More Countries Creating “Digital Nomad” Visa Programs

 

More Countries Are Creating Digital Nomad Visas

As more and more individuals join the online economy, and succeed at creating self-sustaining income for themselves, an increasing number of countries are deciding that these are exactly the type of people they want inside their borders.

Estonia has become the most celebrated example of this – unsurprising given their previous experiment with allowing “E-Residence“.

Indeed, this small Baltic Nation is making waves with their desire to attract “Digital Nomads”, as this article from Politico explains:

Tiny Estonia is wielding an unlikely weapon in the fight against the economic damage caused by coronavirus: immigration law.

On Wednesday, the Baltic state will launch a “Digital Nomad Visa,” which it hopes will help it recover from an expected recession and boost its growing credentials as a bureaucratic innovator.

“One of the goals is to promote Estonia in the world,” said Ruth Annus, head of the interior ministry department that developed the plan. “Digital nomads also use services which are taxed in Estonia, and we believe they create diversity and enrich the community,” Annus told POLITICO.

The scheme is targeting non-European digital nomads, which Estonia defines as remote-working employees or freelancers, whose job allows them to work from anywhere. To be granted the new visa, applicants must show they are making at least €3,504 per month and provide evidence, such as client lists, which prove their professional role…

… “This is a tailor-made visa for the digital nomad community, it is unique,” Annus said.

 

Forbes also published an article on this phenomenon, explaining:

After three or four months of lockdown, many people are starting to see the new reality; even if they don’t work for themselves, many more can now work from anywhere to do their jobs.

And now entire countries are opening their doors. The Telegraph reported that Estonia is allowing anyone to come live and work in the country for up to a year, plus allowing 90 days of travel across Schengen countries.

Applicants must prove that they earn a good living; showing evidence that they are earn at least $3,988 (€3,504) a month. They must also be employed or paid by overseas companies and not be tied to one location…

…Barbados is also offering the chance for one year of remote working. Prime minister Mia Amor Mottley, as reported in The Telegraph, announced a new scheme to boost the economy, by encouraging people to benefit from the ‘Barbados Welcome Stamp’ to stay in the country and work digitally. The visa allows movement back and forth, dependant obviously on Covid-19 border restrictions.

 

And if neither Estonia nor Barbados floats your boat, an even more extensive list of countries providing such opportunities can be found at Outsite.co.

As they explain:

Any digital nomad who’s been working remotely while traveling long term can probably attest to the headache that visas can cause. Many digital nomads hop around country to country rather quickly, which usually doesn’t result in any visa troubles. Things get a bit more complicated if you’d like to stay longer, but we’re here to help clear it up.

 

In that regard, Outsite provides a detailed list of countries offering such Visas, which includes:

-Australia;

-The Czech Republic;

-Germany;

-Mexico; and

-Spain.

 

Overall, as more and more of our economy shifts online, and as more individuals give up on long-hours slogging away for corporate employers to instead start their own online businesses, it seems that the ranks of “digital nomads” will only grow.

The phenomenon outlined above is a positive one, as it suggests many nations are seeing the value in this, and the positive effects that having such individuals in their countries can bring.