currently, non-EU nationals can stay in Italy for up to 90 days without a visa. The new permit would allow remote workers from outside the bloc to stay in Italy for up to one year, with the possibility of extension.

With reference to the new rules, the Italian government defines digital nomads as such:

Citizens of a third country, who carry out highly qualified work activities through the use of technological tools that allow them to work remotely on a self-employed basis or for a business, including those not resident in the territory of the Italian State.

In addition, Luca Carabetta — an MP belonging to the Five Star Movement political party and the most high-profile advocate of the digital nomad visa — has stated that “requirements for [such a] remote worker are the availability of suitable accommodation, adequate income, health insurance, and a clean criminal record.”

It is understood that clearer criteria will need to be established regarding the definitions of “highly qualified work” and “adequate income” before the law is implemented.

Where else issues digital nomad visas?

Italy is not the first EU member to introduce a digital nomad visa. Such schemes have already been enacted in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Malta, Croatia, France, Germany, Estonia, Portugal and Greece. The permits are proving to be successful, as countries reap the benefits that “workationers” bring to their economies.

It is as yet unclear when exactly Italy is going to begin issuing the new visas.

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