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Digital Nomad Visas – A New Definition of ‘Work from Home’?

Since 2020, many countries have initiated digital nomad visas as a means of tourism and economic stimulation. Similarly, with the low costs of living and warm climates that many of these countries boast, individuals with flexible jobs are also exploring the possibility of digital nomad visas in earnest.

“Digital nomad” visas, “remote visa”, or “freelancer visas” is a burgeoning visa stream that combines the perks of working remotely with the bonus of living abroad.

Holders of digital nomad visas typically hold a job position that allows them the freedom to work independent of location. While that job description may have traditionally been understood as freelancers or contractors, a growing number of professions now allow remote work. Certain nomad visas also allow foreigners to acquire temporary or even permanent residency afterward.

Current Developments

Currently, there are roughly 25 places that offer a form of a Digital Nomad Visa.

HLG has provided an easy reference table with hyperlinks to the relevant official sources below:

Country Visa Name
  AFRICA
Cape Verde Remote Working Cabo Verde
Mauritius Mauritius Premium Travel Visa
Seychelles Seychelles Workcation Program
THE AMERICAS
Anguilla Digital Nomad Visa
Antigua and Barbuda Nomad Digital Residence Visa
Aruba One Happy Workcation
Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS)
Barbados Barbados Welcome Stamp
Bermuda One Year Residency Certificate Policy
Cayman Islands Global Citizen Concierge Program
Curaçao  @HOME in Curaçao
Dominica WIN (Work In Nature)
Mexico Temporary Resident Visa
Montserrat Monserrat Remote Work Stamp
Iceland Work in Iceland Visa
ASIA
Taiwan Gold Card
EUROPE
Andorra D.1.2. Residència per a professionals amb projecció internacional
Croatia Digital Nomad Visa
Czech Republic Zivno
Estonia Digital Nomad Visa
Georgia Visa Program
Germany Aufenthaltserlaubnis für selbständige Tätigkeit (Freelancer visa)
Malta Nomad Residency Permit
Norway Independent Contractor Visa
MIDDLE EAST
Dubai, UAE 1-year Virtual Working Program

Present and Future Impacts

Countries listed below are exploring or opening a digital nomad visa stream shortly.

COMING SOON?
Belize Work where you vacation program
Greece Greece’s government is working on a special visa for digital nomads, this comes after an agreement between the Minister of Migration and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Indonesia 5-Year Visa
North Macedonia Digital Nomad Visa
Romania Digital Nomad Visa
Thailand Digital Nomad Visa
South Africa Remote Working Visa

Conclusion

As the concept of ‘work from home’ has become ubiquitous, the “digital nomad visa” has also grown in popularity. As such, digital nomad visas may be an alternative avenue to explore for individuals seeking immigration, travel or work abroad.

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