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Italy has finally launched a digital nomad visa – here’s how to apply

Remote workers, time to get excited

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly
Grace Beard

Few lifestyles are more romanticised than the Italian ‘dolce vita’. And while the reality of daily life in Italy might not quite match up to the idealised image of long, lazy Mediterranean summers and Vespa rides around (somehow deserted) Roman sites, it’s hard to deny the allure of the boot-shaped European country. If you can’t live the sweet life in Italy, where can you? 

Well, it might be time to make that dream a reality. After three years of discussions, Italy finally signed a digital nomad visa into law on March 22, and applications are now open! As with any visa, though, there are a few requirements – here’s everything you need to know about Italy’s brand-new digital nomad visa.

Who can apply for an Italian digital nomad visa?

As of April 4, remote workers – those employed by a company outside of Italy but free to work from anywhere – and self-employed people can apply for Italy’s digital nomad visa. There is also scope for the applicant’s family to join them, subject to approval from the Italian government. 

How long will the visas last?

Digital nomads can live in Italy for up to a year, but they will have the option to renew their visa.

What is the minimum income for a digital nomad visa in Italy?

Applicants need to earn at least €28,000 (£23,992.50) per year (which is triple the minimum level required for exemption from Italian healthcare costs). 

What are the other requirements?

Applicants must have health insurance and accommodation arranged for the duration of their stay, and have not been convicted of a crime in the last five years. 

One perk is that there are no specific education requirements, but according to euronews, the visa is being managed under article 27 of Italy’s immigration code, which means it’s aimed specifically at highly skilled workers. 

The tax nomads will have to pay is still unclear, however. It could be that you’re required to contribute 5 percent income tax plus 23 percent towards social contributions, but Damien O’Farrell, a global mobility expert, suggested you speak to an Italian tax pro before you apply. 

How to apply to be a digital nomad in Italy

Tempted? You’ll need to kick off your application with an in-person appointment at an Italian consulate in your home country, and bring your passport, proof of employment, proof of income, proof of accommodation, health insurance and a criminal record certificate. 

If you’re self-employed, you’ll also need to apply for an Italian VAT number. All successful nomads have eight days after they’ve arrived to get a residence permit, aka permesso di soggiorno

We’ve got plenty of content to inspire you if you need a final nudge. Here’s a roundup of Italy’s best islands, best beaches and best small towns and villages, as well as some compilations of the best things to do in Rome, Milan, Venice and Naples. But check out our Italy hub – there’s plenty more where that came from. 

Digital nomad visas on Time Out

Here are all the countries offering digital nomad visas right now, and here’s our comprehensive ranking of the easiest (and hardest) digital nomad visas to get in Europe.

Want to know what it’s actually like to be a digital nomad? We spoke to people who have taken the leap.

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