7 Countries With Digital Nomad Visas (For Remote Workers)

Want to live & work from a Caribbean island or a historic European city? Special international freelance visas for digital nomads and remote workers are finally here!

Traveling the world while working online from your laptop has been a dream for millions of self-proclaimed digital nomads. However working from foreign countries while traveling on a tourist visa is technically illegal in most places.

Tourist visas also usually expire after 30-90 days, and it’s not always easy to renew them. What if you want to stay longer? That doesn’t stop digital nomads from working while traveling, but it can make things complicated, and with travel restrictions due to COVID-19, it’s much more difficult to work & travel internationally.

Visa laws in most countries are not set up to deal with this new class of modern nomads who are living and working remotely around the world. But that’s finally starting to change, as some countries have recognized the need for so-called “digital nomad visas”, “remote work visas”, or “freelancer visas” specifically to entice foreigners to come work & contribute to their economies.

Many of these destinations are hoping the remote work visas will generate income to help make-up for lost tourism revenue due to the pandemic.

Digital Nomads vs Freelancers

Digital nomads are basically remote workers who travel to different locations on a regular basis. They use modern technology to work from coffee shops, hotels, co-working spaces, or libraries with a WiFi connected laptop or smartphone from anywhere in the world.

Freelancers are self-employed, working for themselves or other companies as independent contractors. Freelancers can travel while they work, or just work from home while living in one place on a long-term basis. The two are similar, but not exactly the same. The visas listed below can be obtained by both kinds of workers, digital nomads and freelancers.

Best Countries With Visas For Digital Nomads

Freedom to travel, to work, to explore…to LIVE!

1. Antigua & Barbuda

The Caribbean island nation of Antigua & Barbuda has announced a digital nomad visa called the Nomad Digital Residence (NDR). It’s for remote workers who can show the means to support themselves and any family members joining them.

This visa is good for 2-years, and visitors will be required to maintain their own health insurance plan while staying within the country and enjoying its 365 different beaches.

Basic Conditions

  • You own a location independent business (and/or)
  • You work remotely for a company based outside of Antigua & Barbuda
  • You earn at least $50,000 per year
  • You have your own travel/health insurance plan

How To Apply

  • Fill out the online application form
  • Provide proof of employment and a police background check.
  • Pay the visa fee: $1,500 for one person, $2,000 for a couple, $3000 for a family of 3 or more.

2. Barbados

Barbados has also opened its borders to digital nomads and remote workers who are looking to escape the pandemic while basing themselves in a beautiful island destination.

The “Barbados Welcome Stamp” is a special 12-month visa for remote workers, which can also be renewed for even longer. Why not live next to the beach and work from home in Barbados!

Basic Conditions

  • You own a location independent business (and/or)
  • You work remotely for a company based outside of Barbados
  • You earn at least $50,000 per year
  • You must undergo mandatory COVID-19 test and 48-hour quarantine

How To Apply

Sign off work and come downstairs to the beach!

3. Bermuda

Bermuda joined the remote work visa club! Their recently released “Work From Bermuda” digital nomad visa is just an expansion of an older residency program, which allows digital nomads and remote workers to stay in the country for up to a year.

Aimed at professionals who normally work from home, they hope the new visa will attract long-term travelers who want to base themselves from an island destination.

Basic Conditions

  • You own a location independent business (and/or)
  • You work remotely for a company based outside of Bermuda
  • No minimum income requirement!
  • You must undergo mandatory COVID-19 test
  • Show proof of travel insurance

How To Apply

4. Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands launched a special visa for digital nomads called the Global Citizen Certificate (GCC). It allows travelers to stay in the islands for up to 2 years.

The income requirements are much steeper than other countries in this list though: individuals must provide proof of an annual salary of at least $100,000, or $150,000 for couples.https://c8aaa91370dc63eaaa67feb678e010fb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Basic Conditions

  • You must be employed by an entity outside of the Cayman Islands.
  • A notarized bank reference letter.
  • Applicants are subject to background checks.
  • Show proof of health insurance coverage.

How To Apply

Work from the mountains!

5. Costa Rica

There are many digital nomads who choose to base themselves in Costa Rica due to the relaxed lifestyle, great surfing, nice beaches, and diverse landscape of volcanoes, waterfalls, and jungle.

Costa Rica’s freelancer visa is called the Rentista, allowing foreigners to stay for up to 2-years, with the ability to extend it. This visa allows self-employed people or entrepreneurs to work in Costa Rica, but you can’t be an employee for another company.

Basic Conditions

  • Show income of $2,500 per month for two years or make a $60,000 deposit in a Costa Rican bank

How To Apply

  • Applying for the Rentista visa on your own through Costa Rica’s Migracion Website is possible, but not recommended. It’s better to hire an immigration lawyer to help you.
  • All your documents must be translated into Spanish, as well as authenticated in your home country.
  • Pay the visa fee of $250

6. Croatia

As of January 2021, Croatia has started issuing digital nomad visas. The visa is available for different lengths of time, with a maximum of 12-months. From what I’ve read, it seems you need to physically be in Croatia to apply for this long-term residence permit, you can’t apply from overseas.

Basic Conditions

  • Provide proof of self-employment or ability to work remotely (written statement, employment agreement, client contracts, etc)
  • Minimum of €2500 EURO per month in income or savings
  • Pass a criminal background check from your home country
  • Proof of accommodation/rental agreement
  • Obtain travel/health insurance valid for length of stay

How To Apply

7. Czech Republic

Spend your weekends exploring the historical towns and mountains of this Central European country, and work remotely during the week using their fast internet connection! The Czech Republic offers a freelancer visa called the Zivno. It’s valid for one year, and can be extended too. It’s a bit more complicated than other visas in this list, but it’s doable.

CREDITS: Reblogged from the ExpertVagabond written by Matthew Karsten.

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