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Remote work. Digital nomad. 

Location independent lifestyle.

Call it what you want.

But the idea of working from your laptop from a gorgeous Caribbean island or a beautiful European city is appealing.

Very appealing.

And the pandemic has made the rest of the world realize what some of us have already known — this is not some pipe dream. It is real. And you can actually do this!

In fact as the pandemic has gone on (and on), more countries are coming to realize the benefits of having these “digital nomad visas”. 

It’s a benefit to them to let remote workers or digital entrepreneurs live and work for longer than just a couple of months in their countries.

Location Indie is all about the Triangle of Freedom — time freedom, financial freedom and location freedom.

So we’ve put together a list of 25+ countries all of which have some sort of digital nomad visa. Each country will call this visa something a little different. Some countries have a simple process while others have a more complicated process.

There are also countries that stipulate a higher amount of income or a larger bank account. So not every country is going to work for you.

But we’re betting there are a couple of countries on the list that will, not only appeal to you, but work for you.

Just a note: this list is constantly evolving and changing so we are going to do our best to keep it up to date. But always check the links provided as they’ll take you directly to the source.

Also note that there will be additional parameters with COVID. So do double check the appropriate websites for up-to-date information.

 

ANGUILLA

A British overseas territory, this little island has one main island — 16 miles long by 3 miles wide — and a number of small cays with no permanent population.

It has a total population of 14,700 and the main town is called The Valley.

While the cost of living is a bit higher here, you definitely get what you pay for.

What it offers:

  • A visa good for up to 1 year that is renewable.

Conditions:

  • Show proof of employment from a business located outside of Anguilla or provide a certificate/proof of self-employment.
  • Provide proof of Visas (where applicable). 

How to apply:

  • Fill out application form (see website).
  • Provide a copy of birth certificate.
  • Provide a copy of passport picture page.
  • Furnish a police record (with a validity of not more than six (6) months for all applicants 18 years and older.
  • Give a brief description of the work the applicant will be doing.

Costs:

  • Approximately $2000 to apply

Links:

Anguilla is for you if you want a touch of class and peace and quiet with your beach life.

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A beautiful beach in Anguilla.

 

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

Made up of 2 main islands and a handful of smaller islands, this sovereign country is another spot in the Caribbean for those looking for that island lifestyle.

Antigua & Babuda promote having many modern amenities including a sound telecommunications infrastructure.

Antigua has 97% of the total population which numbers 97,100 residents.

The capital, largest port and main town on Antigua is St John’s and the main town on Barbuda is Codrington.

What it offers:

  • Nomad Digital Residence visa good for up to 2 years

Conditions:

  • Provide evidence of employment / self-employment.
  • Show proof of medical insurance coverage for the time you will be in the country. 
  • Declare you will earn at least $50,000 (or the equivalent) each year.

How to apply:

  • Fill out application form (see website).
  • Provide a copy of the biographical data of the passport.
  • Provide passport photo of each applicant.
  • Present a police clearance.

Costs:

  • Approximately $1500 to apply for a single person

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Antigua & Barbuda are for you if you value good telecommunications infrastructure, want a mix of West African and British in the culture

and love beautiful beaches.

 

THE BAHAMAS

A collection of 16 main islands and lots of smaller islands and cays, The Bahamas are technically in the Atlantic Ocean but get grouped with many of the Caribbean islands.

Like many of the islands in this part of the world, The Bahamas are a bit more expensive to live in.

This former British colony gained independence in 1973. Interestingly, the Bahamas became a haven for freed African slaves. The abolished by abolished slave trade in 1807 and in 1834 The Bahamas abolished slavery. So today 90% of the population is Afro-Bahamian.

The total population of The Bahamas is 385,600 and the capital is Nassau which lies on the island of New Providence.

What it offers:

  • BEATS — Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay Visa good for 12 months but it can be extended up to 3 years

Conditions:

  • Provide proof of employment / self-employment.
  • Show proof of medical insurance coverage for the time you will be in the country. 

How to apply:

  • Fill out application form (see website).
  • Provide a copy of the biographical data of the passport.

Costs:

  • $25 to apply for each person
  • $1000 permit fee for single person or head of household

Links:

The Bahamas are for you if you want a Caribbean island but don’t want to be confined to just one island for the year.

digital nomad visa

The Bahamas offer an excellent digital nomad visa and a variety of islands!

 

BARBADOS

One of the more southerly islands, Barbados is set to become a republic in November 2021 after being an independent state and Commonwealth realm since 1966. In other words, Queen Elizabeth II will no longer be their head of state.

The island sits a bit more in the Atlantic and thus out of the hurricane belt.

Barbados is 21 miles long by 14 miles at its widest point and has a population of 287,000.

The capital is Bridgetown.

What it offers:

  • Barbados Welcome Stamp visa good for 12 months which can be extended.

Conditions:

  • Be a remote worker for business located outside of Barbados or be self-employed.
  • Declare you will earn at least $50,000 (or the equivalent) per year.
  • Provide proof of medical insurance coverage for the time you will be in the country. However, Barbados will help you get in country insurance if you have issues obtaining medical insurance in your home country.

How to apply:

  • Fill out application form (see website).
  • Provide a copy of the biographical data of the passport.
  • Provide passport photo of each applicant.

Costs:

  • Approximately $2000 to apply for a single person

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Barbados is for you if you want a bit more of a party/social atmosphere with your beach living and you’d like to avoid (for the most part) the hurricane worry.

 

BERMUDA

Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory located in the Atlantic at roughly the same latitude as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. There are actually 181 islands but Main Island is where most of the action is and where the capital of Hamilton is located.

Because of its more northerly position the climate is considered subtropical so it’s a bit milder. This means winters are a bit cooler than what you’ll find in the Caribbean islands but you’ll also find that summers aren’t quite as hot.

Total area of Bermuda is about 20 square miles and the total population is 71,000.

What it offers:

  • Work from Bermuda visa/resident certificate is good for up to 1 year and it is renewable.

Conditions:

  • Present proof of employment for business located outside of Bermuda or show proof of being self-employed.
  • Show that you have not been convicted of a crime in Bermuda or elsewhere.
  • Provide proof of medical insurance coverage for the time you will be in the country. However, Bermuda insurers are developing healthcare products to meet the needs of certificate holders if you do need to purchase in country health coverage.
  • Show that you have substantial means and/or continuous source of annual income

Note: Bermuda does not ask for a specific income threshold.

How to apply:

  • Fill out application form (see website).

Costs:

  • Approximately $263 to apply for a single person

Links:

Bermuda is for you if you want a high standard of living along with milder (not so hot) temperatures yet still want island living.

Bermuda

Bermuda offers a mild climate and an excellent digital nomad visa.

 

CAPE VERDE (CABO VERDE)

This former Portugese colony is an island country in the central Atlantic Ocean. It  consists of ten volcanic islands with a combined land area of about 1557 square miles. Cabo Verde became an independent country in 1975 and is one of the most democratic nations in Africa as well as being a very stable country.

The climate is milder than much of continental Africa. Overall the islands see little rainfall although this varies island to island. Cabo Verde has a total population of about 543,700. The capital is Praia which is located on the island of Santiago. 

What it offers:

  • Cabo Verde Remote Working Program visa is good for 6 months and can be renewed for another 6 months.

Conditions:

  • Must be from Europe, North America, Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO).
  • Present proof of income of at least €1500 per month.
  • Provide proof of health insurance with coverage for evacuation and body transportation in the case of death.
  • Present copy of passport bio page.
  • Provide a criminal background check issued by applicant’s national or residence country authorities.
  • Provide proof accommodation where you will be staying.

How to apply:

  • Fill out application form (see website) where you will apply for a 6 months temporary visa. Once your request gets accepted, you’ll receive a permit entry to the country.
  • Upon arriving in Cabo Verde, you have 30 days to obtain the Visa that allows you to extend your stay beyond 30 days and up to six months. To do that, you should contact the Program via email, to arrange the delivery of the Visa application. The processing time is approximately 5 working days.

Costs:

  • €20/person visa fee and €34 airport fee

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Cabo Verde is for you if you want an African/Europe blend in your island life as well as an affordable place to live that also has a strong digital nomad community.

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde offers a lot to to the remote worker with its digital nomad visa especially a strong community.

 

CAYMAN ISLANDS

The Cayman Islands are a self-governing British Overseas Territory made up of 3 islands — Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The islands cover roughly 102 square miles and have total population of 65,800.

George Town, the capital, is located on Grand Cayman which is the most populous of the 3 islands.

The Cayman Islands are known for being where many wealthy individuals and corporations keep offshore accounts. It’s not a cheap place to live and income requirements are definitely much higher than other destinations.

What it offers:

  • Global Citizen Concierge is good for up to 2 years.

Conditions:

  • Provide a letter showing proof of employment with an entity located outside of the Cayman Islands stating position, length of employment and annual salary on company letterhead OR
  • Provide a copy of a certificate of incorporation or registration with an authorized government body in your country including website details and any social media profile information. (for self-employment)
  • Provide a federal criminal record or similar documentation, issued within the past 6 months, from last place of residence for more than 6 months. Must include fingerprint verification.
  • Present a notarized bank reference and 6 months of bank statements.
  • Show proof of medical insurance coverage for the first 30 days. You must then purchase local health coverage.
  • Declare will earn at least $100,000 per year. 

How to apply:

  • Fill out application form (see website).
  • Provide clear color copy of photo and information page of a valid passport.

Costs:

  • Approximately $1469 to apply for up to 2 people plus a 7% credit card processing fee.

Links:

Cayman Islands are for you if you want an upscale and luxurious spot and earn the money to afford it.

 

CROATIA

Sitting at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe, Croatia has been a popular destination with travelers — and now digital nomads. In fact, during the pandemic Croatia has embraced the whole digital nomad visa idea.

It has a long coastline — with numerous small islands off that coastline — historical cities, mountains, hills and forests. So there is something for everyone in Croatia. 

The star is Dubrovnik and the capital is Zagreb, but cites such as Split and Zadar might also be worth exploring for your remote work experience.

What it offers:

  • Digital Nomad Residence Permit good for up to 1 year.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof that you are an employee of a company outside Croatia, contracted with a company outside of Croatia or you have your own business that is located outside of Croatia.
  • Show that you have a regular monthly income of $2700 (HRK 16,907) or $33,000 per year.
  • Present proof of health insurance for your time in Croatia.
  • Provide proof of your temporary address in Croatia 
  • Pass a criminal background check from your home country.

How to apply:

  • Fill out an application form online or in person to the embassy or consulate of the Republic of Croatia or at the competent police administration/police station according to your temporary residence address. The application goes to the local authorities where you plan to relocate.
  • Provide all documentation including a copy of your passport and 2 passport sized photos.

Costs:

  • Vary from HRK660 to HRK880 which is $100-150US (It’s a bit confusing so do check the website thoroughly.)

Links:

Croatia is for you if you want a European country that has a diverse landscape and is very affordable.

digital nomad visa

Croatia was one of the first to jump on the digital nomad visa bandwagon when the pandemic hit.

 

COSTA RICA

Costa Rica is definitely a country that has always drawn a lot of expats, especially retirees. Now they are getting into the digital nomad visa game.

This Central American country is known for its stunning landscapes — from rain forests to beaches to volcanoes. And Costa Rica is known for taking great care of these beautiful places.

The cost of living is very affordable and the relaxed pace of life is very appealing in this country of 5.1 million. The capital city is San Jose, but many digital nomads flock to the west coast where the beaches are fab!

What it offers:

  • The Rentista visa is good for up to 2 years.

Conditions:

  • Present proof that you are a freelancer or have your own business. You cannot work for a company.
  • Show that you have a regular monthly income of $2500 or make a deposit of $60,000 into a local bank.
  • Provide a copy of birth certificate
  • Provide a copy of passport information as well as 2 passport sized photos.
  • Provide police background check with fingerprints.

How to apply:

  • Fill out application form (see website) OR
  • Hire an immigration lawyer as the process is more complicated than some of the other countries on the list. And all documents must be submitted in Spanish.

Costs:

  • Approximately $250 to apply for a single person

Links:

Costa Rica is for you if you want a laid back, affordable spot with diverse and beautiful scenery.

 

CURAÇAO

Another gorgeous Caribbean island on the list, Curaçao is a constituent country of The Kingdom of the Netherlands.

It’s located about 65km north of the coast of Venezuela and is considered to be outside the hurricane belt. Curaçao along with its smaller, uninhabited island of Little Curaçao, has a land mass of  171 square miles and a population of 158,600. The capital is Willemstad.

This island is not as expensive as some other Caribbean islands.

What it offers:

  • @Home in Curaçao digital nomad visa is good for 6 months and extendable for another 6 months.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof that you work for an employer registered in a foreign country and you have a contract with that employer, you conduct business activity for a company that is registered in a foreign country and of which you are a partner/shareholder or you offer freelance or consulting services to clients, whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country, and with whom you have contracts.
  • Present proof of international travel/health insurance although you can purchase insurance on the island if you are having trouble securing insurance in your country of origin.
  • Show return ticket equal to your stay.

How to apply:

  • Fill out an application form online and submit all appropriate documentation.

Costs:

  • Roughly $295

Links:

Curaçao is for you if you are okay with a shorter stay and want an affordable Caribbean island that has a bit of the Netherlands mixed in.

Curaçao

Curaçao offers a wonderful mix of Europe with a Caribbean Island.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC (CZECHIA)

Czechia is a favorite country among many travelers with the capital of Prague always getting high marks for being a hip, fun city.

However be sure to explore the hilly countryside and immerse yourself in a culture rich with traditions. Brno might be a great alternative to Prague. There are also some fabulous small towns as well as places to get into the great outdoors. 

While the process is more complicated to get a digital nomad visa in Czech Republic, it’s possible. It is advisable to enlist the help of an agency so you have all in order.

What it offers:

  • The Zivno visa is valid for 1 year and it can be extended.

Conditions:

  • Show that you have a trade license for one of the trades listed.
  • Provide proof of a local accommodation for the year.
  • Present proof of at least $5700 in your bank account
  • Ensure you have a valid passport with 2 blank pages and provide 2 passport sized photos.
  • Provide criminal records from your country of origin and from any other countries where you have lived for at least 6 months in the past 3 years.
  • Pay local taxes equalling roughly $80/month

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application form and gather all documents.
  • Make an appointment at Czech Embassy. You cannot apply in country.

Costs:

  • €100 ($120US) to apply for the visa

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Czech Republic is for you if you want an intriguing European country that is affordable and are okay with extra work to make it happen.

 

DOMINICA

The so-called “nature island” of the Caribbean, Dominica is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles and is still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity. It has the world’s second-largest hot spring, has lush mountainous rainforests and is the home of many rare plants, animals and birds.

There are French and British influences since both countries were present here, with the Brits having possession of Dominica until 1978 when it gained independence. Dominica has a total population of 71,200 and is about 290 square miles. The capital is Roseau.

What it offers:

  • The Work in Nature extended stay visa is good for up to 18 months.

Conditions:

  • Show you can work remotely with an employment letter. If your income is not from a regular employment salary, then you must also provide a recent bank statement and certificate of good standing and/or credit report.
  • Show you expect to earn an income of US$50,000 or more over the next 12 months and/or have the means to support yourself.
  • Provide bio data page of valid passport. 
  • Present police record(s). A police record must be obtained from all the jurisdictions in which you/your family member lived in the past five years.
  • Provide bank reference letter.
  • Present passport-sized photos. 
  • Show proof of health insurance valid in Dominica.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the online application form plus all supporting documents.

Costs:

  • Approximately $100US

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Dominica is for you if you want more nature time with your Caribbean island (versus just beach) and where you can stay for over a year.

 

DUBAI (UAE)

The most populous city in the United Arab Emirates is definitely a cosmopolitan city that will entice those who love big cities with a lot to offer. 

Dubai has grown rapidly and has become a top destination to travel to in the world. It’s hard to believe that it was once a small fishing village!

The population is about 3.5 million but has a low crime rate making it a safe place to be.

And this visa allows you to easily bring your family.

What it offers:

  • The Virtual Working Programme is valid for 1 year.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof of employment from current employer with a 1 year contract OR proof of ownership of your company for 1 year or more.
  • Show you make a minimum of US$5,000 per month salary, last month’s payslip (if employed by a company) and 3 preceding months’ bank statements.
  • Present proof of health insurance with UAE coverage.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the request for an application form.

Costs:

  • Approximately $611 for all fees.

Links:

Dubai is for you if you want a cosmopolitan, city lifestyle and make enough to afford that lifestyle.

digital nomad visa

Dubai is for you if you want a luxurious city life and can afford it!

 

ESTONIA

This Baltic country was one of the first to jump into the digital nomad visa world. And they have expanded the program, which is great for digital nomads.

Estonia has a lot to offer from Medieval cities to a beautiful coastline to some lovely national parks to over 2000 islands in the Baltic Sea.

Tallinn, the capital, has an incredibly gorgeous historic center that is a UNESCO site. 

The total population of Estonia is 1.3 million.

 What it offers:

  • Digital Nomad Visa valid for 1 year.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof you own a location independent business OR you work remotely for a company based outside Estonia OR you work as a freelancer for clients mostly outside of Estonia.
  • Present proof you made €3504/month in the previous 6 months.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application form online, print it and sign it.
  • Make appointment at Estonian Embassy or Consulate to submit your application and appropriate supporting documents.

Costs:

  • €100 for the long-term (D) visa

Links:

Estonia is for you if you want a diverse country with a high standard of living in a European country at an affordable cost. 

Estonia

Estonia was one of the first countries to jump on the digital nomad visa train.

 

GEORGIA

This country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia is a favorite of ours. Georgia recently launched their digital nomad visa in the midst of the pandemic to entice remote workers to help with the loss of tourists.

Dramatic landscapes, intriguing history and friendly locals are just a few reasons to consider this country as a digital nomad home. The capital of Tbilisi is a vibrant city that sits on the banks of the Kura River. The total population of Georgia is approximately 3.8 million.

What it offers:

  • Remotely From Georgia visa valid for up to 1 year.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof you own a location independent business OR you work remotely for a company based outside Georgia.
  • Present proof that you made a minimum income of $2000/month for the last 12 months (although some people have been approved by showing a total of $24,000 in savings).
  • Show proof of health insurance that will cover at least 6 months.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application form online.

Costs:

  • FREE

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Georgia is for you if you want a rich, vibrant culture at the crossroads of East and West with good food and wine, mountains galore and friendly locals all at a very affordable cost.

digital nomad visa

Georgia offers a so much to the digital nomad.

 

GERMANY

Germany is a fabulous country with so much to offer — from incredibly energetic cities, to fairytale villages to mountains to rivers to forests and so much more. Plus it has excellent internet/wi-fi so you know you’ll be covered.

It’s home to just over 83 million people and is the 7th largest country in Europe. While Berlin, the capital, is a popular city, other destinations such as Munich, Cologne and Hamburg are also good spots. Or perhaps a smaller town is more your speed. Germany has plenty of charming towns to explore.

While the process is a bit more complex and takes longer, it can certainly be worth it.

What it offers:

  • Freelance “Freiberufler” Visa good for 6 months and up to 3 years.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof you own a location independent business / providing freelance services that are helping the local people.
  • Show proof of an address in Germany.
  • Present evidence of financial stability so that you can cover your living and freelancing expenses.
  • Show proof of health insurance.

How to apply:

  • Gather all the documents listed here.
  • Secure a residence in Germany.
  • Schedule an appointment with the immigration office.

Costs:

  • Approximately €60-100

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Germany is for you if you want to live in a vibrant, rich European country with good infrastructure and are okay with the complex process and make enough to live there.

Germany digital nomad visa

Germany is more complicated in its process but so worth it.

 

ICELAND

The land of fire and ice is not a cheap place to live but if you want some adventure time or time in a thermal pool, then Iceland could be a great choice.

The capital of Reykjavik is actually run on geothermal power and makes a great base for you to work.

With a population of just 364,000 Iceland is sparsely populated. It’s really all about the stunning landscape!

What it offers:

  • Long term visa for remote workers good for 6 months.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof you own a location independent business or work for a company located outside of Iceland.
  • Present evidence of monthly income equivalent to at least ISK 1,000,000 (approximately $8000)
  • Show proof of health insurance.
  • Provide copy of passport and passport sized photo.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application (found online) and provide all supporting documents.

Costs:

  • Approximately ISK 7800 ($62)

Links:

Iceland is for you if you want an adventurous and visually stunning place to live and can afford to do so.

Iceland

Iceland is for the digital nomad who loves nature.

 

MALTA

A group of islands and a country in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta is part of the European Union, loaded with historical sites, rich with culture and has a warm climate — and good food.

While there are many islands, only the 3 largest — Malta, Gozo and Comino — are inhabited. Malta is home to about ½ million people and the capital of Valletta is on the island of Malta. 

What it offers:

  • Nomad Residence Permit is good for up to one year and is renewable.

Conditions:

  • Be a Non-EU citizen.
  • Provide proof you work for an employer registered in a foreign country and have a contract of work; conduct business activities for a company registered in a foreign country and of which applicant is partner/shareholder; or offer freelance or consulting services, mostly to clients whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country, and with whom the applicant has contracts.
  • Present evidence of gross monthly income of €2700
  • Hold a valid travel document
  • Show proof of health insurance covering risks in Malta
  • Hold  a valid property rental or purchase agreement
  • Pass a background verification check.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application (found online) and provide all supporting documents.

Costs:

  • Approximately €300

Links:

Malta is for you if you want an EU country with an amazing culture/history, fabulous weather, excellent internet, lots of English speakers and are ok with a slightly higher cost of living.

Malta digital nomad visa

Malta is offering a digital nomad visa for those who want a European country in a Mediterranean climate.

 

MAURITIUS

Looking for a destination in Africa? Then how about the island of Mauritius. This island sits 1200 miles (2000 km) off the southeast coast of Africa so that puts it way out in the Indian Ocean.

But it’s a stunning destination spanning 790 square miles across a few islands that includes the main island (also called Mauritius), Rodrigues, Agaléga and St Brandon. The capital, and largest city, is Port Louis.

What it offers:

  • Premium Travel Visa good for up to 1 year and is renewable.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof you own a location independent business or work remotely for a company located outside of Mauritius.
  • Present plans for your stay such as the purpose of your visit, where you will stay, etc.
  • Show proof of health insurance.
  • Present passport and passport sized photo.
  • Provide copy of air ticket with return flight.
  • Present proof of funds to meet the cost of stay in Mauritius which is a minimum of $1500/month.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application (found online) and provide all supporting documents.

Costs:

  • FREE

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Mauritius is for you if you want beaches, forests and mountains all on an African island that is out in the middle of the ocean.

Mauritius digital nomad visa

Mauritius is a beautiful island group in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

 

MEXICO

One of the most popular spots for digital nomads is Mexico. There are so many destinations within the country to choose from — the capital of Mexico City, Oaxaca, Merida, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta — from cities to mountains to beaches.

Along with such a vibrant culture rich in history and traditions comes an affordable cost of living. It’s a big country with loads to offer!

What it offers:

  • Temporary Resident Visa good for 181 days up to just under 4 years.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof you own a location independent business or work remotely for a company located outside of Mexico.
  • Present proof of income of approximately $1620/month OR savings of $27,000
  • Provide copy of passport and passport size photo.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application (found online) and provide all supporting documents.
  • Schedule an appointment with the closest Mexican Embassy or Consulate.

Costs:

  • Varies depending on length of visa but top out at approximately $350

Links:

Mexico is for you if you want a vibrant culture, low cost of living and a longer term stay.

Mexico

Mexico is a favorite with digital nomads.

 

MONTSERRAT

Yet another British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, “The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean” is known for being quite green and having links to the Irish. It’s a small island at just 10 miles long by 7 miles wide. The capital is Plymouth and the largest city is Brades.

Montserrat has had it rough lately with a once dormant volcano deciding to start being active again, erupting in 1995. This forced about ⅔ of the population to flee the country between 1995 and 2000.

Currently the southern half of the country is not open due to the destruction by the volcano. However, there hasn’t been any volcanic activity since 2010. 

What it offers:

  • Montserrat Remote Worker Stamp good for 12 months and is renewable.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof you own a location independent business ,work remotely for a company located outside of Montserrat or provide freelance services for companies located outside of Montserrat.
  • Present proof of income of $70,000
  • Provide proof of health insurance that includes Montserrat.
  • Provide copy of passport biographical information and passport size photo.
  • Show proof that you do not have a police record.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application (found online) and provide all supporting documents.

Costs:

  • $500

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Montserrat is for you if you want a green Caribbean island with a British/Irish influence, make a good income and are okay with this whole volcano thing.

 

NORWAY

Sure this isn’t a warm destination but Norway packs a lot of wow in its stunning landscape, progressive ideals and social democratic system. It’s a stable country so living here is easy.

Norway is definitely more expensive to live in, but it can be well worth it.The capital of Oslo is a good place to base yourself, but there are other cities and towns you may want to consider with Bergen being a great choice if you want to try western Norway.

The total population is approximately 3.4 million.

What it offers:

  • Norway’s Independent Contractor visa is good for up to 2 years.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof you are a self-employed contractor with a business established abroad.
  • Provide a n address in Norway. 
  • Present proof of income of €35,719 per year
  • Present documentation of your education and/or work experience.
  • Provide a copy of used pages in your passport and 2 passport size photos.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application (found online) and provide all supporting documents including your CV.
  • Take the application and documents to the nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate.

Costs:

  • Approximately €600

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Norway is for you if you want a stunning landscape, can afford the cost of living and want that social democratic system that the Norwegians are known for.

Norway

Norway has more parameters around its digital nomad visa, but it could be a great choice for you.

 

PORTUGAL

Portugal is definitely becoming one of the hot spots for expats and digital nomads with its capital, Lisbon, leading the way.

With its vibrant culture, intriguing history, good food and wine plus a stunning coastline and beautiful interior — not to mention some amazing cities — this country ticks a lot of boxes.

The other plus? It’s affordable by Western European standards. Portugal has a population of about 10.3 million.

What it offers:

  • A temporary resident visa (D7 for passive income) and an independent workers and entrepreneurs visa good for 1 year and renewable for up to 5 years.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof you own your own business, have income from property or have proof of other financial means.
  • Provide documentation of a criminal background check.
  • Present proof of income of €600/month.
  • Present proof of travel/health insurance.
  • Provide your passport and 2 passport size photos.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application and provide all supporting documents.
  • Schedule an appointment and take the application and documents to the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate.

Costs:

  • Approximately €83 for the visa and €72 for the resident permit

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Portugal is for you if you want a vibrant Western European country at an affordable price. 

Portugal

Portugal offers an inexpensive European experience in its digital nomad visa.

 

SEYCHELLES

This archipelago island country is located in the Indian Ocean at the eastern edge of the Somali Sea. It consists of 115 islands and the capital and largest city is Victoria. 

Seychelles has been an independent country since 1976 and has gone from an agricultural economy to a service sector economy with tourism playing a bit role.

The total population is approximately 98,462 making it the smallest population of any sovereign African country. And Seychelles actually has the highest nominal per capita GDP of any African nation.

The culture is an eclectic mix of French, British, and African influences with a bit of Chinese and Indian coming in recently.

What it offers:

  • Seychelles Workation Permit good for up to 1 year.

Conditions:

  • Provide documents as proof of being an employee or proof of being a business owner.
  • Show proof of source of income or wealth (unknown amount).
  • Present proof of valid medical and travel insurance policy.
  • Provide your passport and 1 passport size photo.
  • Present a provisional onward ticket for the duration of the visit.
  • Provide provisional proof of confirmed accommodation.

How to apply:

  • Apply in on the website https://seychelles.govtas.com/workcation
  • Provide all appropriate documentation.

Costs:

  • Approximately €45

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Seychelles is for you if you want a stunning tropical island with a mix of cultures and are okay with a shorter stay (only up to 1 year).

Seychelles

Seychelles are a dreamy group of islands offering up to a 1 year digital nomad visa.

 

SPAIN

Spain is another affordable Western European country with a lot to offer. Beaches, mountains, captivating cities and towns, food, wine, festivals — what’s not to love about Spain?

Madrid is the capital but Barcelona steals many hearts and souls. But look beyond those cities as there is much more to Spain with cities like Seville, San Sebastian, Valencia and Zaragoza. Not to mention all the smaller towns for those who want something a tad bit quieter. Spain has a population of 47.5 million.

What it offers:

  • Non-lucrative Residence Visa good for 1 year with ability to extend. Technically you are not allowed to work on this visa, but there are ways around it.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof you can support yourself financially with €2151/month or have €25,816 in savings.
  • Provide documentation of a criminal background check.
  • Present proof of health insurance that is valid is Spain.
  • Provide your passport and 1 passport size photo.

How to apply:

  • Apply in person at the closest Spanish Embassy or Consulate.
  • Have all documents translated into Spanish and authenticated in your home country.
  • Sign a sworn statement in front of a Notary that you agree not to work while living in Spain.

Costs:

  • Approximately $153

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Spain is for you if you really want to be in Spain for its vibrant culture and low cost of living and are okay with saying you’re not working when you are. 

 

 

DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS COMING SOON…

The following countries have digital nomad visas in the works, so stay tuned!

  • BELIZE
  • GREECE
  • NORTH MACEDONIA
  • ROMANIA
  • THAILAND

Our guess is that with the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of remote work that this list will continue to grow.

And we plan to keep this list as up-to-date as possible so you have the latest information.

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