Italy’s Digital Nomad Visa : Eligibility, Requirements, Application and more

Apr 08, 2024

Italy’s Digital Nomad Visa : An overview

Italy’s Digital Nomad Visa can be issued to non-EU highly skilled workers using technological tools that allow them to work remotely, either independently or for a company also based outside Italy.

A “digital nomad” is defined as a non-EU citizen who performs highly skilled remote work in Italy as a freelancer;
A “remote worker” is defined as an employee/collaborator of a company, which can also be based outside Italy.

The visa is exempt from the “quota” limits, and it is not necessary to apply for a work permit (nulla osta) for entry as a digital nomad (professional or freelancer), or as a remote worker (employee or collaborator of a company).


Education/professional experience to be qualified a highly skilled worker:
•    3 years University-level degree or
•    Post-secondary professional qualification of at least 3 years or
•    5 years of professional experience in the sector relevant to the job offer or
•    3 years of professional experience (acquired in the previous 7 years) for managers and specialists working in the field of information and communication technologies

Main requirements for the Italy’s Digital Nomad Visa

The main requirements are:

  • An annual income not less than three times the minimum level required for exemption from health care participation expenses (approx. €25,000).
  • Health insurance for medical care and hospitalization valid throughout Italy and for the entire period of stay.
  • Proof of having secured accommodation in Italy.
  • At least 6 months of work experience as a digital nomad or remote worker.
  • In case of remote workers, submit a job contract or offer for a highly qualified position

Applying for the Italy’s Digital Nomad Visa

For the visa application, it is necessary to submit a declaration signed by the employer attesting the absence of criminal convictions in the last 5 years (related to favouring irregular migration and for unlawful employment)

Once the visa is issued, the holder shall travel to Italy and apply for the residence permit within eight working days of entry. The worker will be issued a permit as a “digital nomad – remote worker” valid for one year, renewable each year if the conditions and requirements are met. Digital nomad/remote workers will be entitled to bring core family members (only spouse and children under 18).

Social security coverage

Where bilateral agreements on social security between Italy and the country of origin exist, these agreements will apply. In the absence of such agreements, Italian social security and insurance coverage regulations will apply.

Other relevant details:

Digital nomads and remote workers will be provided with a tax code upon residence permit issuance. Digital nomads can request a VAT number from the Revenue Agency, which is informed about the visa issuance from police authorities.

Refusal of the visa: The visa may be refused/revoked if the employer or contractor has been convicted in the last five years. The residence permit already issued may be revoked when the worker or the company fails to comply with tax and contributory obligations.

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