Ecuador Is Launching An ‘Easy-To-Acquire’ Visa for Digital Nomads 

Ecuador Is Launching An 'Easy-To-Acquire' Visa for Digital Nomads 

Ecuador is the latest Latinamerican country offering an easy-to-acquire visa for digital nomads and remote workers.

The country is best known for its towering mountains, dense rainforests and the biodiverse Galápagos Islands.

The country’s ‘Rentista’ visa allows remote workers to stay in Ecuador for up to two years. 

The term ‘rentista’ refers to someone who lives off an outside income.

Niels Olsen, the country’s tourism minister, promised “authentic and genuine” experiences at the World Travel Market in London.

“The pandemic allowed us to rethink tourism and opportunities,” he said.

“We weren’t the first country to invent it [the digital nomad visa] but we have really embraced it.

“We have great infrastructure and connectivity and the cost of living is significantly lower than in the UK.” 

How to apply for Ecuador’s digital nomad visa?

To qualify for the nomad visa, you must have:

  • A passport that is valid for at least six months
  • A clean police record
  • Proof of a monthly foreign income of at least €1,266 (three times Ecuador’s ‘basic wage’)
  • Proof of Ecuadorian health insurance is required, 
  • €460 for the application fee

The visa is open to applicants from most countries but Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Cameroon, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Philippines, Gambia, Ghana, India, Iraq, Iran, Kenya, Libya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Yemen.

Digital nomads and remote workers can apply via Ecuador’s virtual consulate, available here. The process normally takes between two and four months.

Bottom line

best beaches in Ecuador for swim and surf

Remote workers will have plenty of options in this country.

Quito as well as Cuenca and Guayaquil have a variety of co-working facilities. Smaller coastal villages like Olón are also becoming popular with sea lovers.

Wifi is available in all major towns. However, in some remote rural areas like the Amazon or high in the mountains, it can be difficult to connect.