As a digital nomad girl, I’ve worked from many different countries remotely, sometimes on just the tourist entry and sometimes for the longer-term stays I used working visas. I have truly lived the digital nomad lifestyle. The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works in that it is now not so easy to country hop anymore. The world of travel has come completely to a standstill. So where do you stay outside your home country do your remote work and get to explore, within limits, your new base?

17 May Update: Romania announced its intentions.

5 June Update: Malta Launched a Digital Nomad Visa.

14 July Update: Sri Lanka announced its intentions.

02 September Update: Spain is working on a Digital Nomad Visa

Many countries, especially the one’s dependant on tourism, have seen their economies decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic. To offer relief to their economies they embark on bringing in long term stayers via specially designed visas for freelancers and digital nomads. The idea is those long term stayers, even though temporary, will make up for some of the shortfalls of tourism.

The pandemic has made so many people into remote workers, that now a lot more people classify themselves as location-independent workers. Whereas homeschooling used to be something that was frowned upon, now that people have experienced this for 6 months or longer, the idea of nomadic families has also got a boost.

I have compiled a list of countries accepting long term remote workers, digital nomads or the newly coined word techpats (remote technology worker). Some of these programs already existed and some of these have newly designed visas for this. The media love to brand it all under the name Digital Nomad Visa, but these programs come with a variety of names. 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. Here is my list of best digital nomad destinations (not in order) with a visa.

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. With the covid-19 Pandemic, they have created the Remotely From Georgia program which essentially lets you bypass the travel restrictions in place and allow you to come and work in Georgia remotely. You have to prove that you make $2000 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 perfect for Digital Nomads and freelancers.

I think this makes it 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 Asian DN favourites. If you look at the cost of living index on Numbeo, Georgia ranks 132 out of 138 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, 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: 132 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed 26.23 Mbps / mobile: 36.86 Mbps

2. Barbados

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: $2000 individual or $3000 for a couple/family
  • Length: 1 year
  • Income to prove: $50,000 per year
  • Cost of living index: 13 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed 101.77 Mbps / mobile: unknown

3. 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 year
  • Income to prove: $50,000 per year
  • Cost of living index: not in the survey, cost do seem slightly higher than Barbados
  • Internet speed fixed 16.74 Mbps/ mobile: 33.80 Mbps

4. 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 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 73.6 Mbps / mobile: unknown

5. 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 $155 a month and 500 Mbps is $255 a month
  • Internet speed mobile: unknown

6. 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: $2000
  • Length: 1 year
  • Income to prove:
  • Cost of living index: not in the survey.
  • Internet speed fixed: 5-10 Mbps / mobile: unknown

7. Montserrat

Montserrat is only slightly larger than Anguilla with a size of 102 km2 its population is even smaller with 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 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

8. 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 30 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 35.07 Mbps / mobile: unknown

9. 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: 9 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 47.08 Mbps / mobile: 29.23 Mbps

10. 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 USA & Italy 27 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: around 25 Mbps / mobile: unknown

11. 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.

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

 

  • 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.
  • Cost of living index: 59 out of 138.
  • Internet speed fixed: 43.77 Mbps / mobile: 36.86 Mbps

12. Croatia

The Croatian Digital Nomad Visa got a lot of press and in the last months 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: 42 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 57.15 Mbps / mobile: 74.76 Mbps

13. Czechia (Czech Republic)

Czechia’s capital city Prague is a favourite under 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: 41 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 74.79 Mbps / mobile: 60.26 Mbps

14. Estonia

Estonia was revolutionary when it created its e-residency program, which helps foreign entrepreneurs run their EU-based business 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: 59 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 81.17 Mbps / mobile: 51.67 Mbps

15. Iceland

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: 4 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 180 Mbps / mobile: unknown

16. 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: 29 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 113.19 Mbps / mobile: 60.79 Mbps

17. 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: 3 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 153.51 Mbps / mobile: 107.83 Mbps

18. Portugal

Portugal has an independent workers and entrepreneurs visa which is for 1 year but you can renew this 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 or the stunning beaches of the Algarve.

Portugal Digital Nomad

  • 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)
  • Cost of living index: 50 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 139.93 Mbps / mobile: 44.78 Mbps

19. 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, remote workers can get a visa that allows them to stay and work for 12 months. This can be extended for another 24 months. We keep you up to date with the developments. There would be a 15% tax for the first €600,000 earned.

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

  • Costs Visa: $140 (Non-Lucrative Visa )
  • Length: 1 year and can be renewed (Non-Lucrative Visa )
  • Income to prove: €2151 per month (Non-Lucrative Visa )
  • Cost of living index: 39 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 169.00 Mbps / mobile: 46.16 Mbps

20. 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 boast 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: 25 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 134.48 Mbps / mobile: 52.97 Mbps

21. 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.

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: 36 out of 138 – this is for UAE, Dubai will be more costly.
  • Internet speed fixed: 130.99 Mbps / mobile: 183.03 Mbps

22. 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: 52 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 21.36 Mbps / mobile: 26.18 Mbps

23. 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: Not known
  • Length: 1 year, max 4 years.
  • Income to prove: $1,620 a month or bank balance of $27,000
  • Cost of living index: 104 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 44.48 Mbps / mobile: 32.06 Mbps

24. 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: 26.42 Mbps / mobile: unknown

25. 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: 19 out of 138.
  • Internet speed fixed: 29.08 Mbps / mobile: unknown

26. Taiwan

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-level skills to apply, like being a lawyer, or hold 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: 33 out of 138.
  • Internet speed fixed: 156.10 Mbps / mobile: 77.19 Mbps

In The Pipeline

27. North Macedonia

With Croatia getting a lot of international news for its digital nomad visa, the former Yugoslavia nation, North Macedonia 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.

North Macedonia Digital Nomad

  • Cost of living index: 106 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed broadband: 32.57 Mbps

28. 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. With Covid-19 these runs became impractical and with the international airspace almost completely shut the visa runs were impossible to do. It looks like the Thai government wants to change the situation, first, there are now 3-month tourist visas that can be extended for 6 months more (by going to the immigration office) giving you the option to stay 9 months. Further, it looks like the government is working on a digital nomad visa. We will keep you updated.

Thailand Digital Nomad

  • Cost of living index: 65 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 220.59 Mbps / mobile: 50.00 Mbps

29. Belize

The is one is really hot of the press. A press release has been issued on the 17th of February 2021 announcing the “Work where you Vacation” program aimed at encouraging tourist to stay longer and work remotely. As Belize has territorial taxation this could be an interesting program. As more details appear we will update this page.

Belize

  • Cost of living index: 53 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 37.85 Mbps / mobile: 23.47 Mbps

30. Greece

Who would not want to work remotely for a while on one of the many Greek islands? Greece’s government is working on a special visa for digital nomads, this comes after an agreement between the Minister of Migration and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. We will keep you updated on these exciting developments. There is another powerful incentive for anyone migrating to Greece in 2021, and this is a tax cut of 50% for the next 7 years.

Greece digital nomad

  • Cost of living index: 37 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 33.38 Mbps / mobile: 56.39 Mbps

31. Romania

The country with Europe’s fastest fixed broadband Internet speeds, Romania is working on a digital nomad visa according to this article. With its low cost of living this country has been on the radar for a while and what looks promising are the low initial monthly income requirements of only €1100. Not much else is available about the length of the program, the costs and the processes. We shall keep you up to date when more details arrive.

romania

  • Cost of living index: 93 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed: 210.82 Mbps / mobile: 52.35 Mbps

32. Sri Lanka

The pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has announced its intention to launch a Digital Nomad Visa according to this article in economynext. Details are short but it talks about a one year visa for foreign visitors who can work remotely. Sri Lank 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 of living index: 124 out of 138
  • Internet speed fixed:  24.35 Mbps / mobile: 13.89 Mbps

Not on the list

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. With Covid-19 and restrictions in place, this has come to a halt and there seems to be even a backlash against influencers that are still on the island and seem insensitive to local customs. The Telegraph reported two influencers being deported. There is no official program or visa yet.

Bali Digital Nomad

Vietnam

Vietnam is another favourite with digital nomads, with Ho Chi Minh City being the vibrant place to be with low living expenses and great food. Vietnam has the benefit of 3-month tourist visas that can easily be extended by doing a visa run, making it less cumbersome than the Thai equivalent. Technically you are not allowed to work on the tourist visa and you will have to pay taxes if you stay longer than 6 months in the country. There is no talk of providing a Digital Nomad visa for the moment to allow for longer stays.

Vietnam Digital Nomad

Colombia

Medellin is another hub for digital nomads with most people coming in as a tourist and they are allowed to stay up to 90 days. This applies to tourist from the United States, Canada, Australia, 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. Colombia does not seem to work on a program that allows digital nomads and remote workers to stay officially and for a longer period than 6 months.

Medellin Digital Nomad