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49 Countries With Digital Nomad Visas – The Ultimate List

49 Countries With Digital Nomad Visas – The Ultimate List

When I first started writing about digital nomad visas back in February 2021 the list consisted only of 21 countries that had these types of visas in place or in the works. That list has now expanded to 49 countries and is still growing, the digital nomad visa has come of age. Before I list the countries with these visas let’s get down to some terminology and why countries are creating these types of visas.

What Is a Digital Nomad Visa?

A digital nomad visa or in some cases a temporary residency permit allows a visitor a right to stay in a country and work remotely via a computer/laptop to a foreign-based employer or business. These visas typically have a duration of 12 months and can be extended for one or more years depending on the country issuing the visa.

These digital nomad visas are not for everyone, there will still be a large contingent of digital nomads on tourist visas because it is more cost-effective or because they do not need a long-term visa.

Why Are Digital Nomad Visas Created?

These are the 5 trends that have resulted in digital nomads being targeted with the creation of a new visa class or temporary residency permit:

  • Many countries suffered a severe drop in tourism revenue from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As a response to this drop in tourism countries began actively targeting digital nomads. The thought was that is better to have one tourist staying 12 months than 26 tourists staying 2 weeks, especially with all the travel regulations.
  • Working from home became the new normal during the pandemic and this made it easier to switch countries as well and work remotely. A new class of wealthier digital nomads or techpats (remote technology workers). was born and they were actively targeted with this new visa class. Almost all digital nomad visas come with a minimum income requirement.
  • Home-schooling and online schooling has become more socially acceptable since the Covid-19 pandemic allowing more families to be targeted.
  • Tax revenues mainly VAT, import duties and application fees from high-spending digital nomads can help the governments’ budgets. Whilst health and social costs stay low.
  • Reversing a long-term brain drain. There are plenty of countries that have suffered from brain drain, where highly educated people leave the country to work elsewhere. Digital nomad visas, some with additional tax benefits were created to reverse this brain drain.

What Is the Income Tax Situation with Digital Nomad Visas?

The tax situation with digital nomad visas is a complicated one. Some countries expect you to pay full tax, some others have tax deductions or special rates, and there are some with zero taxes. The countries with digital nomad visas and zero tax assume you still pay tax in your home country and therefore they will not tax you. Almost all countries require you to have private health insurance and do not require you to pay social security benefits.

Recent Updates To This Article

21 September – Malaysia launched a Digital Nomad Visa to go live on 1 October 2022

10 October – Ecuador Digital Nomad Visa launched

14 October – Namibia Digital Nomad Visa launched

1 November – Portugal launched Digital Nomad Visa to complement D7 Visa

25 November – Spain Digital Nomad Visa details updated – to go live in January 2023

On a continent-by-continent basis, I will list the countries that have a Digital Nomad Visa in place, this is a special visa or temporary residency permit that allows you to work remotely for a foreign employer or foreign incorporated business. In some countries, the concept is so new that authorities have no idea how to deal with it yet, or the process is very bureaucratic.

Digital Nomad Visa Countries in Europe

1. Georgia

Let me start with why I think Georgia makes an excellent case for the best digital nomad destination. 95 countries can enter Georgia visa-free and stay up to 365 days, tell me one other country that has rolled out the welcome mat this far. Georgia does not have a digital nomad visa per se, but they do allow you to work remotely whilst staying in the country.

You have to prove that you make $2,000 a month or have a bank statement showing $24,000. If you work for more than 183 days you will become a tax resident and the income tax is a medium 20%. However, Georgia has an excellent Individual Entrepreneur scheme, which taxes only 1% on your business turnover up to about $155,000. I think this scheme for which you have to register works perfectly for Digital Nomads and freelancers.

Georgia is one of the most attractive Digital Nomad visas on the market today. It’s easy and fast and does not require visa runs plus the cost of living is as low if not lower than some other digital nomad favourites. If you look at the cost of living index on Numbeo, Georgia ranks 91 out of 137 countries.

Georgia has an exciting capital in Tbilisi, which has plenty of history and culture to offer and feels like Europe. The Caucasus mountains make for excellent hiking and skiing and the black sea coast offers seaside retreats in the hot summer months. Plus with excellent food and the oldest wine culture on offer, what is not to like about Georgia?

Remote From Georgia - Digital Nomad Visa for Remote Working

Tbilisi, is an excellent destination for remote workers, with possibly very low taxation.

  • Cost of program: free
  • Length: 1 year, but if you register a business like the Individual Entrepreneur scheme this can lead to permanent residency.
  • Income to prove: $2000 per month
  • Cost of living index: 91 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed 29.58 Mbps / mobile: 43.77 Mbps

2. Croatia

The Croatian Digital Nomad Visa got a lot of press in 2021and all the processes, forms and legislation have been worked out. It gives you a low-cost option to stay and work remotely in Europe. It is technically not a visa but more a temporary residency permit. You can apply when in Croatia, but also at Croatian consulates and embassies.

We have written a very detailed article about what is involved and who can apply. All The Answers to the Croatia Digital Nomad Visa / Temporary Stay Requirements.

This is your time to explore this diverse nation with interesting cities a stunning coastline and many islands.

Croatia Digital Nomad

  • Cost of program: Between €80 to €130
  • Length: Maximum 1 year, can be reapplied for after 6 months away
  • Income to prove: €2,232 per month or €26,790 for 12 months stay. This is for one person an additional 10% is required per partner/family member.
  • Cost of living index: 60 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 105.72.48 Mbps / mobile:  139.73 Mbps

3. Czechia (Czech Republic)

Czechia’s capital city Prague is a favourite among digital nomads. Czechia has had a freelancer visa for a while and it is called the Zivno, it is unfortunately pretty complicated as you need to have a trade license for one of the trades listed here. It allows you to work for one year and it can be extended. The limited list of trades makes this a harder visa to get in Europe.

Czechia Digital Nomad

  • Cost of program: free
  • Length: 1 year, but can be extended
  • Income to prove: €5,587 in the bank per person
  • Tax to pay: 1,800 Kč  (€70) per month
  • Cost of living index: 59 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 112.60 Mbps / mobile: 71.73 Mbps

4. Estonia

Estonia was revolutionary when it created its e-residency program, which helps foreign entrepreneurs run their EU-based businesses more streamlined and with digital signatures. In June 2020, Estonia created a one-year digital nomad and freelancer visa that allows you to stay in the country and work remotely. It was the first country in the world to have an official digital nomad visa.

Estonia Digital Nomad

Your chance to live and work in Tallinn.

  • Cost of program: €80 short stay, €100 long stay
  • Length: 1 year
  • Income to prove: €3,504
  • Cost of living index: 48 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 101.53 Mbps / mobile: 98.35 Mbps

5. Iceland

has a long term visa for remote workers. It is only valid for 6 months and if you apply whilst staying in the Schengen area it is only valid for 90-days. This is a country of stunning landscapes and you will never get bored here no matter what time of the year. It is one of the most expensive places when it comes to the cost of living though and you have to show a very healthy monthly income to apply. So this is not for everyone though.

Iceland Digital Nomad

  • Cost of program: 7800 ISK (€50, $61)
  • Length: 6 months
  • Income to prove: 1,000,000 ISK (€6,460 or $7,777) for a single applicant or 1,500,000 ISK (€9,690 or $11,667) for a couple.
  • Cost of living index: 5 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 180 Mbps / mobile: unknown

6. Germany

The freelance visa of Germany is called Aufenthaltserlaubnis für selbständige Tätigkeit. It is basically a residency permit for foreign freelancers and self-employed people to live in Germany for a period of up to 3 years. You have to deal with German bureaucracy as it takes up to 4 months to get approval.

Germany Digital Nomad

  • Cost of visa: €100
  • Length: 6 months up to 3 years
  • Income to prove: proof of self-sustainability, plus you need an address in Germany
  • Cost of living index: 32 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 152.97 Mbps / mobile: 109.08 Mbps

7. Norway

Norway is a stunning country and a wealthy one thanks to its oil and massive sovereign wealth fund. It is a progressive nation and they have created an opportunity for digital nomad and remote workers with the 2-year Independent Contractor Visa. You have to have deep pockets though as Norway is an expensive place to live.

Norway Digital Nomad

  • Cost of visa: €600
  • Length: 6 months up to 3 years
  • Income to prove: €35,719 plus proof of accommodation
  • Cost of living index: 6 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 186.05 Mbps / mobile: 201.80 Mbps

8. Portugal

Portugal has the D7 Visa which works well for digital nomads and is valid for 1 year but you can renew this for up to 5 years. After 5 years you have the option to go for permanent residency. You can enjoy living and working in Lisbon, Porto, the stunning beaches of the Algarve, and the Islands of Madeira and the Azores.

Portugal on 30 October 2022 launched a digital nomad visa. This one comes with less paperwork than the D7 visa but will not give you a pathway to permanent residency.

Portugal Digital Nomad

D7 Visa details

  • Costs: €83 for the visa and €72 resident permit fee.
  • Length: 1 year up to 5 years.
  • Income to prove: €600 per month (this can come from a variety of sources)

Digital Nomad Visa details

  • Costs: Unkown yet
  • Length: 1 year
  • Income to prove: €3000 per month (4 times the minimum wage in Portugal)

Portugal facts

  • Cost of living index: 66 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 200.01 Mbps / mobile: 143.05 Mbps

9. Spain

Spain currently has the Non-Lucrative Visa which is a visa where you are technically not allowed to work, it is more for people that are self-sufficient or retired. However, who notices remote work?

Besides this Spain is working on a Digital Nomad Visas a draft bill has been introduced called the Startups Law. Under the proposed law, which will go live in January 2023, remote workers can get a visa that allows them to stay and work for 12 months. This can be extended for a total of an extra 48 months. There would be a 15% tax for the first €600,000 earned. We keep you up to date with the developments.

Spain’s low cost, beaches, mountains and vibrant cities like Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia make it a favourite for location-independent people. The tech scene in Barcelona is growing rapidly.

Spain Digital Nomad

Non-lucrative Visa details

  • Costs Visa: $140
  • Length: 1 year and can be renewed
  • Income to prove: €2,151 per month

Start-Up Visa Details

  • Cost Visa: Unknown
  • Length: 1 year can be renewed to a maximum of 5 years
  • Income to prove: €2,000 a month (approximately)

Spain facts:

  • Cost of living index: 53 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 239.23 Mbps / mobile: 78.78 Mbps

10. Malta

The tiny European island nation of Malta has a digital nomad visa called the Nomad Residency Permit. This program is targeted at NON-EU remote workers and has a length of 1 year which can be renewed. Malta boasts a nationwide 5G network and English as one of the official languages, it also has over 300 days of sunshine a year.

Malta Nomad Residence Permit - Digital Nomad Visa for Remote Working

  • Costs Visa: €300 includes family
  • For Non-EU remote workers
  • Length: 1 year and can be renewed
  • Income to prove: €2700 per month plus rental contract or property purchase.
  • Cost of living index: 36 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 180.17 Mbps / mobile: 93.02 Mbps

11. Greece

Greece has it all, from culture to food, to sun-kissed beaches and plenty of islands. It also has decent internet speeds and in Europe enjoys a low cost of living. Greece has two programs in place to attract digital nomads. The first program is an income tax reduction of 50% for a period of 7 years to certain nationalities moving or returning to Greece and committing to staying for a minimum period of 2 years.

The 2nd program, which became official at the start of October 2021 is the Greece digital nomad visa for non-EU/EEA citizens. This allows you to stay and do remote work in Greece for a foreign employer or your own foreign-registered company. The period is initially for 1 year but can be extended twice to 3 years in total.

Greece digital nomad

  • Cost of Visa: €75
  • Length: 1 year can be extended to a maximum of 3 years
  • Income to prove: €3,500 per month plus 20% for spouse/partner and 15% for each child
  • Cost of living index: 46 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 54.55 Mbps / mobile: 127.26 Mbps

12. Romania

Romania is the country with the EU’s fastest fixed broadband Internet speeds. Romania has approved the digital nomad visa on the 21st of December 2021. This will be a 12-month visa that can be renewed for another 12 months. Initially, it was thought this Visa would have low-income requirements of €1,100 per month, this now seems to have been multiplied to 3 times this amount at €3,300 per month. Romania will have a harder time attracting Digital Nomads with Croatia a popular destination having monthly income requirements of only €2,232.

romania

  • Cost of Visa: Unknown
  • Length: 1 year can be extended for one extra year
  • Income to prove: €3,300 per month
  • Cost of living index: 90 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 260.24 Mbps / mobile: 74.40 Mbps

13. Hungary

The Hungary Digital Nomad Visa called White Card was launched in November 2021. It is one of the easier Digital Nomad visas with an income requirement of only €2,000 per month. This is an individual residency permit and it does not allow for couples or families to be joined. The primary target for this visa is “singles under 40.”

You can now enjoy and work remotely in beautiful Budapest, a country that has one of the fastest internet speeds in Europe.

Hungary Digital Nomad Visa

  • Cost of Visa: €110 per applicant
  • Length: one year and it can be extended for one additional year
  • Income to prove: €2,000 per month – you need proof of the last 6 months
  • Cost of living index: 94 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 247.75 Mbps / mobile: 86.94 Mbps

14. Cyprus

With Malta and Greece having digital nomad visas it was expected that Cyprus would follow quickly. It gives UK citizens, as well as other non-EU citizens, the right to stay and work remotely on the island for 12 months. This visa can be extended for another 24 additional months. Applicants will need a police clearance certificate from their country of residence and private medical insurance. This program was limited to 100 but this has now been increased to 500 temporary residency permits.

Cyprus Digital Nomad Visa

  • Cost of program: €70 issuance fee and renewal fee. €70 registration to Aliens’ Registry
  • Length: 1 year can be renowned for 2 more years
  • Income to prove: €3,500 per month after taxes
  • Cost of living index: 42 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 76.77 Mbps / mobile: 175.55 Mbps

15. Latvia

has decided to follow in the footsteps of its northern Neighbour Estonia, by creating the Latvia Digital Nomad Visa. The visa is valid for one year with an option to renew it for another year. This visa is only available to foreign nationals that are working for an employer or business that is registered in an OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) country.

Latvia Digital Nomad Visa

  • Costs Visa: €60 or €120 for expedited.
  • Length: 12 months, renewable for another 12 months
  • Income to prove: 2.5 times the average Latvia annual wage.
  • Cost of living index: 58 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 164.60 Mbps / mobile: 76.89 Mbps

16. Albania

Albania has since the start of the summer approved a law to make it easier to get digital nomads and pensioners to get a residency permit. The process has been streamlined where only one permit is sufficient instead of the two that were required in the past. The Albania Digital Nomad Visa is for one year and can be extended for an additional year and after that for five years. If you do the full 7 years you can apply for permanent residency.

Albania digital nomad visa

  • Costs Visa: unknown
  • Length: 12 months, renewable for 12 more months and after that five years.
  • Income to prove: sufficient
  • Cost of living index: 98 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 66.60 Mbps / mobile: 54.08 Mbps

Digital Nomad Visa Countries in the Caribbean

17. Barbados

was very quick with launching its digital nomad program called the Barbados Welcome Stamp. Have you ever wanted to live on a Caribbean island now is your chance, you will have to like island life. Barbados is a well-connected hub that allows you to explore the rest of the Caribbean and Central America assuming no travel restrictions.

Although not a cheap place to live, it is cheaper than any of the other Caribbean countries offering remote working visas at the moment. It also has some of the best internet speeds in the Caribbean.

Barbados Welcome Stamp Digital Nomad Visa - work remotely for 1 year

  • Cost of program: $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple/family
  • Length: 1 year
  • Income to prove: $50,000 per year
  • Cost of living index: 4 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed 124.92 Mbps / mobile: unknown

18. Antigua & Barbuda

The island nation of Antigua & Barbuda has called its digital nomad visa the Antigua Nomad Digital Residence. The islands have a total of 365 different beaches allowing you to enjoy them all for 2 days each.

Antigua Nomad Digital Residence - Digital Nomad Visa For Remote Working

  • Cost of program: $1,500 individual, $2,000 a couple $3,000 for a family of 3 or more.
  • Length: 2 years
  • Income to prove: $50,000 per year
  • Cost of living index: not in the survey, costs do seem slightly higher than in Barbados
  • Internet speed fixed 33.69 Mbps/ mobile: 33.80 Mbps

19. Bermuda

Bermuda has named its program the Work From Bermuda visa. The cost of applying is cheap and there is no requirement to prove a certain wage. However, this is the most expensive country on earth when it comes to the cost of living. Like the Cayman Islands, this is more of a destination for the well-heeled, although not promoted that way, the cost of living makes it that way.

Work From Bermuda Certificate - Digital Nomad Visa for Remote Working

  • Cost of program: $263
  • Length: 1 year
  • Income to prove: enough to support yourself, which is a lot in Bermuda
  • Cost of living index: 1 out of 139
  • Internet speed fixed: 73.6 Mbps / mobile: unknown

20. the Cayman Islands

The name already implies it with the Cayman Islands Global Citizen Concierge Program, only wealthy remote workers are welcome. And yes you can see this already in the income that you have to prove to apply for the program. This program is clearly aimed to attract high-level executives that can work remotely. The program is the longest with a maximum of 2 years and allows you to travel in and out as much as you like.

Cayman Islands Global Citizen Concierge - Digital Nomad Visa for Remote Working

  • Cost of program: $1,469
  • Length: 2 years
  • Income to prove: $100,000 per year for a single, $150,000 per year for a couple, $180,000 per year for a family
  • Cost of living index: Not in the survey. But a quick comparison it seems to be about 20% cheaper than Bermuda
  • Internet speed fixed broadband: fastest in Caribean but pricey. 100 Mbps is $90 a month and 500 Mbps is $225 a month
  • Internet speed mobile: unknown

21. Anguilla

Anguilla’s Digital Nomad visa includes PCR testing and surveillance once you are on the island. Anguilla has a tiny population of 15,000 and its size is 26 kilometres long and 5 kilometres wide at its widest point. This may be a bit too remote for most nomads as also its size means it is less connected, however, some might be drawn to this.

Work From Anguilla Program - Digital Nomad Visa for remote worker

  • Cost of program: $2,000
  • Length: 1 year
  • Income to prove:
  • Cost of living index: not in the survey.
  • Internet speed fixed: 5-10 Mbps / mobile: unknown

22. Montserrat

is only slightly larger than Anguilla with a size of 102 km2 its population is even smaller at 5,900. It is located north of Guadeloupe and to go here you have to really want the solitude. Montserrat has named its program the Monserrat Remote Work Stamp. Internet speeds seem low, but a fibre optic network is in the works.

Montserrat Remote Workers Stamp - Digital Nomad Visa for remote working

  • Cost of the program: $500 single person, $750 family of up to 3 dependents, and $250 for each additional family member.
  • Length: 1 year
  • Income to prove: $70,000 per year
  • Cost of living index: not in the survey.
  • Internet speed fixed: 5-10 Mbps / mobile: unknown

23. Dominica

The Commonwealth of Dominica, which is located in the Caribbean between the French Islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, has announced a Digital Nomad visa program called WIN Work In Nature. This program allows people to stay on this lush tropical volcanic island famous for its hot springs for up to 18 months. It also offers an income tax break and families can put their children through private and state-owned schools.

Dominica has probably the cheapest option to stay on a Digital Nomad visa in the Caribbean in terms of the cost of living.

Dominica Work in Nature - Digital Nomad Visa For Remote Working

  • Cost of program: $100 application fee (non-refundable), $800 single person, $1200 for a family.
  • Length:  up to 18 months
  • Income to prove: $70,000 per year
  • Cost of living index: similar level to Canada, based upon limited data 17 out of 139
  • Internet speed fixed: 109.05 Mbps / mobile: unknown

24. The Bahamas

The 16 tax-free islands of The Bahamas have launched the Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) programme. You can stay for 12 months but this is extendable to 3 years. Now is your chance to do some island hopping and swim with the famous pigs. It is an expensive place to live but has easy access to Miami and the rest to the USA.

Bahamas BEATS - Digital Nomad Visa for Remote Working

  • Cost of program: $25 application fee. $1000 for the first applicant and $500 for each dependent.
  • Length:  12 months and can be renewed on a case-by-case basis to 36 months.
  • Income to prove: a letter from your current employer or proof of self-employment and income
  • Cost of living index: 3 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 73.24 Mbps / mobile: 29.23 Mbps

25. Curaçao

Out of the hurricane zone in the Caribbean, and part of the Leeward Antilles, Curaçao offers something different. You can enjoy the Dutch colonial town of Willemstad as well as the beautiful beaches on offer. The @HOME in Curaçao program allows for an initial 6 months stay with the possibility of an extension for another six months.

@home in Curacao - Digital Nomad Visa for Remote Working

  • Cost of program: $294 per person.
  • Length:  6 months with another 6 months extension
  • Income to prove: proof of solvency
  • Cost of living index: similar level to 30 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: around 25 Mbps / mobile: unknown

26. Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is the latest Caribbean island to see the benefits of long-staying digital nomads for its economy. It has adjusted its Non-Immigrant Visa so you can stay for 12-months on a multiple entry visa and work remotely, it is called Saint Lucia Live It. The cost of the visa is cheap and there are no minimum income requirements.

st lucia Digital Nomad Visa

  • Cost of program: EC$190 (USD75) per person
  • Length:  12 months multiple entry visa
  • Income to prove: none
  • Cost of living index: similar level to Italy 30 out of 139
  • Internet speed fixed: 124.72 Mbps / mobile: unknown

27. Grenada

The Caribbean island of Grenada, also known as the spice island, has finally finalised its digital nomad visa. It will be valid for one year and can be renewed for an additional year. A big advantage is that you can enjoy the zero-income tax that Grenada offers.

Grenada Digital Nomad Visa

  • Costs Visa: $1,500 per person, $2000 for a family with 3 dependents, $200 for each additional dependent.
  • Length: 12 months, renewable for another 12 months
  • Income to prove: $37,000 annually
  • Cost of living index: unknown
  • Internet speed fixed: 93.30 Mbps / mobile: unknown

Digital Nomad Visa Countries in North & Central America

28. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is famous for its relaxed lifestyle, great surfing, gorgeous beaches and an amazing landscape of jungle, volcanoes and waterfalls. The visa which was already in place before the Covid-19 pandemic is called Rentista, which allows foreigners to stay for a 2-year period. This can be extended. This visa is for self-employed people or entrepreneurs, you are not allowed to work for another company.

Besides the Rentista visa, Costa Rica is also working on a digital nomad visa which will be for 1 year up to 2 years maximum. We keep you updated when this goes live.

Costa Rica Rentista Visa - 2 Year Visa for Self employed and Entrepreneurs.

Rentista

  • Cost of program: $250
  • Length: 2 years
  • Income to prove: $2,500 per month over the last 2 years or make a deposit of $60,000 in a bank in Costa Rica.

Digital Nomad Visa

  • Cost of program: unknown yet
  • Length: 1 year can be extended for another year
  • Income to prove: $3,000 per month or $4,000 for a couple or family

Costa Rica facts

  • Cost of living index: 61 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 80.43 Mbps / mobile: 36.60 Mbps

29. Mexico

With its beaches, Mayan culture, Colonial culture, diverse landscapes, the capital Mexico City, and great cuisine, Mexico is a favourite with travellers and digital nomads. Part of the reason is its 6-month-long tourist visa and the low cost of living. There is also the Temporary Resident Visa which allows you to stay one year and can be renewed after that for another 3 years.

Mexico Digital Nomad

  • Costs Visa: $190 to $390, including the cost of the interview.
  • Length: 1 year, max 4 years.
  • Income to prove: $1,620 a month or a bank balance of $27,000
  • Cost of living index: 88 out of 139
  • Internet speed fixed: 56.82 Mbps / mobile: 34.63 Mbps

30. Panama

Panama is the most developed nation in Central America with a high standard of living, a warm climate, great nature, beaches and vibrant cities. With high-speed internet and a low cost of living this country is excellent for digital nomads. In May 2021 Panama created what it called the Short Stay Visa for Remote Workers. It is a 9-month visa that can be extended for another 9 months and allows you to work remotely

.Panama Digital Nomad Visa

  • Costs Visa: $300
  • Length: 9 months, max 18 months.
  • Income to prove: $36,000 a year
  • Cost of living index: 49 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 168.13 Mbps / mobile: 22.34 Mbps

31. Belize

has launched its Work Where You Vacation program which is a Belize Digital Nomad Visa that allows you to stay and remote work for 180 days. You will need proof of a minimum of $75,000 annual earnings and health insurance coverage of $50,000. Enjoy this English-speaking country with great beaches and Mayan historical sites.

Belize

  • Costs Visa: $250
  • Length: 180 days can be extended
  • Income to prove: $75,000 a year for individuals, $100,000 a year for couples/families
  • Cost of living index: 47 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 55.87 Mbps / mobile: 23.47 Mbps

Digital Nomad Visa Countries in South America

32. Brazil

As the first South American Country Brazil has joined the list of countries with a digital nomad visa. Officially published on the 24th of January 2022 we now have some specific details regarding the temporary visa. It will be a one-year visa that can be renewed for an additional year. The minimum monthly income requirement is US$1,500. The process has to be done at a Brazilian embassy.

Brazil digital nomad visa

  • Costs Visa: unknown
  • Length: 1 year, can be renewed for an additional year
  • Income to prove: $1,500 per month
  • Cost of living index: 92 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 166.24 Mbps / mobile: 113.61 Mbps

33. Ecuador

In July 2022 Ecuador launched its digital nomad visa. Ecuador is a stunning country with the Amazon jungle, the Ocean, The Andes mountains and cultural colonial cities all within its borders. The low cost of living and low entry requirements should make this a popular destination for digital nomads.

Ecuador Digital Nomad Visa

  • Costs Visa: unknown
  • Length: 2 years
  • Income to prove: $1,275 per month
  • Cost of living index: 85 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 64.81 Mbps / mobile: 27.43 Mbps

Digital Nomad Visa Countries in Middle East & Asia

34. Dubai (UAE)

The city of Dubai launched its one-year virtual working program for remote workers and digital nomads. You can work now for one year in this megacity on the coast and benefit from the zero income tax for individuals. You can apply from abroad as well as in Dubai itself but you may need a Dubai visa to enter.

Dubai Virtual Working program - Digital Nomad Visa for remote working

  • Costs Visa: $287
  • Length: 1 year
  • Income to prove: €5,000 per month (over the last 3 months) plus proof of employment or proof of company ownership.
  • Cost of living index: 35 out of 137 – this is for UAE, Dubai will be more costly.
  • Internet speed fixed: 224.14 Mbps / mobile: 316.10 Mbps

35. Taiwan

has not got a program that specifically targets Digital Nomads, however, it has a program called the Gold Card. The Gold Card is an open-end work permit for Taiwan, and it is a Visa to attract talent. However, even if you do not have the skills but can show you make a monthly income of 160k TWD (USD 5700) you can apply. If you don’t have the earnings you need some pretty high skills to apply, like being a lawyer, or holding a PhD degree etc.

Taiwan Gold Card - Visa & Residency Permit For Skilled Workers and Digital Nomads

  • Costs Visa: $100 to $310 depending on nationality and duration.
  • Length: Open-end
  • Income to prove: $5,700 per month, but you can also enter on skills
  • Cost of living index: 37 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 189.97 Mbps / mobile: 133.43 Mbps

36. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has not announced a specific Digital Nomad Visa but has made the process of getting extensions (up to 270 days) to a Visa a lot easier. Depending on the country and how long you intend to stay there are different fees, you can find these here.

  • 30-90 day extension can be done online for the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Hungary, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Estonia, , Iceland, and Cuba.
  • 90-180 day extension costs $150 and is free for USA.
  • 180-270 day extension is $200.
  • Overstayers are fined $500.

Sri Lanka offers a great mix of beaches, national parks, great food and plenty of historical sites, a great environment for the Digital Nomad.

Sri Lanka Digital Nomad Visa

  • Cost Visa: $150 for 90-180 day extension, $200 for 180-270 day extension.
  • Cost of living index: 136 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed:  31.97 Mbps / mobile: 24.70 Mbps

37. Thailand

Thailand has been a favourite digital nomad destination, especially around Chiang Mai and Bangkok with a low cost of living and fast internet speeds. However, most Nomads use the 60-day tourist visa which they can extend for another 30 days (by going to the immigration office) before they had to do a visa run. After a long wait, Thailand has finally launched (1 September 2022) its Long Term Residency (LTR) Visa, a 10-year visa for wealthy expats, investors, retirees and digital nomads. The requirements are so high that 99.99% of digital nomads will not qualify.

Besides an income requirement of $80,000 applicants need to work for a public company on a stock exchange or for a private company that can show a combined revenue of $150 million over the last 3 years. It is these stringent requirements that will deter most digital nomads. In this article, we explain the LTR visa and the alternatives for digital nomads in Thailand.

Thailand Digital Nomad

  • Costs Visa: $600
  • Length: 10 years
  • Income to prove: $80,000 a year. Between $40,000 and $80,000, you need to show a master’s degree, own intellectual property or receive series A funding.
  • Cost of living index: 77 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 254.09 Mbps / mobile: 79.79 Mbps

38. Malaysia

Thailand’s southern neighbour Malaysia has laid down the welcome mat for digital nomads. On 1 October 2022 its De Rantau Nomad Pass will go live. This Malaysia digital nomad visa is valid for 12 months and can be extended for an additional 12 months. It is part of a program to create digital nomad communities with special products and services targeting them like an ecosystem. The income threshold to apply is set at a low $2,000 per month.

Malaysia Digital Nomad Visa

  • Costs Visa: $220 + $110 for spouse or dependent
  • Length: 1 year plus an additional 1 year.
  • Income to prove: $24,000 per year
  • Cost of living index: 95 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 134.40 Mbps / mobile: 56.84 Mbps

Digital Nomad Visa Countries in Africa

39. Mauritius

The Premium Visa program for Mauritius is one I like as there is no fee and no proof of income. This opens this visa up to a whole range of digital nomads. Who does not want to experience its stunning beaches, jungles and mountains? Plus you get to try great Indian curry dishes.

Mauritius Premium Visa - Digital Nomad Visa For Remote Working

  • Costs Visa: Free
  • Length: 1 year
  • Income to prove: own your location independent business or work remotely for a company outside Mauritius.
  • Cost of living index: 72 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 53.76 Mbps / mobile: 51.91 Mbps

40. Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

The Cape Verde archipelago, a former Portuguese colony, of 10 islands lies 570 kilometres west of the African continent in the Atlantic Ocean. It is blessed with year-round sun and on some islands, there is hardly any rainfall, which results in 350 days of sunshine.

Its Remote Working Cabo Verde program is not advertised well. It is eligible for anyone from Europe, North America, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO).

Remote Working Cabo Verde - Digtal Nomad Visa

  • Costs Visa: €20 Visa fee, €34 Airport fee
  • Length: 6 Months, can be renewed for an extra 6 months.
  • Income to prove: €1,500 per month Individual, €2,700 per month family
  • Cost of living index: not enough data, there is an article claiming it to be 21% cheaper than the Netherlands & Belgium. That would be similar in cost of living to Cyprus & Greece.
  • Internet speed fixed: 31.53 Mbps / mobile: unknown

41. Seychelles

The beautiful African Island archipelago of Seychelles has joined the list with its Seychelles Workcation Program. The requirements seem very easy, you need to have a valid passport, provide documents of proof of being an employee or business owner and provide proof of income or wealth. Like almost all other programs you will need health and travel insurance.

Seychelles Workcation Program - Digital Nomad Visa for Remote Working

  • Costs Visa: €45 per person
  • Length: 12 months.
  • Income to prove: unknown
  • Cost of living index: Not index any more – cost similar to France
  • Internet speed fixed: 47.54 Mbps / mobile: unknown

42. Namibia

Namibia is the first mainland African country to launch a digital nomad visa. It has a low income threshold of $2,000 of monthly income, and is valid for 6 months, giving you plenty of time to explore the amazing national parks and sceneries.

namibia digital nomad visa

  • Costs Visa: $62 per person
  • Length: 6 months
  • Income to prove: $2,000 – Applicant, $1,000 – Accompanying Spouse, $500 – per accompanying child per month
  • Cost of living index: 86 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 21.22 Mbps / mobile: 24.94 Mbps

In The Pipeline

43. North Macedonia

With Croatia getting a lot of international news for its digital nomad visa, the former Yugoslavia nation, decided to develop its own Digital Nomad Visa. When more details arrive I will update this page. This country would appeal for its low cost of living as well as its stunning lake Ohrid. Talk about this visa has been since February 2021 and it seems to take a long time to get it implemented.

North Macedonia Digital Nomad

  • Cost of living index: 120 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 77.32 Mbps / mobile: 103.94 Mbps

44. Serbia

The Balkan country of is working on a digital nomad visa to allow people to stay and work for one year, The income requirements are pretty steep at €3,500 when compared to neighbouring countries like Romania and Croatia. In the meantime, there is a tax break in place exempting digital nomads from tax for the first 90 days of stay.

Serbia Digital Nomad Visa

  • Cost of living index: 100 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 110.82 Mbps / mobile: 62.98 Mbps

45. Montenegro

Split-based Dutch entrepreneur Jan de Jong, the driving force behind the Croatia Digital Nomad Visa has announced on his LinkedIn that Montenegro is also working on a DN visa. The Montenegro Digital Nomad visa is to be launched in Q1 of 2022. There are no further details of the program.

Montenegro Digital Nomad Visa

  • Cost of living index: 93 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 84.94 Mbps / mobile: 77.00 Mbps

46. Indonesia – Bali

Another favourite Southeast Asia destination for digital nomads and yoga lovers is Bali, Indonesia. This island offers plenty of co-working spaces and cafes with people on tourist visas doing remote work. This means that every 60 days a visa run had to be done to get to extend the stay, another way was bribing some immigration officials.

At one time Nomad List reported that there was a digital nomad community of 5,000 working from the beach area of Canggu at any one time. After more than 2 years of the Covid-19 pandemic in which Indonesia closed itself to international tourism, there are finally signs of digital nomads returning to the island. The Indonesian government has been talking for the past 18 months about the possibility of a 5-year digital nomad visa and the rumours are getting so strong now that I am putting it on the list of countries to introduce a DN visa soon.

Bali Digital Nomad

  • Cost of living index: 105 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 34.51 Mbps / mobile: 24.80 Mbps

47. Italy

Italy is working on a digital nomad visa, it became news when it was signed into law on 28 March 2022. This does not mean it is available now. and the exact requirements are unknown. What is known is the following:

  • The length is 1 year. This can be renewed
  • Only for highly skilled workers, this could be as strict as having a Master’s degree
  • Mandatory health insurance required
  • There will be a minimum income threshold
  • You must be tax compliant in Italy before applying for the visa
  • You must have adequate accommodation

A word of warning is that Italy is notoriously bureaucratic and you will be well advised to use a tax advisor that can deal with the associated paperwork.

Italy digital nomad visa

  • Cost of living index: 34 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 138.06 Mbps / mobile: 71.78 Mbps

48. Colombia

Medellin is another hub for digital nomads with most people coming in as a tourist and are allowed to stay up to 90 days. This applies to tourists from the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and the European Union. Leaving the country and returning gives you another 90-day stay but you are allowed a maximum of 180 days per year.

In June 2022 it was reported that Colombia’s Digital Nomad Visa may soon be a reality.

Medellin Digital Nomad

  • Cost of living index: 131 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 120.21 Mbps / mobile: 17.42 Mbps

49. South Africa

In April 2022 the South African government announced it is working on a Digital Nomad Visa which will be valid for one year. There is a rumoured minimum income requirement of $3,000 a month.

south africa digital nomad visa

  • Cost of living index: 79 out of 137
  • Internet speed fixed: 69.19 Mbps / mobile: 72.55 Mbps

About The Author

Tracey Johnson

Owner of Nomad Girl. I have been travelling on and off for the last 18 years and ran my own businesses whilst on the road. I have travelled to over 60 countries and lived for longer periods in 10 different ones. I feel like a true global citizen.

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