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Every digital nomad visa around the world

An Intro to Digital Nomad Visas

Over the last years, more companies and professionals have become interested in taking advantage of all the benefits that remote working brings to the table, resulting not only in more remote job opportunities but also in governments around the world looking to attract remote workers.

However, no year has resulted in more transitions to remote working than 2020, when millions of people around the world were forced to work from home as the result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

While this accelerated growth in remote working was due to unforeseen circumstances, it is expected that the trend will continue as a major barrier to the transition has been broken.

Now, as many professionals come to realize that new technologies and telecommunications can break the dichotomy between professional development and travel, governments are looking to make working while traveling as easy as possible by introducing or expanding their digital nomad visa programs.

If you are a digital nomad looking for your next destination or someone considering to transition to the digital nomad lifestyle, let us help you by providing you with a list of all the digital nomad visa programs available as of February of 2021!

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Why Should I get a Digital Nomad Visa?

Historically, digital nomads have been forced to relocate constantly due to the expiration of their tourist visa or do “visa” runs to renew their stay in the country, which is not only bothersome but is technically against the purpose of most tourist visas.

This also makes it difficult for a country’s government to establish regulation and rip the benefits that supporting digital nomads can provide to their local economy in terms of innovation, tourism, publicity, and globalization.

Getting a digital nomad visa will not only allow you to stay in a country while working remotely with the ease of mind that comes with knowing you will not have problems with the law, interrupt your stay risking not being able to return, or being unable to stay in the country for longer if you decide to do so. It could also provide you with some benefits you might want to consider.

Some of these benefits can range from allowing you to move freely in and out of the country during the duration of the visa to providing you with tax residency and citizenship rights.

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Countries that Offer Digital Nomad Visas

A total of 25 countries are currently offering visas or residence permits to digital nomads around the world, a list that continues to expand as more people decide to free themselves from being chain to a single location.

Are you someone who wants to work while having a paradisiac beach just minutes away from you? Or do you prefer the tranquility that a small city bordered by mountains and forest can provide? Maybe you are looking for a city full of history, castles, and vibrant culture?

It doesn’t matter what your preferences are. It is now easier than ever to find a destination that will provide you with your preferences while allowing you to stay connected, develop professionally, and work remotely.

Let’s jump straight to the list of some of the destinations you should consider!

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Barbados

Barbados is an island with some of the most beautiful beaches that make it a popular destination for digital nomads looking to get a tan.

The island offers great hospitality, delicious food, some of the best rum (if not the best), a strategic position, vibrant nightlife, and multiple shopping malls with duty and tax concessions.

The island’s government launched the “12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp” visa in June of 2020 as a means to allow foreigners to make the country their next remote working destination for a maximum period of 12 months.

The application process for this visa is entirely online, takes only up to 7 days to complete, and is one of the easiest digital nomad visa programs to apply for in terms of requirements and the application process.

The requirements you must fulfill to apply for this digital nomad visa are:

Paying a $2000 fee for a personal visa (or $3000 for a family visa) upon approval of your application.

Working independently or for a company that is registered and conducts business outside Barbados.

Expecting to make more than $50,000 in the next year or demonstrating you have the means to support yourself during your stay.

One of the benefits of this visa is that while the fee is higher than other programs, you will be able to stay in the country for a longer period and won’t be required to pay until the approval of the visa.

If you want more information about this digital nomad visa, we have created a guide that will provide you with all the information you need to know about it!

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Bermuda

Previously one of the oldest British colonies in the new world, Bermuda is known for its beaches, 138 coral islands, the infamous Bermuda triangle, its many cave systems, modern resorts, and a long history that has inspired some of the world’s most well-known artists.

The Bermudan government launched the “One Year Residential Certificate” program in July of 2020 to allow remote workers to live in the country for a period of up to a year while being able to go in and out of the country.

The application process for the visa is entirely online and one of the fastest out there. Once you have applied, it will only take up to 5 working days for your application to be processed.

The requirements for this visa are:

Being 18 years old or older.

Not having been convicted in Bermuda or another country.

Possessing health insurance coverage.

Owning or being employed by a company located and operating outside Bermuda, being a freelancer, or currently enrolled in a research/undergraduate/graduate/doctorate program.

Having the financial means to sustain yourself or your family during your stay.

Paying a $263 application fee.

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Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a favorite among digital nomads and expats, with over 5% of its population being composed of foreigners. Its great value for money, strategic location, thriving social scene, high safety, interesting history, love for beer, and its place as the country with the most countries in Europe, are only some of the reasons why the country captivates foreigners.

While the country does not have a visa specifically targeted to digital nomads, it offers a visa type and trade permit which digital nomads can apply for if they want to travel and work from the country, with thousands of digital nomads having taken advantage of it.

Known as the “Zivno visa”, this permit will allow you to stay in the country for a period between 3 and 12 months while conducting business from and in the country.

The requirements you must fulfill to apply for this permit are:

A clean criminal record or equivalent document issued by the country you are a citizen of

Proving your professional qualifications if you are applying for technical trades, bound trades, and/or concession trades.

Demonstrate legal grounds if you are planning on using a space different from your residence as an office.

Paying the administrative fees of about $165.

A residential address in the country.

Proving you have at least $5200.

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Dubai

Dubai is known for being one of the richest and safest cities in the world, making it one of the most visited places in the world. With a rich history and modern lifestyle, the city has something to offer to everyone, ranging from the Al Fahidi quarter, a historical neighborhood dating back to the 1800s, to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

The capital of the United Arab Emirates launched a remote work program in October of 2020 for anyone looking to live and work from the country for up to a year without leaving for more than 6 months before returning to the city.

The requirements you must meet to apply for this visa are:

Paying the $287 feed

Having medical insurance with coverage on the United Arab Emirates.

Proof of ownership of your company or employment with one-year validity.

A minimum monthly income of $5000.

Being able to provide your bank statements for the last 3 months.

The application process can be completed online by filling the application form and providing the necessary documentation, making the process easy and fast.

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Panama

Home to the Panama Canal and some of the world’s most important financial institutions, Panama is known for its beaches and mountains, as well as its colonial and contemporary architecture, making it one of the popular destinations in Central America.

Panama is one of the most foreigner-friendly countries in the world, offering over 17 types of non-resident visas, 33 types of temporary residence visas, and 19 types of permanent resident visas. While this makes it easy to visit or move to the country, it can make the research process difficult.

Digital nomads will choose to apply for the “Friendly Nations” visa in most cases, as it is the easiest way to live in the country while working remotely. You can even get citizenship rights and tax residency with it.

The requirements to apply for this visa are:

Being a citizen of one of the countries considered “friendly” by the Panamanian government.

Having economic or professional ties with the country by working for or owning a Panamanian corporation (don’t worry, creating one is an easy process).

Proving financial means by depositing at least $5000 to a personal local bank account.

If traveling with dependents, they must be under 25 years old and single (if not your partner).

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Estonia

Also known as e-stonia, Estonia is one of the most innovative countries in the world due to its approach to new technologies. Also known for its beautiful landscapes, friendly locals, rich culture, and multiple “capitals”, as well as being home to multiple unicorn companies, this country is a favorite among digital nomads.

As a country where the concept of digital society is everything, even having an e-residency program, Estonia launched its digital nomad visa in August of 2020 to allow any interested parties to live and work from the country.

You can apply for this visa completely online, which will save you time and headaches but will take up to 30 days to process. This visa can be for a long or short stay, allowing you to live in the country for up to a year or 3 months, respectively.

The requirements you must meet to apply for the Estonian digital nomad visa are:

Having an active employment contract with a company registered in another country, do business through your own company registered in another country, or work as a freelancer for clients mostly located in other countries.

Being able to work remotely using telecommunications technology.

Being able to work independently of your location.

Having a gross income of at least €3504.

Passing a background check.

Paying the processing fee (€100 for a D visa and €100 for a C visa).

Having a valid travel document.

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France

France is a country that needs no introduction. Famous for its modern fashion, delicious wine and food, being home to some of the most important museums and structures, famous architecture, and beautiful landscapes, it is impossible to list all that France has to offer.

While France does not have a digital-nomad specific visa, it offers a visa aimed at those wanting to participate in a commercial, industrial, artisanal or agricultural activity or work in a liberal profession in France. This long-stay visa is equivalent to a residence permit and will be valid for 1 year.

The requirements to apply for this visa are: If you want to set up a new business, you must be able to

Proving that you have sufficient financial resources in the form of the equivalent to the minimum legal wage in France for a full-time worker.

Having medical insurance with France Coverage.

Clear criminal record.

The application process and fees can vary depending on where you are applying as you are required to schedule an appointment in your local French consulate.

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Germany

Another country that is known by everybody, Germany is the biggest European economy. The country is famous for its beer, great football, rich history, its importance in different arts, delicious bread, vibrant nightlife, and the big international community it possesses.

Germany offers a freelancer residence permit that will allow you to live in the country for up to a year while also working as a freelancer, a category the german government has limited to certain professions.

The requirements you must meet before applying for this visa are:

Being at least 18 years old

If you have a professional license, not having been banned from practicing the profession that you plan to continue in Germany.

Be a freelancer in one of the eligible categories defined by the German government.

If you are over 45 years old, having an adequate pension plan.

Having the financial means to move and live in Germany without requiring government support.

If you want more information about the German Freelancer visa, we have created a guide that will provide you with all the information you need to know about it!

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Italy

Known for its world-famous cuisine, beautiful landscapes, passion for football, love for wine and culture, unique works of art and museums, and having the world’s smallest country in it, Italy is one of the most famous countries in the world.

The boot-shaped country has become increasingly friendly toward foreigners, which it seeks to attract, by offering expats with tax reliefs and different visa opportunities. Digital nomads can travel and work from the country for up to 2 years by applying for the Italian Self Employment Visa.

To apply for the visa, you will be required to provide some documentation that can only be obtained in the country, which means you will need to travel to Italy first.

The requirements to apply for the Italian self-employment visa are:

Having the financial means to live in the country, with a minimum of € 4,962 per month.

Acquiring the Nulla Osta authorization from the relevant Questura.

Having suitable accommodation.

Having health insurance.

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Netherlands

The Netherlands, also known as Holland, is famous for its canals, bicycle-friendly culture, tulip fields and windmills, delicious cheeses, and artistic importance.

The small country is a favorite among foreigners due to its combination of antique and modern architecture, as well as the open-mindedness and friendly nature of its locals.

The Netherlands is one of the most foreigner-friendly nations in Europe with over 12% of its residents being foreigners. This is reflected by the existence of its self-employment visa, a favorite among digital nomads looking to live in the country for up to 2 years.

The requirements for this visa are:

Your business activities should serve the interest of the country’s economy based on your experience, business plan, and added value for the Netherlands.

Being registered with the Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce.

Meeting the requirements for practicing your activity.

Earning sufficient monthly income (​€ 1,273.71).

Having one or more commissions in the country that you are going to carry out as a freelancer.

The application process can take up to 90 days and will require the payment of €1416 fee.

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Georgia

Georgia is one of the youngest nations but oldest cultures in Europe. The country is known for its delicious food, being the birthplace of wine, its beautiful mountains and landscapes, and welcoming culture.

The country launched its “Remotely From Georgia” program in August of 2020 to allow remote workers to move to and work from the country for up to a year, no matter if they are freelancers, full-time employees, or business owners.

The process can be completed entirely online and will take up to 10 working days to be processed, with the added benefit of not having any fees for the application.

The requirements you need to make sure to meet are:

Being a citizen of one of the 95 eligible countries.

Having a minimum monthly income of $2000.

Being a freelancer, a remote full-time employee for a company registered outside Georgia, or an entrepreneur.

Having travel insurance for at least 6 months.

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Spain

A country with many defining characteristics, Spain is known for its gastronomic contributions such as paella and tapas, Mediterranean beaches, wine culture, unique architecture, rich history, love for football, bullfighting relevance, lovely flamenco, and vibrant nightlife.

The country has historically been migration-friendly, having some of the biggest percentages of foreigners in its population among all European nations. Spain offers a “Non-Lucrative visa” that allows digital nomads to live and work remotely in the country for up to 2 years.

The requirements you must meet to apply for this visa are:

Having economic security in the form of at least €2151, plus an additional €535 for every family member traveling with you.

Having local health insurance for at least 6 months.

Clean criminal record.

Clean health record.

To apply for this visa, you will need to present in person at the closest Spanish consulate as the process can be done online. The application fee can vary depending on your location, but it should be around $140.

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Portugal

Home to the Algarve, one of the most famous beach destinations in the world, Portugal is known around the world for its delicious Porto wine, love for football, golf courses, Azulejo tiles, incredible beaches, and expressive Fado.

The country has characterized itself as being a friendly destination for non-EU citizens looking to retire or conduct business from the country.

This attitude is evidenced by the existence of its D7 visa, a perfect fit for digital nomads who will be able to live, work, and study in the country for up to a year before having to renew it.

The requirements you need to fulfill to apply for Portugal’s D7 visa are:

Being a non-EU national

Having sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in the country (€7.200 by yourself, plus €3.600 per additional adult or €2.160 per child).

Having a clean criminal record.

To apply for the visa you will be required to present yourself in your local Portuguese consulate and wait up to 60 days for its processing.

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Mexico

Mexico is widely known for its food and drinks culture, its ancient pyramids and temples, white sand beaches, colonial architecture, friendly citizens, and festive music, as well as the “Dia de Los Muertos” (Day of the dead), one of the most iconic festivals in the world.

Mexico has become an increasingly popular destination for digital nomads interested in exploring new cultures, learning Spanish, and enjoying the great hospitality that Mexico has to offer.

The country knows this and has a temporary residence that facilitates the migration process for digital nomads who want to live in the country for a period longer than 6 months and up to 4 years.

These are the requirements for this temporary residence:

Proving financial solvency with a monthly income of at least $1620 or $27,000 saved over the last year.

While you can obtain the permit proving family connection, ownership of land, investment, and other methods, financial solvency is the method used by most digital nomads due to the low requirement.

To apply for this visa you will need to start the process in your local Mexican consulate or embassy, which has a cost of $36.

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New Zealand

If you ever watched “The Lord of the Rings”, you have an idea of what New Zealand is like. The small island nation in Oceania is almost synonymous with Rugby, the country’s national sport, and breathtaking landscapes.

The New Zealand Government has agreements with over 45 countries to allow its citizens to travel and live in the country for up to 12 months (23 if you are from the UK or Canada) while working or studying.

The requirements for the New Zealand Working Holiday visa are pretty straightforward:

Having at least NZ $4,200 (about $3000) for your stay.

The main purpose of your trip should be as a holiday, with working for a national company being a secondary intention.

Being between 18 to 35 years old, depending on your country of origin.

Having full medical insurance for the length of your stay

The application process can be completed online and has a cost of about $280 which can vary depending on your citizenship or location

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Indonesia

Beautiful beaches with luxury resorts, ancient temples, diverse wildlife, imposing mountains, captivating landscapes, and unique food. These are all phrases that describe Indonesia, an increasingly attractive destination for tourists, expats, and digital nomads looking for exotic destinations.

Like many countries in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is aware of its popularity with foreigners and has aimed to make it easy for them to access the country to enjoy what it has to offer, with the Social and Cultural (sosial budaya) Visa being a favorite among digital nomads looking to stay for longer than 30 days.

The requirements for the sosial budaya visa are:

Having a sponsor letter from an Indonesian citizen or organization. If you don’t have one, a travel agency can take the role of sponsor.

You might be asked to provide a bank statement in some cases.

You might be asked to have a return ticket within 180 days after entry.

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The application has a $50 non-refundable fee and can take up to 5 business days to be processed by the Indonesian authorities, with the process taking place at your local consulate or embassy.

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Montenegro

From the Latin “Monte Nigro”, which means “black mountain”, Montenegro is known for its more than 115 beaches, 270 species of birds, the 10 lazy commandments that ensure your good rest, its millennial trees, and of course, Mount Lovćen: the black mountain.

Montenegro does not possess a specific visa for digital nomads despite being a quite popular destination for them. However, the country is pretty friendly toward foreigners and allows them to apply for a temporary residence permit to live for up to a year before renewal.

The requirements most digital nomads will need, and will decide, to fulfill for this residence permit are:

Having at least €3,650 deposited in a Montenegrin bank account.

Having accommodation and health insurance.

Being the executive director for a company in Montenegro, which you can be the founder of.

While founding a company sounds expensive and complicated, the minimum starting capital is only €1. The process has been completed by many digital nomads before and we have created a guide with everything you need to know about the process!

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Antigua and Barbuda

If you can’t haven’t been convinced by any of the previous islands, Antigua and Barbuda could make the difference.

The island is not only known for its gorgeous beaches and relaxing sailing, but also for having one of the most popular carnivals in the Caribbean, beautiful mounts, world-class seafood, hiking trails, and rainforest zip-lining for adrenaline junkies.

The island’s government launched the Antigua Nomad Residence program back in 2020 to attract digital nomads interested in living in the country for up to two years while traveling in and out of the country without being subject to income tax.

The requirements for this visa for Antigua and Barbuda are as simple as it gets:

Paying the $1500 fee if traveling alone, $2000 if traveling as a couple, or $3000 if traveling with your family.

Provide proof of medical insurance coverage for the duration of your stay.

If you meet these requirements, you can complete the entirety of the application process online, which is a great plus!

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Conclusion

Traveling as a digital nomad is now easier than ever, not only as governments around the world realize the potential tourism that can be generated by facilitating the process but also as more people transition to the lifestyle due to companies realizing the benefits of remote working.

As you can see, there are several options to choose from, which will ensure that you can travel to the destination that fits your needs and interests while having the ease of mind that you will not get stuck due to breaking immigration laws.

Now that you have all the information on the visas available for digital nomads, you don’t have an excuse not to choose your next destination and take the next step. The decision is in your hands now and all we can tell you is “Have a nice trip”!

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