digital nomad visa

12 Countries Offering Digital Nomad Visas or Residency

Being a digital nomad means that you have decided to become location independent rather than spending your life tied to an office desk. You certainly don’t need to buy courses to learn how to do it simply because this is not a job but a different lifestyle.

But not everything is beaches, mojitos, and tropical weather.  Unnecessary bureaucracy and visa issues come with traveling. 

This article will walk you through 12 different countries that offer visas for digital nomads and how to obtain them. 

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda Visas for digital nomads

Antigua & Barbuda is another country ready to join the new digital nomad visa club. This one is called the Nomad Digital Residence (NDR). It is intended for digital nomads that can support themselves and any family members.

This visa lasts 2-years and beneficiaries will need to get a health insurance plan.

What to expect

  • You need to own a location independent business
  • If you are not, you should work remotely for a company based outside of Antigua & Barbuda
  • You must make at least USD $50,000 per year

How to get it

  • Fill out the online application form
  • Submit proof of employment and a police background check
  • Pay $1,500 for one person, $2,000 for a couple, $3000 for a family of 3 or more

Barbados

Barbados - Visas for digital nomads

Barbados has also decided to follow the digital nomad boom. The country is now offering The “Barbados Welcome Stamp”, a 1 year working holiday visa for digital nomads. The visa costs $2,000 for individuals, and $3,000 for families.

What to expect

  • You need to own a location independent business
  • If you are not, you should work remotely for a company based outside of Barbados

You must make at least $50,000 per year

And you must undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test and a 48-hour quarantine upon arrival.

How to get it

  • Fill out the online application form
  • Pay the $2000 for the visa

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands - Visas for digital nomads

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism has just launched a special visa for digital nomads called the Global Citizen Concierge Program (GCCP) that will allow us to live and work in the country for up to 2 years.

The minimum income requirement is a bit more expensive than other countries. If you are not there yet, this visa may be the motivation you need to make the leap to a six-figure earner. Digital nomads need to present proof of an annual salary of at least USD $100,000, or USD $150,000 for couples.

Since this is a whole new program, the full list of requirements has not been released yet. But we have gathered some conditions here.

  • You must be employed by a company outside of the Islands
  • You will need a notarized bank reference letter
  • All applicants are subjected to background checks
  • You will need to get a health insurance policy

How to get it

  • Fill out the online application form
  • Pay the application fee of USD $1,469

For further info click here.

Czech Republic 

Czech Republic - Visas for digital nomads

Spend your weekends exploring the historical towns and mountains of one Prague, one of the best cities for digital nomads with the new freelancer visa called the Zivno

This visa allows digital nomads to live and work in the country for 1 year and offers the possibility of one extensión. The catch is that this one is a bit more difficult to get, but still not impossible.

How to get it

  • You will need a trade license for one of the trades listed here
  • Show proof of accommodation for at least a year in order to qualify
  • Submit proof of at least €5,587 in your bank account (per person)
  • And pay about USD $80 USD) per month in local taxes

For more info about this visa click here.

Dubai 

Dubai - Visas for digital nomads

Just this year, Dubai launched their remote work and travel visa. For only USD $287. 

How to get it

  • You will need to submit proof of medical insurance with UAE validity
  • Proof of employment from your employer
  • One year contract and monthly salary statements (This one may be tough because most of us work freelance jobs and may not have these documents)

Estonia 

Estonia - Visas for digital nomads

Estonia became the first European country to launch an e-residency program that allows digital nomads to register an EU-based online business

This year, they also started a new digital nomad and freelancer visa that allows foreigners to live in the country for 1 year. 

What to expect

  • You will need to own a location independent business or be hired by a company based outside of Estonia
  • You will need to make at least €3504 per month for the last 6-months to be considered

How to get it

  • Fill out the online application form
  • Make an appointment at your nearest Estonian Embassy/Consulate to submit it
  • Pay €80 per a short-stay visa or €100 per a long-stay one

Germany  

Berlin - Visas for digital nomads

This is a perfect visa for digital nomads.  The “Freiberufler” can be extended for up to 3 years. 

What to expect

  • To be granted this visa the local tax office must deem your freelance job “liberal” versus a commercial profession. Only then, they will determine whether you qualify or not.
  • You will be asked to pay taxes to the German government.

Germany also has another special freelance visa called the Aufenthaltserlaubnis für selbständige Tätigkeit. This one allows digital nomads and self-employed people to live in the country for 6-months to 3-years. 

How to get it

  • You will need to get a local address in Germany
  • Submit proof of health insurance
  • Proof of financial self-sustainability
  • This one is tough – You have to work with clients based in Germany. The government needs to see that you are helping the local economy
  • Pay €100 for the visa fee

Mexico 

Mexico - Visas for digital nomads

Mexico is one of the digital nomad hot-spots plus is offering a temporary resident visa that allows us to live in work in the country from 1 to 3 years in a row! 

What to expect

  • You need to own a location independent business
  • If you are not, you should work remotely for a company based outside of Mexico
  • You must make at least USD $1,620 USD per month or have a bank balance of USD $27,000

How to get it

  • Fill out this application form
  • Make an appointment at a Mexican consulate to hand in your documents in person

Australia

Australia Visas for digital nomads

An Australian Working Holiday Visa is a long term visa that allows digital nomads to work and live in the country for 1 year. 

The catch is that you must be between 18 and 35 years old to qualify for this visa. If you are, you will have the possibility to extend it for 1 more year -this is important- if you do some sort of farm work in rural Australia. 

Many people visit Australia just to experience first hand its rich fauna. If you are interested in volunteering or working with animals in Australia find out what programs will also qualify you for a visa extension.The extension of this visa may not be advice for digital nomads since most of us have little to nothing about farm work. 

We recommend you to consult with your embassy about these types of visas in Australia so you know first hand about the special conditions. 

Portugal

Portugal - Visas for digital nomads

Portugal offers not only a temporary resident visa but also a residence permit for digital nomads and entrepreneurs.

These types of visas have the possibility to be extended from 1 to 5 years. And for one year, with the ability to renew for up to 5 years. The best part about this visa is that after five years you can apply for permanent residency.

You will need: 

  • Proof of income coming from property, business or other financial means
  • Make at least €600 per month
  • Get private travel/health insurance
  • Agree to a criminal background check

Spain 

Spain - Visas for digital nomads

Spain offers a Self Employment Visa that allows digital nomads to live in the country for 1 year. 

What to expect 

  • You must prove that you have sufficient funds to “establish and maintain employment indefinitely” 
  • Pass a background check

For more info about this visa click here.

Spain also offers a Non-Lucrative Visa that allows foreigners to live in Spain for 1 year and a possible extension. The catch is that you are not allowed to work on this visa. The Spanish government aims to take in “retired” and self-sufficient folks.

Coming soon! – Croatia 

Croatia - Visas for digital nomads

This visa for digital nomads is still in its first stages, and that is why you won’t find any official information about visa prices, dates, etc. But, thanks to the Primer Minister’s LinkedIn updates, we could say that the first digital nomad visas may be ready by the first quarter of 2021. 

So far, people working on this project believe that Digital Nomads from all over the world will be able to apply. The price is still unknown, but considering that Croatia is not really an expensive  country, it should be affordable.

To find out more about the new Croatia’s digital nomad visas read Croatia ready to become the new Digital Nomad spot in Europe