40 Easy Digital Nomad Visas in 2023 (for Remote Workers)

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As digital nomads, we’re fortunate to have the option to live and work around the world from our laptops. But, due to immigration rules, there’s a limit to the amount of time we can spend in each country.

What if we want to stay longer?! This is why the development of remote work visas (also called digital nomad visas) is such a game-changer.

With so many people working online jobs from their computers these days, it’s great to see governments recognizing the benefit of offering these remote work visas.

This special permit, passport stamp, or QR code allows you to legally stay in the country longer than tourists, while earning an income from sources outside of the destination you’re visiting.

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If you’ve ever wanted to live for a year (or more) in a sunny destination in the Caribbean or a historical city in Europe, you can do that by applying for a digital nomad visa.

There are many countries offering long-stay visas or permits for remote workers and there are plenty of coworking spaces available, but this post will focus on the ones that keep the bureaucracy and application requirements to a minimum.

12 Countries with Easy Digital Domad Visas

Disclosure: I’m not an immigration expert, tax accountant, or lawyer, nor am I qualified to give any sort of legal advice. I’ve been a digital nomad for more than 10 years and have applied for, and researched many remote work visas. Before applying for any of these digital nomad visa programs, I recommend getting advice from professionals to confirm your personal liability (if any) regarding income tax and immigration. 

What is a Digital Nomad Visa?

A digital nomad visa allows remote workers to live and work in a foreign country without having to officially immigrate or apply for residency. 

Each country has a different name for the visa or program they are offering, but it’s all the same: a chance to legally stay longer than a typical tourist visa would allow. 

With these digital nomad visas, most countries are offering a one-year stay with options to extend. In some cases, you can even work your way towards residency if you want. Entering the country as a tourist would usually only allow you a 30 – 90 day stay.

In some cases, remote work visas offer discounts on accommodation, the ability to open bank accounts, purchase a vehicle, and other perks.

Here is a list of the countries currently offering digital nomad visas that are pretty easy to obtain

1. The Bahamas (one of the easiest digital nomad visas)

Located off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas has attracted holidaymakers for many years. These days, the country is looking to entice digital nomads to experience the country’s pristine water and beaches, colorful culture and vibe, and of course, the welcoming locals. 

We recently traveled to the Bahamas for 10 days and loved it. It would be great to spend a year visiting some more islands.

Chill out on a small cay in the Bahamas, check out the famous swimming pigs, spend your days boating or fishing, or live on a more developed island with shopping and lots going on. 

With the BEATS (Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay) program, you can do it all.

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Live and work in the Bahamas with the BEATS program

Top Benefits of the Bahamas BEATS Program 

  • Live and work in the Bahamas for 1 year, with the option to apply for up to 3 years 
  • There are no income requirements
  • Applying is easy

Basic Qualifications

  • Proof of employment, or proof of ownership of your own business
  • Valid passport
  • Health insurance

How to Apply

  • Fill out your application (fee of $25)
  • Wait for approval or denial of your application, which will take around 5 days
  • If you are approved for the program, there is a fee of $1,000 USD (plus $500 USD for each dependent)
  • After you’ve paid the fee, you’ll receive a QR code to show on arrival in the Bahamas
  • Learn more here.

2. Malta (offers a long visa for digital nomads)

This island nation in the Mediterranean offers a digital nomad community, fast wifi, coworking spaces, historical sites, and lots of fun things to see and do.

For a small country, Malta has a lot to offer. Plus, it’s in a great location for exploring nearby countries on a weekend away. We spent 2 months in Malta and really enjoyed our stay there.

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Malta is one of the countries with digital nomad visas that you should consider

Top Benefits of Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit

  • The opportunity to spend 1 year in Malta, with extensions available for up to 3 years
  • Not subject to personal income tax in Malta
  • Family members and pets can join the applicant 

Basic Qualifications

  • Must be a third-country national (excluding the EU, EEA and Switzerland. And, any sanctioned countries)
  • Work for an employer that is registered in a foreign country and have a contract; or
    conduct business for a company that’s registered in a foreign country and that you’re a partner/shareholder of; or work as a freelancer or offer consulting services to clients whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country — you must have contracts with them
  • Earn a monthly income of at least €2,700 (gross/pre-tax) for the past 3 months
  • Provide proof of health insurance
  • Show proof of accommodation in Malta

How to Apply

  • Gather all required documents
  • Fill out the application form 
  • Submit your application (it should take 30 days to be approved)
  • Pay the fee of €300 
  • Read the full checklist here, and find answers to your FAQ’s here

3. Georgia (the easiest place to live and work for one year)

The Caucasus country of Georgia has always offered long stays for tourists — most passport holders can currently stay visa-free for 365 days.

With fast internet, interesting culture, and progressive thinking towards digital nomads, Georgia has become a popular option for remote workers.

During covid, there was a scheme in place to bypass the pandemic entrance requirements by submitting certain documents, proving income, etc.

These days, that “Remotely From Georgia” permit is being phased out, but you can still live and work from Georgia for a year — much easier than during the covid scheme. 

☞ SEE ALSO: Digital Nomad Guide to Living in Tbilisi

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Tbilisi, Georgia is a very picturesque city

Top Benefits  

  • You can stay for 365 days
  • The Simplified Entry Form is just that, simple

Basic Qualifications

  • If you’re from one of these 95+ countries, you can live and work in Georgia without restriction 

How to Apply

Note: once you hit the 183-day mark, you will be considered liable for income tax in Georgia. Consult a tax accountant regarding double taxation agreements and your own personal liability.

4. Mauritius

Located off of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean, this beautiful island is making a name for itself in the digital nomad space.

With 4G connectivity, great health and safety rating, lots of things to see and do, a relaxed lifestyle, and excellent accessibility to destinations around the world, it’s no surprise that Mauritius is becoming a popular spot to work remotely.    

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Live and work remotely in Mauritius

Top Benefits of the Mauritius Premium Travel Visa

  • Stay in Mauritius for up to 1 year
  • There is no application fee (it’s free!)
  • Foreign nationals from 114 countries are able to apply
  • No income tax is due unless income is deposited into a Mauritian bank account
  • Dependents are able to apply as well

Basic Qualifications

  • You are from one of these 114 countries (if you’re not from one of those countries, you can enter on a tourist visa and apply once you’re in the country)
  • Provide proof of valid health insurance
  • Provide proof of long-stay accommodation 
  • Your main place of business and/or source of income and profits are from outside Mauritius
  • Bank statements for the past 3 months
  • Proof of monthly income (it doesn’t specify an amount on the website)
  • Return flight ticket​

How to Apply

  • Register for an account and submit the application form
  • Applying is free, there’s no fee for the Mauritius Premium Travel Visa
  • Find out more and apply here

5. Barbados 

Another beautiful island makes the list! This Caribbean island started offering its Welcome Stamp during the pandemic in order to attract remote workers to come and enjoy the sunshine, beaches, and friendly atmosphere.

Barbados is a great place to work remotely as it offers many amenities, accommodation options, coworking spaces, things to see and do, and of course, the gorgeous beaches. We spent two months housesitting in Barbados and loved our stay.

The only downside to the Welcome Stamp is the hefty application fee, and the proof of yearly income is higher than in other programs.

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Get the Welcome Stamp and enjoy a year of digital nomad life in Barbados!

Top Benefits of the Barbados Welcome Stamp

  • You can live on a Caribbean island for 1 year
  • You are not liable to pay income tax in Barbados

Basic Qualifications

  • You are location independent (working for yourself, or remotely for a company outside of Barbados)
  • You will make $50,000 USD for the year that you intend on living in Barbados
  • Provide a passport-sized photo

How to Apply

  • Fill out the application form
  • Applications are typically approved within one week
  • Pay the application fee of $2000 USD for an individual and $3000 USD for a family bundle
  • Learn more here

6. United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

The bustling city of Dubai is one of the seven Emirates that makes up the United Arab Emirates.

Dubai is one of the best cities for digital nomads, for many reasons.

With a dazzling skyline, endless shopping and nightlife, and a focus on attracting foreigners, Dubai is a good option if you’re looking to base yourself in the Middle East.

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Top Benefits of the Virtual Working Programme in Dubai

  • Live and work in Dubai for 1 year (you can reapply after it has expired)
  • It’s a multiple-entry visa
  • Receive many benefits that residents of Dubai get (banking, schools, resident ID card)
  • No income tax is owed

Basic Qualifications

  • For employees: proof of employment from a current employer with a one-year contract validity, a minimum of $5,000 USD per month salary, last month’s payslip, and 3 preceding months’ bank statements
  • For business owners: proof of ownership of the company for one year or more, with an average monthly income of $5,000 USD per month and 3 preceding months’ bank statements
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Health insurance coverage for the UAE

How to Apply

  • Fill out the form requesting an application
  • Pay the fee of $611 (which includes application and processing fees, medical exam, and Emirates ID)
  • Learn more and apply here

7. Anguilla

Another pretty Caribbean island that started offering one-year stays to remote workers in 2020.

The island offers solid wifi, numerous restaurants and bars, many beaches, beautiful water, and lots of accommodation options.  

Anguilla’s digital nomad visa is called the: “Lose The Crowd Find Yourself. Work. Life. Bliss” program — which doesn’t roll off the tongue all that easily!

The visa is definitely appealing and fairly straightforward to apply for, but this island charges a hefty $2,000 application fee.

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Top Benefits of the Anguilla Visa

  • Live on a Caribbean island for up to a year
  • The requirements and application are quite simple

Basic Qualifications

  • Proof of Employment or Business Incorporation Certificate
  • You must earn enough money to support yourself in Anguilla
  • Proof of entrance visa (if applicable)
  • A police check
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • A brief description of the work you’ll be doing
  • Health insurance covering COVID (SafetyWing is a good option for this)

How to Apply

  • Create an online account for the application
  • It takes around 14 days for applications to be processed
  • Pay the fee of $2,000 USD for individuals, or $3,000 USD for families
  • Apply here

8. Bermuda

There’s a theme here! Many small island nations jumped on the opportunity to entice remote workers to enjoy longer stays.

Located in the North Atlantic, the British island territory of Bermuda started its Work From Bermuda Certificate in August 2020.

According to the government of Bermuda, in the first year of implementation, the WFB certificate had an estimated value-added of $23.3 million in Bermuda’s economy — with a boost in real estate and economic activity, and the promotion of the country as a great destination to live and travel.  

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Top Benefits of the Work From Bermuda Certificate

  • You will not be required to pay income tax in Bermuda
  • You can live in Bermuda for 1 year (and it’s renewable)

Basic Qualifications

  • You haven’t been convicted of a crime in Bermuda or elsewhere
  • Provide proof of valid health insurance coverage
  • If you’re an employee: demonstrate employment with a legitimate company
  • If you own your own company: simple letter outlining the details, a certificate of incorporation, or other appropriate documentation. The company must be registered and operating outside of Bermuda
  • Have substantial means and/or have a continuous source of annual income 

How to Apply

  • Fill out the application form
  • It takes around 5 days for applications to be processed
  • Pay a fee of $263
  • Click here to apply for the Bermuda certificate.

9. Seychelles

Located off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, this popular holiday spot is now attracting digital nomads looking for a relaxing place to work and live.

The Seychelles remote work program is in two parts: first, you must apply for the Workation Visitors Permit and then the Health Travel Authorization.

Note that you must have a yellow fever vaccine to enter Seychelles and receive the Health Travel Authorization.

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Top Benefits of the Seychelles Workation Retreat Program

  • You can stay up to one year in Seychelles
  • Not liable for personal or business tax in Seychelles
  • Special deals and discounts are available around the country for those on the Workation Retreat (including dental, opticians, etc.)

Basic Requirements

  • You must be a remote worker — either an employee or a business owner
  • Provide a letter of employment or proof of ownership of a business 
  • Provide proof of income or wealth
  • Have a valid travel/health insurance policy
  • Provide proof of confirmed accommodation

How to Apply

  • Submit your application for the Visitors Workation Permit at least 60 days prior to arrival
  • Once that permit is approved, apply for the Health Travel Authorization
  • Pay €45
  • Find out more details here

10. Croatia

Live and work in one of the most gorgeous countries in Europe. Spend the day at the sea, in an old town, or in the mountains, Croatia has a lot to offer remote workers. Split is my favourite spot to stay for a while in Croatia.  

The online forms and the website where you apply will probably seem a bit overwhelming at first.

However, if you take some time to read the application thoroughly, you’ll realize that there are a lot of “and/or” situations. This makes the process of applying for a digital nomad visa in Croatia seem more confusing than it actually is.

Reading the application carefully will simplify the process and while it will take some time, it’s worth the effort.

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The view of Zadar old town

Top Benefits of the Croatia Digital Nomad Residence Permit

  • You can stay in Croatia for up to one year
  • Not liable for income tax (however, it may be due on passive income, rather than salary income – do your due diligence on this one)
  • Close family members may join you (spouse, common-law partner, child)

Basic Qualifications

  • You are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizen
  • You work for a company or own your own company, that is registered outside of Croatia
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of purpose: signed contract from your employer and statement from your employer, or copy of the registration of your own company
  • Provide proof of means for your stay in Croatia. Either:
    • Show bank statements proving you’ve earned 17,822.50 HRK ($2,465.69 USD) per month for the past 6 months; or
    • If you are staying for 12 months, show that you have 213,870.00 HRK ($29,588.28 USD) already in your bank account
  • Police check 
  • Provide an address in Croatia (apartment, hotel, hostel, etc.)

How to Apply

  • Fill out the online application form
  • Once you enter Croatia you will need to register your temporary address at the police station by using this form
  • You will need to obtain a biometric residence permit in person at the police station
  • Pay the fees:
    • 350 HRK ($48.39 USD) for granting a temporary stay
    • 70 HRK ($9.68) for administrative fees for the issuance of the biometric residence permit
    • 240 ($33.19) for the biometric residence card 
  • Find out more details here.

11. Mexico

This incredible destination is a digital nomad hot spot. Some of the best places to base yourself in Mexico as a remote worker are Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Merida.

Nick and I have spent a lot of time living and travelling all over Mexico. It’s easily one of our favourite countries. 

Up until recently, citizens of many countries would receive a visa-free stay of 180 days in Mexico. 

Lately, however, Mexican immigration has been less inclined to provide the full 180-day stamp and there are many stories of digital nomads arriving at the border expecting to receive the usual 180 days…only to realize they’ve only been granted 2 weeks. 

Rather than risk it at the border, it’s better to apply for the “No Lucrativo” (non-lucrative) visa, which is also called the Temporary Resident visa.

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The sunsets and beaches in Playa del Carmen are part of what makes it a great city in Mexico for digital nomads

Top Benefits of Mexico’s Temporary Resident Visa

  • You can stay in Mexico for up to four years
  • Freely enter and leave the country during that time
  • No income tax will be due in Mexico unless your center of vital interest is in Mexico
  • You can open a bank account
  • You can purchase a vehicle and register it

Basic Requirements

  • You have enough money in the bank and/or you earn enough money consistently each month by providing:
    • Investment receipts or bank statements (with the bank stamp) showing an average monthly balance of $43,000 USD during the past twelve months; or
    • Documents showing that you have employment with a monthly tax-free income of over $2,500 USD during the past six months
    • Note: the exact amount seemed to differ depending on which website I checked. Make sure to clarify the amount of income/bank balance you need to provide. 
  • You will be in Mexico for more than 180 days but less than 4 years
  • You don’t have a work authorization
  • You are working and earning money for a company outside Mexico

How to Apply

  • Fill out the online application form with supporting documents
  • Apply at a Mexican consulate/embassy outside of the country
  • Pay the fee (around $40)
  • This post has some more useful information and here you’ll find information from the consulate.

12. Cyprus

Cyprus is a great option for remote workers and obtaining a visa is easy. This island nation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea offers history, beaches, nightlife, nature, and gastronomy.

I really enjoyed my time in Cyprus learning about the history, eating the great food, and interacting with the friendly locals. There are many cities to choose from when it comes to putting down roots, consider Limassol, Paphos, Nicosia, or Larnaca.

The goal of the DN visa in Cyprus is to “attract digital nomads, who will contribute to the development of the business ecosystem and therefore to the economic development of the country”.

The Cyprus government definitely sees the benefit of having remote workers in the country.

The problem is that Cyprus is granting just 500 visas (initially it was 100, but they increased it to 500). So, apply ASAP if you want to live and work in this unique destination! See also: Digital Nomad Guide to Living in Cyprus

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Top Benefits of the Digital Nomad Visa in Cyprus

  • You can stay for 1 year in Cyprus, with the option to extend for another 2 years (3 years total)
  • Income tax won’t be payable in Cyprus, provided you are a tax resident of another country
  • Right of residence for family members of the digital nomad as well

Basic Qualifications

  • You’re a national from a non-EU and non-EEA country
  • Can perform work remotely 
  • You’re employed at a company registered abroad or are self-employed offering services remotely for clients located abroad
  • Proof that you have a stable and sufficient monthly net income of at least €3500
  • Criminal record check
  • Health insurance 

How to Apply

  • Within 3 months of arriving in Cyprus, you must submit your application for the digital nomad visa
  • Pay the fee of €140
  • Apply for the Cyprus visa here

More Countries with Remote Work Visas

The above 12 countries with digital nomad visas are just the ones that I chose as being the easiest to obtain. However, there are many more options available. 

This list isn’t exhaustive, but here are some other countries that offer visas for remote workers that you may want to consider:

13. Portugal

Portugal’s D7 visa (passive income/retirement visa) is often listed as a great digital nomad visa.

However, it’s mainly for retirees or those who earn regular income from rental properties, investments, or dividends. Your passive income must be from certain sources — not all freelance and online work qualifies, despite what many other articles online might imply.

You’ll have to ask professionals on this one.  We spoke with numerous lawyers and tax accountants in Portugal about the D7 visa to clarify this one. Basically, you’ll need to be sure that your sources of income are adequate for the visa.  Simply earning ad revenue from a website or affiliate income from your blog will not suffice.

The process is a bit convoluted, but if you qualify, once you get the visa/permit you’re set for up to 5 years. There are many other benefits as well, including healthcare, the ability to open a bank account, and the option to apply for permanent residency if you want.

Portugal is easily one of my favourite countries in all of Europe. Having spent a few months travelling around the country, it’s definitely somewhere I’d love to return and discover more. Find out more about the D7 visa here, and read our digital nomad guide to living in Lisbon, here.

☞ SEE ALSO: Best Coworking Spaces in Lisbon

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14. Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

While it’s easy to obtain this digital nomad visa, only citizens from Europe, North America, Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), and Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO) can apply. Find out more here.

15. The Cayman Islands

The application for the Global Citizen Concierge program in the Cayman Islands is pretty straightforward, and it allows you to stay for up to 2 years.

However, the annual income is higher than others on this list — $100,000 USD, or $150,000 USD if you’re bringing a dependent. Learn more here.

16. Germany

This one is quite difficult to get and has more requirements, such as having clients who are based in Germany. Plus, it takes between 3-4 months to be approved. Find out more.

☞ SEE ALSO: Digital Nomad Guide to Living in Stuttgart, Germany

17. Iceland

This could be a cool place to live for a while! The issue with Iceland’s digital nomad visa is that it’s only valid for 6 months, plus the proof of income is higher than other destinations in this article (1,000,000 ISK / $7,014 USD) per month. Learn more here.

18. Estonia

This Baltic destination was the first country to offer a visa for digital nomads. And actually, it’s had an e-residency program for foreigners ever since 2014. Estonia has been attracting remote workers for many years. 

You’ll need to submit your application to the nearest Estonian Embassy, which will take around 30 days to process. Note that after 183 days in Estonia, you are considered a tax resident there. Find out more here.

19. Antigua & Barbuda

More lively, Antigua & Barbuda is another island in the Caribbean offering digital nomads a sandy slice of paradise.

Cost: $1,500 per person 

Length: 1 year

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $4,166

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements: 

  • Your passport must be valid for the duration of your visa
  • You must be employed by or own a company outside of Antigua and Barbuda or be self-employed
  • You must be over the legal age of 18
  • Your insurance must cover incidents in Antigua and Barbuda
  • You must be able to show a clean criminal record

20. Belize

Belize is a Latin American country offering adventure, outdoor activities, and a laid-back lifestyle to digital nomads – and their national language is English, making it super easy to chat with locals!

Cost: $250

Length: 180 days

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $6,150 ($75,000 per year)

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements:

  • You must have a passport valid for at least six months from the time of application
  • You must get a criminal background check from your local police department
  • You need to show proof of accommodation where you will live while in Belize
  • You must submit a contract from your employer stating some details about your work and the employer or company must be based outside of Belize
  • You must obtain an insurance certificate that shows a minimum coverage of USD 50,000
  • Apply for the Belize digital nomad visa.

21. Brazil

Brazil is a vibrant South American country with a thriving digital nomad community that offers an attractive climate, fun nightlife, and lots to see and do.

Brazil’s visa is called the Temporary Visa VITEM XIV

Cost: $150

Length: 1 year but can be extended up to 2 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $1,500 

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the first 183 days but you must file and pay taxes if you stay in Brazil longer than this

Other Requirements:

  • Your passport must have two blank pages for the visa stamp
  • You may be requested to submit your criminal records from the police authorities in your country of residence
  • You should have a health insurance policy, which covers Brazil and you should be able to work remotely or prove that you are not working for a Brazilian employer 
  • Find more information here.

22. Colombia

Colombia offers digital nomads a varied landscape to explore, from Caribbean beaches to jungle terrains, and natural parks and deserts, all whilst having an affordable living cost.

Cost: $52

Length: 2 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $684

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the first 183 days but you must file and pay taxes if you stay in Colombia longer than this

Other Requirements:

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months when applying for the visa, you must work as an employee, freelancer, or own a business outside of Colombia
  • You must have health insurance coverage for accidents, maternity, sickness, death, repatriation, and disabilities
  • You must submit a letter written either in English or Spanish from your employer proving you work remotely 
  • Learn about the Colombia visa here, and apply here.

23. Costa Rica

Another Latin American country offering diverse landscapes, Costa Rica offers digital nomads ‘Pura Vida’ amongst its vast variety of flora and fauna.

Cost: $250

Length: 2 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $3,000

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration 

Other Requirements: 

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months
  • You can obtain a police clearance certificate from the police or court authorities in your country
  • You are required to register with the consular office in your country
  • Learn more and apply here.

24. Curaçao

Curaçao offers digital nomads white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and fascinating marine life, which can be explored through scuba diving and snorkeling in its clear waters.

Cost: $294

Length: 6 months but can be extended to 1 year

Monthly Earning Stipulations: You must earn enough to support yourself in Curaçao

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements: 

  • Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay
  • You must earn a livable income working for a company, own a business, or have freelance clients located outside of Curaçao
  • You must have health insurance coverage in Curaçao
  • You cannot have marks on your criminal record
  • You must have accommodations booked or a residential lease on the island
  • Click here to learn more and apply.

25. Czech Republic

Czech Republic is one of Europe’s safest countries to live in so digital nomads can enjoy its historic buildings, famous Charles Bridge, and cheap beer with reassurance.  

Cost: Free

Length: 1 year

Monthly Earning Stipulations: At least $5,772 in your bank account

Tax Requirements: You will have to pay tax when living as a digital nomad in the Czech Republic, which is $72 per month

Other Requirements:

  • You must be older than 18 years
  • Your job must be flexible so you can work anywhere in the world
  • You must have an online resume
  • You must have a business plan if you own a business, you must have a website and you must have a business card
  • Learn more and apply here.

26. Dominica

Dominica is a Caribbean island mostly untouched by mankind, thus offering digital nomads a very laid-back and natural experience amongst its unspoiled landscapes.

Cost: $100

Length: Up to 18 months

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $4,166 ($50,000 per year)

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements:

  • Your passport must be valid at the time of applying
  • You must meet the age requirement of 18 years of age
  • You must be employed by or own a company outside of Dominica or be a freelancer with clients outside of the country
  • You must have health insurance coverage in Dominica
  • You must have a clean criminal record in your country of residence
  • Find out more here.

27. Ecuador

Ecuador only recently released its digital nomad visa, offering remote workers a “low cost of living” and “authentic experiences” in its South American landscapes.

Cost: $450

Length: 2 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $1,275

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements:

  • You need to have a valid passport for at least six months
  • You need health insurance designed especially for digital nomads working remotely with coverage in Ecuador
  • You need to submit a clean criminal record
  • You need to provide your job contract, which states your position and confirms that you are allowed to work abroad
  • You need to prove a pre-arranged rental agreement
  • Find out more about the Ecuador visa.

28. Greece

Greece offers digital nomads a warm climate, low cost of living, beautiful islands, and bustling cities with Athens also being a transit hub for the whole of Europe so weekend trips are easy!

Cost: $76.81 (€75)

Length: 1 year but can be extended to up to 3 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $3,615.15

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the first 6 months but you must file and pay taxes if you stay longer than this

Other Requirements:

  • You must work for a company/clients situated outside of Greece
  • You are not allowed to work for a company registered within Greece and, if self-employed, you must submit confirmation of your business activity, corporate purpose, and business address. Your business cannot be registered in Greece, and you must be able to work remotely
  • Apply for the Greece visa here

29. Hungary

Hungary is an attractive European destination for digital nomads as it is more affordable than many other countries on the continent, all whilst offering peaceful parks and natural thermal baths in its vibrant capital city, Budapest.

Cost: $112.70 (€110)

Length: 1 year but can be extended to up to 2 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $2,048.74 (with proof of last 6 months)

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the first 183 days but you must file and pay income tax at a medium 15% if you stay in Hungary longer than this

Other Requirements:

  • You must have a valid passport
  • You must have valid health insurance
  • You must have a return flight ticket stating the date of return from Hungary
  • You must have proof of accommodation
  • You must submit a document stating the scope of your employer’s business operations or stating the nature of your remote work including the time you must work each day
  • Apply here.

30. Malaysia

Malaysia has recently released a digital nomad visa and offers remote workers a varied landscape of sandy beaches, natural rainforests, and bustling cities. Penang is a hotspot for digital nomads.

Cost: $220

Length: 1 year but can be extended for up to 2 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $2,000 ($24,000 per year)

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements:

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 14 months at the time of applying
  • You must work remotely as an employee, business owner, or freelancer for companies or clients located outside of Malaysia for at least three months
  • You must work in the digital space of IT, digital content creation, digital marketing, and other digital domain work
  • Your criminal record must be clean
  • You must have insurance coverage for the duration of your time in Malaysia
  • Apply here

31. Montserrat

Montserrat is the ideal Caribbean country for a relaxing retreat and offers digital nomads a slow-paced style of living on its sandy shores.

Cost: $500

Length: 1 year

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $5,833.30 ($75,000 per year)

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements:

  • Your passport must be valid at the time of applying for the visa
  • You must be employed by or own a business located outside of Montserrat or freelance with clients outside of the country
  • You must have health insurance coverage while in Montserrat
  • Your criminal background must be clean
  • Apply here

32. Namibia

Recently launching its digital nomad visa, Namibia is the first country on the continent of Africa to offer a visa specifically targeted at remote workers, now offering them the chance to immerse themselves in African culture when working abroad.

Cost: $62

Length: 6 months

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $2,000

Tax Requirements: Unknown

Other Requirements:

  • You must have a valid travel document i.e. passport
  • You must have travel insurance valid for the period of stay in Namibia
  • You must have a motivation letter from employer
  • You must have an original police clearance from your country of origin (translated into English
  • You must have a radiological report and medical certificate
  • You might also be required to show proof of tender if it applied
  • Apply here: https://nipdb.com/nomadvisa/

33. Norway

Norway is a great option for any digital nomads wanting to experience the healthy Scandinavian life, not to mention the opportunity to see the northern lights and spend time in the winter skiing.

Cost: $614.54 (€600)

Length: 6 months but can be extended up to 3 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $2,976.58 ($35,718.96 per year)

Tax Requirements: You will have to pay tax when living as a digital nomad in Norway and apply for a VAT number

Other Requirements:

  • You must have a valid passport
  • You must have proof of self-employment, you must have a contract with Norwegian client
  • You must have a pre-arranged place to live in Norway
  • Apply for the Norway visa here

34. Panama

Panama offers the fastest internet in all of Central America, meaning that digital nomads won’t be lagging behind whether they’re on its gorgeous beaches or in its vibrant cities. 

Cost: $300

Length: 9 months but can be extended up to 18 months

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $3,000 ($36,000 per year)

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements:

  • Your passport must be valid at the time of applying
  • You must earn an income working remotely as an employee or business owner of a company or a freelancer with clients located outside of Panama
  • You must have health insurance coverage for the duration of your stay in Panama
  • You must be able to present a clean criminal record from your country of residence.
  • Apply here

35. Romania

Romania offers digital nomads a varied landscape of coastline, mountains, rivers, and many authentic villages, as well as a low cost of living and the fastest internet in the EU.

Cost: Unknown

Length: 1 year but can be extended up to 2 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: €3,700 ($4,170) per month.

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements:

  • You must have a valid passport
  • You must have proof of accommodation
  • You must have valid health insurance
  • You must have a clean criminal record
  • You must have proof of employment
  • You must have proof or remote working
  • You must have a letter of intent to say what activities you will perform in Romania and the reason for your traveling there
  • Apply here

36. Saint Lucia

The final Caribbean island on the list, Saint Lucia offers a tropical climate, stunning beaches, laid-back living, and plenty of hiking, being more mountainous than most islands in the region.

Cost: $75

Length: 1 year

Monthly Earning Stipulations: You must earn enough to support yourself in Saint Lucia

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements:

  • You must have a valid passport for up to six months
  • You must have a return ticket to port of origin
  • You must provide a copy of travel itinerary
  • You must have proof of hotel/private accommodation
  • Apply here

37. Serbia

Serbia draws in digital nomads with its low cost of living, fast internet speeds, and numerous co-working spaces, as well as a great nightlife and cafe culture.

Cost: $289

Length: Up to 180 days

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $3,615.15

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the first 90 days but you must file and pay taxes if you stay in Serbia longer than this

Other Requirements: 

  • You must have a valid passport
  • You must obtain insurance from any insurance company in Serbia
  • You must provide information about the property you’re renting
  • You must open a bank account in Serbia with dinars deposited
  • You must have proof of residency must be obtained from the police station within 48 hours of arrival, also known as the ‘white card’
  • Apply for the D Visa (long term visa) here

38. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a great option for digital nomads looking to escape the hustle and bustle, offering a beach escape with a cheap cost of living.

Cost: $150

Length: The ETA Visa can be extended up to 270 days

Monthly Earning Stipulations: You must earn enough to support yourself in Sri Lanka

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements:

  • Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months upon the intended entry date in Sri Lanka
  • You must have a confirmed return ticket
  • You need to have enough funds to support your stay in Sri Lanka
  • You must show proof of return air ticket 
  • Learn more here

SEE ALSO: Why This Stunning Asian Island is a Top Place to Visit in 2024

39. Taiwan

Taiwan offers digital nomads the opportunity to benefit from its healthy entrepreneurial community, co-working spaces, and fast internet speeds. Taipei is a top choice for remote workers.

Cost: $100

Length: 1 year but can be extended up to 3 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $5,700

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the first 183 days but you must file and pay taxes if you stay in Taiwan longer than this

Other Requirements:

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months
  • You must prove your employment or gold card skills (related to one of eight areas: Science and Technology, Economics, Education, Culture and Art, Sport, Finance, Law and Architecture)
  • Learn more here and
  • Apply here

40. Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular options for digital nomads, which is hardly surprising when you consider its pristine beaches, local culture, and delicious cuisine. Phuket, Chiang Mai and Bangkok are excellent choices for digital nomads.

Cost: $600

Length: Up to 6 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $6,666.60 ($80,000 per year)

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the first 6 months but you must file and pay taxes if you stay in Thailand longer than this

Other Requirements:

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months at the time of collecting the visa
  • You must have health insurance coverage of at least $50,000 in Thailand
  • You must work for at least three years at a publicly traded company or a company that generates at least $150 million in annual revenue
  • There are quite a few stipulations to this visa. Find out more here.

Are you looking for online jobs? There are numerous jobs for digital nomads where you can make a great income. Have a look at our articles about proofreading and editing, starting your own website, teaching English online, freelance writing, graphic design, and this article for a list of the top 12 high-paying online jobs.  

FlexJobs is a great place to find remote work. Use promo code NOMAD to receive 30% off the membership. Or, have a look at the popular website, Upwork.


Countries Offering Visas Soon

There are a few more countries that have announced they will have a visa for digital nomads, but there’s no way to apply just yet. I’ve listed those countries with TBC (to be confirmed) visas below so stay tuned to see when they come through!

Argentina

Argentina is a culturally rich country that offers digital nomads the opportunity to immerse themselves in Latin American culture whilst enjoying some of the world’s best wine and steak.

Requirements

Cost: $200

Length: 1 year

Monthly Earning Stipulations: TBC

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements: 

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months past your planned stay
  • You must provide a rental agreement is required as proof of your place of accommodation
  • You must provide a thorough background check
  • You must provide health insurance coverage
  • You must provide proof of your academic as well as work achievements to prove your eligibility for the digital nomad work

Apply here: TBC

Indonesia (Bali)

Indonesia is a very popular digital nomad destination as it offers reliable internet and a high standard of living with low costs and islands that will take your breath away.

Cost: $35

Length: Up to 5 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: TBC

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements:

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 12 months upon entering Indonesia if you plan to stay for six months or 6 months validity if you plan to stay for just 60 days
  • You need to work remotely for a company outside of Indonesia and get paid to a foreign bank account or you must own a company abroad and only do business outside of Indonesia
  • You must be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • You may also be asked to provide proof of onward travel after your visa expires

Apply here: TBC

Latvia

Latvia’s capital, Riga, is fast becoming a popular choice for digital nomads thanks to fast internet, co-working spaces, and high quality of life, with flights here from Europe being reasonably low too.

Cost: $61.38 (€60)

Length: 1 year but can be extended for up to 2 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $2,951.51

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the first 183 months but you must file and pay income tax at a medium 20% if you stay in Latvia longer than this

Other Requirements:

  • You must have a valid passport
  • You must be able to work remotely
  • You must have valid health insurance coverage for the entire duration of the visa

Apply here: TBC

Montenegro

Montenegro is a pretty European country that offers digital nomads dramatic mountains, beautiful bays, and a cheap cost of living.

Cost: $25.61 (€25)

Length: 2 years but can be extended up to 4 years

Monthly Earning Stipulations: TBC

Tax Requirements: You will not have to pay income tax for the duration

Other Requirements:

  • You must have a passport valid for the duration of your visa
  • You must prove you are a freelancer with foreign clients, entrepreneur, or an employee of a foreign company located outside of Montenegro
  • You must have coverage in Montenegro for the duration of the visa

Apply here: TBC

Spain

One of the latest countries to release its digital nomad visa, Spain offers a sunny climate, beautiful beach towns, bustling city hubs, and excellent food and drink.

Cost: TBC

Length: 1 year but can be renewed

Monthly Earning Stipulations: $2,221.77

Tax Requirements: You will have to pay tax when living as a digital nomad in Spain for the first four years of your stay

Other Requirements:

  • You must work remotely for non-Spanish companies, although you can get a maximum of 20 percent of income from Spanish firms
  • You must demonstrate that you have been working remotely for at least a year and have a contract of employment or, if freelancing, have been regularly employed by a company outside of Spain
  • You must have an address inside the country

Apply here: TBC

Digital Nomad Visas FAQs

You probably have a million questions. It can be difficult trying to decide which visa is best for your personal situation. 

While my best recommendation is still to hire a local professional (immigration lawyers, tax accountants, etc.), here are some of the most common questions that I’m able to answer.

Why Are Countries Offering Remote Work Visas?

At the beginning of 2020 when tourism basically came to a halt, countries needed to figure out ways to entice foreigners not only to visit, but to stay long term, in order to help boost the economy.

Prior to that, there were just a handful of countries offering visas for remote workers. 

Since many people started working remotely during this time, it was a great opportunity for digital nomads to base themselves in a sunny destination, somewhere with more relaxed rules, or a destination that had always seemed appealing. 

Another reason for offering this visa is that many countries have experienced a “brain drain” and are simply interested in attracting skilled entrepreneurs to the country. 

This sort of collaboration is a win-win for the economy and remote workers.

Why You Need a Digital Nomad Work Visa

These days, the landscape has changed and there are more people working online who don’t necessarily want to move around every few months — less “nomad”, but still “digital”.

It seems like remote workers want a home, a base, and a stable life. With a digital nomad visa, you can experience a “home away from home”, as you won’t have to worry about moving every 30 – 90 days.

countries offering digital nomad visas
It’s hard to get any work done with a view like this!

For example, as tourists, we’re only given a 90-day allowance in the Schengen Zone, and most other countries allow citizens of Canada, the USA, Australia, and the UK to stay for 30 – 90 days before having to leave.

A digital nomad visa for countries in Europe (in particular, the Schengen Zone), is definitely appealing to non-EU citizens such as ourselves.

If you’re from a country with a “weaker” passport, you’ll often have to jump through (many) hoops just to get a 30-day stay in some destinations. Having the option to spend an entire year with a digital nomad visa is a huge bonus. 

What Are The Pros and Cons of Remote Work Visas?

There are many pros and cons to obtaining a remote work visa as a digital nomad. 

Benefits of Digital Nomad Visas

  • You can stay longer than a tourist visa (typically, up to one year)
  • No income tax will be owed to the country (in most cases)
  • Live and work in a beautiful destination 
  • Support the local economy
  • Integrate into the community
  • Ensure you’re working abroad legally
  • In some cases, you have access to healthcare, can open a bank, and purchase a vehicle
  • Often, family members are able to join you as well

Downsides to Digital Nomad Visas

  • You must pay a fee
  • You need to show proof of income 
  • It’s not as easy for those who are entrepreneurs just starting out (due to showing high proof of income in some cases)
  • It’s not overly straightforward and will take some planning and preparing
  • Application forms need to be filled out
  • Some bureaucracy
  • Extra tax liabilities (in some cases)

The main benefit of obtaining a proper remote work visa is that you are able to legally stay longer in the destination, while not being liable for income tax to that country (in most cases). 

In Conclusion

There you have it, my list of the top 12 easiest nomad visas to obtain, plus a few bonuses. If you didn’t see a country in this article that interests you, just be patient — the remote work visa for that destination will probably be announced soon. 

If you know of other countries which have easy digital nomad visas that we didn’t include in this post, message us on Instagram, or send us an email and let us know. We’ll research it, check with local professionals, and maybe add it to the post.

Currently, there are many countries that are talking about offering a digital nomad visa, including Brazil, Indonesia (Bali), Hungary, Spain, Argentina, and Italy

I personally think that these remote work visa schemes are a good idea (both for the destinations, and the workers), and most likely they will become the norm. Ideally, the paperwork required gets even easier, and the application fee is reasonable across the board.

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Dariece Swift

Dariece is a co-founder of Goats On The Road, and an expert in saving money, finance management, building an online business and of course... travel. She loves meeting new people, trying new cuisines, and learning about the unique cultures of our world. She has over 12 years of experience helping others to realize their travel dreams and has worked in numerous jobs all over the world to help pay for travel.

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