33 countries that already offer digital nomad visa

Over 33 countries already offer visas for digital nomads, and this list keeps growing. Take a look at the list of countries that are open to digital nomads in 2022. This is an always updated post, you can save it to your bookmarks to follow closely.
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It seems like a lie when we thought that a few years ago, but the truth is that a visa for digital nomads is already a reality in many countries around the world. The change in labour dynamics has made remote work grow experientially.

The governments that have already created programmes for digital nomads understand that the creation of this modality is a way to attract more foreign talent. Besides, of course, contributing to the country’s economy.

Understand a little more about this visa category and the main countries that already offer the possibility of a visa for digital nomads.

Countries that offer visas for digital nomads

As already talked about, remote work is still a novelty for many countries. That is why there was a delay before they could be included in visa policies of the various countries.

The number of countries that are creating visas for digital nomads is increasing, enabling greater mobility and convenience among online workers and entrepreneurs.

Map of countries offering digital nomad visa

List of digital nomad visa in September 2022

Check now the list of countries that accept this type of visa and see also the basic conditions for the application:

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Duration
Tax
Mandatory travel insurance
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of income
Germany
36
$100
Yes
Yes
Anguila
12
$2000
Yes
Yes
Antigua Barbuda
24
$1500
Yes
Yes
Aruba
3
$75
Yes
No
Barbados
12
$2000
Yes
Yes
Bermuda
12
$260
Yes
Yes
Brazil
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Yes
Yes
Cape Verde
6
$60
Yes
Yes
Costa Rica
24
$550
Yes
Yes
Croatia
12
$155
Yes
Yes
Curaçao
6
$300
Yes
No
Cyprus
12
$65
Yes
Yes
Dominica
18
$900
Yes
Yes
Ecuador
24
$450
Yes
Yes
United Arab Emirates
12
$610
Yes
Yes
Estonia
12
$100
Yes
Yes
Georgia
12
$35
Yes
Yes
Grenada
12
$1500
Yes
Yes
Greece
12
$90
Yes
Yes
Iceland
6
$60
Yes
Yes
Cayman Islands
24
$1470
Yes
Yes
Seychelles Islands
12
$50
Yes
Yes
Malta
6
$315
Yes
Yes
Mauritius
12
$0
Yes
Yes
Mexico
12
$45
Yes
Yes
Montserrat
12
$500
Yes
Yes
Norway
48
$630
Yes
Yes
Panama
9
$300
Yes
Yes
Portugal
12
$165
Yes
Yes
Czech Republic
12
$165
Yes
Yes
Romania
12
$125
Yes
Yes
Saint Lucia
12
$70
Yes
Yes
Spain
Pending
Sri Lanka
12
$500
Yes
Yes

Guide for digital nomad

Before you hit the road and live as a digital nomad – or if you already are one – you need to be prepared. We always aim for a minimalist lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean leaving out the following topics:

  1. Health: it is crucial to have travel insurance for digital nomads, whereby it will leave you safe all over the world. Not only for your health, but also for your equipment.
  2. Financial: choosing the best way to manage your money while travelling the world is one of your main concerns. So, refer to this guide to the best international digital banks (the ones I use the most).
  3. Work: you can find remote work in Upwork.
  4. Material: select well which equipment for digital nomads to take in your luggage.
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Enjoying between jobs on Koh Rong Samloem Island - Cambodia

1. Brazil

The visa for digital nomads in Brazil is recent, it was launched in 2022. The country has a great opportunity to attract this category of visitor, since it has great qualities sought by digital nomads.

The climate, culture, variety and geographical richness make it a must for travellers. The visa is valid for up to one year.

Basic conditions

  • Documents proving that you have work activities outside Brazil, either employment or company;
  • Proof of criminal record of the place(s) of residence during the last 5 years;
  • Health insurance valid on national territory
  • Monthly income of $1,500 or availability of $18,000 in a bank account;

How to apply

The application is simple. One must fill out the application form and pay the consular fees, whose amounts have not yet been disclosed.

The application must be submitted to the Ministry of Justice through the MigranteWeb system.

More information: Digital nomad visa Brazil

2. Spain

Thanks to its cultural richness and variety, Spain is always among the top 10 most sought after destinations for digital nomads. The country has a Non-Profit visa, which remote workers must apply for.

In the future, the country should offer a special type of visa for nomads, as there is already a draft of the Startup Law that is still being drafted.

With the Non-Profit visa, you can live legally for up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension up to 24 months.

Basic conditions

  • Demonstrate a monthly income of £2151 or have £25,816 in a bank account;
  • Have public or private health insurance authorized in Spain;
  • Present a medical certificate attesting to a good state of health;
  • Not have a criminal record in any country.

How to apply

The non-profit visa must be requested before completing one month in Spanish territory. You must fill out a form, gather the documents proving the conditions, 3 photos and pay the fee of €10.72. The government will give an approval answer within 3 months.

More information: Digital nomad visa Spain

3. Portugal

Portugal is always among the main destinations sought after by digital nomads and Brazilians. Whether because of its history or the ease of communication due to the Portuguese language.

To help digital nomads, the country offers a visa for remote workers and entrepreneurs who wish to move to Lusitanian lands. The maximum stay, initially, is one year and can be extended up to five.

The advantage is that, for Brazilians, after five years living in the country, it is already possible to try permanent residence.

Basic conditions

  • Gather proof of property income (rentals) and proof of commercial property;
  • Monthly earnings of 600 euros per month;
  • Have health and travel insurance;
  • No criminal record.

Forms of application

The first step is to gather all the required documents by filling in the form. A visit to the consulate must be scheduled for the delivery of the documentation.

Just like the others, you have to pay fees to obtain a visa. These are: resident permit €72 and visa fee €83.

More information: Digital nomad visa Portugal

4. Mexico

Mexico is a country well known and visited. The cuisine, the climate, and the hospitality are the country’s main attractions.

Despite having a tourist visa with a maximum stay of six months, today there is already a temporary residence visa. It allows the digital nomad to stay for one year and to renew it for up to three years.

Basic conditions

  • You will need to have an open company or work for another company that is outside Mexico;
  • Have a monthly income of at least $1620 or have a total balance of $27,000.

Forms of application

A form must be filled in and the documents separated. Thereafter, all you need to do is to make an appointment with the consulate for the delivery of the documents. Not forgetting the payment of the fee, which will be given at the consulate.

5. Bermuda

The islands of Bermuda already had a residency programme for remote workers. They could stay in the country for one year. The visa called “Work From Bermuda” is an adaptation and expansion of the old programme that is also intended for digital nomads.

Basic conditions

  • You will need to have an open company or work for another company that is outside Bermuda;
  • It is not necessary to have a minimum income;
  • The Covid-19 test should be done;
  • The contracting of travel insurance is mandatory.

Forms of application

To try to obtain the visa, just fill out the form, send all the paperwork and supporting documents. The application fee is $263.

6. Estonia

Estonia was one of the first countries to offer E-residency, and in July 2020, the Estonian government released a new visa modality for digital nomads. It allows the traveller to work for a year in the country. The country has a considerable diversity of landscapes and many castles to be visited. Moreover, it is one of the most technological territories in the world.

Basic conditions

  • You must have an open company or work for another company that is outside Estonia;
  • You must be able to prove that you have earned at least, €3504 per month over the last 6 months.

Forms of application

You must fill in the form, make an appointment at the country’s embassy and hand in the documents. Finally, pay the fees, which can vary from €80 to €100.

7. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a very attractive country both for its natural beauty and its culture. The visa that fits the way digital nomads work is called “Rentista”. It will give travellers a permit of up to two years to stay in the country.

Basic conditions

Have necessary documents proving a minimum income of $2,500 per month for two years. Another option is to make a deposit in the amount of $60,000 in a Costa Rican bank.

How to apply

The visa may be applied for by yourself or by a lawyer. Of course, the help of a professional who understands about the application is the best choice. The documents must be in the official language of the country (Spanish) and pay a fee of $250.

8. Iceland

Digital nomads can live, at least for a while, in one of their dream countries. Iceland is known for its wide variety of natural and exotic beauties, as well as extreme climates.

The visa has a maximum period of 6 months, and if requested during the stay in the Schengen area, is only granted for 90 days.

Basic conditions

  • Have a remote job or online business outside Iceland;
  • Demonstrate a monthly income of €6,993;
  • Have health or travel insurance;
  • Have a criminal record certificate.

How to apply

The process for obtaining a visa in Iceland is simple. You must apply online and pay a fee of €50. In this process, all scanned documents must be uploaded.

9. Malta

Malta is one of the most popular islands in the Mediterranean, being visited by tourists from all over the world. Digital nomads can now spend a longer stay in paradise thanks to the “Digital Nomad Residence” permit.

This visa allows you to stay on the island for up to one year, with the possibility of extending the period by renewing the visa again.

Basic conditions

  • Being employed remotely outside Malta or having a registered business outside Malta;
  • The gross monthly rent must exceed 2,700 euros;
  • Have annual health or travel insurance;
  • Proof of a place of accommodation in Malta for the applicant;
  • Criminal record certificate.

Application Form

To apply for this permission it is necessary to collect documents, fill in the online application form and make the corresponding payment of €300.

10. Romania

If there is one thing that makes this country attractive for digital nomads, it is that Romania is renowned for its fast internet speed. Something every remote worker appreciates.

The visa for nomads in this country was approved in 2021, and grants visitors a stay permit of up to 12 months with the possibility of renewal.

Basic conditions

  • Have an average monthly income of 3,300 euros;
  • Work for a company or have a company registered outside the country;
  • Having a criminal record;
  • Have health insurance valid in Romania.
  • Proof of income for the last 6 months.

How to apply

You can apply for this category of visa online, and the cost of fees to be paid is currently unknown.

One of the documents to be submitted is a letter explaining the intention of the trip or stay in that country, as well as showing a provisional plan of what you want to see.

11. Czech Republic

Eastern Europe is made up of countries with a rich history. The Czech Republic is a fantastic country and in addition to its great culture, it has more affordable prices compared to the rest of Europe.

Even though it is a little more complicated than most of the visas presented, the Zivno, as it is called, can be a great option for those who work remotely and want to live in a good country.

Basic conditions

  • The country requires the digital nomad to have a business licence, which can be anyone from this list;
  • Proof of accommodation for at least one year;
  • Have at least 5,000 euros in the bank account;
  • Pay the local tax ($80) every month.

Forms of application

The visa is a bit more bureaucratic, so I recommend that it is done through a specialized agency. You must gather all the documentation, visit the embassy and pay a fee of €100.

12. Georgia

The “Remotely from Georgia” is the name given to the visa for remote workers who decide to live in the country for a while. It has a low cost of living when compared to neighbouring countries and is still very charming because of its mountains.

Basic conditions

  • You will need to have an open company or work for another company that is outside of Georgia;
  • Have proof that you will be able to pay the country’s taxes;
  • Have a monthly income of at least $2,000;
  • Have travel insurance for at least six months;
  • Respect an isolation period lasting 14 days.

Forms of application

The process for application follows the basics discussed so far. The steps are: fill out the form, separate and send the required documents, and pay the fee.

13. Croatia

Officially, after a long wait following its announcement, Croatia now has a visa for digital nomads. This permission does not apply to citizens belonging to the European Union or any EEA (European Economic Area) country.

Although it is popularly known as the “digital nomad visa”, it is a residence permit.

Basic conditions

  • IT or digital communications related work, for a company or your own, that is not registered in Croatia;
  • Proof of income of at least €2,232. If the application is for 12 months, you must have a bank account fund of €26,790;
  • Certificate of criminal record from the country of origin;
  • Proof of accommodation;
  • Health Insurance Contract is mandatory.

How to apply

If the applicant needs a visa to enter the country, he/she should apply at the embassy before travelling, either in person or online. Otherwise, you can apply for a Temporary Residence Permit when you are in Croatia, either at the consulate or at the police.

Once in the country, you must apply for an OIB, which is nothing more than an identification number. The process is similar to the registration process in Spain. Submit the application with two photos and pay €55.80 for residence plus €61.10 for the visa.

14. Germany

Germany is one of the most desired countries to live in. The quality of life and education of the Germans makes the country a perfect place for young digital entrepreneurs.

The visa for digital nomads in Germany is called: “Aufenthaltserlaubnis für selbständige Tätigkeit” or residence permit for self-employment. The remote worker may be allowed to stay in the country from 6 months up to 3 years.

Basic conditions

  • You will need to have a residential address in the country;
  • Have health insurance;
  • Proof of income;
  • Demonstration of the type of work done so that the German government can identify whether it can be useful for the economy.

Forms of application

To obtain a visa, it will be necessary to gather all documents and proofs, including residence in the country. Make an appointment for a visa interview and pay a fee of €100.

15. Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is a Caribbean island that has just entered the list of countries that accept visas for digital nomads. The document is called Nomad Digital Residence (NDR) and is valid for 2 years, being directed to professionals who work remotely. Members of the same family can also get the visa; however, the income must be proved.

Basic conditions

  • You will need to have an open company or work for another company that is outside Antigua and Barbuda;
  • Have a monthly income of at least $50,000 per year;
  • Have a health plan or travel insurance.

How to apply

The visa application will be simple and intuitive. Just fill out the form, provide proof that you do remote work, and pay the visa fees. The amounts may vary from $1,500.00 to $3,000.00.

16. Barbados

Barbados is located on an island in the Caribbean and is ideal for those who like to enjoy beautiful beaches. Recently, the country also created a visa for digital nomads, called “Barbados Welcome Stamp”. The remote workers will be able to spend 12 months on the island, with the possibility of renewal.

Basic conditions

  • Having a company or working for one that is outside Barbados;
  • Have a monthly income of at least $50,000 per year;
  • Perform Covid-19 test 48 hours before shipment.

Ways of application

The application will follow the basic criteria. First you fill out the form, and then you will need to send the documentation. Finally, the fee must be paid. The amount is $2,000.

17. Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands is a British territory located in the Caribbean Sea, composed of three islands. Its natural beauty attracts the attention of travellers from all over the world. Therefore, the territory has recently adopted the “Global Citizen Concierge” visa. This visa for digital nomads will give the right to stay up to 2 years.

The only detail that makes the island less sought after than other countries is the proof of annual income. The amounts can reach up to $150,000 per year.

Basic conditions

  • Being an employee of a company outside the Cayman Islands;
  • To have a reference letter from a financial institution with a notarized signature;
  • Criminal background check;
  • Have health insurance is mandatory.

Ways of application

The applicant must complete the application form, separate the basic documentation and pay the fee of $1,469. After these actions, the application processes will begin.

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What is a digital nomad visa?

A digital nomad visa is a permit for remote workers, freelancers and online entrepreneurs to enter and stay in a country for a certain period, usually more than 90 days.

It has a validity period, countries that can be used, activities that can be carried out and length of stay.

Digital nomads work online so that freedom is preserved, but until recently, they belonged to a separate category of group, where rights and possibilities to acquire a “visa for work” did not exist.

You may be asking yourself: but wouldn’t a tourist visa be easier? The answer lies in the length of stay, which is generally between 30 and 90 days.

Those who live the digital nomadism as a lifestyle seek a longer stay. Therefore, the visa for digital nomads presents some essential benefits for us who lead this lifestyle:

  1. The nomad will be able to work/business online with the possibility of living legally in the chosen country, even without having any ties with any local company;
  2. The average validity of the visa is one year, giving the traveller the possibility to work calmly and enjoy everything the place has to offer.

How to obtain a visa for digital nomads?

Each country has a specific rule for the digital nomad visa to be approved, but in a basic way, the documents are:

  • Valid passport (always keep an eye on the expiry date of the document);
  • Online proof of income.

The applicant may face some fees during the visa acquisition procedures. The ideal is to understand how each location works in the accomplishment of this process.

At the document submission stage, all bank evidence is gathered and submitted. From this, further proof that the applicant is a digital nomad will be made.

Once all the visa request and documentation delivery steps are done, the responsible bodies of each country will analyse if the visa can be provided.

Denied requests

The majority of denied applications can be related to the lack of proof of income and the applicant’s visa history. Another factor that can lead to a visa being refused is if the nomad is seen as a threat to the country.

However, by carrying out all the steps and proving that the income you earn comes from online work, you will be unlikely to be denied.

Are visas for digital nomads worth it?

The increase in the diversity of countries that are introducing visas for digital nomads means that this way of working is overcoming barriers in relation to the nomadic lifestyle.

If the rest of the countries follow this trend, you can be sure that the number of remote workers will increase significantly. Tourism, and consequently the economy, will benefit the most from this growth.

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Michaël Louis
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I am a digital nomad with a passion for new technologies and travel. We created Planet Nomad to help you on your way to geographical freedom: that of digital nomadism and online entrepreneurship. If you liked this article, please share it or leave your comment, I'll answer it.

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