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.
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:
|Cape Verde||Remote Working Cabo Verde|
|Mauritius||Mauritius Premium Travel Visa|
|Seychelles||Seychelles Workcation Program|
|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|
|Andorra||D.1.2. Residència per a professionals amb projecció internacional|
|Croatia||Digital Nomad Visa|
|Estonia||Digital Nomad Visa|
|Germany||Aufenthaltserlaubnis für selbständige Tätigkeit (Freelancer visa)|
|Malta||Nomad Residency Permit|
|Norway||Independent Contractor Visa|
|Dubai, UAE||1-year Virtual Working Program|
Present and Future Impacts
Countries listed below are exploring or opening a digital nomad visa stream shortly.
|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.|
|North Macedonia||Digital Nomad Visa|
|Romania||Digital Nomad Visa|
|Thailand||Digital Nomad Visa|
|South Africa||Remote Working Visa|
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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