The introduction of the Digital Nomad Visa in Greece
The Ministry of Immigration and Asylum introduces the Digital Nomad Visa with an amendment to par. 1 of article 18 of law 4251/2014 (amendment of the immigration code) allowing residence in Greece for the purpose of providing teleworking exclusively abroad.
It should be noted that this article 18 of Law 4251/2014 generally refers to the possibility of granting an entry visa to third country nationals for the purpose of completing a specific purpose and providing seasonal work.
The amendment gives the possibility of a new application of the interested party after the expiration of the initial period, while it will provide strict guarantees:
a) that the interested party (and his / her partner) will not be employed in the Greek labor market and b) that the interested party will have income sufficient for livelihood.
A point of interest introduced by the Foreign Minister is that while the stay for everyone is initially three months, for the British it will be six months, as Brexit creates the conditions for the transfer of digital nomads.
The ultimate goal through this process is to make Greece a pole of attraction for high level professionals.
In the second year, some of them may want to become tax residents of Greece, hence the regulation that has already been voted for a reduced tax of 50% for 7 years to those who decide to relocate to Greece (For more information you may read https://slo.gr/publications/the-law-on-the-brain-gain-tax-incentives-in-greece.htm).