With Portugal now offering potential new residents a “digital nomad visa”, the Algarve has become even more popular among global travellers. Available since October, the visa allows remote workers (or “digital nomads”) to live and work in Portugal for up to five years, provided they fulfil a series of qualifying criteria, including minimum monthly earnings.
Applicants can opt for a five-year residency or one-year temporary stay visa. For either permit, they must show proof of employment, demonstrate they are earning at least €2,800 in monthly income, and provide documents authenticating their income for the previous 90 days and tax residency documentation. Applications can be made at any Portuguese consulate or at the Immigration and Border Service (SEF – Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras).
The new visa launch has attracted a positive reaction in the international press, with the Algarve highlighted as one of the key Portuguese regions likely to benefit most from the initiative, thanks to its attractive year-round climate, modern infrastructure (including high-speed internet), reputation as a safe environment, and extensive range of international travel options through Faro Airport.