Countries With Digital Nomad Visas

A guide to digital nomad visa

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One of the biggest challenges that digital nomads face is the complex issue of visas. The right to stay and work somewhere legally has proven to be an issue for digital nomads around the globe. Particularly in a post-pandemic world, where border runs are not near as easy as they once were, it can prove near to impossible to stay in one place for longer than tourist-stay permits. Thankfully, in an age when it’s increasingly common to work remotely, many countries are offering digital nomad visas.

 

What is a digital nomad visa?

A digital nomad visa usually involves some form of travel authorization that legitimizes the workers’ status as nomads. Similar to tourist visas, they are usually rather easy to obtain, so long as you have sufficient funds and can pass a criminal background check. The cost and requirements vary greatly by country.

Unlike tourist visas, however, they permit longer stays and the legal right to work in a country other than their country of residence. That is, of course, provided the work is independent and remote.

Digital nomad visas seem to be popping up everywhere – but why? During the pandemic, many governments opted to implement nomad visa programs to encourage long-term travel, particularly in countries or territories that were financially dependent on tourism.

Many countries that offer something as described above do not necessarily use the term ‘digital nomad visa’. For example, the Cayman Islands have an offer entitled ‘Global Citizen Concierge Program’.

In addition, many of these programs do not explicitly target digital nomads, making it somewhat elusive to find what you’re looking for from a simple internet query.
Here, you’ll find comprehensive information on countries that offer digital nomad visas, or something similar, that will allow you to determine where you can live and work abroad legally.

 

Which countries offer a digital nomad visa?

As of November 2021, there are 24 countries or territories that offer digital nomad visas, or something similar. So, what are the countries that will be offering digital nomad visas in 2022?

Anguilla

Anguilla is a small British territory island in the Caribbean. Best known for its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, Anguilla is truly an island paradise.

The Anguilla digital nomad visa program launched in August 2020. Anguilla’s program allows digital nomads to live and work from the island for a duration of three to twelve months. In addition to digital nomads, students and families also have the opportunity to take advantage of this program, provided they meet the minimum requirements.

For remote work on the island, you’ll need to pay $2,000 (per individual) travel fees, though families as large as four will have to pay $3,000 USD (plus $250 USD for each additional family member).

Covid-free test results are required. Coming from a place with low Covid-19 positivity rates is also required. Anguilla’s tests and origin requirements are stricter than other regions. This can be challenging since connecting flights are usually required.
The visa is not renewable once you’ve stayed for 12 months.

Antigua & Barbuda

The ‘Antigua Nomad Digital Residence’ is Antigua & Barbuda’s digital nomad visa program. If you’re keen on visiting as many different beaches as you can, you’ll be pleased to know that Antigua alone has 365 beaches, allowing you to visit one for each day of the year. Considering the fact that the Antigua Nomad Digital Residence allows stays for up to two years, that means you can visit each beach twice!

Individuals wishing to apply must currently be employed or self-employed, paying income taxes in their place of residence or country of origin. Qualifications for this position include the ability to work remotely while on the move using mobile technology.

The application cost for a single person is $1,500; for couples, the cost increases to $2,000; for families of three or more, the cost is $3,000. In addition to the application fees, applicants must provide proof of anticipated income of at least $50,0000 per year.

Bahamas

Does the idea of island-hopping and swimming with pigs in tropical waters sound like your idea of a good time? Then you’ll undoubtedly want to check out the Bahamas digital nomad visa option. The Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay program allows individuals and families to work from any of the archipelago’s 16 islands for a period of up to 12 months. The permit is renewable up to two times, allowing one to stay for up to three years total.

This program is not only valid for digital nomads but also college students. Digital nomad applicants will pay approximately $1,025 for their non-refundable application fee. College students’ application fee is $525.

Barbados

Another swoon-worthy island destination for digital nomads is Barbados. Barbados was the forerunner in Caribbean digital nomad visas and has some of the fastest Internet speeds in the area. The program was launched in July 2020 with the name ‘Barbados Welcome Stamp’. The Barbados digital nomad visa is valid for one year upon arrival. It costs $2,000 for individuals and $3,000 for families to apply.

Bermuda

The British Territory of Bermuda is an island archipelago set in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean, as is a common misconception. Despite this, it still boasts tropical, Caribbean vibes. Bermuda has some of the most beautiful cerulean waters, pink sand beaches, and friendliest locals you’ll encounter.

It’s also among the most expensive places to live in the world, so it’s a great option if you’ve got plenty of disposable income.

While the application fee for the ‘Work from Bermuda Certificate’ is modest compared to others on this list, at only $263 per applicant, you’ll need proof of substantial income and a means to support yourself.

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde is a former Portuguese colony off the coast of West Africa consisting of ten islands. The ‘Cabo Verde Remote Working Program’ is an option for citizens of Europe, North America, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), and the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO).

In order to be eligible for the program, you must have an average of €1,500 (individuals) or €2,700 (families) in the bank over the last six months. The program allows you to work remotely from Cabo Verde for a period of six months.

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands Global Citizen Concierge Program allows digital nomads to legally stay in the island nation for two years. Couples can apply jointly for an application fee of $1,469; an additional $500 is required per dependent. The application fees are per annum, so you can anticipate paying the fee twice.

In addition to the application fees, you will also need to furnish proof of at least $100,000 (individual) or $150,000 (couple) annual salary. The Global Citizen Concierge Program has some of the strictest income requirements on this list, yet the Cayman Islands are still a great option for digital nomads. Read more about the Cayman Islands for digital nomads.

Costa Rica

Rentista, the Costa Rica digital nomad visa, allows for remote workers to enjoy the Central American country for a period of up to two years. To qualify, applicants must have a minimum monthly salary of $2,500, or $60,000 deposited into a Costa Rican bank. The two-year visa is renewable provided the applicant still meets the requirements.

Costa Rica for digital nomads is a popular choice, and for good reason. Regardless of whether you prefer the jungle, beaches, or simply la Pura Vida, Costa Rica is an ideal choice for those just starting out on their digital nomad journey.

Croatia

Dreaming of a way to stay in Europe while working remotely? The Croatia digital nomad visa (which is actually more of a temporary residency as opposed to a visa) has finally arrived. The residency allows you to stay for a period of up to one year. After the year is over, you can reapply once you’ve been out of the country for at least six months.

The financial requirements for the Croatia digital nomad visa are relatively small. An income of €2,232 per month or €26,790 per year is sufficient for your application. The application fee is roughly between €80 and €130.

Curaçao

Back in the Caribbean (yet conveniently out of the hurricane zone) lies the former Dutch colony of Curaçao. Known for some of the world’s best diving and its namesake orange liqueur, Curaçao now offers a program known as @HOME in Curaçao. This allows digital nomads to live and work remotely for a period of up to six months (extendable for an additional six months afterwards).

The cost to apply to @HOME in Curaçao is $294 along with proof of solvency – there are no minimum income requirements.

Czech Republic

Czechia, commonly known as the Czech Republic, has its own version of a digital nomad visa called Zivno. This is a bit more elusive than some of the other digital nomad visas on this list.
The minimum monthly income requirement (over $5,000) is quite high, particularly for a country with such a low cost of living. That, coupled with the acquisition of a trade license for one of these professions and an in-depth interview, makes this one of the more difficult digital nomad visas to acquire.

Dominica

The Dominican ‘Work In Nature (WIN) Extended Stay Visa’ is ideal for digital nomads who want to experience the natural wonders of this Caribbean island for a period of up to 18 months.
It is also necessary to pay a $100 USD application fee, $800 USD for a single visa fee, or $1,200 USD for a family visa fee. In addition, applicants must provide proof of expected income of a minimum of $50,000 USD.

Estonia

Estonia has long been the forerunner when it comes to acknowledging the complicated lifestyle and needs of the digital nomad. It initially came up with its e-residency program, which, while popular, did not satisfy all of the needs of digital nomads. Now, as of August 2020, Estonia also has a digital nomad visa.

A Type C (short stay) or Type D (long stay) visa requires proof of income of at least €3,504 and payment of a state fee of either €80 or €100 depending on which type of visa you choose. The income requirements are based on your earnings from the six months prior to the visa application.

Estonia’s digital nomad visa is only offered to people coming from the list of approved countries during the pandemic. If you are a citizen of a country that is not permitted to enter Estonia, you are not eligible for the visa.

Georgia

Applying for Georgia’s digital nomad visa, also known as ‘Remotely From Georgia’, is somewhat irrelevant. The program allows applicants to work from Georgia remotely for a period of up to one year. Citizens are eligible for the program if they come from a list of 95 countries – most of which were already allowed one year in Georgia as a tourist visa-free.

There are extra steps to take to apply for the Remotely From Georgia program, including an application fee and proof of finances – neither of which are required to visit the country as a tourist.

Germany

Germany’s digital nomad visa is called Aufenthaltserlaubnis für selbständige Tätigkeit. Have fun trying to pronounce that if you don’t speak German! This is essentially a residence permit that is granted to freelancers for three months, extendable up to three years.

Germany’s digital nomad visa is another of the more difficult to secure.

Prospective nomads must obtain a German residence and register it with the local Residence Registration Office before applying for a residence permit. Nomads must have a German bank account, they must register with the German tax office, and they must obtain national health insurance.

Clearly, you can see how this might be an issue for those of us wanting to pick up and go without already having boots on the ground.

Iceland

The land of fire and ice is best known for its blue lagoon, black sand beaches, and active volcanoes. It’s also known for being one of the most expensive tourist destinations with a very high cost of living. That being said, it’s no surprise that Iceland has very lofty financial requirements in comparison to some of the other countries that offer digital nomad visas.

Digital nomad visas in Iceland are available for up to 180 days, as long as applicants provide proof of sufficient income. The monthly earnings must be equivalent to one million Icelandic krona (ISK) or about $ 8,085.38 USD for singles.

The requirement increases to 1.3 million ISK (about $ 10,511 USD) for couples. Separate applications must be submitted and a 12,200 ISK ($98.64 USD) processing fee must be paid by each applicant.

Sofiann

Sofiann

I am a digital nomad. Not the kind of nomad that keeps travelling all the time though.

I tend to live for 6 months at home in France and 6 months abroad. In the last seven years, I have been living in 13 countries.

I created this blog so I can share some insights about the places I have been and how did I manage to work and travel at the same time. I hope you will enjoy it :)

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