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Freelance visa in 2021 – best countries

Freelance visa

We present you with a detailed breakdown of the best places in the world for remote work, as well as information on a freelance visa.

 

Germany

The main advantages

Berlin has fairly low prices for products and services. In the west and south of Germany, everything is much more expensive.

  • Central location. You can get to another country in a couple of hours.
  • Developed social and transport infrastructure.
  • A real paradise for active people: Berlin is the capital of parties.

The main cons

  • Expensive rental housing.
  • Problems with opening a bank account and SIM card (only residents of the country can do this).
  • the cost of living

Everything will strongly depend on the region of Germany. Take Berlin, the most popular German city among remote workers, for example.

  • The average cost of renting a one-room apartment is € 600- € 800 per month;
  • Insurance – from € 100 per month;
  • One way public transport – from € 2.7;
  • Grocery basket for one person per month – € 250- € 350;
  • Home Internet – € 20- € 25 per month;
  • Entertainment and leisure: cinema ticket – € 8- € 10, gym membership – € 30, average bill in a cafe for one person – € 15- € 20, in a middle-class restaurant – € 25- € 35, a cup of coffee – € 2.5.

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Freelance visa for work in Germany

Freelancers can live and work on a Schengen visa (look carefully at the number of days allowed in your particular case). There is also a special German visa for freelance work, which gives the right to reside for at least a year.

 

Portugal

The main advantages

  • Lisbon is a very friendly city for freelancers and remote workers. There is a huge number of coworking spaces and freelance cafes with inexpensive internet and comfortable working conditions.
  • Affordable cost of living, affordable housing to rent.
  • Good infrastructure, rich cultural life.
  • A chance to surf all year round.

The main cons 

  • Not the best medical field.
  • Expensive life and health insurance.
  • the cost of living

city near body of water

Take Lisbon as an example, the most popular city in Portugal among remote workers.

  • The average cost of renting a one-room apartment is € 500- € 700 per month;
  • Insurance – from € 80 per month;
  • One way public transport – from € 1.5;
  • Grocery basket for one person per month – € 200- € 300;
  • Home Internet – € 25- € 30 per month;
  • Entertainment and leisure: a ticket to the cinema – € 6- € 8, a gym membership – € 30, an average bill in a cafe for one person – € 10- € 15, in a middle-class restaurant – € 20- € 30, a cup of coffee – € 1.5.

Portugal Freelance visa

You can live in Portugal on a tourist visa for a maximum of 9 months (each time the stay is extended by 3 months). There is a special visa for freelancers – type D2, which is issued for at least six months, allows you to pay taxes, receive social benefits, etc.

 

Bulgaria

The main advantages

  • An excellent location in the south of Europe with very low prices for housing and food.
  • A large number of coworking spaces and good internet coverage in the country.
  • Safe capital Sofia and friendly locals.
  • A chance to go skiing.

The main cons

  • The infrastructure of this Eastern European country is still developing in many ways, so many areas leave much to be desired: transport, bureaucratic issues, medicine.
  • Not the best ecological situation.

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The cost of living

For example, let’s take the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia.

  • The average cost of renting a one-room apartment is € 200- € 400 per month;
  • Insurance – from € 80 per month;
  • One way public transport – from € 0.8;
  • Grocery basket for one person per month – € 150- € 200;
  • Home Internet – € 10- € 15 per month;
  • Entertainment and leisure: a ticket to the cinema – € 6- € 8, a gym membership – € 20, an average bill in a cafe for one person – € 8- € 12, in a middle-class restaurant – € 15- € 20, a cup of coffee – € one.

Freelance visa in Bulgaria

Freelancers can live and work on a Schengen visa (look carefully at the number of days allowed in your particular case). In Bulgaria, freelancers have the opportunity to obtain a D-type visa or a residence permit under the Free Practice program, issued for at least a year.

 

Cyprus

The main advantages

  • A wonderful mild southern climate.
  • A large community of entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers.
  • High level of medicine and safety.
  • The widespread use of the English language.

The main cons

  • Poor transport infrastructure: it is advisable to have a personal car.
  • Quite a high cost of living.
  • Not the most eventful cultural life.
  • the cost of living

For analysis, let’s take the average prices in Paphos and Larnaca.

  • The average cost of renting a one-room apartment is € 400- € 600 per month;
  • Insurance – from € 60 per month;
  • One way public transport – from € 1.5;
  • Grocery basket for one person per month – € 200- € 300;
  • Home Internet – € 30 per month;
  • Entertainment and leisure: a ticket to the cinema – € 8- € 10, a gym membership – € 30, an average bill in a cafe for one person – € 10- € 15, in a middle-class restaurant – € 20- € 25, a cup of coffee – € 2.5.

aerial photography of seashore

Freelance visa to Cyprus

Freelancers can live and work on a Cypriot single-entry pro-visa (issued online and given the right to stay for no more than 90 days), for other conditions, a Schengen is required. Cyprus has a special immigration program for freelancers, issued for at least a year.

 

Estonia

The main advantages

  • A comfortable country in the north of Europe, where you can live without problems with English.
  • A large community of entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers.
  • One of the best systems for managing taxes, accounts, and other bureaucratic things.
  • A huge number of workspaces, high-speed Internet even in the forest.

The main cons

  • Not the most pleasant climate.
  • the cost of living

aerial photography of Tallin houses in Estonia during daytime

For analysis, let’s look at prices in the capital of Estonia – Tallinn.

  • The average cost of renting a one-room apartment is € 300- € 500 per month;
  • Insurance – from € 40 per month;
  • One way public transport – from € 1.5;
  • Grocery basket for one person per month – € 200- € 300;
  • Home Internet – € 25 per month;
  • Entertainment and leisure: a ticket to the cinema – € 8- € 10, a gym membership – € 30, an average bill in a cafe for one person – € 10- € 15, in a middle-class restaurant – € 20- € 25, a cup of coffee – € 2.

Estonian Freelance Visa

Freelancers can live and work on a Schengen visa (look carefully at the number of days allowed in your particular case). Special visa program for “digital nomads” (freelancers).

Czech Republic

The main advantages

  • Historically and culturally rich state in the very center of Europe.
  • Low cost of living compared to western neighbors.
  • A large number of coworking spaces and cafes, good internet coverage.

The main cons

  • Quite expensive rental housing.
  • The locals don’t speak English very well.
  • the cost of living

aerial photography of city under cloudy sky

For analysis, let’s look at prices in the capital of the Czech Republic – Prague.

  • The average cost of renting a one-room apartment is € 400- € 600 per month;
  • Insurance – from € 50 per month;
  • One way public transport – from € 1;
  • Grocery basket for one person per month – € 150- € 250;
  • Home Internet – € 20 per month;
  • Entertainment and leisure: cinema ticket – € 6- € 8, gym membership – € 25, average bill in a cafe for one person – € 8- € 10, in a middle-class restaurant – € 15- € 20, a cup of coffee – € 2.

Visa for freelancer in Prague

Freelancers can live and work on a Schengen visa (look carefully at the number of days allowed in your particular case). A special program for freelancers in the form of a business visa.

 

Spain

The main advantages

  • A large and beautiful country in the south of Europe with a mild climate throughout the year.
  • One of the European cultural and historical centers.
  • Lots of opportunities for remote workers: good coworking spaces and dedicated freelance centers.
  • Excellent internet coverage.

The main cons

  • The high cost of living: expensive housing, food, services.
  • Poor English skills among locals.
  • the cost of living

people near building during day

Let’s take a look at prices in Barcelona for analysis.

  • The average cost of renting a one-room apartment is € 600- € 800 per month;
  • Insurance – from € 50 per month;
  • One way public transport – from € 2;
  • Grocery basket for one person per month – € 200- € 300;
  • Home Internet – € 35 per month;
  • Entertainment and leisure: cinema ticket – € 8- € 10, gym membership – € 40, average bill in a cafe for one person – € 10- € 15, in a middle-class restaurant – € 25- € 35, a cup of coffee – € 2.

Spain Freelance Visa

Freelancers can live and work on a Schengen visa (look carefully at the number of days allowed in your particular case). You can get a special work visa for 1 year (type D).

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