The rise of digital nomad visas

The pandemic changed the world in dramatic fashion. Working patterns are one of the key areas where the impact is still keenly being experienced. As people were encouraged or forced to work remotely, and as the world has now largely opened up again, more and more are seeking looking for adventure and careers abroad.  And a growing number of countries, seeking to attract young talent to boost their economies, are now offering digital nomad visas. A digital nomad is defined as someone who has a pretty nomadic lifestyle and uses tech to work remotely from outside their home country. A digital nomad visa is a document that gives someone the legal right to work remotely while living away from their usual country of residence. “While countries from Curacao to Cape Verde have rolled out digital nomad visas for web-based wanderers, building and retaining a large, cosmopolitan talent base takes more than a beach and a wi-fi connection,” reports Bloomberg. “In a world reshaped by infection, invasion and inflation, a clutch of cities is challenging the old order, luring companies and start-ups to burnish their credentials as a global city.”

Here are some countries that offer a digital nomad visa:

Germany.  The freelance visa for Germany allows you to work with different startups, businesses or individuals on a need-basis and part-time contracts.

Estonia. The Estonian authorities have established a special visa only for digital nomads and was launched at the end of 2019.

Costa Rica. The Rentista visa for digital nomads in Costa Rica, allows you to remain in the country up to two years, but you will need to prove you have an amount of $2,500 per month in guaranteed income.

Mexico. You can stay in Mexico for a year and then extend the visa for another up to three times max.

Portugal. You apply for a D7 Passive Income visa which demands that you show proof of sufficient income.

The Czech Republic. The Freelance Visa is valid for one year, and after that you can extend it for another two years. You will need to prove you have an income of $5,600 in order to get the visa.

Iceland. Called the Iceland Remote Worker visa, it also serves as a temporary residence permit.

Taiwan. The Employment Gold Card combines an open-ended work permit, resident visa, alien resident certificate, and re-entry permit.

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