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38 Remote Work Visas for Digital Nomads in 2021

38 Remote Work Visas for Digital Nomads in 2021

Traveling the world and making a living online with remote work may sound like a dream, but it's now more accessible than ever. With the world opening back up, we've seen a shift in mindset around asynchronous communication and remote work. Companies like Coinbase, Zillow, Google, Twitter, Square, and Shopify have joined the growing list of remote startups and companies declaring staff can work remotely permanently even when their offices reopen. This means you can get paid to travel.

But it's not only companies and workers who are embracing this cultural shift. Governments around the world are opening up their borders to digital nomads by introducing remote work visas, tourist visas, and long-term visas in an attempt to entice remote workers. Why? Countries that rely heavily on tourism could lose over $4 trillion due to the COVID-19 impacts on travel and remote workers could help make up for lost tourism by supporting local businesses. Digital nomads make up a significant and growing chunk of today's workforce and contribute to the economies they travel in.

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Why you should consider working remotely abroad: It's good for you and your wallet

The world witnessed a historic shift due to the covid pandemic. The percentage of employees that have shifted to working remotely is expected to double in 2021. Lockdowns have accelerated the adoption of remote work adoption by years — 90% of workers who now work remotely plan to do so forever. I count myself as one of them.

Employers and employees alike are benefiting from the advantages of remote work and remote work skills have never been more in demand.  Ultimately, working remotely allows for increased autonomy and flexibility — employees have more freedom to work when and how they want, regardless of their industry or timezone.

For employers, it’s clear the benefits of remote work help keep employees happy, engaged, and fulfilled. Supporting remote work is a low cost way to boost productivity and improve employee retention and happiness. It's a win-win.

There's never been a better time to find a remote job or attract remote employees. A remote job is often a stepping stone to the digital nomad lifestyle and working remotely abroad comes with a whole new set of advantages... See our guide on the best remote job boards.

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Save money (and get paid to travel)

This has to be top of the list. Working from countries with favorable exchange rates is the greatest digital nomad hack for your bank account. Living costs are often much lower in other countries. Not only are you getting paid to travel, but your monthly income goes further in low cost countries.

Well-established hubs for digital nomads such as Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Argentina, and Ecuador offer visas, while also having relatively low costs of living. Plus, many of these countries have relied heavily on tourism and have struggled through the covid pandemic, so by taking advantage of remote work visas, you're also helping the local communities.

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Meet new people

One of the most cited challenges that remote workers face is loneliness! Humans are collaborators. Even if you're introverted and prefer to work alone, it can be hard to connect and meet new people when working remotely. If you've traveled before, you'll understand that throwing yourself into new experiences and exploring new cultures and countries is an incredible way to meet new people from all around the world.

Working abroad, especially out of a co-working space, is a great way to get the social benefits of an office without the distraction of working closely with your colleagues. Many remote companies offer co-working stipends for this exact reason.

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Learn new skills

Moving to a new country pushes you out of your comfort zone. Especially if you've been cooped up in lockdown and unable to travel in 2021. Traveling and the digital nomad lifestyle opens you up to new cultures, new ideas and perspectives, new skills, and even new languages — experiences that push you forward both personally and professionally.

You can only take in so much on a short holiday. By working remotely overseas, you can really immerse yourself in the country's culture. Whether you're mastering the language, trying new things, or expanding your network, the new perspectives and soft skills you develop will help you personally and make you a more well-rounded and resourceful worker, propelling your professional career as well.

Don't believe the myth that remote work is bad for your career.

Countries with remote work visas in Latin America

Colombia

Colombia

Colombia is one of the world's most biodiverse countries. It contains parts of the Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, and deserts, and it's the only country in South America with coastlines and islands along the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Colombia's M-Type Freelancer visa allows international workers to stay in the country for up to three years as long as they are freelancing for a Colombian organization.

Note: this visa does not extend to freelancing for non-Colombian companies.

Duration of Colombia's M-Type Freelance visa

Colombia's M-Type Freelancer visa allows you to stay in Colombia for up to three years.

Cost of Colombia's M-Type Freelance visa

Colombia's M-Type Freelance visa costs in total US $282. This is made up of an initial mandatory visa application fee of US $52 that is non-refundable even if you are rejected. If your visa application is successful, you'll need to pay an additional US $230 to have your visa stamped in your passport.

There are five payment methods:

  1. PSE
  2. Servibanca
  3. Banco GNB Sudameris
  4. Payment at Consulates
  5. VISA credit card

Requirements for Colombia's M-Type Freelance visa

To apply for Colombia's M-Type Freelance visa, you'll need to submit the following information:

  • A scanned copy of the first page of your passport and the entry stamp of Colombia and copies of any previously held Colombian visas
  • A 3 x 4 cm passport-style photo with a white background
  • A visa application letter details your intentions of being an independent worker in Colombia, how long you intend to stay, and why
  • A resume that outlines your experience and background
  • Scanned copies of at least three education or professional certificates related to your occupation
  • References from Colombian employers who have an interest in procuring your independent services
  • Six months of personal bank statements showing you have been earning over 10-times the Colombian minimum monthly wage (COP $877,903), roughly USD $2,350 USD each month

How to apply for Colombia's M-Type Freelance visa

Applications are submitted to and processed by Colombia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, biodiversity, long-standing and stable democracy, and for its highly educated workforce, most of whom speak English. It's a rugged, rainforested country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific oceans.

While an official digital nomad visa for Costa Rica is still being developed, the Costa Rica Assembly recently approved a new law to "attract remote workers and providers of international remote services".

The Rentista allows remote workers to apply for "rentista" (a person of independent means) visa which allows you to stay in the country for up to two years.

Note: this visa is only available for business owners or freelancers, not remote employees.

Cost of Costa Rica's Rentista

Costa Rica's remote work visa costs USD $250 to submit online via Costa Rica's General Directorate of Migration and Immigration.

Requirements for Costa Rica's Rentista

The Rentista residency category is available to people who have an income of at least $2,500 per month (or $30,000 USD per year). To meet this requirement, you'll usually need to make a deposit of US$60,000 at a Costa Rican bank and provide a letter stating that at least US$2,500 per month will be made by you during your stay.

To apply for Costa Rica's remote work visa, you'll need to submit the following information:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • Two passport-size photos
  • Proof of fingerprints record
  • Original Police Clearance Certificate
  • Original and photocopy of passport
  • Proof of consular registration
  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)
  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Evidence of income and access to US$60,000

How to apply for Costa Rica's Rentista

Applications are submitted online and processed by Costa Rica's General Directorate of Migration and Immigration. If you meet the requirements above, you'll also need your documentation to be translated into Spanish before applying.

Mexico

Mexico

Mexico is the third-largest country in Latin America, after Brazil and Argentina, and has a rich heritage. Mexico is often known as a land of extremes — few countries are as biodiverse and home to as many flora and fauna species as Mexico — you can go from incredible mountains and deep canyons in the center of the country to sweeping deserts in the north, and dense rain forests in the south and east.

If you're traveling to Mexico, you can typically travel without a visa for up to 180 days. Mexico's Temporary Resident Visa allows remote workers to stay in Mexico for more than 180 days and less than 4 years, as long as they are working for a Mexican organization or their own location-independent business.

Cost of Mexico's Temporary Resident Visa

Mexico's Temporary Resident Visa costs USD $44 to submit online to the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry. You can find more details on the application fees here.

Requirements for Mexico's Temporary Resident Visa

To apply for Mexico's Temporary Resident Visa, you'll need to submit the following information:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • Completed Mexico Temporary Visa application form
  • Original and photocopy of passport
  • Original and a photocopy of the migratory document proving your legal migratory status in Canada (only for applicants who are not Canadian citizens)
  • One passport-size photo
  • Original and a photocopy of investment receipts or bank statements showing an average monthly balance of CAD $45,334 during the past twelve months
  • Original and a photocopy of documents showing a monthly income of over CAD $2,720 during the past six months

How to apply for Mexico's Temporary Resident Visa

Applications are submitted online and processed by the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry, where you can also find a detailed list of the visa application requirements and expectations.

Countries with remote work visas in Africa

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde

Cape Verde might just be Africa’s best kept secret. Cabo Verde is a Portuguese-speaking island country spanning an archipelago of 10 islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of western Africa. With a population of approx. 550,000, it relies heavily on tourism with its tropical warm weather, beautiful beaches, and beautiful turquoise water.

Known for having almost no rain, Capo Verde is the place to be for digital nomads looking for a lesser-known tropical paradise to work remotely.

The Cabo Verde Remote Working Program is a temporary visa that allows remote workers to set up for 6 months, with the opportunity of renewal for another 6 months.

Note: this visa is eligible for anyone from Europe, North America, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), and the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO).

Cost of the Cabo Verde Remote Working Program Visa

The Cabo Verde Remote Working Program Visa costs EUR €54 to apply. This consists of a EUR €20 visa fee to apply online via the program's website, and a EUR €34 airport fee on arrival (which you can preregister for here).

Requirements for the Cabo Verde Remote Working Program Visa

The Cabo Verde Remote Working Program is eligible for anyone from Europe, North America, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO).

To apply for the Cabo Verde Remote Working Program, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • A valid passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Proof of income during the previous 6 months of at least EUR €1,500 per month for an individual, or EUR €2,700 for a family
  • Valid health insurance with coverage for evacuation in the case of death
  • A valid negative COVID-19 test
  • Criminal certificate record issued by applicant's national or residence country authorities
  • Copy of local booking accommodation

How to apply for the Cabo Verde Remote Working Program Visa

The application process for the Cabo Verde Remote Working Program is relatively easy compared to other visas. Applications are submitted online and processed by the program's website. The processing time is super fast comparatively at approximately 2 weeks.

Mauritius

Mauritius

After he visited remote Mauritius in 1896, Mark Twain quoted an islander as saying: "Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and heaven was copied after Mauritius."

Mauritius is a small, multi-cultural island country in the middle of the turquoise Indian Ocean, just off the eastern coast of Africa and 500 miles east of Madagascar.

While Mauritius is better known for its beautiful beaches and lagoons, and for being almost entirely surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, it might surprise you to learn that the interior of the island is volcanic in origin and incredibly green, and richly biodiverse. It's home to over 600 indigenous species of flora. The island also boasts national parks, waterfalls, and hundreds of hiking trails.

Digital nomads can live and work remotely from Mauritius for up to 12 months (with the option to renew) by applying for a Mauritius Premium Visa, which was recently introduced to help boost the local economy.

Cost of the Mauritius Premium Visa

The Mauritius Premium Visa costs nothing to apply! The application process is 100% online and 100% free — Mauritius has introduced this remote work visa to invite foreign nationals to its shores.

Requirements for the Mauritius Premium Visa

The Mauritius Premium Visa is available to most countries and is a relatively simple application process. To apply, you must show you intend to stay long-term on the island and that you earn income by working for yourself or for companies not based in Mauritius. Basically, you need to prove you're not going to compete with the Mauritius labor market.

To apply for the Mauritius Premium Visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Rental agreement or other proof that you intend to stay in Mauritius for a long period of time
  • Original and photocopy of passport
  • A copy of your plane ticket to Mauritius (and reservation for a return ticket)
  • One passport-size photo
  • Pre-booking for accommodation after the quarantine period
  • Travel and health insurance for the period of stay
  • Proof (bank statements or income tax statements) to show that you have the funds and/or monthly income to meet the cost of living in Mauritius (at least USD $1,500 or EUR €1,300 per month for each applicant)

How to apply for the Mauritius Premium Visa

The application process for the Mauritius Premium Visa is a simple process. Applications are submitted online via the Mauritius Economic Development Board's website.

Seychelles

Seychelles

Seychelles, one of the world’s smallest countries, is a beautiful archipelago of 115 small islands in the turquoise Indian Ocean, just off the eastern coast of Africa.

Seychelles is certainly one of the most beautiful tropical island destinations in the world and is best known for crystal-clear beaches and 365-day sunshine. Seychelles was isolated for 75 million years, which created one of the most uniquely distinctive flora and fauna landscapes in the world, similar to Madagascar and the Galapagos Islands.

The Seychelles Tourism Board followed the lead of Mauritius and announced the new Seychelles Workcation Program, a remote work visa launched in early 2021. The visa allows digital nomads to live and work from any of the 115 islands that comprise the archipelago for up to 1 year.

“Home office has become the new normal for the majority of workers and Seychelles Workation Programme is providing them with an opportunity to continue working from ‘home’, but in a more picturesque location.”
— Sherin Francis, Seychelles Tourism Board Chief Executive.

Cost of the Seychelles Workcation Program

There is a one-time fee of EUR €45 (approx. US $52) to apply for the visa online via the Seychelles Islands Travel Authorization website.

Requirements for the Seychelles Workcation Program

The Seychelles Workcation Program welcomes both self-employed business owners, freelancers, and remote employees.

To apply for the remote visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • A valid passport valid for at least 6 months
  • A letter of employment or proof of business ownership
  • Proof of income or funds sufficient for the duration of the stay (bank statements)
  • Valid health and travel insurance
  • A provisional onward ticket for the duration of the visit or flight itinerary from the airline
  • Copy of local booking accommodation

How to apply the Seychelles Workcation Program

The application process for the Seychelles Workcation Program is super simple. You'll also need to apply at least 60 days before arrival. Applications are submitted online and processed by the program's website.

Countries with remote work visas in the Middle East

Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

The United Arab Emirates or the Emirates, is a country in Western Asia located at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula. In late 2020, Dubai announced their new Virtual Working Visa, inviting digital nomads to live and work for up to 12 months in Dubai while working for companies that are based overseas.

While the cost of living in Dubai may be too high for many digital nomads, the work visa is well-suited for bringing family members. For a one-time fee of US $611, remote workers have access to internet, banking facilities, rental accommodation, and can even send their children to school. Dubai is one of the safest places in the world to travel and has incredibly fast internet and utilities.

Cost of Dubai's Virtual Working Visa

There is a one-time fee of US $611 to apply for the visa online via the Dubai Tourism website.

Requirements for Dubai's Virtual Working Visa

To apply for the remote visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • A valid passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Proof of employment with a one-year contract validity, a minimum of USD $5,000 per month salary, last month's payslip, and 3 preceding months' bank statements, OR
  • Proof of ownership of a company for one year or more, with an average monthly income of US $5,000 per month and 3 preceding months’ bank statements
  • Valid health insurance with coverage for the United Arab Emirates

How to apply for Dubai's Virtual Working Visa

The application process for the Virtual Working Visa is easy. Applications are submitted online and processed via the Dubai Tourism website.

Countries with remote work visas in Asia-Pacific

Australia

Australia

Australia is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It’s known as a major backpacking, camping, road trip, and diving destination, but no matter your travel style, there is something to draw you there.

It's the sixth-largest country by land area, with the majority of the population concentrated along the eastern and south-eastern coasts. Contrary to popular belief, it's not completely scorching and sunny 365-days of the year in Australia — the island continent features a large range of climates — from dry, hot deserts inland, to tropical rainforests on the coasts.

While Australia can be relatively expensive to travel in (often due to the vast size of the country), an Australian Working Holiday Visa, also known as a 417 visa, is a great option for digital nomads to travel and work for up to 12 months. After which, you can apply to extend your visa with a Second Working Holiday Visa if you complete 3 months of farm work in Australia. Many visitors to Australia use this visa as a stepping stone to apply for permanent residency.

While Sydney and Melbourne are the two main city hubs in Australia, there are dozens of popular digital nomad hubs that are growing in popularity and are often cheaper and nicer to live — Byron Bay, Newcastle, Hobart, and Port Macquarie just to name a few.

Cost of the Australian Working Holiday Visa

The cost for a new visa is AUD $485 per person (approx. US $350) to apply for an Australian Working Holiday Visa for the first 12 months.

Requirements for the Australian Working Holiday Visa

To apply for the remote visa, you must be a citizen of and hold a valid passport from a list of approved countries on the Australian Home Affairs website. You also must be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive).

When applying, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • A valid passport from a list of approved countries
  • Proof of income or funds sufficient for your initial stay (usually about AUD $5,000 or USD $3,265), plus the fare to where you are going after leaving Australia

How to apply for the Australian Working Holiday Visa

The application process for the Australian Working Holiday Visa is fairly straightforward, although processing times can be up to 6 months. Applications are submitted online via the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

Taiwan

Taiwan

Taiwan is a small island nation that remains largely undiscovered and underrated by tourists. It's been on my travel list since I watched Johnny Harris' 'My Favourite Places on Earth in 2019'.

Taiwan became the first true Chinese domcracy in the 1990s, and since then has become a melting pot of Chinese, Japanese, and indigenous cultures. Taiwan really has something for everyone — an incredibly rich history and culture, friendly people, the largest mountains in Northeast Asia, and best of all, some of the best street food in the world.

While Taiwan doesn't technically have a digital nomad visa, remote workers can take advantage of their open-ended work permit, The Gold Card.

Cost of the Gold Card visa

The cost to apply for The Gold Card costs anywhere between USD $100 and USD $310, depending on your nationality and the duration of the card.

Requirements for the Gold Card visa

The application criteria for The Gold Card visa can be a little tricky to navigate. There are two ways to apply for the visa — through your professional credentials or by proving you have financial means to support yourself.

Firstly, applicants are eligible to apply for the visa if they have professional credentials that fall into one of eight professional fields.

Secondly, you can apply for the visa if you can show you have financial means to support yourself in Taiwan, specifically that have maintained a salary of TWD 160,000 (approx. USD $5,700) per month.

An easy way to see if you qualify for this visa is to use the Gold Card Qualification Check. This will help you decide which criteria you can consider in your application.

How to apply for the Gold Card visa

The application process for The Gold Card visa is an easy online 3-step process. Applications are submitted online via the The Gold Card visa website.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island country south of India. There are so many reasons to visit Sri Lanka, and it remains an underrated place to travel for both tourists and digital nomads. With incredible beaches with, surprisingly, some of the best surf in the world, biodiverse tropical jungles, and misty mountains, there's something in Sri Lanka for everyone. Plus, the food is renowned as some of the best in the world.

While Sri Lanka doesn't have a specific digital nomad visa, they're working on one. In August 2021, the Sri Lankan government announced a new digital nomad visa in the works that will be valid for 3-months and cost just US $85. The details are not known yet, but the digital visa will likely be issued through the Sri Lankan Electronic Authorization System, making it super easy to apply and organize.

In the meantime, the Sri Lankan government has made it super easy to apply for extensions to the Tourist Visit Visa for up to 270 days.

Cost of the Tourist Visit Visa

The cost to apply for a Tourist Visit Visa varies a little, depending on which country you're from and the length of your stay. You can find a detailed list of fees here. If you're from the United States, here's what to expect:

  • For the first 30 days: US $20
  • 30 to 90 days: US $100
  • 90 to 180 days: free!
  • 180 to 270 days: US $200
  • TOTAL: US $320

Requirements for the Tourist Visit Visa

When applying for the Tourist Visit Visa, you'll need to provide the following as part of your application:

  • A completed entry visa form
  • A completed ETA application form
  • A passport photo
  • A valid passport
  • Proof of a return air ticket
  • Address and the telephone number of the place of accommodation. (hotel vouchers and bills)

How to apply for the Tourist Visit Visa

The application process for the Tourist Visit Visa is an easy online process. You should complete this process before arriving in Sri Lanka. Applications are submitted online via the Sri Lankan Electronic Authorization System website.

Countries with remote work visas in the Caribbean

Anguilla

Anguilla

Anguilla is famous for its 33 untouched white-sand beaches and bright, colorful reefs in turquoise waters. Sounds pretty great, right?

Officially known as the British Overseas Territory Anguilla, the small island is the perfect Caribbean location for long-term stays for digital nomads. In late 2020, Anguilla announced they are accepting applicants for their new remote workers visa. The visa allows digital nomads to stay and work on the island for up to one year and can be renewed after 12 months.

While the cost of living in Anguilla is not particularly cheap, it's an incredible destination for a 12-month working holiday with everything the Caribbean has to offer.

Cost of Anguilla's remote work visa

There is a one-time fee of approximately US $2,000 to apply for the visa online via the Anguilla Tourist Board website. While this is quite a large fee for a visa application, it covers additional travel, PCR, and registration fees so there are no surprises.

Requirements for Anguilla's remote work visa

To apply for the Anguilla remote work visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • Proof of Visas (if applying as a National of the countries listed here)
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Police record (with a validity of not more than six months)
  • Proof of employment from a company based outside of Anguilla, or proof that you own your business
  • A brief description of the work the applicant will be doing

How to apply for Anguilla's remote work visa

The application process for the visa is easy. Applications are submitted online and processed via the Anguilla Tourist Board website.

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth country comprising of its 2 main islands — Antigua and Barbuda — and several smaller ones.

“We have 365 beaches here – one for every day of the year.” If you were given a dollar every time you heard that in Antigua, you wouldn't need to work remotely at all. As you might have guessed, the islands here are famous for their beaches and pristine white sands.

Antigua is the more "touristy" of the two islands, with a large harbor and colorful coral reefs attracting visitors all year round. Barbuda is located approx. 27 miles north of Antigua, and is the more relaxed of the two.

Antigua and Barbuda relied heavily on tourism from European countries and have launched a special non lucrative visa for digital nomads called Nomad Digital Residence (NDR). It allows remote workers to stay and work on any of the Caribbean islands for up to 24 months.

Cost of Antigua and Barbuda's Nomad Digital Residence (NDR)

There is a one-time fee of USD $1,500 for one person, $2,000 for a couple, $3000 for a family of 3 or more to apply for a Nomad Digital Residence (NDR) online via the Antiguanomad Residence website.

Requirements for Antigua and Barbuda's Nomad Digital Residence (NDR)

The Nomad Digital Residence (NDR) welcomes self-employed business owners, freelancers, and remote employees, as long as they are employed by a company outside of Antigua and Barbuda.

To apply for the visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • One passport-size photo
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • A certificate of medical/travel insurance coverage
  • Proof or police clearance or a background check for each applicant
  • Proof of employment, including self-employment
  • Proof of expected income of no less than US $50,000 for the next 2 years (bank statements and/or payslips)

How to apply for Antigua and Barbuda's Nomad Digital Residence (NDR)

The application process for the Nomad Digital Residence (NDR) is a simple online form. Applications are submitted online and processed via the Antiguanomad Residence website.

Aruba

Aruba

At only 19.6 miles long and six miles across, Aruba is the smallest country on this list. Known for its beautiful powdery-white sand, Aruba embraces you with warm sunny days and even warmer, sunnier people. In fact, Aruba has more sunny days than any other island in the Caribbean.

If your home country is the US, UK, or the Netherlands, Aruba recently announced their One Happy Workation initiative, which allows digital nomads to stay and work on the island for up to 90 days. You can even bring your pet.

Cost of Aruba's One Happy Workation visa

It costs nothing to apply for a One Happy Workation visa, however, you'll need to purchase an accommodation package and transfers, etc. before you apply. Basically, the special visa is a part of the deal.

Requirements for Aruba's One Happy Workation visa

Unfortunately, this special visa is only open to citizens of the US, UK, and the Netherlands. To be eligible, you have to meet these requirements:

  • Hold a valid passport from the US, UK, or Netherlands
  • Be employed from a company based outside of Aruba, or are self-employed
  • Book one of the package deals (accommodation and transfers) from the One Happy Workation website

How to apply for Aruba's One Happy Workation visa

There isn't really a formal application process — you won’t need to provide bank statements or fill out an application form. If you meet the requirements above, the special visa is included in your stay.

The Bahamas

The Bahamas

The Bahamas are a string archipelago of over 700 islands and cays, stretching across 500 miles (804 km) of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The Bahamas are home to some of the most beautiful and postcard-perfect beaches in the world.

The Bahamas are a popular tourist destination, particularly for US tourists, because of their close proximity to Miami and hundreds of luxurious resorts. Like most islands in the Caribbean, the larger islands are not cheap to explore. Fortunately, digital nomads can take advantage of the recently launched Bahamas Extended Travel Stay (BEATS) visa. This extended-stay visa offers the opportunity for remote workers to live and work remotely on any of 16 tax-free islands for 12 months.

Launched in October 2020, the visa is unique in that it's also open to students and there is the option to renew your stay annually for up to three years.

Cost of the Bahamas Extended Travel Stay Visa

The total cost to apply for the visa online is US $1,025. This is made up of a one-time application fee of US $25 (plus an additional US $25 for each dependent) and a permit fee of  USD $1,000 (plus an additional US $500 for each dependent).

Requirements for the Bahamas Extended Travel Stay Visa

To apply for the remote visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of medical insurance coverage for the primary applicant and all dependents
  • Proof of employment, including self-employment (a letter from employer if you're an employee)
  • [If applying as a student] proof of enrollment in an accredited learning institution as well as proof of sufficient funds to cover living expenses and return travel expense

How to apply for the Bahamas Extended Travel Stay Visa

The application process for the Bahamas Extended Travel Stay (BEATS) is a simple online form. Applications are submitted online and processed via the BEATS website and take about 5 days to process.

Barbados

Barbados

Barbados is a warm, volcanic coral island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies. While best known for its beaches, Barbados boasts some incredible geological structures and landscapes like no other, with rolling hills, a biodiverse distribution of flora and fauna, and a vast array of caves and underground lakes in the island's coral core.

In mid-2020, the island introduced the Barbados Welcome Stamp, a special visa for digital nomads allowing them to live and work on the island for up to 12 months. After 12 months, you can even reapply to extend your stay.

Cost of the Barbados Welcome Stamp

There is a one-time fee of US $2,000 for individuals or US $3,000 for a family to apply for the visa online via the Barbados Welcome Stamp website.

Requirements for the Barbados Welcome Stamp

This remote work visa is open to anyone, as long as you meet a few requirements and only work remotely for companies and individuals outside of Barbados.

To apply for the remote visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • One passport-size photo
  • Copy of passport
  • A certificate of medical/travel insurance coverage
  • Proof of annual income of over US $50,000

How to apply for the Barbados Welcome Stamp

The application process for the visa is super simple. Applications are submitted online and processed via the Barbados Welcome Stamp website and are processed within just 5 working days or less!

Bermuda

Bermuda

Bermuda is Britain's oldest, smallest, and most affluent British Overseas Territory. It's best known for its pink sand beaches, amongst some of the most beautiful you'll find in the Caribbean. The island has a distinctive blend of British and American culture, which makes it a popular tourist destination.

In August 2020, the Government of Bermuda introduced the Work from Bermuda Certificate, a special visa allowing digital nomads and students to work remotely.

If you're a citizen of the US, Canada, UK or the EU, you don't need a visa to work remotely from Bermuda.

Cost of the Work from Bermuda Certificate

There is a one-time fee of US $263 to apply for the visa online via the Work from Bermuda Certificate website.

Requirements for the Work from Bermuda Certificate

Unlike many remote work visas, the Work from Bermuda Certificate visa is also open to students. To apply for the remote visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Copy of passport (must be at least 18 years old)
  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • Proof of valid health insurance
  • Proof of employment with a company located outside of Bermuda, or self-employed
  • [If applying as a student] proof of enrollment in a Research, Undergraduate, Graduate or Doctorate Programme
  • Proof (bank statements or income tax statements) to show you have the funds and/or monthly income to meet the cost of living in Bermuda

How to apply for the Work from Bermuda Certificate

The application process for the Work from Bermuda Certificate is an easy online form. Applications are submitted online via the Government of Bermuda's website.

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

The beautiful Cayman Islands are an archipelago of three small islands in the Caribbean Sea, located about 180 miles (290km) northwest of Jamaica. The islands are probably most well-known as a tax haven, but with their gorgeous coral reefs and shimmering, clear, turquoise waters, the Cayman Islands have long been a popular honeymoon destination.

While the Cayman Islands don't specifically have a remote work visa, they offer a Global Citizen Concierge Certificate which is a long-term visa that allows digital nomads to set up office for 24 months and work remotely from the beautiful location.

Cost of the Cayman Islands' Global Citizen Concierge Certificate

There is a one-time fee of USD $1,469 to apply for a Global Citizen Concierge Certificate online via the Visit Cayman Islands website.

Requirements for the Cayman Islands' Global Citizen Concierge Certificate

The Global Citizen Concierge Certificate has a few requirements for eligibility that are a little steeper than most remote work visas. Notably, applicants must provide proof they make a minimum income of US $100,000 as an individual. You also can only work for a company located outside of the Cayman Islands.

To apply for the visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Proof of employment and/or income of no less than US $100,000 annually (if applying as an individual) and up to US $180,000 annually (if applying with accompanying dependents)
  • Proof of employment, including self-employment
  • A notarized bank reference
  • Copy of passport
  • One passport-size photo
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of police clearance or similar documentation
  • A certificate of medical/travel insurance coverage for a minimum of 30 days upon arrival (you'll also need to obtain local health insurance within 30 days of arriving)

How to apply for the Cayman Islands' Global Citizen Concierge Certificate

The application process for the Global Citizen Concierge Certificate is a simple online form. Applications are submitted online and processed via the program's website.

Curaçao

Curaçao

Curaçao is a Dutch Caribbean island and one of the 'ABC' islands alongside Aruba and Bonaire. The trio is located near Venezuela and is best known for its beach coves and biodiverse coral reefs. You'll probably also recognize its distinctive pastel-colored colonial architecture.

Earlier this year, the government of Curaçao introduced their new @HOME in Curaçao, a self-employment visa inviting digital nomads to live and work from the beautiful island for 6 months, with the possibility of extension for another 6 months.

Cost of @HOME in Curaçao

For a remote worker or digital nomad, there is a one-time fee of USD $294 to apply for a @HOME in Curaçao visa online via the program's website.

Requirements for @HOME in Curaçao

The @HOME in Curaçao visa welcomes both self-employed business owners, freelancers, and remote employees, as long as they are employed by a company outside of Curaçao.

To apply for the visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • One passport-size photo
  • Copy of passport
  • A certificate of medical/travel insurance coverage
  • Proof of employment, including self-employment
  • A provisional return ticket for your trip or flight itinerary from the airline

How to apply for @HOME in Curaçao

The application process for the @HOME in Curaçao visa is super simple and only takes about 2 weeks although processing times can be up to 6 months. Applications are submitted online via the @HOME in Curaçao website.

Dominica

Dominica

Dominica is known as the "Nature Island of the Caribbean" and it's easy to see why. Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island nation with lush tropical rainforests, stunning beaches, and natural hot springs.

In April 2021, Dominica launched their new Work In Nature visa program for digital nomads and their families. It's an 18-month self-employment visa designed to lure working tourists to live on the island.

It’s also a win-win, as the program is set up to help the local people and businesses who have suffered from the lack of tourism, but also contribute to Dominica's sustainability program. Dominica has pledged to become the "world's first climate-resilient nation" through various green initiatives. For example, the island implemented a complete plastic ban that was described as the world’s most “comprehensive” by National Geographic.

Cost of Dominica's Work in Nature visa

To apply for the Work In Nature visa, there is an application fee of USD $100, as well as a USD $800 visa fee for one person or USD $1,200 for a family. If you're a business, the application fee is USD $800 and then USD $500 for each additional employee for four or more employees.

Requirements for Dominica's Work in Nature visa

The Work in Nature visa welcomes self-employed business owners, freelancers, and remote employees, as long as they can expect to earn an income of at least US $50,000 over the next 12 months.

To apply for the visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • One passport-size photo
  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of relationship of dependents (if applying as a family)
  • Copy of a bank reference letter
  • Proof of employment, including self-employment
  • A certificate of health insurance covering you and all your family members (if applying as a family visa)

How to apply for Dominica's Work in Nature visa

The application process for the Work in Nature visa is easy. Applications are submitted online and processed via the Work in Nature Dominica website. After applying for the visa, you will receive an approval letter within 7 days and you then have 30 days to make the visa payment.

Jamaica

Jamaica

Jamaica is a large Caribbean island nation, best known for its biodiverse and lush mountainous rainforests and beautiful coral reefs. It's a popular tourist destination, and the famed birthplace of reggae music (and Bob Marley). On a map, you can find it about 90 miles (150 km) south of Cuba.

Sounds pretty good? This one is reserved for remote workers from the US, unfortunately!

In July 2021, Jamaica opened up its borders again to US citizens as long as they apply for pre-travel authorization. If you're visiting Jamaica for less than 30 days, you don't need a visa, but digital nomads can apply for a 6-month stay to live and work on the island.

Cost of Jamaica's pre-travel authorization

Applying for a remote work visa costs between USD $60 to $140, depending on the length of your stay.

Requirements for Jamaica's pre-travel authorization

If you're a US citizen, you can apply for a working visa as long as you are self-employed or working for a company not based in Jamaica.

To apply for the visa, you'll need the following:

  • A valid US passport
  • Proof of employment, including self-employment
  • Travel authorization (including a negative COVID-19 test)
  • A provisional return ticket for your trip or flight itinerary from the airline

How to apply for Jamaica's pre-travel authorization

To apply for a working visa in Jamaica, you’ll need to book an appointment with the Embassy of Jamaica. You’ll also need to apply for travel authorization before your trip, which includes a COVID-19 test.

Montserrat

Montserrat

Montserrat may be a lesser-known Caribbean island, but that adds to its beauty and allure. It’s a volcanic and mountainous British overseas territory located in the West Indies, known as the “Emerald Isle of the Caribbean”. Located about 27 miles (43 km) southwest of Antigua, Montserrat has very recently opened its borders again to visitors.

In early 2021, they introduced a remote work visa called the Montserrat Remote Work Stamp, which allows digital nomads to live and work on the island for up to 12 months. This visa is very similar to the Barbados Welcome Stamp and is designed to boost the local economy and attract visitors earning over US $70,000 per year.

Cost of the Montserrat Remote Work Stamp

There is a one-time fee of USD $500 for one person or from US $750 for families to apply for a Montserrat Remote Work Stamp online via the program’s website.

Requirements for the Montserrat Remote Work Stamp

The Montserrat Remote Work Stamp is open to everyone, as long as they are employed by a company outside of Montserrat and have the means to support themselves while visiting.

To apply for the visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • One passport-size photo
  • Copy of passport
  • A certificate of medical insurance coverage that is valid in Montserrat and has COVID-19 coverage
  • Proof or police clearance or a background check for each applicant
  • Proof of employment, including self-employment
  • Proof income of no less than US $70,000 per year (bank statements and/or payslips)

How to apply for the Montserrat Remote Work Stamp

The application process for the Montserrat Remote Work Stamp is a 100% online process. Applications are submitted online and processed via the Ministry Of Communication Works, Labour & Energy website.

Countries with remote work visas in Europe

Croatia

Croatia

With hot balmy days and deep sapphire beaches, Croatia is one of the most popular travel destinations in all of Europe. Famous for its stunning island-speckled coast, remarkably blue water, and pebble beaches, it’s easy to see why. Its most notable ancient city, Dubrovnik, doubles as King’s Landing in Game of Throne, so you’ll probably recognize it if you haven’t been.

For years, Croatia has been a popular destination for digital nomads, thanks to its accessibility, weather, and relatively cheap cost of living. As of January 1, 2021, Croatia is officially offering temporary residency for remote workers with their colloquially named digital nomad permit. This is great news, because it opens up the country to non-EU citizens to live and work in Croatia for up to 12 months.

Cost of Croatia's digital nomad permit

There is a one-time fee of HRK 590 (approx. USD $90) to apply for the permit, as well as an additional HRK 35 (approx. USD $5) in tax stamps.

Requirements for Croatia's digital nomad permit

The digital nomad permit welcomes everyone — self-employed business owners, freelancers, and remote employees — as long as they are employed by a company outside of Croatia.

To apply for the permit, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of a valid travel document showing your intended stay in Croatia
  • A certificate of health insurance that covers the territory of the Republic of Croatia
  • Proof of employment, including self-employment
  • Proof of income of no less than HRK 16,907.50 (approx US $2,600) per month (bank statement of payslips)
  • Proof or police clearance or a background check showing you have not been convicted of criminal offenses
  • Proof of your temporary address or booking confirmation in Croatia

How to apply for Croatia's digital nomad permit

The application process for the digital nomad permit is an online form. Applications are submitted online and processed via the Republic of Croatia Ministry of the Interior website.

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is smack bang in the center of Europe. This means there's easy access to some of Europe’s major cities. This Slavic nation is a hidden jewel and has become increasingly popular for tourism over the last decade. It’s famous for its rich history, interesting traditions, low cost of living, and awesome castles (fun fact: there are over 200 castles in the Czech Republic).

The Czech Republic’s version of a digital nomad visa, known as the Zivno Visa, has been around for years. Zivno visa is a commonly used term for a long-term visa for the Czech Republic, based on a Trade License (Zivno).

Cost of the Czech Republic's Zivno Visa

There is a one-time fee of EUR €100 (approx. US $115)  to apply for a Zivno Visa. You’ll also need to pay around CZK 1,800 (approx. USD $80) in local taxes every month during your stay.

Requirements for the Czech Republic's Zivno Visa

The Zivno Visa has a few requirements for eligibility that are a little more confusing than most remote work visas. Notably, you must first get your documents together and apply for the visa with your Czech embassy. Once you’ve applied, you’ll also need to apply for a trade license for a registered trade as part of your application (this is what’s known as “Zivno”).

To apply for the Zivno Visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of a medical report
  • Copy of police clearance or similar documentation
  • Proof of accommodation for at least 12 months
  • A certificate of health insurance coverage (if your application is approved)
  • Proof of employment, including self-employment
  • Proof of employment and/or income of CZK 14,000 to 21,000 (approx US $635 to $955) per month (this is not an “official” requirement, but it is known to be expected)

How to apply for the Czech Republic's Zivno Visa

To apply for a Zivno Visa, you’ll need to book an appointment with a Czech Embassy in your country or with the Czech Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The official approval time for the visa is 90-120 days, however, it can be anything between two weeks and even longer than four months.

Estonia

Estonia

Estonia is a small country in Northern Europe. It’s made up of more than 1,500 islands, with a diverse terrain spanning rocky beaches, old-growth forests, and many lakes. It’s also one of Europe's least crowded countries, with a population density of 28.4 people per square kilometer.

Estonia is the first country to offer “e-residency”, which is a special visa for digital nomads and remote workers to live and work in Estonia with access to public services. In August 2020, Estonia also announced a new Digital Nomad Visa which allows remote workers to live and work in Estonia for up to 12 months. The only caveat is the minimum income requirements are quite steep at EUR €3,504 (approx. US $4,040) per month.

Cost of Estonia's Digital Nomad Visa

There is a one-time fee of EUR €80 (approx. US $92) for a Type C visa (short stay), and EUR €100 (approx. US $115) for a Type D visa (long stay) to apply for a Digital Nomad Visa at an Estonian Embassy or Consulate.

Requirements for Estonia's Digital Nomad Visa

The Digital Nomad Visa is open to everyone, as long as they are employed by a company outside of Estonia.

As part of the application process, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of employment for a company not based in Estonia, including self-employment
  • Proof income of no less than EUR €3,504 (approx. US $4,040) per month for the last 6 months (bank statements and/or payslips)

How to apply for Estonia's Digital Nomad Visa

The application process for the Digital Nomad Visa is pretty straightforward. Fill out a Visa Application form online via the Republic of Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Once you’ve applied online, you’ll need to make an appointment at an Estonian Embassy or Consulate for an interview and to finalize the visa.

Georgia

Georgia

A lesser-known digital nomad hub, Georgia is a former Soviet republic country on the border between Asia and Europe. Known for its breathtaking mountains and deep cultural heritage, Georgia's mix of natural beauty, medieval history, and Soviet influences has made it one of Eastern Europe's most fascinating destinations.

In 2020, Georgia introduced a new ​​Remotely from Georgia visa that allows remote workers to live and work from the country completely free of any registration fees. The structure of the Remotely from Georgia program is great — 95 countries can enter Georgia visa-free and stay up to 365 days. It’s one of the most attractive digital nomad visas available, and Georgia has an incredibly low cost of living.

Cost of Georgia's Remotely from Georgia visa

Applying for the visa online is free, but there is a one-time cost of GEL 80 (approx. US $80) take a COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense.

Requirements for Georgia's Remotely from Georgia visa

The ​​Remotely from Georgia visa is open to everyone, as long as they are employed by a company outside of Georgia and can prove that you earn at least USD $2,000 per month. You’ll also be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense and undertake an obligatory quarantine on arrival.

As part of the application process, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of employment for a company not based in Georgia, including self-employment
  • Proof income of no less than USD $2,000 per month (bank statements and/or payslips)
  • A certificate of medical insurance coverage for your stay in Georgia

How to apply for Georgia's Remotely from Georgia visa

The application process for a Remotely from Georgia visa is super easy. To apply for the visa, you'll need to fill out an application form online. Once approved, you’ll also need to get a negative COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense.

Germany

Germany

Germany, the charming country synonymous with beer, sausages, “seriousness,” incredible hiking, breathtaking castles, and wild techno parties, is also a fantastic and well-known hub for digital nomads.

Getting a German Freelance “Freiberufler” Visa is a relatively easy process and allows digital nomads to work remotely in Germany for up to three years.

Cost of the German Freelance “Freiberufler” Visa

To apply for a German Freelance “Freiberufler” Visa, there is an application fee of EUR €100 (approx. US $115).

Requirements for the German Freelance “Freiberufler” Visa

The German Freelance “Freiberufler” Visa welcomes digital nomads and freelancers from all around the world, as long as you provide services that will help the local economy. For example, some of your clients (or even potential clients) need to be based in Germany.

To apply for the visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of employment, including self-employment, and letter of business interests you plan on undertaking in Germany
  • Proof of your temporary address or residence booking confirmation in Germany
  • A certificate of health insurance that covers your stay in Germany
  • Proof of income (bank statement of payslips) to show you have the financial means to sustain yourself during your stay

It’s also advised that you include secondary documents to support your application, such as copies of education certificates, letters of commitment from future customers or your employer, recommendation letters, and a CV/portfolio of your previous work. Think of it as a job interview. You can find more information on this here.

How to apply for the German Freelance “Freiberufler” Visa

To apply for a German Freelance “Freiberufler” Visa, ensure you have the prerequisite documentation ready and book an appointment with your nearest German Immigration Office, embassy or consulate.

Greece

Greece

Often called the “Cradle of Western Civilization”, Greece is a country in southeastern Europe with thousands of years of rich history and thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Today, it’s known for its perfect Mediterranean climate, rich culture, and beautiful coastline.

Greece has been battling economic problems for several years and as a result, has been hit particularly hard by the COVID pandemic. Greece is cheap. Sure, islands like Santorini and Mykonos are expensive but, for the most part, traveling and living in Greece today is incredibly low cost, making it an even more popular destination for tourists and digital nomads alike.

In September 2021, Greece introduced a new Digital Nomad Visa, allowing remote workers to live and work in Greece for up to 12 months with the option to extend the visa for an additional 24 months. Applicants must be self-employed or employed by a country outside of Greece.  The main requirements are that applicants must prove they earn at least EUR €3,500 (approx. US $4,040) per month and have not been a tax resident of Greece in five of the last six years.

The new visa is being introduced to support remote workers and “create an organized, attractive environment for people that choose this advanced way of working,” according to Notis Mitarachi, Greece’s Minister for Migration and Asylum.

Cost of Greece's Digital Nomad Visa

Greece’s Digital Nomad Visa is still being set up and is in its infancy, so it’s not clear yet how much it will cost. However, as part of the initiative, Greece is offering significant income tax cuts to attract digital nomads.

Requirements for Greece's Digital Nomad Visa

Greece’s Digital Nomad Visa is available to citizens of countries that have a tax treaty with Greece, including the UK, US, and Canada. To apply for the visa, you'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of employment, including self-employment
  • Proof of income (bank statement of payslips) to show you earn at least EUR €3,500 (approx. US $4,040) per month
  • A certificate of health insurance that covers your stay in Greece
  • A signed statement confirming you agree not to take local employment during your stay

How to apply for Greece's Digital Nomad Visa

As mentioned, Greece’s Digital Nomad Visa is still in the process of being set up, so the formal process for applying is not clear yet. The best course of action is to book an appointment with your nearest Greek Immigration Office, embassy or consulate who will be able to help process your application.

Iceland

Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic island nation where nature reigns supreme. It is best known for its breathtaking volcanic landscape, riddled with geysers, hot springs and lava fields, vikings, and spectacularly unpredictable weather. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. The island is so volcanic that most of the population runs on renewable geothermal energy.

Formerly a lesser-known tourist destination, Iceland is quickly growing in popularity due to its unique landscape, interesting culture, and brilliant wide spaces.

In October 2020, the Icelandic Government announced they were including digital nomads and in their long-standing visa scheme, allowing remote workers to live and work from Iceland for up to three months. While three months is a relatively short remote visa, Iceland is such an interesting place it makes it a great option. This visa is creatively called the Long-Term Visa for Remote Workers.

Cost of Iceland's Long-Term Visa for Remote Workers

There is a one-time fee of ISK 15,000 (approx. US $115) to apply for a Long-Term Visa for Remote Workers.

Requirements for Iceland's Long-Term Visa for Remote Workers

The Long-Term Visa for Remote Workers is open to remote workers from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA, as long as they are self-employed or work for a company based outside of Iceland, and can prove their monthly income is equivalent to at least ISK 1,000,000 (approx. US $7,700) for individuals, and ISK 1,300,000 (approx. US $10,000) for couples. This is quite a large minimum requirement for a remote work visa.

To apply for the visa, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • A completed application form
  • Copy of passport
  • A certificate of medical insurance coverage for your stay in Iceland
  • A letter confirming the purpose of your stay in Iceland (from an employer if you work for a company)
  • Proof or police clearance or a background check
  • Proof of employment for a company not based in Iceland, including self-employment
  • Proof income of at least ISK 1,000,000 (approx. US $7,700) for individuals, and ISK 1,300,000 (approx. US $10,000) for couples (bank statements and/or payslips)

How to apply for Iceland's Long-Term Visa for Remote Workers

The application process for the Long-Term Visa for Remote Workers is fairly easy. Firstly, you must pay the processing fee for our application before it is submitted. Once paid, you’ll need to physically post an application form and supporting documents to the Directorate of Immigration. Applications can only be submitted in paper form.

For all the details on the application process, forms, and requirements please see the Directorate of Immigration's remote work long-term visa page.

Malta

Malta

Malta is a beautiful archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. There are actually 21 islands that make up the Maltese archipelago, with Malta being the largest island at only 17 miles (27 km) long. Fun fact: this makes it the smallest country in the European Union and the 10th smallest in the world.

Malta is best known for its stunning coastlines and cuisine and has become a popular tourist spot in the last decade.

Malta introduced its Nomad Residence Permit to target digital nomads from outside the EU. With its island climate, world-class digital infrastructure, low cost of living, and close proximity to Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, it's easy to see why Malta is one of the world’s fastest-growing digital nomad hubs.

The Nomad Residence Permit allows digital nomads to work remotely within the archipelago for up to 12 months, with the option to renew.

Cost of Malta's Nomad Residence Permit

There is a one-time fee of EUR €300 (approx. US $350) to apply for the Nomad Residence Permit.

Requirements for Malta's Nomad Residence Permit

The Nomad Residence Permit is open to remote workers from third country nationals, as long as they are self-employed or work for a company based outside of Malta, and can prove their monthly income is equivalent to at least EUR €2,700 (approx. US $3,120) per month.

To apply for the visa, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Copy of passport
  • A signed letter of intent clearly stating your motivation for moving to Malta
  • Proof of employment for a company not based in Malta, including self-employment
  • A copy of your CV and work background
  • Proof income of at least EUR €2,700 (approx. US $3,120) per month (bank statements and/or payslips)
  • A certificate of medical insurance coverage for your stay in Malta
  • A letter confirming the purpose of your stay in Iceland (from an employer if you work for a company)
  • A copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • A copy or copies of your family members’ birth certificate(s) (if applicable)

A full checklist of required documents can be found here.

How to apply for Malta's Nomad Residence Permit

The application process for the Nomad Residence Permit is done via email. Applications will need be sent to Residency Malta Agency via email on [email protected], with all supporting documents. The application process can take up to 30 days.

Norway

Norway

Once the stronghold of marauding Vikings, Norway is a Scandinavian country that still seems remote and mysterious to outsiders. Beyond Oslo and its picturesque fjords, Norway might as well be a blank map to most people. While it’s well known for its particularly unforgiving climate and expensive cost of living, don’t let that deter you. For those in the know, the essence of Norway’s appeal is simple: it's one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

With its stunning geographical landscape, Norway is best known for its mountains, glaciers, and deep coastal fjords. And thanks to its sophisticated public infrastructure and public services, Norway has become a hub for business and digital nomads in Europe.

Norway’s Independent Contractor visa allows digital nomads to work remotely in the country for up to 24 months.

Cost of Norway's Independent Contract visa

There is a one-time fee of EUR €600 (approx. US $700) to apply for Norway’s Independent Contractor visa.

Requirements for Norway's Independent Contract visa

Norway’s Independent Contractor visa is open to remote workers and freelancers, as long as they are self-employed and have qualifications to work in that profession. Also, you’ll need to provide evidence that you have a valid contract for work with a Norwegian-based company.

To apply for the visa, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • A completed and signed application form/checklist
  • Copy of passport
  • Two recent passport-sized photos
  • Proof that you have accommodation booked or arranged in Norway
  • Copy of a valid contract for work with a Norwegian-based company
  • A certificate of medical insurance coverage for your stay in Iceland
  • A letter confirming the purpose of your stay in Norway and any relevant education or work experience documentation
  • Proof of employment for a company not based in Norway, including self-employment
  • Proof income of at least EUR €​​35,719 (approx. US $41,260) per year (bank statements and/or payslips)

How to apply for Norway's Independent Contract visa

To apply for Norway’s Independent Contractor visa, you’ll need to prepare all of the necessary documentation (including the signed application form/checklist).

Once you’ve organized all of the required documents, book an appointment at your nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate to pay the fee and begin the application process.

Portugal

Portugal

Portugal is a southern European country bordering Spain. It’s a proud country with a rich cultural heritage and architecture dating back to the 1500s. Portugal is blessed with some of the best beaches in Europe, a rugged coastline, rich and vibrant cities, and incredible weather all year round. Throw in great food and wine, and low cost of living, and it’s clear to see why Portugal is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations for tourists and digital nomads. Many visitors eventually apply for permanent residency.

There are two types of visas suitable for digital nomads in Portugal — a Temporary Stay Visa (12 months) and a Residency Visa (more than 12 months).

A Temporary Stay Visa can be renewed at the end of the first 12 months and is ideal for digital nomads who are not planning on applying for permanent residency in the long term.

Cost of Portugal's Temporary Stay Visa

There is a one-time fee of EUR €90 (approx. US $105) to apply for a Temporary Stay Visa, and an additional EUR €75 (approx. US $88) resident permit fee payable. More information on fees can be found here.

Requirements for Portugal's Temporary Stay Visa

The Temporary Stay Visa is open to everyone based outside of the EU, as long as they are employed by a company outside of Portugal and have the economic means to support themselves during their stay in Portugal.

As part of the application process, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • Receipt of payment of fees
  • A copy of a completed application form
  • Copy of non-EU passport
  • Two passport photos
  • Proof of employment for a company not based in Portugal, including self-employment
  • Proof income of no less than EUR €635 (approx. US $642) per month (bank statements and/or payslips)
  • A certificate of travel/health insurance coverage for your stay in Portugal
  • Copy of a criminal record certificate from the country of origin
  • Proof of your temporary address or residence booking confirmation in Portugal
  • A provisional return ticket for your trip or flight itinerary from the airline

How to apply for Portugal's Temporary Stay Visa

Once you’ve organized all the necessary documentation and filled out an application form, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate.

Spain

Spain

Known as the land of siestas and fiestas, there’s no wonder why Spain is one of the top most visited countries in the world. It’s the land of timeless beauty, food, and wine. And with a similar climate and rich cultural heritage as Portugal, Spain is growing into a popular digital nomad hub.

While Spain doesn’t technically have a digital nomad visa (yet), remote workers can apply for a Non-Lucrative Residence Visa, which allows non-EU visitors to live in Spain for more than 3 months. While you’re not supposed to work on this visa, it’s commonly found that this visa has become the de facto “remote work” visa for digital nomads visiting Spain.

Cost of Spain's Non-Lucrative Residence Visa

There is a one-time fee of approx. US $140 to apply for a Non-Lucrative Residence Visa.

Requirements for Spain's Non-Lucrative Residence Visa

The Non-Lucrative Residence Visa is open to everyone based outside of the EU, as long as they have the economic means to support themselves during their stay in Spain.

As part of the application process, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • A copy of a completed National Visa Application Form (note: your embassy may provide a different application form — you can find your nearest embassy here)
  • A copy of a completed Form EX-01 (only available in Spanish)
  • Copy of non-EU passport
  • Two passport photos
  • A statutory declaration explaining why you are requesting this visa, the purpose, the place, and length of your stay in Spain
  • Proof income of no less than EUR €2,259.60 (approx. US $2,640) per month (bank statements and/or payslips)
  • A certificate of travel/health insurance coverage for your stay in Portugal
  • Copy of a criminal record certificate from the country of origin
  • Copy of a medical certificate signed by a doctor
  • Proof of international travel insurance that covers your travel in Spain

How to apply for Spain's Non-Lucrative Residence Visa

Once you’ve organized all the necessary documentation and forms, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with the nearest Spanish Embassy or Consulate.

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Upcoming digital nomad and remote work visas

We’ve seen a massive influx of new and exciting remote work visa announcements over the past 24 months as governments all around the world are opening up their borders to digital nomads. Here are some of the upcoming digital nomad visas that are in the works:

Bali (Indonesia)

Indonesia's government will wait until COVID-19 cases fall before opening Bali to tourists again but have recently teased an exciting digital nomad visa. Under the proposed scheme, this visa will be a generous five-year working visa, with zero tax if the income is solely from overseas.

Belize

Earlier this year, Belize announced a proposed “Work Where You Vacation” program, following the lead of similar programs such as the Work from Bermuda Certificate and the Barbados Welcome Stamp. There aren’t many new details out on this program yet, but it’ll surely entice digital nomads to live and work on the island for up to 12 months.

Colombia

Colombia’s current M-Type Freelancer visa allows remote workers to stay in Colombia for up to three years, although applicants are only allowed to work for Colombian companies. Earlier this year, Colombia’s government announced that they are planning on introducing an improved immigration regime for digital nomads and remote workers.

According to reports, “​​Visas for digital nomads in Colombia will be easy to obtain, will require less paperwork than a normal work visa, and will allow legalizing the status of workers arriving in the country.”

North Macedonia

Earlier this year, The Government of North Macedonia announced they are working on new legislation and a visa program to attract digital nomads.

“We have already started discussions for the creation of a Law on Digital Nomads, which will be a novelty in our legislation and will also be a step forward towards the common goal – the Republic of North Macedonia to become a serious regional center for the development of “start-up” businesses.” — From the panel, ‘Why Digital Nomads and Startup Founders Should Come to North Macedonia?’

Romania

In September 2021, the Romanian Senate voted in favor of implementing a digital nomad visa program in Romania, following months of work. Romania is a fantastic candidate for digital nomads — on top of a low living cost, Romania is known for its top quality, fast internet, even in rural parts of the country.

The details on this digital nomad visa are scarce, but we expect updates from Romania soon.

Thailand

In December 2020, the Thailand government approved a proposal from the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) which would allow freelancers and digital nomads to work in Thailand for up to four years under the pre-existing "Smart Visa" program. The Thailand Smart Visa costs about USD $375 but may change upon changes to allow for digital nomads.

Currently, there are 2 types of visas that allow you to work remotely from Thailand:

  • Tourist Visa: allows you to stay in Thailand for up to 60 days and costs USD $38
  • Long Stay Visa: allows you to stay in Thailand for a minimum of 90 days, but can be extended twice for a total of 270 days and costs USD $188

The introduction of a longer “Smart Visa” would be a huge step forward — Thailand is known for its rich culture and friendly people, super-fast internet, and low cost of living, making it the perfect base for long-term digital nomads.

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