Europe is a great place for digital nomads thanks to its rich heritage and range of diverse cultures in a relatively small geographical area.

You’ll find welcoming digital nomad communities in every corner of Europe.

But where is the easiest place to start?

Timeout magazine has created a list of the easiest digital nomad visas to get in Europe.

These are the top 5:

5. Norway

Woman blogger using smartphone navigation application traveling in Norway digital nomad

The Norwegian digital nomad visa is valid for a very generous 2 years and has a relatively low 35,179 euro ($37,665) minimum annual income requirement.

Applicants will also need to secure their own private health insurance and have proof of self-employment. So far so simple!

So what’s the catch?

The reason Norway doesn’t top the charts is because of one tricky requirement of their digital nomad visa. Each successful applicant must have at least one Norwegian client, with a valid contract for the duration of your visa.

If you can jump through this hoop, then Norway is a great place to live as a digital nomad.

It has some of the fastest wi-fi in Europe, excellent coffee shops and co-working spaces, and is an incredibly beautiful country with plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure.

4. Greece

Digital nomad  with bright scenic view of the Mediterranean Sea ,Greece

The digital nomad visa in Greece allows nomads to live and work in the country for up to 12 months. If you stay for less than 6 months you won’t have to pay any tax on your earnings.

You’ll need to earn at least 42,000 euros a year ($44,942) to be eligible but the application process is wonderfully straightforward.

The visa application process only takes around 30 days from start to finish.

So why should you choose Greece for your digital nomad adventures?

As well as being breathtakingly beautiful it’s also an affordable place to live (living costs in Greece are 33% lower than in the UK, for example) and in the larger Greek cities you’ll find welcoming digital nomad communities and plenty of co-working spaces too.

3. Malta 

Man sitting by a pool in Malta

Malta’s digital nomad visa allows digital nomads to live in the country for a very generous four years.

Unless you transfer your earnings into a Maltese bank, you won’t have to pay a penny of your income in local taxes for the first twelve months.

You’ll need an annual income of at least 42,000 euros ($44,942) a year which is one of the higher figures on this list, and you’ll also need employment contracts that demonstrate your continued source of income.

The application process is incredibly straightforward, but it can be time-consuming, taking up to 5 months.

So why is Malta so appealing to digital nomads? It’s a beautiful Mediterranean destination that is also an affordable place to live.

And the small size of the country means that the pace of life is slow, making it ideal for nomads looking for a laidback lifestyle.

2. Croatia

Young Blonde Remote Worker Wearing A White Shirt As She Types On Her Laptop While Sitting At An Alfresco Cafe In Split, Croatia, Digital Nomad

Croatia is an incredibly popular destination for digital nomads, and one of the most appealing aspects of this visa is its relatively low income requirements.

You’ll need a monthly salary of 2,539 euros per month ($2,719) to be eligible for this visa, and the application process is straightforward too, as you can apply online with no time consuming in-person meetings.

Croatia failed to make the top spot because this visa applications comes with additional fees, such as an online admin charge (45 euros/$48) and residency card charge (40 euros/$42). You’ll also need to have proof that you’ve arranged accommodation for the duration of your stay as part of your application.

But there are so many great reasons to choose Croatia as a digital nomad. Croatia has a laid-back lifestyle, great weather, a rich cultural heritage, and plenty of workspaces and cafes aimed at digital nomads.

The internet speed is excellent here too.

1. Romania

People enjoy spring time downtown Lipscani Street in Bucharest, Romania

Officially the easiest digital nomad visa to get in Europe can be found in Romania.

The reason? Because of how quick and easy the application process is!

You can apply for your Romanian digital nomad visa online and, provided you meet all the requirements, your visa will be issued within 2 weeks ready for you to get to work.

The salary requirement of the Romanian digital nomad visa is 3,700 euros per month ( $3,965), which is 3 times the average monthly salary in the country.

However, provided you are a taxpayer in your home country, you will be exempt from income tax in Romania.

Romania is a great country for digital nomads thanks to its affordable cost of living, warm and welcoming people, and abundance of co-working spaces (as well as other digital nomads) all over the country.

The Complete List 

Young Woman Digital Nomad Working From Her Laptop As She Sits On A Boardwalk In A Coastal Town In Montenegro, Balkan Peninsula, South Eastern Europe

Here is the complete list of Europe’s most popular digital nomad visas ranked from easiest to secure to hardest to secure, according to Timeout.

  • 1. Romania
  • 2. Croatia
  • 3. Malta
  • 4. Greece
  • 5. Norway
  • 6. Spain
  • 7. Hungary
  • 8. Estonia
  • 9. Portugal
  • 10. Czechia
  • 11. Iceland
  • 12. Cyprus

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