Here is what you need to apply and get a digital nomad visa in Greece.
What is a digital nomad visa?
A digital nomad visa allows you to live and work in Greece, without any issues. It gives you a legal residence in Greece as a remote worker for up to a year. After that you can apply Digital Nomad Residence Permit, to stay longer.
Greece is well know for travelers all around the world, in 2022 Greece saw a record number of tourism take over the country. With 227 islands (inhabited) and thousands more, on top of a stunning mainland, you can't blame all these travelers for wanting to visit Greece. The hard part is leaving! Especially if you have a remote job, and you realize that you can operate your day job from your MacBook, on a beach in Mykonos, or Santorini, or lets say Ikaria if you don't want the heavy tourism around you.
Well thats where this new program comes in, launched in 2021, the digital nomad visa is designed for remote works that want to post up in Greece long term, and work remotely.
Greece digital nomad visa requirements.
This all sounds great, but there are some requirements you must meet in order to apply and get approved.
Visa Length: 1 Year. Extensions available.
You must be a non-EU citizen, non-Swiss, and non-EEA to apply for the visa.
3.500€/month minimum income.
Proof of health insurance.
Your employer cannot be a company registered in Greece.
Are there tax incentives as a digital nomad in Greece?
When you acquire the digital nomad visa, you are entitled to 50% tax break in Greece. If you do not stay in Greece for more than 6 months in a year, then you will not pay any taxes.
What do I need to apply for the Greece digital nomad visa?
You will need a few documents, see below:
Proof of employment, confirming employment and that ability to complete your work obligations remotely. If you are self employed, you will need to provide your company license, registration, name and proof of ownership.
Proof of sufficient financials.
Proof of accommodation in Greece.
Proof of paying method for the Greece Digital Nomad Visa application fee.
A declaration letter, stating you do not intend to work for a Greek company while in Greece.
A certificate of a clean criminal record.
How long does the application take to process?
You should hear back within 10 business days.
How much does the application cost?
The application fee is 75€ and is non-refundable fee. The fee is to be paid to the Greek embassy.
Where to live after getting your digital nomad visa?
Congrats! You got your visa, now what!? Greece has so many options to choose from! Mykonos? Athens? Thessaloniki? A village? Well it depends on you but it also depends on infrastructure.
You will need good wifi and cell phone coverage, most places have this covered, but some are better than others. The islands are not all summer theme year round, and some get VERY quiet once off season comes, but if thats how you like it, then you have a lot to choose from!
Here are my 5 places in Greece to live with a digital nomad visa.
You'd be shocked how quiet Mykonos gets once November comes around. Santorini on the other hand has a huge nomad life.
All of these locations will offer a range of apartments to choose from, wifi packages from large companies and strong signal for your mobile device.
How do I apply for the digital nomad visa in Greece?
It's pretty easy. There are two options:
1. Call and make an appointment at your closet Greek Consulate. They will provide the application you need to fill out, just be prepared with the info I mentioned.
2. Book a consultation below with Greece Media, which will guide you in preparing all the documents needed and submitting your application with the consulate.
Book a consultation: https://www.greece-media.com/digital-nomad
Good luck, and see you in Greece!
Below is a video explaining the process:
Written by: Tony Kariotis @iamgreece