Digital Nomad Visas – II

Earlier, to work remotely from a foreign country, digital nomads had no other choice other than a tourist visa to back them up. In most countries, a maximum limit of 90 days stay is permitted on a tourist visa, which is difficult to renew once past the expiration date. For digital nomads, this has always been a matter of concern especially when they plan on overstaying. COVID-19 imposed international travel restrictions just add on to the pile of worries.

We can call it a silver lining that more countries have started acknowledging the importance of digital nomad work culture and in that manner have initiated digital nomad visas or remote work visas. With new visa laws being implemented across nations, this no longer poses inconvenience for digital nomads.

Eligibility for digital nomad visa

Although every country has their own set of eligibility criteria for digital nomads to be able to apply for the respective digital nomad visas, but if you are applying for a digital nomad visa on general basis then the universal eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • A valid proof of identification
  • A valid passport
  • Proof of steady source of income
  • Proof of a clean character record
  • Health certificate (may or might not be needed)

These documents are needed for almost every country you are planning on travelling to as a digital nomad. You can either submit them in person or online, depending on the requirement. It is best to contact the local authority for the exact information on the application procedure.

As a digital nomad, you have plenty of choices for countries to go to. Based on the supposed ideal conditions, let me suggest top 5 countries that you should plan a trip with a valid digital nomad visa.

Top 5 Countries that Offer Digital Nomad Visas

  1. Barbados

Reason to stay: Barbados is famous for its vibrant culture, language, food, music, festivals, beautiful beaches, and tropical landscape.

Must visit places: Bridgetown, Speightstown, Oistins, and Holetown.

Duration of stay allowed in digital nomad visa: 12 months through the Barbados Welcome Stamp program which can renewed for longer stay and excludes you from paying tax.

Eligibility criteria:

To apply for the digital nomad visa in Barbados, you must

  • Not be a citizen of Barbados
  • Operate a location independent business
  • Be a remote employer of a company operating outside of the country
  • Make $50K USD per year and can financially support yourself
  • Have a health certificate/ COVID-19 test report

Application process

  • Fill out the application form online
  • Submit documents which includes passport sized photo, valid passport.
  • Pay the visa fee of $2000 USD for one and $3000 USD if applied with family members.
  1. Estonia

Reasons to stay: Great digital infrastructure, very affordable cost of living. Their digital nomad visa allows stay for 12 months.

Must visit places: Tallinn, Tartu, Haapsalu, Parnu, Saremaa.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You must operate a location independent business
  • You must be an employer of a foreign company
  • Submit proof of being a digital nomad
  • Proof of your earning in the last 6 months which should be €3504 per month

Application process:

  • Complete the visa application form at the official website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can fill out the form in English, Estonian or Russian.
  • Apply for either short stay C visa or long stay D visa which are for 90 days or longer stay, respectively. You will have to pay €80 for type C visa and €100 for the type D visa.
  • Submit it to the nearest Embassy or Police and Border Guard office in person.
  1. Antigua and Barbuda

Why choose: 365 beaches with diving and deep-sea fishing activities, comfortable homes, abundant rental car options, strong Wi-Fi connection and cellular coverage.

Ideal places to visit: St. Johns, Falmouth Harbour, English Harbour, Dickenson Bay, Jolly Harbour.

Digital nomad visa: Their Nomad Digital Residence (NDR) allows stay for 2 years as a digital nomad.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a national of a country other than Antigua and Barbuda.
  • You must own a location independent business
  • You must be a remote employer of a company operating outside of the country.
  • You must produce proof of your own health/ travel insurance plan.
  • You should be able to hold an income of $50K per annum.

Application process:

  • Complete the online application form and submit with required documents.
  • Submit proof of being a remote worker
  • Proof of Police background verification
  • Pay the visa fee that is $1500 USD for one and $3000 USD for family members
  1. Bermuda

Ideal for: If you are a fan of beautiful beaches, awesome bike trails, rich historical sites, great architecture, and natural landscapes then Bermuda is a must visit place for you.

Digital nomad visa: their recently issued visa called Work from Bermuda is the updated version of the older e-residency program. Their digital nomad visa allows stay of up to 12 months in Bermuda.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You must operate a location independent business
  • You must be an employer of a foreign company
  • You must produce proof of your own health/ travel insurance plan.
  • You should have undergone the mandatory COVID-19 test
  • There is no requirement for minimum income

Application procedure

  • Complete the online application form and submit with required documents.
  • Submit proof of being a remote worker
  • Pay the visa fee which is $263 USD
  1. Costa Rica

Why choose: If you wish to work remotely accompanied by a relaxed lifestyle, good food, friendly locals, pristine beaches, great climate, amazing landscape filled with volcanoes, waterfalls, and green forests then you need to head out to Costa Rica straight away.

Ideal places: San Jose, Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa, Playa samara, Puerto Viejo.

Digital nomad visa: Their visa for digital nomads is called the Rentista and it allows stay of up to 2 years. It can be easily renewed.

Eligibility criteria

  • You should be self-employed
  • You must not be an employee of another company
  • Minimum income requirement is of $2500 USD per month for years.

Application procedure

  • Fill out the form online at Costa Rica’s official Migration website
  • Submit valid documents that are translated in Spanish
  • Pay $250 USD as the visa fee

Check out the following countries that allow digital nomad visas:

European Countries with Digital Nomad Visas

 

Non-European Countries with Digital Nomad Visas

 

 

·       Germany

·       Portugal

·       Norway

·       Greece

·       Croatia

·       Czech Republic

·       Estonia

·       Iceland

·       Georgia

·       Bermuda

 

 

 

·       Australia

·       Colombia

·       Anguilla

·       Dominica

·       Antigua & Barbuda

·       Indonesia

·       Thailand

·       Barbados

·       Mauritius

·       Cayman Islands

·       Dubai

·       Costa Rica

·       Mexico

Briefly to Conclude

If you are a remote worker or digital nomad seeking an idle place for you to start anew, then you should consider the aforementioned countries that offer digital nomad visas with great perks. Digital nomad visas are also appealing to freelancers who like to combine work with travel.

Head out to sunny beaches and enjoy working remotely with great food as a digital nomad. Make sure to contact the respective country’s authority for updated information on your application procedure.