You can get a “Digital Nomad” visa in these 46 countries
If you’re an entrepreneur who can work remotely, or one of the lucky ones whose employer doesn’t require you to return to the office full-time, you might be interested in becoming a “digital nomad”, someone who can legally live and work in a foreign country for longer than a tourist visa would allow – for a period of one month to four years.
And you wouldn’t be alone. The rapidly expanding trend saw a 42% growth in 2021 among Americans in traditional jobs, from 6.3 million in 2020 to 10.2 million in 2021, according to the trend-tracking company Small Business Laboratories. If you have the ability to work from anywhere and would like the freedom to explore other cultures while doing so, 46 countries are currently ready to welcome you for an extended stay (manything that may already be on your travel bucket list).
The good news is: working digitally from another country benefits both you and the host country. According to harvard business review (HBR), “…digital nomads are investing their time and money in the local economy, not taking local jobs, and building bridges with local knowledge workers—a win-win for remote workers and local communities.
Now we want you to be excited about these possibilities (my pre-child brain can’t help but imagine flying to new lands with nothing but a laptop, a suitcase, my rusty cross-cultural social skills and an open mind). But there are several key things to understand before becoming a “techpat” (remote technology worker). We previously written check with your employer and verify tax status, among other important considerations before taking the plunge.
If it doesn’t violate any of your employer’s rules and you can do it without paying excessive taxes, the next step is to decide where you want to go.. There are a multitude of tropical regions (Ecuador, Barbados, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands), European heavyweights (Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal) and Southeast Asian tourist destinations (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia) . According to HBR“Visa programs typically cost around $1,000 and exempt visa holders from local income tax for their stay of six months to two years. They also have income and employment requirements, ensuring that these visa holders can support themselves without taking local jobs.
See below for the full list. (And see This article for more details, such as visa cost and length of stay for more countries.)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Green cap
- Cayman Islands
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Sri Lanka
- St. LUCIA
A simple Google search for the country and “digital nomad visa” will bring you to a multitude of sites explaining how to apply for each.