YOUR GUIDE TO DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS (BEST 26 COUNTRIES)

Wouldn’t it be great if you could do your job from the comfort and warmth of a Caribbean Island?

Or perhaps you prefer exploring the pristine mountains of Iceland or Norway on your weekend?

The rise of working from home has rapidly evolved into ‘working from anywhere‘. And if you’re fortunate enough to be able to do your job from wherever you have a laptop and an internet connection, why choose to stay within a reasonable commute to your office?

In fact, why stay in the same country at all?

Here’s your guide to the best 26 countries and how to work as a Digital Nomad.

Digital Nomad Visas

But before we dive in, let’s make sure you can legally work as a Digital Nomad in your chosen destination. With some very specific exceptions (such as if you’re a European Union national and want to work in another EU country), you’ll need a Digital Nomad Visa to be legally able to work from another country.

This isn’t the same as mischievously ticking ‘Tourism’ on your landing card and then spending the next 90 days working remotely – that can get you into a lot of trouble.

(And it’s why Thailand isn’t on this list… even though many people take advantage of the country’s 30-day and 60-day tourist visas to work while visiting.)

So you’ll need to make sure you have the correct visa to work as a Digital Nomad. And due to the Global Pandemic, more and more countries are making it easier for people to do just that by offering Digital Nomad Visas.

There are also others types of visas that allow you to stay in country and legally work for an overseas or local employer, which we’ll cover for you here as well.

How to Work as a Digital Nomad

Here are the best 26 countries we’ve found offering Digital Nomad Visas – or visas that allow you to come to the country to work without having a job offer beforehand.

We’ve also provided information on their ranking for expat life (which excludes the burdens locals typically face, such as property prices) and their global rankings on cost of living, healthcare and safety. Quality of life for expats rankings have been taken from WorldData.info while all other rankings are from Numbeo.

Click on the region below to jump to the list.

COMING SOON: You can also check out which countries have recently announced Digital Nomad Visas to help with your remote working plan!

Africa

As an exhilarating and hugely diverse continent to explore, it’s a shame there isn’t much choice for Digital Nomads wanting to live in Africa while working remotely. But if you’re happy to look to the continental extremes, you do have options.

Cape Verde

Cape Verde

Located 600km off Africa’s east coast in the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Verde is a rich and diverse archipelago offering stunning beaches and rugged mountain trails. And as Cape Verde is part of the African Union, we’re classing it as a Digital Nomad Visa destination for Africa!

Work Remotely in Paradise is Cape Verde’s Digital Nomad Visa programme that lets passport holders from Europe, North America, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO) live and work remotely on the islands for up to six months. The country boasts strong mobile connectivity – even in the mountains – and a convivial and laid-back atmosphere that make it a perfect remote working destination.

Key features:

    • 6-month Work Remotely in Paradise Digital Nomad Visa for passport holders from Europe, North America, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO) 
    • Get a 30-day visa on arrival and apply for the 6-month Work Remotely in Paradise visa in country – processing time is 5 working days
    • Requires private medical insurance
    • Minimum average bank balance for the last six months EUR 1,500 for individuals and EUR 2,700 for families

Mauritius

mauritius

Live, Work and Play in Paradise with the remote working Premium Visa in Mauritius. You can spend up to one year in this tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean – but must spend at last 180 days there (which shouldn’t be too much of a challenge!)

You should be working remotely from Mauritius to qualify, with the majority of your income coming from outside the country. You’ll also need to be prepared with local accommodation and private medical insurance.

And the best bit? The Premium Visa is free of charge! All you need to do to qualify is demonstrate that you can support yourself while in country.

Key features:

    • Premium Visa to work remotely in Mauritius for up to one year
    • Must stay a minimum of 180-days in country (for stays of less than 180-days, you can apply for a Tourist Visa on arrival)
    • Must have accommodation organised and hold private medical insurance
    • Need to be able. to show you can financially support yourself while in country
    • No visa fees

Americas

The Caribbean islands have gone BIG on Digital Nomad Visas and who can blame them. With their excellent sunny climate, pristine beaches and melting pot of cultures and food, spending months or even years in paradise as a Digital Nomad has a lot of appeal.

But the Americas doesn’t stop at islands. There’s also plenty of choice in Central America too with Digital Nomad Visas available from Mexico to Costa Rica.

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Anguilla

anguilla

Anguilla offers “Work. Life. Bliss.” with its Work from Paradise Visa. Awake to the sound of turquoise waves crashing on untouched white sand beaches while continuing to work for your overseas employer or your own business. You can even bring your pets with you!

You need to complete the Work from Paradise Visa application before leaving your home country, and if you’re a visa national, you’ll also need to apply for a visa to enter the country.

The Work from Paradise Visa lasts 12 months, and it comes with a hefty $2,000 (USD) per person price tag, that’s around £1,440, although families of four just pay $3,000 (£2,150) and then $250 (£180) for each additional family member.

Key features:

    • Work from Paradise Visa lets to spend up to 12 months in Anguilla to work for yourself or an overseas employer
    • Visa nationals also need to apply for an entry visa
    • Work from Paradise Visa costs $2,000 (£1,440) per person; families of up to four people cost $3,000 (£2,150) with each additional family member costing $250 (£180)

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is a chain of beautiful islands in the eastern Caribbean famous for its stunning beaches and relaxed lifestyle.

Antigua and Barbuda is also a very safe destination with a low prevalence of COVID-19 infections.

The country’s Nomad Digital Resident (NDR) Visa is a 2-year visa that lets you and your family live and work remotely in Antigua and Barbuda. You’ll need to maintain your own healthcare insurance for the full duration of your stay.

Key features:

    • 2-year Nomad Digital Resident visa lets you live and work remotely
    • No personal income taxes payable to the government of Antigua and Barbuda
    • Expected annual income of the equivalent of $50,000 (USD) for each of the two years of the visa
    • Single visa $1,500; Couples $2,000; Family of 3+ persons £3,000

Barbados

barbados

Barbados is an island in the eastern Caribbean famous for its beaches, music and excellent melting pot of cuisines.

The Barbados Welcome Stamp lets you live and work remotely in Barbados for up to 12 months. You apply online before travel and the visa starts when your passport is stamped upon arrival. You’re also free to come and go to the country during the 12-month period.

Key features:

    • 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp in your passport upon arrival (pre-registration and payment required)
    • Must be a resident and employed by a company registered and operating outside of Barbados (not carrying on business in or from Barbados)
    • No requirement to pay Barbados income tax
    • Individual $2,000; Family Bundle $3,000

Bermuda

bermuda

Perfect for Digital Nomads and professionals who can work from anywhere, you can grab a Work from Bermuda Certificate and spend up to one year on this sunny paradise island.

You must be employed overseas or own a business outside of Bermuda to apply, so no working for local companies. However, you won’t be liable for Bermuda income tax either.

Key features:

    • Work from Bermuda Certificate to spend up to one year in country
    • Must be employed overseas or own a business outside of Bermuda
    • Require private medical insurance
    • Must be able to financially support yourself during your stay
    • Certificate fee $263 (USD), roughly £190

Cayman Islands

cayman islands

Revive your work-life balance with Caymankindness and discover why the Cayman Islands is the perfect destination to live and work remotely with the Global Citizen Concierge Program.

The one drawback of this Digital Nomad Visa is you’ll need a lot of funding behind you – an annual salary of at least $100,000 (USD) for an individual or $150,000 for a couple (that’s roughly £72,000 for an individual and £108,000 for a couple).

The Global Citizen Concierge Program allows you to stay in the Cayman Islands for up to two years and you must be employed outside the country.

Key features:

    • Global Citizen Conciergee Program to live and work remotely in the Cayman Islands for up to two years
    • Minimum salary of $100,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples
    • Must be employed outside the Cayman Islands
    • Require private medical insurance
    • Visa cost $1,469 per person (£1,060)

Costa Rica

With its relaxed lifestyle, beaches perfect for surfing and sunbathing and diverse landscape of volcanoes, waterfalls and jungles, Costa Rica is an incredible destination for Digital Nomads.

Costa Rica offers the Rentista visa, perfect for Digital Nomads wanting to come to the country to live for up to 2-years. The Rentista visa can be extended, and after three years of residency you can apply for permanent residency, but you’ll need to make sure you spend at least four months reach year in country to qualify.

The big catch however is that you need to prove that you’ll earn a minimum of $2,500 (USD) per month for the two years of your Rentista visa validity – or put up $60,000 in a local bank as a deposit.

You’ll also liable to pay Costa Rican social security contributions, which amount to 9-10% of your monthly income.

Key features:

    • 2-year Rentista visa that lets you live in Costa Rica while working for an overseas employer
    • Must prove $2,500 guaranteed monthly income for the two years, or deposit $60,000 in a local bank
    • Leads to permanent residency after three years
    • Liable for Costa Rican social security contributions at 9-10% of monthly income

Curaçao

curacao

Tropical beaches, a diver’s paradise and the Caribbean’s only Tier 4 data centre, the island of Curaçao offers a unique work/ life balance for Digital Nomads.

@HOME in Curaçao is the island’s new digital nomad visa, and lets holders live and work remotely for an initial 6-month period, which is extendable up to another 6 months.

Whether you speak Dutch, English, Portuguese or the local Papiamentu, you’ll feel right at home in this multi-cultural island community.

Key features:

    • up to 12 months @HOME in Curaçao remote working visa, extendable for up to another 6 months
    • require proof of overseas employment or letter of solvency for your own company
    • require international health insurance
    • visa costs ANG 535 (about $294, USD) and takes up to 2 weeks to process

Dominica

dominica

Dominica is one of the latest Caribbean nations to announce a new Digital Nomad Visa. Called the Work in Nature (WIN) visa, it lets you live and work remotely in this natural paradise for up to 18 months.

The salary requiements o qualify are a litle on the steep side – you’ll need to show you expectt to earn at least $50,000 (USD) peer year – while it’ll cost you at least $900 to apply for the WIN visa.

But if you have the funds to take advantage of the WIN visa, you can spend the next year and a half living and working while connected to nature.

Key features:

    • Work in Nature (WIN) visa to live and work remotely in Dominica for up to 18 months
    • Must earn at last $50,000 (USD) per year and be able to support yourself and any dependents
    • Must pass a criminal records background check
    • $100 for a Dominica visa per person, plus a further $800 per person for the WIN visa; family applications cost $1,200

Mexico

mexico

With stunning beaches, a vibrant culture and UNESCO heritage culture sites, Mexico is the perfect location for those looking to soak up history while living the good life.

Mexico offers a long-term temporary resident visa – the Visa de Residents Temporal – which is usually issued for at 12 months and can be extended for up to four years.

A big advantage of Mexico’s temporary resident visa is that you may get the option to work for a local Mexican company. But to initially qualify for the temporary resident visa without a job, you’ll need to do so on the basis of your savings or overseas income, where you’ll need a minimum of MXP 708,500 (roughly £24,000) in savings or have earned at least MXP 42,510 (£1,450) per month over the past 12 months.

The Mexican temporary resident visa also leads to permanent residency after the 4-year qualifying period.

Key features:

    • Temporary resident visa issued for 12 months with options to extend by several years
    • May be eligible to work for a local Mexican company
    • Leads to permanent residency
    • MXP 4,415 visa fee (approximately £150) but expect to pay a further MXP 5,000 (£170) for a resident card upon arrival

Montserrat

Montserrat

With the Montserrat Remote Work Stamp you can spend up to 12 months on this island paradise and make your home from home among the beaches, mountains and jungles.

The Remote Work Stamp is open to people who work remotely for overseas employers as well as freelancers, however the salary requirements are pretty steep – you’ll need to earn at least $70,000 (about £50,300) per year to qualify and you must hold private health coverage.

Key features:

    • 12-month Remote Work Stamp for overseas employees and freelancers
    • Must have minimum annual salary of $70,000 (£50,300)
    • Need private medical insurance
    • Costs $500 (£360) for a single applicant; $750 (540) for a family of three and $250 (£180) for each additional family member

Australasia

Did you know you can live, study and work in Australia for a year without having a job offer or confirmed study course? Well you can if you’re from one of the lucky 19 countries and jurisdictions that Australia offers its Working Holiday Visa to. Oh and unfortunately, you’ll also need to be aged between 18-30 (or 18-35 if you’re Canadian, French or Irish).

But for those who can, this is the opportunity of a lifetime to spend quality time Down Under. And if you’re eligible, you may even be able to extend your Working Holiday Visa for another 12 months.

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Australia

australia

While not technically a Digital Nomad Visa, the Australia Working Holiday visa lets you come to Australia to live and work for up to 12 months without a job offer.

The Working Holiday visa lets you study for up to four months and also work during this time. fora local company. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you might be able to extend your Working Holiday Visa for another 12 months.

The Working Holiday Visa is only open to people aged 18-30 (or 18-35 if you’re Canadian, French or Irish) and you must hold a passport from one of the 19 eligible countries (which includes the UK).

Key features:

    • Working Holiday Visa lets you study for up to four months and work in Australia for a total of 12 months
    • Possible to extend for a further 12 months if eligibility criteria are met
    • Only available to people holding a passport from one of the 19 eligible countries or jurisdictions
    • Must be aged 18-30 (or 18-35 if Canadian, French or Irish)
    • Required minimum of AUD 5,000 (about £2,775) in savings and must be able to support yourself while in Australia
    • $485 (AUD) visa fee (roughly £270) and 90% of applications are processed within 4 months

Europe

From Iceland to Georgia and many places in between, there are some rare opportunities to work remotely in many European countries.

Countries like Estonia have extremely well advanced Digital Nomad Visa programmes, and while programmes in Germany and Norway are a little more difficult to navigate they offer enviable experiences of living and working in some of the world’s most culturally rich countries.

Oh and while not technically a Digital Nomad Visa, we’ve also included the UK as there are ways of coming to the UK to live and work without a job offer… and with the recent announcement of a new FinTech visa coming March 2022, opportunities to live and work in the UK are increasing.

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Croatia

croatia

Croatia launched its Digital Nomad Visa in January 2021, which lets you live and work for an overseas employer in the country for up to two years. 

What you’ll get is a form of ‘temporary residence’ that allows you to explore this delightful country along the Aegean Sea, from inland mountains to historic walled cities like Dubrovnik, all while working for your overseas employer.

Key features:

    • Up to two years Digital Nomad Visa to live in Croatia while working for an overseas employer
    • Minimum salary requirement is EUR 350 per month (around £300)
    • Require private medical insurance, a crinimal background check and proof of accommodation
    • Visa fee HRK 590 per person, about £65

Czech Republic

czech republic

Packed with historic towns and majestic mountains, this Central European country is a favourite tourist destination for Europeans and an excellent place to work remotely.

Czech Republic offers the Zivno freelancer visa, which lets you stay for up to one year while working for an overseas employer. The eligibility criteria is a little complex: you must be working in an eligible trade, have accommodation organised for the entire year and have savings of at least EUR 5,587 (about £4,800). You’ll also need private medical insurance.

While in Czech Republic you’ll also be liable for local taxes of around £60 per month.

Key features:

    • Zivno freelancer visa to live and work for an overseas employer for up to one year
    • Must be working in an eligible trade
    • Require accommodation for the entire year, plus private medical insurance
    • Need savings of at least EUR 5,587 (around £4,800)
    • Visa costs EUR 100 (around £85)

Estonia

estonia

Estonia’s Digital Nomad Visa allows remote workers to live in Estonia and legally work for their employer or their own company registered abroad. The visa is issued for up to 1 year.

As one of the world’s most digitally advanced countries, Estonia is perfect for people who just need a laptop and internet connection to do their work.

Set on the Baltic Sea, Estonia has a rich history that blends Scandinavian, Russian and European cultures into a truly unique offering.

Key features:

      • Digital Nomad Visa valid for up to 1-year for freelancers, self-employed and employers who can work from home
      • Minimum salary of EUR 3504 per month (roughly £3,000) required to qualify
      • EUR 100 visa fee (£85) per person

Georgia

georgia

Boasting beautiful landscapes and rugged mountains, Georgia is a great destination for Digital Nomads looking. The low cost of living is also extremely attractive.

Georgia offers a ‘Remotely from Georgia‘ visa, which allows you to stay in the country to work for an overseas company for between 180 days and 1 year. It’s the perfect visa for freelancers, business owners and employees who’ve been cleared to work remotely by their employer.

You’ll need to show a minimum monthly salary of $2,000 (USD) and hold private health insurance for the duration of your stay.

Key features:

      • Stay in Georgia for up to 1 year as a business owner, freelancer or work-from-home employee
      • Require minimum $2,000 monthly income
      • Must hold private medical insurance

Germany

germany

Germany offers two Digital Nomad visas: a Starting a Business visa and a Freelancer visa.

You can apply for a Starting a Business visa if you’re setting up a business in Germany where there’s market demand for your products or services. You need to be able to fund the investment yourself, either through savings or secured loans.

The Freelancer visa is for people in the liberal professions. You must be able to fund yourself while in Germany and have any necessary licences required to do your work.

Both visas require you to have private health insurance and if you’re over 45 you’ll also need to show adequate pensions arrangements. Even though English is widely spoken in major cities, you’ll also need to show some degree of German language competence to qualify for the visas.

Key features:

    • Visas that allow you to setup a business in Germany or conduct work in a liberal profession
    • Issued for up to three years with options to extend
    • Require a degree of German language fluency
    • Must be able to sustain yourself financially
    • Require private medical insurance
    • If over 45, must have adequate pension provision
    • EUR 75 (roughly £64) per person visa fee

Iceland

iceland

With dramatic mountains, glaciers and waterfalls, Iceland is an outdoor-lovers dream.

And for those who can travel visa-free to Iceland, you can apply for a six-month Long-term Visa for Remote Workers.

Iceland is an expansive place to live and as such as the financial requirements for the Long-term Visa for Remote Workers is high – you’ll need a minimum salary of ISK 1m per month (roughly £5,650). You must be employed and working for an overseas company during your time in Iceland.

Key features:

    • 6-month Long-term Visa for Remote Workers
    • Only available to nationalities who can travel to Iceland visa-free
    • Minimum salary of ISK 1m per month (£5,650); ISK 1.3m (£7,330) if bringing dependents
    • ISK 7,800 visa fee (£43)

 

Norway

norway

Norway is world-famous for its fabulous mountains, fjords and coastlines and as an independent contractor working for a Norwegian company you can apply for a 2-year Independent Contractor visa. If you have kids they are even entitled to attend a local school.

You’ll need to be employed by a company overseas but contracted to work on a project in Norway.

You’ll need to earn a minimum of NOK 397,100 per year (about £33,700) and have sufficient health insurance and means of accommodation.

Key features:

    • 2-year Independent Contractor visa to live and work in Norway for a Norwegian company
    • Kids can attend a local public school
    • Must have a minimum annual salary of NOK 397,100 (£33,700)
    • Requires health insurance
    • Visa costs NOK 6,300 per person (£530)

Portugal

portugal

Portugal offers not one but three Digital Nomad visas.

The Portugal Passive Income Visa is for people who have a passive income of around €20,000 per year (roughly £17,100) from an investment property such as rent, income from investments such as dividends or income from a pension.

The Portugal Self-Employment Visa is for people who are working or trying to work with local Portuguese companies, such as a freelancer or independent contractor.

And the Portugal Entrepreneur Visa is for people who want to live and create a company in Portugal as a freelancer or digital nomad, charging clients from a local Portuguese company.

Whether you com for the delicious food, incredibly wines, sunny beaches – or all three – Portugal is an excellent destination for Digital Nomads.

Key features:

    • Must show proof of rental income, proof of business ownership or other proof of financial means
    • Must earn at last EUR 750 per month (around £640)
    • Need private medical insurance

Spain

spain

A popular tourist destination for Europeans with a wealth of cultural treasures, fantastic wines and amazing food, it’s easy to see why Spain is the perfect choice for a Digital Nomad.

Spain offers a Non-lucrative visa, which is for people that would like to retire in the country, for non-EU citizens that would like to work remotely from Spain and for those who would like to spend their first year in Spain without working but get a work permit afterward.

You need to show a minimum of EUR 26,000 (about £22,250) funds per person to qualify, and must undergo a medical and criminal record background check.

Key features:

    • Can’t work for a local Spanish company but can undertake work for clients or companies overseas
    • Minimum EUR 26,000 (£22,250) in funds per person
    • Medical certificate of good health before travel
    • Criminal record background check

United Kingdom

united kingdom

Perhaps a surprise entry on this list but there are an increasing number of ways Digital Nomads can live and work in the UK.

Similar to Australia’s Working Holiday Visa, the UK offers a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa to people from 12 countries or jurisdictions. You need to be aged between 18-30 to qualify, have at least £2,530 in your bank account and show you can support yourself while in the UK.

The Youth Mobility Scheme visa can be extended for up to two years, during which time you can work for a local UK company or as a freelancer.

Coming later in 2021, the UK is due to introduce a Gradutate Immigration Visa for UK university graduates that will allow holders tto live and work for a UK company for up to two years post graduation.

And in 2022, a newly announced FinTech visa will launch that will let eligible people come to the UK without a job offer to look for work in the lucrative FinTech industry.

Key features:

    • Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa lets you live and work for a UK company for up to two years
    • Only open to people from 12 countries or jurisdictions who are aged 18-30
    • Require £2,530 in your bank account and must show you can support yourself financially
    • Costs £244 plus the Immigration Health Surcharge for the duration of your stay (currently £620 per year pro rata)
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Asia

Asia has long been a go-to destination for Digital Nomads so its unsurprising to see so many countries offering Digital Nomad Visas.

You do need to be carefuly however – just because you can enter visa-free for 30 days as a tourist, doesn’t mean you’re legally allowed to work, even as a freelancer.

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Cambodia

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Bordering Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia is a wonderful destination for those who want a super-cheap but culturally rich remote working experience.

You can enter Cambodia on a 30-day tourist visa (“Ordinary” E-class visa) and then extend this for up to 12 months through the EB Extension route. You’ll need to show proof of your employment overseas or your overseas business registration documents.

Unfortunately tourist visa applications have been suspended due to COVID-19, however we expect Cambodia to re-open later in 2021.

Key features:

    • Up to 12-months remote working visa by extending a tourist visa through the EB Extension route
    • Only 6 and 12-month visas are multi-entry
    • Must be employed or own an overseas business
    • Tourist visas costs $35 (roughly £25)

Indonesia

indonesia

Indonesia’s Social Visa B-211 (Visa Budaya) lets you stay in this Southeast Asian paradise for up to 180 days. 

You’ll need to apply for this visa before you travel, and it’ll initially be issued for 30 days. You can then extend the visa up to four more times while in country to give you half a year of sunny beaches, incredible diving and some of the world’s best coffee.

Extending your Social Visa B-211 (Visa Budaya) requires sponsorship from a local company, however it’s perfectly legal for one of the many visa service companies in Indonesia to provide you with the paperwork to do so for a small fee.

Key features:

    • Up to 180 days in Indonesia by extending a Social Visa B-211 (Visa Budaya)
    • Must only work for an overseas company – cannot work for a local business
    • Require local sponsorship to extend – can be obtained from a local visa services company
    • Visa fee $50 (USD), roughly £36

Middle East

Only one place in the Middle East offers a Digital Nomad Visa and that’s the UAE. It’s certainly not the cheapest place to work as a Digital Nomad, but the expat lifestyle really is something to behold with sandy-white beaches, incredible skylines and a central timezone location that attracts expats from all over the world.

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UAE

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Building on the Dubai-only 1-year virtual working visa, the whole UAE has now gotten on in the Digital Nomad Visa game.

The UAE is a super-trendy desert oasis, and is also the only place in the entire Middle East currently offering Digital Nomad Visas, through the 1-year virtual working programme.

To qualify, you’ll need to earn more than $5,000 (USD) per month either as an employee or business owner.

Besides the beautiful beaches, glitzy glass buildings and superb cultural melting pot of different nationalities living in the UAE, you’ll also benefit from paying zero income tax.

It’s central timezone location between Europe and Asia makes the UAE an excellent destination for those who regularly do business with colleagues or companies in these regions.

Key features:

      • 1-year virtual working programme for remote workers and business owners
      • Must have minimum monthly income of $5,000 (roughly £3,600)
      • Require private medical insurance
      • $287 (£205) per person visa fee

Coming Soon!

The great news for Digital Nomads is that more and more countries are jumping on this trend so there’ll be even more choice of destinations in the near future.

Here are just a few of the countries with Digital Nomad Visas in the pipeline.

Belize

belize

This Central American paradise offers stunning beaches and incredible jungles to explore. The Belize government has announced it’s working on a Work Where You Vacation Visa, although the announcement was extremely light on details.

North Macedonia

north macedonia

Beautiful Balkan nation North Macedonia has announced it’s making changes to the law to attract Digital Nomads. The mooted visa is part of a drive to attract tech talent from around the world and support North Macedonia’s beougoning start-up scene.

South Korea

South Korea

The South Korean government has announced it will introduce a Digital Nomad Visa for IT workers. You’ll need to be employed by an overseas company and meet minimum (but as yet unspecified) monthly income requirements, but will otherwise be free to live in this Far Eastern land of rich culture, high-technology and exquisite cuisine.

South Africa (Cape Town)

south africa cape town

The Western Cape government is lobbying the Department for Home Affairs to introduce a digital nomad visa for Cape Town so that the city can attract the best tech talent. The local tourism board has even teamed up with Airbnb to offer 50% discounts on stays longer than 28 days to make the destination even more enticing.

And with spectacular coastlines, delicious cuisine, world-class vineyards and the breathtaking Table Mountain, Cape Town is an incredible destination for digital nomads.

Thailand

thailand

Thailand is the destination of choice for many Digital Nomads and while it is currently possible to enter and stay in Thailand for an extended period of time, it’s not actually legal for you to work remotely. That’s about to change. Thailand announced it’s to introduce a Smart Visa that will allow freelancers to live and work remotely in Thailand for up to a whopping four years!

To apply for the visa, applicants need to have an employment contract with a foreign firm for at least 6 months as well as proof of qualifications and experience.

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