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More options for Digital Nomads: Turkiye and Italy

Turkiye and Italy now offer digital nomad visas!

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Türkiye and Italy have now officially joined the ranks of countries embracing the era of digital nomadism. If you’ve ever dreamt of wandering through the enchanting landscapes of Tuscany or getting lost in the vibrant energy of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar while still managing your work commitments, the new Digital Nomad Visa programs might just be for you!


Want more ideas for places to work remotely from? Also check out our previous blog post on the top 5 places for digital nomads.

Türkiye's digital nomad visa

Who can apply for Türkiye's digital nomad visa?

You will have to meet the following conditions to be eligible for Türkiye's digital nomad visa:

  • Aged between 21 and 55
  • Citizen from most EU nations, the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada
  • Hold a university degree
  • Have a valid employment contract with a foreign company or a business contract for freelance work
  • Monthly income of USD 3,000 or annual income of USD 36,000

If you meet these criteria and have the flexibility to work remotely, Türkiye eagerly awaits your exploration.

How to apply for Türkiye's digital nomad visa?

Application for the Digital Nomad Visa is fairly straightforward.

  1. Register and create an account at the GoTürkiye website.
  2. Upload the required documents, including your passport (valid for at least six months), a recent photo, a certification of your university degree, proof of employment/business contract, and a document proving your income.
  3. If your application is successful, you’ll receive a Digital Nomad Identification Certificate.
  4. Take this certificate to your nearest Turkish visa centre or consulate to complete the visa application process.

How long does Türkiye's digital nomad visa last?

The digital nomad visa lasts between six months to a year, with the possibility of renewal up to two times.

Italy's digital nomad visa

Italy's digital nomad visa was voted into law in 2022, but minimal details were released. Finally in April 2024, application for Italy's digital nomad visa is finally open and we have more details!

Who can apply for Italy's digital nomad visa?

Requirements for Italy's digital nomad visa includes:

  • Annual income of 28,000EUR
  • Proof of housing in Italy (rental or purchased property)
  • Medical insurance for the entire duration of your visa
  • Have a higher education and confirmed professional experience
  • An existing employment contract with at least six months of work experience, or five years for applicants without a university degree
  • Have a property or rental in Italy
  • No criminal record

How to apply for Italy's digital nomad visa?

To apply for Italy's digital nomad visa, you will first have to submit your application with the Italian Consulate in your country. Bring along the application form and the required documents for your application. Do note that the application form may differ between Consular offices, so make sure to check the requirements for the Consulate for your specific location.

You will also need to bring along a signed declaration by your employer for the visa application.

How long does Italy's digital nomad visa last?

The digital nomad visa lasts up to a year, with the possibility of renewal.

Stay connected a Nomad eSIM for your next remote work adventure

Having reliable and good connectivity is essential, especially if you will be working remotely. As you prepare to embark on an adventure to Türkiye or Italy, one of your considerations would be how you can stay connected.

For long-term stays, it might be worth considering getting a local number as it could be useful in your daily lives. But getting a long-term local number might not always be straightforward and might take some time.

Consider getting a travel eSIM to help you tide through the initial period of time when you first arrive at your destination before you get your phone line set up. A travel eSIM for Türkiye or a travel eSIM for Italy will come in handy for situations like this.

You can easily buy a travel eSIM online, and installation and activation is a straightforward process. With a travel eSIM, you can get connected once you arrive at your destination.

This will reduce the urgency for you to get a local data plan or local number, and you can focus on settling down and sorting out all the other matters for your stay.

Nomad has various plans for each destination, ranging from 1GB to 10GB, with data from as low as USD1.60/GB. Alternatively, if you simply require data for the first few days of your trip while you settle down, considering getting a day plan.

Day plans have shorter validity, and are priced based on the duration of your plan and the amount of high-speed data you need each day — both variables can be configured by you. If you have completely used up your high-speed quota for the day, you can still continue to use the internet at a throttled speed of 512kbps. High-speed data quota refreshes at the start of each day.