Visitors will be able to live and work in Spain for up to three years under a new law

If you want to get away from your desk and work somewhere far away from home, Spain could be your next destination of choice.

With the rise of remote working, the country intends to implement a digital nomad visa, which will allow you to stay and work for a maximum of 12 months. This could then be repeated two more times. Startups may also be given tax breaks to encourage young entrepreneurs to relocate to a new location.

The new Spanish law is a component of the recently enacted Startup Act.

Visitors will be able to live and work in Spain for up to three years under a new law
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A lack of job opportunities in rural Spain has resulted in dwindling populations in many small towns and villages, but these destinations, in particular, are more than willing to welcome remote workers.

To encourage digital nomads to visit, around 30 towns and villages in Spain have decided to join the Red Nacional de Pueblos Acogedores para el Teletrabajo (or National Network of Welcoming Villages for Remote Workers). They are all towns with fewer than 5,000 people and are looking for new residents to help repopulate their streets.


It is hoped that an influx of people working from home will help to revitalize communities, whether they stay for a short time or make these places their permanent home.

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Instead of having to find your own way, the program provides remote workers with a host who can welcome them to the town or village and connect them with community life.

On the network’s website, you can find an interactive map of the locations looking for digital nomads.

3 thoughts on “Visitors will be able to live and work in Spain for up to three years under a new law

  1. Hi,I’m wondering does it have to be remote working or could one work in the Community? I’m a Pre School teacher but would also consider other types of work. Regards,Majella O Connell.


  2. I’m a HGV driver. Could we live in one of the qualifying villages and could I work as a professional driver likely from a larger city close by?


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