These countries will let you work on digital nomad visas

Posted by Leila Stein on 23 July 2020

An unexpected, but beneficial outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many businesses and countries are embracing the concept of remote working. Over the last few months, many countries have introduced remote working visas to encourage people visiting their country to stay a while longer.

If you’re considering a change of scenery and have a job that allows you to work from home, you can work from almost anywhere in the world.

These countries offer a digital nomad visa to allow remote workers:

Georgia

 

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Georgia is one of the most recent countries to announce it will implement a digital nomad visa. Freelancers or those who are self-employed can apply for the special visa if they plan to stay for 6 months or longer. The visa requirements do say you need travel insurance for this time but other than that, there are not restrictions.

Estonia 

 

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Estonia also recently introduced a specific digital nomad visa to encourage foreigners to stay longer in the country. Their programme will allow international visitors who have jobs that allow for remote work to apply, especially if they are in the fields of technology, finance or marketing.

At the moment, those who apply have to undergo a thorough background check to prove they are really digital nomads, with a steady income and employment. A number of 1,800 people will be for eligible the visa per year. Those who apply can be approved for either short or long term stays.

Costa Rica

 

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Costa Rica has the Rentista visa which allows nomads to stay in the country for up to two years with the option to extend after. Much like Bermuda, this visa was set up as a smaller investment programme for the country. To qualify, you need proof of a minimum of $2,500 (around R42,000) per month in steady income.

Norway

 

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This is an interesting digital nomad visa because it applies to a specific location and has no limit. Those wanting to live in Norway can apply as long as they are planning to live and work in Svalbard, an archipelago between Norway mainland and the North Pole. This isn’t your standard work-from-the-beach situation and is likely to be more attractive to those who are more adventurous. The area has 24-hour darkness for three months of the year and has extremely low temperatures.

To qualify, you just have to prove you have enough income to support yourself.

Bermuda

 

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Bermuda has also recently joined this group in an effort to encourage longer stays and therefore more capital investment in their island. The country has taken a knock since travel slowed down and have found that offering a digital nomad visa would encourage people to invest in the country by paying for accommodation and their livelihood without taking away jobs from locals.

To qualify for this visa, you have to be over 18, be of ‘good character’ and provide proof of employment and health insurance. Students are also welcome to apply and have to prove they are enrolled in research, undergraduate, graduate or doctorate studies.

Mexico

 

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Mexico offers a temporary resident visa which means you can live and work in the country for a year, with the possibility to renew for three years. The benefit of Mexico is that they have no restrictions on what jobs you can be doing as a freelancer or remote worker, rather you have to prove that you have a monthly income over $1,620 (around R27,00) for six months before your application and a bank balance over $27,000 (around R450,000).

Portugal

 

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The D7 Passive Income visa lets those with the required income stay in the country for a year. The visa can be extended two years at a time up to five years before you have to apply for permanent residency. This visa isn’t just for digital nomads but for anyone who can prove they have the required, sustained passive income.

Those applying have to open a bank account in Portugal, prove they have long-term accommodation and a health insurance policy.

Czechia

 

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Czechia has a long term visa on offer for those who wish to stay for a year in the country. The requirements to qualify include having accommodation sorted before arrival and a criminal history record from your country of origin. You also have to prove you have the subsistence minimum for this period as determined by the Czech government which amounts to  around R80,000.

Germany

 

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Germany is well-known for it’s special ‘freelance visa’ which allows freelancers to work in the country for up to 3 years. It is a process to get approved however, as the local tax office has to consider your freelance job ‘liberal’ instead of commercial. In addition, once you qualify and live in Germany, you will have to pay taxes to their government.

There is also a specific artist visa which only applies to those who are artists and want to work in Berlin. Whether you are considered for this visa will be up to the case manager who handles it.

Spain

 

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Spain has a self-employment visa which allows self-employed nomads to stay in the country for up to year. Much like other visas it requires you to prove you can support yourself while in the country and you must undergo a background check.

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