News A New Digital Nomad Visa Will Allow You To Live Rent-Free On This Beautiful Italian Island

A New Digital Nomad Visa Will Allow You To Live Rent-Free On This Beautiful Italian Island

Ollolai village, in Sardinia, Italy, is offering a digital nomad visa to travellers that will allow them to live rent-free on the island.


By Stacey Leasca Published on Sep 26, 2023, 10:00 AM

A New Digital Nomad Visa Will Allow You To Live Rent-Free On This Beautiful Italian Island

If you’ve long dreamed of taking your work on the road with you and becoming an official digital nomad, a teeny tiny village in Sardinia is ready to welcome you. 

The village of Ollolai, a community of about 1,200 people nestled in almost the dead centre of the island, has opened a very special digital nomad visa for would-be travellers to take advantage of right now. You see, this isn’t your typical visa. Rather than paying to live in a new destination, the village of Ollolai will pay you.

This new digital nomad visa allows you to live rent-free on this stunning Italian Island

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Work from Ollolai is a new program from the municipality of Ollolai that aims to bring experienced professionals to work from Ollolai rent-free,” the visa’s application page reads (technically, you need to pay a symbolic EUR 1 (THB 38), but we’ll let that slide). All the community asks for in return is that those who obtain the visa share their knowledge with the local community.

“The goal of the program is to promote an exchange of information and experiences between rural communities and the rest of the world, to increase the opportunities for the local students (and non-students) to learn more about the new digital professions, the opportunities of remote work, and cultural interchange.”

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All you need to do to apply is submit a little personal information, including your name, resume, email, potential start date, and a small paragraph about yourself and what you hope to achieve with the trip.

As for who is eligible to apply, the application page explains that the town is specifically looking for people with “multiple years” of experience in their chosen field, including “technology, media, finance, real estate, architecture,” The community is also interested in hosting “professional artists, writers, musicians, scientists, and academics” who are all willing to offer local lectures, presentations, or conduct projects with the help of the community.

According to CNBC, the community has set aside a little over USD 20,000 (THB 722,160) to host a total of 30 remote workers over the next few years, with each staying one at a time.

Every guest will be offered either a one or two-bedroom home, depending on their travel party size, for one month. The only thing to note is that the town doesn’t technically offer high-speed internet. Instead, officials recommend that guests obtain e-sims for their phones to “connect to the internet at high speed using any Italian mobile network provider.”

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This story first appeared on travelandleisure.com

All currency conversions were done at the time of writing

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Stacey Leasca

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