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Thinking of relocating soon? Here’s a list of countries with digital nomad visas (application and requirements guide)

For the last 14 years that I’ve been a digital nomad, nobody was paying attention to this profession but now more and more countries with digital nomad visa are emerging. Here are the best countries with digital nomad visas (updated monthly).

💌 Trish, I am your follower since 2013 and I love your digital nomad lifestyle! I am from the USA and have been working from home since 2020. I realized that I do not need to be in the US in order to work since our offices are officially closed this year.

If this is still the case, I would like to relocate in 2021. What are the countries with digital nomad visa? I know you are currently in Mexico and I am thinking of going too. I just want to have more options. Thank you in advance and I hope you are well!

Kirsten, New York, USA

Hi Kirsten,

Thank you for reaching out! I’ve helped a lot of American digital nomads find their base and I hope I can help you, too! Here’s the list of countries with digital nomad visas. I also included the process of how to apply for a temporary resident visa in Mexico.

This is where I currently live so if you decide to come to Mexico, let me know via Instagram DM. Good luck with your search!

Xx,
Trisha

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🏆 Best countries with digital nomad visa right now

Mexico Digital Nomad Visa

💵 Monthly income requirement: $1,620 USD
👉🏽 Other Names: Mexico Non-Lucrative Visa

I am currently based in Mexico and this is the visa type that I have been trying to get this year. I already had my interview scheduled last June 2020.

You do not need a lawyer for this visa but since my tourist visa expired, I had to seek legal help which also doesn’t cost a lot. If you’re uncomfortable processing the visa alone, I can pass you my lawyer’s contact. Just get in touch via e-mail or Instagram!

Mexico is a digital nomad favorite because of its very generous 6-month tourist visa. Lots of digital nomads, particularly Americans love to relocate to Mexico because of the beaches, amazing food, and cheap cost of living. I am paying for a 2.5-bedroom apartment with two floors, a garden, and private security for $500 USD per month. Of course, I have to pay separately for a fiber Internet connection which is around $80 – $100 USD.

Mexico has lots of beach towns but fiber-optic Internet is not 100% guaranteed in these areas.

This type of Mexican visa is not new. A lot of American and Canadian retirees have this visa type. Most of my friends who are Mexican digital nomads have been on this visa for years. It’s easy to apply but for the first time applying, you need to schedule your interview in a consulate outside of Mexico.

In my case, my lawyer put me in the consulate of Mexico in Costa Rica. The application is smoother there.

After getting your temporary resident visa in another country, you can return to Mexico and process your resident ID. This is valid for a year, and you don’t have to go out of Mexico if you are renewing your temporary resident visa. After three years with this visa type, if you still choose to live in Mexico as a digital nomad, you can apply for a permanent resident visa that does not expire.

Mexico digital nomad visa conditions

Honestly, when I first started gathering my documents, my lawyer only told me that I need proof of economic solvency. The minimum income requirement is $1,620 USD and you must have these records for the past 6 months.

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If you also have $27,000 USD in your account, you don’t have to provide the month-by-month income. This document needs to be apostilled in your home country. And that’s it! That’s all they asked! They did not even ask for an employment certificate though I asked my clients to make one.

I lived in Mexico City last year and it is considered the best Mexican city for digital nomads. I loved my time there, and I am sure you will, too!

Mexico digital nomad visa requirements

The requirements for this type of visa are really basic. Make sure you have the following:

  • Visa application form printed on one page, double-sided, properly completed and signed.
  • Passport or valid travel and identity document, original and a photocopy of the page containing the photograph and personal data.
  • Original and a photocopy of the migratory document proving your legal migratory status in Canada (only for applicants who are not Canadian citizens).
  • One photograph measuring 3.9 cm x 3.1 cm, face uncovered, no eyeglasses, frontal view, in color, with white background.
  • Payment of fees in cash for the issuance of the visa.
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How to apply for a Mexico digital nomad visa

  • Fill out the application form here.
  • Schedule your appointment at the Mexitel website. Make sure to pick the right category for your visa.
  • Go to your appointment. Remember, you need to do your interview in the Mexican consulate in your home country or outside of Mexico. In my case, I scheduled an appointment in Costa Rica.
  • Once your temporary resident visa is approved, you can go back to Mexico and process your Mexican residency card. In my experience, I paid almost $500 USD (with lawyer fees) to complete the process.

Colombia Digital Nomad Visa

💵 Monthly income requirement: $684 USD

The digital nomad visa in Colombia, officially known as the Migrant Visa (type M) for remote workers or freelancers, allows digital nomads to live and work legally in the country for up to three years. This visa is aimed at individuals who earn a stable income from sources outside Colombia, such as remote work or freelance projects.

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Colombia digital nomad visa requirements

To qualify for the digital nomad visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Valid passport: Applicants must have a passport with at least six months of validity remaining from the planned entry date into Colombia.
  2. Proof of financial solvency: Applicants must provide evidence of their ability to support themselves financially during their stay in Colombia. This can be in bank statements, investment accounts, or other financial documents demonstrating sufficient funds.
  3. Proof of remote work status: Applicants must provide evidence of their work status. This can include an employment contract, freelance agreements, or client documentation verifying the nature of the work and income.

Apply for Colombia digital nomad visa

To apply for the digital nomad visa in Colombia, follow these steps:

  1. Gather required documentation: Before starting the application process, ensure you have all necessary documents in digital format (PDF). These documents include a valid passport, proof of financial solvency, and proof of your remote work status.
  2. Online application: Visit the official Colombian visa website and create an account. Fill out the online visa application form, upload the required documents, and pay the visa processing fee (approximately $280 USD, subject to change).
  3. Approval and visa stamping: After submitting the application, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will review it. The approval process can take up to 30 days. Once approved, you will receive an email with instructions to download and print your visa. You will then need to visit a Colombian consulate or embassy to get the visa stamped in your passport.

Georgia Digital Nomad Visa

💵 Monthly income requirement: $2,000 USD
👉🏽 Other Names: Remotely From Georgia

In 2017, I needed to do a visa run while being a digital nomad in Israel. Georgia randomly popped out in the cheapest destinations from Tel Aviv list. Since the Georgia visa application for Filipinos was easy (it’s online), I decided to go to Georgia even if I have no idea what this country was like. It did not disappoint.

Georgia was a dream! The people are nice (I hang out with a bunch of locals), the cost of living is cheap and their food is great! I spent three months there before moving to Armenia. However, if you don’t like winter, Georgia can get cold in the winter months.

I was there from December to February and it wasn’t the best time for me – it was really cold! I had a chance to re-visit Georgia during Spring (June – September) and it looked different from my first visit! Georgia is a destination for nature lovers. You will enjoy the outdoors during summer and spring!

In September 2020, Georgia announced its new digital nomad visa program, Remotely From Georgia. This system will allow digital nomads worldwide to work and live in Georgia on a one-year visa. Georgia was one of the first countries to announce accepting Americans, so many people consider looking into this program.

Natia Turnava, the economy minister of Georgia says that this program aims to encourage international citizens to work from Georgia remotely.

The project will be focused on freelancers and self-employed foreigners. Turnava added that so-called long-term visitors would have to go into 14-day quarantine at their own expense. On top of that, they will also need to obtain travel insurance valid for six months.

Georgia digital nomad visa conditions and requirements

In order for you to apply for your Georgia digital nomad visa, you need to own a location-independent business and must work remotely for a company outside Georgia. Unlike Mexico or other countries, with this visa, you will need to prove financial capability to pay taxes while you are in Georgia. A minimum of $,2000 USD salary per month is also required so you must be able to prove this, too.

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How to apply for a Georgia digital nomad visa

  • Fill out the application form here.

Costa Rica Digital Nomad Visa

💵 Monthly income requirement: $2,500 USD

Costa Rica may not be my favorite country, but you can surely have a different experience. The cost of living in Costa Rica is pretty high but people from all over the world still choose to be based here for the tropical weather. Costa Rica is definitely a surfer and nature lover’s favorite!

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All the digital nomads go to Santa Teresa, mainly because it has a 14 MBPS Internet speed. The average monthly cost of living is $2,500 USD per month, but rent should be as cheap as $450 USD per month.

Costa Rica residency visa application requirements

  • $2,500 per month income for two years
  • a Criminal Background Check from where you lived in the past 3 years
  • Birth certificate (apostilled)
  • Completed application form
  • A letter to the Director of Migracion (Spanish)
  • 2x passport photos
  • Visa fee of $50 USD + $200 USD to change your visitor status to resident
  • Registry documents

For a more detailed post, refer to Jenn and Matt’s article about how to apply for a residency visa in Costa Rica.

🇪🇺 European countries with digital nomad visa

Portugal Digital Nomad Visa

💵 Monthly income requirement: $1,800 USD
👉🏽 Other Names: Self-Employed Visa

The quality of life in Portugal is unreal! If you want to be surrounded by nature or live right next to the beach, then Portugal is a good choice. Most digital nomads in Portugal are surfers who enjoy the laid-back lifestyle in surf towns. They have the biggest wave/break in the world!

Portugal’s self-employed visa has two types: a resident visa for independent workers and a residence visa for entrepreneurs. Internet speed in Portugal is decent and its capital, Lisbon, is considered one of the best digital nomad cities in the world. The cost of living is pretty fair compared to other European countries in the west. They definitely have a cheaper cost of living than their neighbors!

Portugal self-employed visa conditions

In order to be eligible in applying for this visa type, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • not been convicted of a crime
  • not been prohibited to enter Portuguese territory
  • have no indication of non-admission in the Schengen information system
  • have no indication of non-admission in SEF’s information system
  • be absent of any requirement that might disqualify you for a visa

Portugal self-employed visa requirements

  • Self-employment visa application form.
  • Passport valid for three months longer than the duration of your stay
  • Two passport-sized photos
  • Valid travel insurance
  • Proof of legal stay if applying from a country other than your country of origin
    proof of having sufficient means to support yourself during your stay, or a term of responsibility signed by a Portuguese citizen or resident
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Additional requirements for independent workers may include:

  1. Proof of owning a business entity (e.g., a limited liability company, sole trader, etc.), or having a contract for providing services
  2. Declaration by a competent authority that you are qualified to take up employment in your work sector, when applicable

Additional requirements for entrepreneurs:

  1. proof that you have made investments
  2. Proof that you have sufficient financial means in Portugal and intend to make investments in the country
  3. A declaration by the IAPMEI that your business is in an incubator if you apply for a startup visa

How to apply for a Portugal self-employed visa

Start your online application at the SAPA portal. However, you can only use this portal if you are already in Portugal or have a Portuguese IP address. Alternatively, you can also visit the consulate/embassy of Portugal in your country.

Czech Republic Digital Nomad Visa

💵 Income requirement: $6,000 USD (in the bank account)
👉🏽 Other Names: Zivnostensky Visa

The Czech Republic has one of the lowest costs of living in Europe. Aside from that, it is also beautiful, safe and the people are very friendly. I find Prague to be a great place for solo travelers.

Now, Zivno, Czech Republic’s visa is not a new thing. This is just the best time to take advantage of it since more people are leaning toward being digital nomads in Europe. American English teachers, business owners, and self-employed individuals have used this visa to live legally in the Czech Republic. This visa is not as easy to apply but if you really want to move here, you need a lot of patience to process this visa.

How to apply for a Czech Republic digital nomad visa

  1. Get a bank certificate from your bank. As per this visa rule, the minimum amount you should have in your bank account is $6,000 USD. This document must be official with bank letterheads and signature from your bank manager.
  2. A criminal background check (document).
  3. Notarized proof of accommodation in Czech Republic (from your landlord)
  4. Register to be on the Živnostenský list.
  5. Schedule your appointment. You must do your visa interview outside of Czech Republic.
  6. Go to your interview. Most digital nomads prefer to do their interview in the embassy of Czech Republic in Berlin, Germany.
  7. Wait for the results.
  8. Health insurance is also required.

For a more personal experience, check out Wandertooth’s article about getting a Zivnostensky Visa in Czech Republic.

Germany Digital Nomad Visa

I spent my younger years living and studying in Italy, so I frequented Germany. I spent weekends here because Berlin is so cheap and there is great nightlife and urban art! I also love the underground bars of Berlin where I met a lot of artists and digital nomads from all over the world. We’re still in touch up to now!

Germany’s Aufenthaltserlaubnis für selbständige Tätigkeit (I swear, this is what Germany’s digital nomad/freelancer visa is called. I can’t even say it.) allows foreign nationals to live and work in Germany for 6 months. Sometimes, they can even give up to 3 years depending on your documents and your financial status in your freelance job.

This type of German visa can take up to 3-4 months of processing before getting approved. There are also a lot more requirements as it is very similar to their resident visa application but it should be easier because it is for self-employed individuals.

Berlin is the number one city for digital nomads with 36 MBPS Internet speed and cheap cost of living.

Germany digital nomad visa conditions and requirements

If you own a company, are self-employed, a sole proprietor, or have entrepreneurial responsibility for the company you work for, you are definitely eligible to apply for a residence permit in Germany under the self-employed occupation category.

How to apply for a Germany digital nomad visa

  • Find a place to live in Germany and register it with the Burgeramt.
  • Book your appointment at the Ausländerbehörde.
  • You also need to open a German bank account. I am not sure if they accept tourist visas to be able to open an account but I did this in Berlin a few years ago without problems. You can also tell the bank that you are applying for the Germany digital nomad visa.
  • Health insurance is also required when applying for this type of visa.
  • Complete the requirements needed to apply for a Germany digital nomad visa. It’s a little lengthy but I’m sure you will easily gather these documents.
  • Results can take up to 4 months.

Spain Digital Nomad Visa (Non-Lucrative; 1 year)

I lived in Spain for a year; it is one of the best years of my life! While living in Barcelona in 2012, I had the chance to apply for Spanish nationality but it didn’t push through because I decided to go to South America. However, I am seriously considering going back to Spain next year because it’s really one of the places I loved living in.

Spains non-lucrative visa allows you to stay in Spain for 1 year, rent your own apartment, and have Spanish bank accounts. You can also keep renewing this year and after 5 years, you can apply for a permanent residency. This visa does not allow you to work legally in Spain nor obtain government benefits. It usually takes one week to a month depending on your documents and eligibility.

Spanish non-lucrative visa application requirements

  • Passport valid at least for one year past your application date. You need to photocopy all the pages of your passport including blank pages and personal information pages.
  • Driver’s license (actual and photocopy)
  • Completed National Visa Application form [click here to download]
  • Fill out the authorization residency form (EX-01). [click here to download]
  • Fill out the “Tasas Extranjeria Modelo impreso 790 form. [click here to download]
  • A criminal background check is also required (3-6 mo validity)
  • Medical certificate proving you are in good health. This is not medical insurance but you should get a certification from your doctor that you are not sick.
  • Health insurance valid for one year.
  • Proof of financial capability. The last time I checked, you should be earning at least €2151 per month for the past 6 months. If you have €25,816 in savings, then you don’t have to show your monthly income report.
  • Proof of accommodation in Spain.

How to apply for a Spanish non-lucrative visa

  • You need to apply for this visa before coming to Spain, most likely in your home country. The first step is to schedule an appointment in the consulate near you.
  • Make sure to bring all the requirements above.
  • Go to your interview.
  • Once your visa is granted, you have 3 months to go to Spain from the date of your visa issuance.

Once in Spain, you need to do your TIE (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero) or the Spanish Residency Card. Please note that the requirements for applying to TIE are different.

My friend Earl successfully got his non-lucrative visa in Spain in under 10 days. See his step-by-step guide on how to get a residency visa in Spain.

Croatia Digital Nomad Visa

The digital nomad visa in Croatia is a temporary residence permit specifically designed for remote workers and freelancers. The visa allows digital nomads to reside in Croatia for up to one year, with the possibility of renewal.

However, it is important to note that digital nomad visa holders cannot work for Croatian companies or provide services to Croatian clients.

Colombia digital nomad visa requirements

To qualify for the digital nomad visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Valid passport: Applicants must have a passport with at least three months of validity remaining from the planned date of entry into Croatia.
  2. Proof of financial means: Applicants must provide evidence of their ability to support themselves financially during their stay in Croatia. This can be in the form of bank statements, investment accounts, or other financial documents demonstrating sufficient funds.
  3. Health insurance: Applicants must have valid health insurance covering their stay in Croatia.
  4. Proof of remote work status: Applicants must provide proof of their remote work status. This can include an employment contract, freelance agreements, or client documentation verifying the nature of the work and income.
  5. Background check: Applicants must provide a recent (within six months) background check from their home country, confirming that they have no criminal record.

Apply for a digital nomad visa in Croatia

To apply for the digital nomad visa in Croatia, follow these steps:

  1. Gather required documentation: Before starting the application process, ensure you have all necessary documents in digital format (PDF or JPEG). These documents include a valid passport, proof of financial means, health insurance, proof of your remote work status, and a background check.
  2. Online application: Visit the official Croatian Ministry of the Interior website and create an account. Fill out the online application form, upload the required documents, and pay the visa processing fee (approximately HRK 610, subject to change).
  3. Approval and visa issuance: After submitting the application, the Croatian Ministry of the Interior will review it. The approval process can take up to 30 days. Once approved, you will receive an email with instructions to download and print your visa. You will then need to visit a Croatian consulate or embassy to get the visa stamped in your passport.

🎎 Asian countries with digital nomad visa

Thailand Digital Nomad Visa

The digital nomad visa in Thailand is officially called the Special Tourist Visa (STV). It is a temporary residence permit designed for remote workers and freelancers who wish to stay in Thailand for up to one year. The visa is renewable for an additional year, but the holder cannot work for Thai companies or provide services to Thai clients.

Thailand digital nomad visa qualifications

To qualify for the STV, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a citizen of a country eligible for visa-free entry or a visa on arrival in Thailand. If not, they must obtain a regular tourist visa before applying for the STV.
  • Must be a remote worker or freelancer who can earn an income from sources outside of Thailand.
  • Must provide proof of financial means, health insurance, and a certificate of residence in Thailand.
  • Must have no criminal record and not be a threat to national security or public safety.

Required documents for Thailand digital nomad visa

  • A valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining from the planned date of entry into Thailand
  • Proof of financial means, such as bank statements or proof of income from remote work or freelancing
  • A health insurance policy that covers the entire duration of the stay in Thailand and provides a minimum coverage of USD 100,000 for COVID-19 treatment
  • A flight itinerary or reservation showing the date and time of entry and departure from Thailand
  • A certificate of residence, such as a lease or rental agreement, hotel reservation, or confirmation from a friend or family member who is a Thai national or a foreigner who holds a valid work permit in Thailand

Apply for a Thailand digital nomad visa

To apply for the digital nomad visa in Thailand, follow these steps:

  1. Choose a Thai embassy or consulate: Applicants can apply for the STV at a Thai embassy or consulate in their home country or in a neighboring country. The application process may differ slightly depending on the embassy or consulate.
  2. Gather the required documents: Applicants must prepare the following documents in digital format (PDF or JPEG). See the list of documents above.
  3. Complete the application form: Applicants must fill out the application form provided by the Thai embassy or consulate. They must provide their personal information, the purpose of their visit, and their contact information in Thailand.
  4. Pay the visa fee: The STV fee is THB 2,000 (approximately USD 64) for a single-entry visa and THB 10,000 (approximately USD 320) for a multiple-entry visa.
  5. Submit the application: Applicants must submit their application and supporting documents to the Thai embassy or consulate. The processing time may take up to 15 business days.

🏖️ Caribbean countries with digital nomad visa

Barbados Digital Nomad Visa (Barbados Welcome Stamp, 1 year)

If you can work anywhere as long as there is Internet access, Barbados is a beautiful country to explore. The cost of living in Barbados is pretty high though.

Their new program for digital nomads called Barbados Welcome Stamp allows digital nomads to work and live in the country for 12 months. The application process is pretty straightforward as you can do it online!

Barbados digital nomad visa application requirements

  • Passport sized photograph
  • Photocopy of the bio data page of the passport
  • Visa fee of $2,000 USD

How to apply for a Barbados digital nomad visa

  • Complete your application process online here.

➢ Click here to read the article about Barbado’s digital nomad guide

Antigua & Barbuda Digital Nomad Visa (Nomad Digital Residence; 2 years)

This is probably one of the countries you won’t think of moving to nor even visit. Antigua and Barbuda is a little expensive with an average monthly cost of living of $3,000 USD. The city of St John’s is the usual digital nomad hub but the Internet speed there is only up to 7 MBPS.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Digital Nomad Residence visa offers a long-stat visa program for people who work remotely. This country prides itself as the safest island in the Caribbean with modern amenities and improved infrastructure.

Applications are reviewed for approval and applicants must meet the eligibility criteria set.

Antigua and Barbuda’s nomad digital residence visa conditions

If you wish to apply for this visa type, you must meet a certain requirement to qualify. Of course, you need to be self-employed but you need to prove that you are paying taxes in your home country. This visa does not make you qualified to work for any business organization in Antigua and Barbuda.

Your income must come from another country. With this visa, you are allowed to travel and live in Antigua and Barbuda for 2 years. Applications and payments are to be made in their online portal.

Antigua and Barbuda’s NDR visa requirements

  • A full-color passport size photo for each applicant. Dimensions are as follows: 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm.) Head must be positioned between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 x 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. JPEG format.
  • Colored photocopy of your passport bio-page. Passport must be valid for more than two (2) years.
  • Birth certificate of the applicant and/or any dependent(s). (If applicable.)
    Marriage certificate. (If applicable.)
  • A certificate of medical insurance coverage of applicant for the period of intended stay in Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Police clearance for each applicant over the age of 16.
  • Proof of employment, including self-employment. (Job letter, Salary payments, Work permit.)
  • Proof of funds certifying: (a) Expected income of no less than US$50,000 USD per year; (b) That he or she has the means to support himself or herself and any accompanying dependent(s) during the (2) two years of stay in Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Proof of payment once the application has been completed. (All payments are non-refundable.) This visa costs $1,500 USD.
  • How to apply for Antigua and Barbuda’s NDR visa
  • Fill out this form and make sure your requirements are complete! All applications are done online so you don’t need to go to a consulate or an Embassy.e

👉🏽 More countries with digital nomad visa

Dubai Digital Nomad Visa (Virtual Working Program, 1 year)

Going back and forth to my home and Asia and Latin America, I’ve frequented Dubai, and man, the tourist visa is not that easy! In my first application, I applied for the visa twice and in the second one, I needed to do it three times! Dubai is a hub for a lot of Filipino workers (non-digital nomads) and some of them stay illegally. With this, the tourist visa application for Dubai has been really difficult for us. And also very costly!

The good news is Dubai’s one-year virtual working program is now available for everyone! Dubai is a first-world country and their Internet is really good, however, they have a high cost of living. According to my friends who live here, if you have a job in Dubai, it is so easy to maintain your lifestyle but if you are earning outside of Dubai, it can be challenging.

Physical work in Dubai pays a lot. Since tourism is 90% of their economy’s income, the majority of physical jobs include construction (hotels), and hospitality. You can also live here with your family but you need to prove that you are financially capable. This virtual working program is valid for one year. The visa cost is $287 USD.

Dubai digital nomad visa requirements

  • Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity
  • Health insurance (UAE approved companies only)
  • Proof of employment from your employer with one-year validity.
  • A minimum of $5,000 USD per month salary stated in your bank statements for the past 3 months

How to apply for a Dubai digital nomad visa

You can apply online by clicking this link. I already got in touch with them and they respond very fast! They also answer all questions accordingly so you won’t have any problems with connecting with them. I am currently editing my video about the virtual work visa in Dubai so stay tuned

🧐 Why should you apply for a digital nomad visa?

I know you’re wondering why you should apply for a Mexico digital nomad visa when you can easily just go as a tourist. To tell you honestly, there are no regulations in any country in the world that say you cannot work in their country as a remote worker. How will they find out anyway if you just enter as a tourist?

But in my personal experience, it is quite tedious to think about visas when you finally settle down and find your place in one country. Most countries give 30-90 days of tourist visa stays that you can take advantage of but what if you want to stay longer?

Sure, going in and out of the border is easy but for some countries, it is not very simple. I got lucky because Mexico offers a 6-month tourist visa for Philippine passport holders like me so that’s plenty of time to plan my travels outside of Mexico.

However, that is me. I get excited every time I need to do a visa run because that means I get to explore another country.

Plus, if I do not have a valid visa (digital nomad or residency) in a particular country, it will be challenging to come back. Traveling these days is a little complicated because the rules can change at any time. I kept thinking, “what if I do a visa run to Guatemala from Mexico then have problems coming back?” I never want that to happen so it’s better for me to have a legal visa to come back to Mexico.

Think about your circumstance. Is it worth the hassle to go in and out of the country every 90 days? Or would you rather enjoy where you are for a longer time without thinking about these legalities?

🆚 Digital Nomad vs Freelancer

I get this question from many people: what is the difference between a digital nomad and a freelancer?

So I have a friend. Let’s call her Karen?… She’s been working a corporate job for 7 years. She goes to the office every day and stays there from 9:00 – 17:00. She has legal documents that she is employed by this powerhouse company and can apply for visas easily because of this.

In 2020, her employer told her that everyone should work from home. Karen is new to this lifestyle and did not have any idea how to work from home. But as time passed and her routines have developed, she realized she doesn’t need to be in a certain place to work at home. That she can give up her apartment, travel the world, and still keep her job.

Karen asked me if she should tell her boss that she will be relocating to another country to work. At first, her boss was a little adamant about it but in the end, she didn’t really need to ask for permission since she’s working from home anyway. All she has to do is to be online according to the office hours.

The tricky thing is that Karen is from the Philippines and if she wants to move to Mexico, these two countries have a 14-hour time difference. Meaning, she will have to start working in the evening if she ever decides to be a digital nomad in Mexico.

I also spent a lot of time in Bali. This is a digital nomad’s favorite! Unfortunately, there are no Asian countries with digital nomad visas yet.

Karen is a freelancer because she has one job that she needs to keep. Her new lifestyle is to work from home while living in a place on a long-term basis. Karen can definitely relocate every 6 months or less as she pleases.

As for being a digital nomad, that’s me and also someone I know whom we can call… Matt. Matt is very equipped with video editing, photo editing, and all things artistic. He moves to different cities every 3 months to get to know the culture of every place he visits.

Matt’s jobs are short-term and often contractual so he can choose to accept and decline jobs if he likes. He also juggles 4 projects at the same time so he can prepare for his next move. As long as there is Internet, Matt’s job is secured and with the level of his expertise on being a digital nomad, she will surely know how to manage to move around at the same time completing the projects assigned to him.

His job transactions are very fast. He can have zero projects this month and have 10 the next month. The number of projects he works on depends if he accepts them or not. He has total control of his time while keeping in mind the ideal salary/budget that he needs to maintain his frequent moving.

These countries with digital nomad visa below apply to freelancers as well. Note that this visa type is different from tourist and resident visas. The digital nomad visa is a new category that some of these countries thought to implement to better their economy and to make up for the lost profits during the pandemic.

They realized how inviting digital nomads to live and work in their country can contribute to their economy. At present, digital nomads are the only ones who are traveling but more and more people are starting their digital nomad careers.

⁉️ Countries with digital nomad visa FAQ

Which European country is the easiest to get a digital nomad visa?

When it comes to digital nomad visas, the European countries that offer the most straightforward process are Estonia and Portugal.

In Estonia, digital nomads can apply for an Estonian Digital Nomad Visa or e-Residency. Once approved, this visa provides a valid residence permit for up to one year. This allows digital nomads to stay in the country remotely from anywhere in the world whilst also having access to various services such as banking and healthcare.

In Portugal, a D7 Visa is available for those who work remotely and intend on staying in the country for more than six consecutive months. With this visa, digital nomads have their own profile created on a secure website managed by Portugal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and are then able to use it as proof of residence when undertaking everyday activities such as opening a bank account or registering with the local authorities.

Overall, both Estonia and Portugal offer some of the easiest pathways into Europe for digital nomads looking to live and work remotely.

Which countries are most visited by digital nomads?

Digital nomads are becoming increasingly common and a growing number of countries around the world are catering to this demographic.

Asia has by far the largest concentration of digital nomads, with a range of hotspots like Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia attracting digital nomad communities in search of an exotic lifestyle. South East Asia offers some of the cheapest living costs in the world so it’s no surprise that these locations appeal to those looking for a more affordable way to work remotely.

The USA is another popular destination, particularly cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City which offer plenty of opportunities for freelancers and remote workers. Other countries in North America such as Canada and Mexico have also become hubs for digital nomads due to their diverse cultures and vibrant cities.

In Europe, countries such as Estonia, Portugal, Spain, Germany and The Netherlands have seen large increases in numbers of digital nomads due to their relaxed visa requirements and social benefits available to remote workers. Here there is a wide variety of different lifestyles one can opt for depending on budget or taste – be it an urban city centre location or quaint rural village environment.

For digital nomads seeking an adventure further away from home, countries like Colombia, Uruguay or Peru offer exciting opportunities but may not be suitable for everyone due to the higher cost of living or limited infrastructure.

Which country is best for digital nomad family?

Moving to a new country can be daunting for anyone, but it comes with unique challenges if you are moving with a family in tow. Digital nomads who want to raise their kids abroad need to make sure that their chosen destination is both safe and offers the necessary support for children of all ages.

The countries most suitable for digital nomad families vary depending on the age of the children and the type of lifestyle they are seeking. In Europe, countries like Portugal, Sweden, Norway and Germany offer excellent opportunities for digital nomad parents due to their well-established infrastructures, rich cultures, and friendly locals. All of these countries also provide access to world-class healthcare, top notch schooling systems and a range of activities designed specifically for kids.

On the other side of the world, communities of digital nomads can be found in locations such as Chiang Mai in Thailand or Bali in Indonesia. These destinations offer cheaper living costs plus adventurous activities such as learning scuba diving or exploring temples. If a tropical beach life is what you’re after then these countries could be ideal spots for your family relocation.

Another consideration when choosing a location is cost – many cities have become increasingly expensive for digital nomads looking to put down roots abroad so investigate local rental prices and cost of living before making any decisions about where you wish to move to. In conclusion, each family will have different needs when it comes to selecting a base abroad so finding out more about any potential destinations before taking the jump will help ensure your experience is as enjoyable as possible!

What is the lowest income requirement for digital nomad visa?

The exact income requirements for obtaining a digital nomad visa vary from country to country, but typically, the minimum amount you will need to earn is dependent on how long you intend to stay in that particular location.

For example, if you plan to move somewhere for more than 6 months in countries with digital nomad visa then you will usually need to prove a monthly income of at least $2,000 USD.

In addition, many countries specify the minimum amount of money available in your bank account before applying for a visa. This is often higher than the monthly income requirement and can range anywhere between 3-5 times the amount needed each month.

It is important to ensure that you meet all of these financial criteria before submitting an application as failure to do so may result in your application being rejected or even worse – your visa being revoked!

The best way to determine the exact financial criteria required by any given country is by doing research ahead of time and speaking directly with local authorities where possible. Once you have satisfied all of the necessary conditions then it will be time to start enjoying your new life as a digital nomad!

What is the cheapest country to get permanent residency in?

While it may seem like a daunting task, obtaining permanent residency (PR) in another country is something that many digital nomads have achieved with relative ease. There are many countries around the world that offer PR at an affordable cost, but deciding on the best place for you and your family will depend on your personal needs and preferences.

In Europe, Spain and Portugal are popular choices among digital nomads due to their relatively low costs of living combined with good quality healthcare systems and high standards of education. In Central America, Panama provides an excellent option for long-term residency; allowing digital nomads to enjoy the stunning landscapes while still having easy access to cities like San Francisco or New York.

If you’re looking for something further afield then there are countries such as Nicaragua or Belize that offer PR at competitive prices. These two countries stand out due to their vibrant cultures, friendly locals, and beautiful coastal towns.

Overall, when deciding on which country to choose for permanent residency it is important to research the local laws carefully; ensuring that you can meet all of the conditions before applying for PR status. Doing so will help ensure that you have found the perfect home away from home – one that is both affordable and enjoyable!

Which country has the best digital nomad taxes?

Choosing the best country in terms of digital nomad taxes can be tricky, as there are many different factors to consider. Taxes vary widely from country to country and should be taken into account when selecting a destination for your digital nomad lifestyle.

In Europe, countries such as Spain and Portugal offer some of the most favorable tax rates for digital nomads. For example, Spain’s non-resident income tax rate is just 19%, meaning that those who are working remotely but not permanently residing in the country have access to a much lower rate than those with permanent residence. Similarly, Portugal’s non-resident income tax rate is also relatively low at 20%.

Outside of Europe, Panama has long been seen as one of the most attractive destinations due to its lack of personal income or capital gains taxes. This can provide digital nomads with significant savings on their tax bills; allowing them to keep more money in their pockets each year.

Ultimately, when it comes to finding the best digital nomad taxes it is important to remember that everyone’s individual circumstances will differ and so research should be undertaken carefully before committing to any country for an extended period of time.

What state has the best residency for digital nomads?

When it comes to finding the best US state for digital nomads, there are a few key factors to consider. Firstly, you need to think about the tax system in each state and whether there are any incentives or benefits for those working remotely.

California is a popular choice among digital nomads due to its highly favorable taxation system; meaning that those who work remotely can save money through such things as deductible expenses and credits. Similarly, Texas also offers an attractive tax structure, with no personal income tax meaning more money back in your pocket each year.

Other states offer attractive choices too; from Delaware’s beneficial corporate tax plans to Wyoming’s lack of sales taxes. Florida has also become increasingly popular among digital nomads due to its low cost of living; combined with easy access to airports, waterways and great weather all year round.

At the end of the day everyone’s individual needs will be different, so it is important to do your research before committing to a specific state for residency. Consider what works best for you financially as well as how comfortable you will be living in a particular place – all of these details should factor into your decision making process.

Which non-Schengen countries are best for digital nomads?

The Schengen area includes many of Europe’s most desirable countries, but if you’re looking beyond this region then there are plenty of other attractive options to choose from.

The United Kingdom is often a popular choice due to its close proximity to much of Europe, its advanced infrastructure and technology resources, as well as its relatively low tax rates. It is also home to some of the world’s leading universities and research centers; making it ideal for those who need access to higher education or want to work alongside like-minded professionals in the world’s most innovative industries.

Turkey is another great destination for digital nomads. Despite being outside the EU, it offers a favorable tax environment and boasts some amazing cultural attractions; from beautiful beaches and historical monuments to bustling cities filled with a vibrant nightlife.

Other non-Schengen destinations worth considering include Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, and Mauritius – each offering unique experiences at affordable costs.

💻 Digital Nomad Resources

🏥 What is the best insurance as a digital nomad?
YES! In fact, this is one of the requirements. My digital nomad insurance is SafetyWing and I only pay $40 USD per month.

📶 Do I need a VPN as a digital nomad?
ABSSOLUTELY! Digital nomads travel to many different countries and it is important to protect your Internet privacy. Do not connect to the Internet anywhere without VPN as the Internet does not respect our privacy as private citizens! NordVPN is the only VPN I trust and use. It’s cheap and it’s very reliable!

✈️ Where do digital nomads find cheap flights?
Kiwi.com is one of the most trusted sites to book cheap flights to Mexico. They compare all prices for all airlines! Also try WayAway if you want to get cashback for every booking.

Abdulrahman

Sunday 16th of January 2022

Hi Trisha, This is Abdulrahman from Egypt. I currently work remotely for a company that is located in the UK, but unfortunately, with no legal documents but they are willing to help out with the required documents for me to move as long as it's manageable for them. I wish you could help me out to leave Egypt whether as a Digital Nomad or by getting a residency and moving to one of the above countries. I'm also open to other options if they're easier and their process is faster.

Waiting for your kind reply.

ANUKRATI DOSI

Monday 5th of July 2021

This is such a helpful post. Thanks for sharing.

Luca Arrigo

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

A newly released Nomad Visa has become available for Malta. It provides EU schengen access and is arguably the simplest to obtain.

Let me know if you need more information, I'd be happy to help!

awo

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

hi i need more information

Ishan

Saturday 24th of April 2021

Hi Trisha. Thank you for posting this article. I found out the term โ€œ Digital Normadโ€ 2 days ago while I was looking for easier visa pathways. I am from Sri Lanka and as you might know getting travel visa for us specially to EU countries is very tough. I have been running a successful dropshipping business from Australia since 2 years while I was on a student visa and now I am back in Sri Lanka after the pandemic but continuing the same business based in Australia. Before that I worked as an I T Instructor in Dubai for 5 years and I have met so many Filipinos in Dubai. Before reading this article I was pretty confused whether to travel around the world as a Digital Nomad specially with the current situation however this article just made my day and I have decided to take a step forward and apply to one of the Digital Nomad visas and start my work+travel journey. I am interested in Mexico, Portugal and Spain pathways at the moment since they seem to be appealing. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Xyza Vasily Dela Pena

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Why stay in a place when the world has a lot to offer? The future of work is now allowing everyone to the wanted work-life balance. I have been investing to this kind of job, and so I have been investing to myself as well. Both soft and hard skills are the ones I strive to learn. I am growing writer and photographer, I started in portrait photography and journalism until it evolved to documentary and street photography. There is so much to photograph in this world, but there is too little time, so whenever I get the chance to take a snap, whenever and wherever, I do not hesitate. Much more are the stories left untold. Travelling across South East Asia, I usually find my self talking to strangers and keeping notes of their stories and life lessons I never learned back home, hoping one day they will come handy. These, among other skills I invested, are much needed in a nomad, and free life.

I am taking a break on being a researcher, or should I say I was forced to take a break due to the pandemic, nonetheless, this time has given me the chance to reevaluate my plans and when I did, it always brings me back to telling stories of ordinary people.

Reading this blog post makes me want to apply for digital nomad visa around Europe, now that I am living in Hungary. Taking the unfair advantage of my landlocked location. Also, traveling around Europe would feed my soul with rich history and arts.