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What Countries Offer a Digital Nomad Visa?

The digital nomad lifestyle is on the rise, with the number of workers earning while traveling increasing by 131% since 2019. The world changed a lot during the pandemic, and now dozens of countries offer digital nomad visas that allow workers to enter the country and work remotely.


For those interested in obtaining more autonomy from work and traveling while they earn, this guide will cover current digital nomad visa countries and what the best options are.

What Is a Digital Nomad Visa?

A digital nomad visa is a specific type of travel visa that allows you to travel to a country and stay there while working remotely, including for foreign companies. They differ from regular work visas because they get around the complication of taxation while working abroad.


Plus, many digital nomad visas last longer than other visa types, with eligible travelers able to stay for six years to two months.


Notably, countries don’t tend to refer to the programs as ‘digital nomad visas.’ They have other names, such as the Work From Bermuda Certificate, so it will take some detailed research to find out what works for you.

Digital Nomad Visa Eligibility Criteria

The digital nomad visa requirements differ between countries. However, there are some general similarities. You must:


  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have a job that you can do from anywhere in the world
  • Have a specific minimum income per month


Typically, you can apply online. The best digital nomad visas are usually easy to apply for, with an application process including emails and online forms. In some cases, though, you will need to take your documents to an embassy, or even be in the country before you can apply.


Application varies between countries. In general, you need:


  • A valid passport
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of savings
  • Travel documents
  • Insurance policy or proof of international health insurance
  • Proof of accommodation

Countries with Digital Nomad Visas

Just under fifty locales currently offer digital nomad visas. They are:


  • Albania
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Brazil
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominica
  • Dubai
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia-Bali
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Lucia
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand


Some of these countries have announced a digital nomad visa but have not yet implemented the scheme.


More countries are set to add themselves to the list soon. Spain, Belize, and South Africa have plans to establish a digital nomad visa in the next few years.

The Best Digital Nomad Visas

Some digital nomad visas are better than others. Of course, it depends on where you want to travel and where you feel comfortable, too.


Here are some of the best countries with digital nomad visas that give you the greatest freedoms to explore.

Estonia

Estonia’s digital nomad visa was launched in 2020. The country has lofty goals for digital advancement, and encouraging digital nomads to work there is one facet of the plan. There are plenty of co-working spaces to help you with productivity, and even support for travelers launching start-ups.


Hungary

The White Card is Hungary’s version of a digital nomad visa. Valid for up to two years, The White Card is ideal for travelers who might want to stick around. It’s an ideal destination, too, because it has a relatively low cost of living. The visa itself is more affordable than most, with a monthly income requirement of just €2000.


Malta

Digital nomads with families might want to check out the Mediterranean isle of Malta. The visa allows you to travel with a spouse, same-sex partner, or even children. You can also apply through email.


Iceland

Digital nomads with a higher income might want to visit Iceland. You need to earn over $7,500 a month to ensure that you can afford the high cost of living. Then, the visa is valid for 180 days.

Thailand

As of September 1, 2022, Thailand allows digital nomads to enter the country with the LTR visa. Valid for ten years, this is an exceptional visa for those who meet the requirements. You must:


  • Earn at least $80,000
  • Work for a “well-established” company
  • Have health insurance with at least $50,000 in coverage


Cabo Verde

The tropical island nation of Cabo Verde encourages digital nomads to visit and stay for up to a year. With an affordable cost of living and an easy application process, it’s a great destination for travelers seeking sun.

Barbados

The Welcome Stamp visa in Barbados is very popular among digital nomads. You can get Wi-Fi on the beach, which means you can literally work from anywhere. The Welcome Stamp also allows digital nomads to travel with school-age children.

How to Be a Digital Nomad

If you want to become a digital nomad, you must plan carefully. First of all, ensure you have a steady stream of income that you can account for. Most countries require proof of income as part of the application process.


QuickBooks cloud accounting software can help you get your affairs in order before you travel. Plus, you can keep your income and business expenditures organized while you travel.


Most of the time, you only need to pay tax to your country of residence. However, in some instances, tax for digital nomads can be more complicated. In Germany, for example, you have some tax responsibilities even with the digital nomad visa. 

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What Are You Waiting for?

There are many options for self-employed workers and freelancers who want to work remotely while exploring the world. It’s likely that there will be even more countries offering digital nomad visas in the next few years, so keep your eyes peeled for new travel options.


In the meantime, check out more guides on becoming a digital nomad and the jobs you can do while you’re there.



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