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Countries That Offer A Digital Nomad Visa To Remote Workers

Skuad Desk

Dec 11, 2020

Introduction

There was a time when all the workplaces had physical locations. Employees generally commute to work daily and work on projects with team members. Fast forward a few years, and the definition of 'workplace' has changed.

Professionals are no longer restricted to a physical workspace as more and more companies are allowing their staff to work remotely. There has been a rise in freelancers and self-employed people as well who choose remote work. This rise in remote work has brought about a change in the way people approach work and travel.  

It wasn't uncommon to see many professionals combining their love of traveling and remote working. This has led to some countries offering 'digital nomad visas' to attract remote workers. Read on to know more.

What is a Nomad Visa?

A digital nomad visa is a visa that allows any remote worker to live and work in a foreign country without having to immigrate or apply for residency. They aren't subjected to that country's tax laws as well.

Professionals can stay in the country for a longer duration than what a tourist visa would allow them. The latter will enable them to remain in the country for 30-90 days, with some countries allowing for six months as the maximum duration. However, with a tourist nomad visa, they can stay for a longer time, usually a year, and work remotely.  

A nomad visa allows remote workers to work in a foreign country without constantly worrying about extending their visas and other immigration issues. With a digital nomad visa, they get a chance to live in a country, get a feel of it, and set up a work routine that suits them, and explore the city at the same time.

So, if you are interested in applying for a nomad visa, which countries should you use?

Let’s take a look.

Barbados

Who doesn't love the Caribbean? It's been a popular honeymoon and short-term vacation place, but it's slowly gaining a reputation as one of the best places to work remotely. Sitting by some of the best beaches in the world and working does seem like a fantastic idea.  

Suppose you are all about island life, head over to Barbados. These are the critical things you need to know before applying for the visa through their digital nomad program called 'Barbados Welcome Stamp':

Duration of visa: One year

Cost: $2,000 per individual and $3,000 per couple/family

Income to prove: $50,000 per year

Pros:

  • Low cost of living.
  • Good connectivity to other nations making travel easy.

Bermuda

Bermuda is another island that made it to the list. Bermuda's digital nomad program is called 'Work from Bermuda,' and these are the details you must know before applying for the visa:

Duration of visa: One year

Cost: $263

Income to prove: You need to show income that indicates it is enough to support your stay there.

Pros:

  • The price of the nomad visa undoubtedly is one of the most affordable ones amongst other nations that offer nomad visas.
  • numerous daily flights are connecting to different countries, making travel easy.
  • Bermuda has exceptionally high internet speeds, a major plus for everyone working remotely.

Anguilla

Anguilla is the new kid on the block when it comes to the countries offering nomad visas. Though many may not have even heard of this small nation, it has a lot to offer to digital nomads.

If you want to apply for their visa, you must be aware of these details:

Duration of visa: One year

Cost: $2,000

Income to prove: There is no specific number now, but it would be better to learn more details about this before you apply for the visa.  

Pros:

  • If you love offbeat traveling or exploring new places, Anguilla would be a good place. It is still new for many travelers, so you can enjoy the stay without having too many tourists around.
  • Since the COVID-19 pandemic took over the world, countries have been getting strict about travel, with most requiring a COVID test. If you apply for this visa, the cost of the test will be included in the visa cost, which means you don’t have to worry about spending extra on getting tested.

Estonia

Estonia can proudly say that it was one of the first places in the world to embrace the culture of remote working. They have been welcoming digital nomads for a long time now—much before other countries.

It won’t be a stretch to say that they are the pioneers of the nomad visa space. However, Estonia launched its official digital nomad visa program this year.

If you are keen on making Estonia your next stop for working remotely, this is what you need to know:

Duration: One year

Cost: 100 Euros

Income to prove: You need to show a monthly income of 3,500 Euros.

Pros:

  • Estonia is currently the only EU nation to offer a digital nomad visa.
  • Since it has been welcoming digital nomads for a long time, this nation offers a large community of digital nomads where you will fit right in. This community will offer you a ton of work and networking opportunities.

Dubai  

The latest place to join the growing list of countries to offer a nomad visa in Dubai. You must keep in mind that this visa is only for Dubai and not for other UAE parts. It is a global city that sees tourists and professionals from around the world.

So, if you want a change of scenery, apply for a nomad visa for Dubai.

Duration of visa: One year

Cost: $287

Income to prove: Monthly income of $5,000

Pros:

  • A melting pot of multiple cultures offers a rich working and traveling experience for the nomads.
  • The cost of the visa is quite minimal compared to other countries offering the same.

Georgia

Georgia wouldn't usually pop into anyone's mind when they think of working remotely. However, it is one of the best places for a digital nomad to work remotely. Their nomad program is called 'Remotely from Georgia,' and these are the critical details you must know:

Duration of visa: One year

Cost: Free

Income to prove: $2,000 per month

Pros:

  • It offers a rich cultural experience, thanks to its architecture, warm and welcoming residents, and great natural views.
  • The cost of living is low as it is one of the cheapest places to live in the world! It's even cheaper than popular countries like Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia. This low cost of living is a great incentive to pack the bags and apply for this visa.

Cayman Islands

Well, another island made it to the list, for good reasons. They call their digital nomad program 'Global Citizen Concierge Program,' and digital nomads would be happy with the offerings.

Must-know details include:

Duration of visa: Up to two years

Cost: $1,469

Income to prove: $100,000 per year for individual nomads. $150,000 per year for a couple. $180,000 per year for an individual or a couple with at least one child.

Pros:

  • No other county offers a nomad visa for such a long time.
  • You can make unlimited trips in and out of the country during the two years, thus allowing you to call the Cayman Islands your home for a while.
  • When it comes to the number of COVID cases, it has witnessed very low numbers. Its meager COVID cases make it a safe place to consider during this pandemic time.

Important Visa Tips You Must Know:

  • Visa requirements may change with time. Make sure you contact the respective authorities to understand the exact needs before you apply for a visa.
  • Do thorough research on the visa to determine if it is a good fit for you or not. Keep all the necessary documents in place before you apply for the visa for smooth and fast processing.
  • Read the visa application carefully before you fill it out. Minor mistakes like spelling errors or filling in the wrong details in the wrong column may increase the rejection chances.
  • Never leave the visa work till the last moment. Always plan and start applying for the visa a couple of months in advance. Depending on the country's visa requirements, you may have to present extra documents like health records or criminal background checks, which may take time to produce. Thus, starting the process early will keep you from rushing in the end.
  • Always, always, always abide by the visa laws of the country you are visiting. You don't want to get into legal trouble in a new country for which you may be fined heavily or even detained.

Final Words

While 'digital nomads' have been around for the last decade or so, it won't be long for remote working to become the norm. Several countries are warming up to the idea of remote working and are exploring ways to attract the growing number of digital nomads like freelancers and remote workers.  

While it will take a few more years for more countries to offer nomad visas, there are quite a few that you can start applying to—like the countries mentioned above. So, decide on a country, start the nomad visa process, and have a great time working remotely!

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