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28 TOP Digital Nomad Visas for Remote Workers

Digital nomad visas are no longer a pipedream! The internet has quite literally CHANGED ALL OF OUR LIVES!

As an older millennial, I was “there” when the internet came into our homes. I recall playing on AIM, waiting for mom to get off the phone so I could log on to the internet, and I even remember the beeping sounds of the internet connecting…

Now? I can travel the world at my leisure thanks to the internet (and like actually know what to see and do once I get there too!)

It’s no surprise that countries are smarting up to this way of life and are offering intrepid individuals the opportunity to stay in their country longer through digital nomad visas. It’s a genius move, and I’m here for it. And now, so are you. 🙂

Here are the TOP digital nomad visas being offered right now!

Wait, What Exactly is a Digital Nomad Visa Anyway?

Being a digital nomad has been all the rage for the last few years. But what exactly is it?! It’s essentially a person who works online (remote worker) who chooses to live and travel abroad because their job doesn’t require them to be tied down to one physical location.

This is what I’ve been doing for over a decade now, and I literally couldn’t live my life any other way!

digital nomad work
Digital nomad visas are a thing!

Some countries have special visas to accommodate digital nomads, aka digital nomad visas. There are a few things to note about these visas:

  • You don’t NEED a digital nomad visa to work remotely in another country. You could technically travel the country on a tourist visa while you do remote work. The benefit of the digital nomad visa is that it will offer you more time in the country, while a tourist visa wouldn’t.
  • Don’t have a digital nomad job? Check that link out for more info on what jobs are out there.
  • Is this different than a work visa for the country? YES! If you’re working IN the country and FOR a company in the country, that’s totally different.
  • I’ve provided the links where you can find more info and the entire list of specific requirements for these visas. Do make sure to look through everything to make sure you can obtain the visa you want.
  • Don’t forget if you’re under 30 (sometimes 35), you may be able to get a Working Holiday Visa! Again, that’s totally different than the digital nomad visas we are talking about here and I highly recommend you do it if you can!
  • Do keep in mind, you may be responsible for taxes in some of these countries. Learn more about digital nomad taxes.

1. Czech Republic

The Czech digital nomad visa is called Zivno and is valid for a year. However, if you would love the chance to explore the many historical towns and quaint villages, towering mountains, and beautiful landscapes of the Czech Republic in your free time, there is the option to extend the visa.

This visa is relatively complicated to obtain, but it definitely can be done. Prague is a great city to live and stay in the long term, as there is so much to do and see in such a small, bustling city. It has a generally low cost of living and fast wifi, making it the perfect place to base yourself.

You might want to consider teaching English in Czech instead, which can be a bit easier to do visa wise.

Czech Republic places to visit surrounding Prague Castle.
Get a digital nomad visa for the Czech Republic

Basic Requirements

  • They have provided a list of trades, and you have to have a license for at least one. There are about 80 different trades on the list, which can be found here.
  • You must find accommodation for at least a year and have proof of this.
  • Show that you have at least 5,587 euros in your bank account as an individual.
  • Plus, every month, you must pay the equivalent of around $80USD per month in local taxes.
  • Apply here and pay the visa fee of 100 euros.
  • Click here to apply for a long term visa in the Czech Republic.

2. Germany

The German visa is known as the ‘Freiberufler’ visa and has been specifically created for freelancers, making it perfect for digital nomads.

It has the added benefit of being able to be extended for up to three years. One of the biggest downsides to the German visa is that it can take 2-4 months to get approved, so you have to plan for this as well.

There is another type of digital nomad visa in Germany known as the Artists Visa, and it is only available in Berlin. As the name suggests, your job has to be something in the field of arts, be that painting, writing, or anything else in the creative field.

Germany is a fantastic choice to get a working holiday visa for Canadians.
Germany is a fantastic place to live if you are a Digital Nomad

Basic Requirements

  • To qualify for this one, the local tax office needs to deem your job ‘liberal.’
  • When living in Germany, you will have to pay taxes to the German government.
  • You will need an address in Germany and proof of financial self-sustainability.
  • You should have proof of valid health insurance.
  • Learn more about Germany’s ‘Freiberufler’ visa here.
  • Pay the visa fee of €100 EUR and get all the documents you need for the Berlin Artists Visa here.

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3. Spain

Spain has a digital nomad visa that is known as the Self Employed Visa. Many digital nomads are self-employed, so this is a great option if you would like to stay in this sunny country for up to a year.

It is perfect if the thought of warm weather, plus a mix of beaches, mountains and busy towns, is attractive to you, not to mention the relaxed lifestyle. Imagine working in the buzzing streets of Madrid or the sun-drenched city of Barcelona; it is clear why this is a popular freelance visa.

One Week in Spain Itinerary
Digital nomad visas in Spain are very popular if you are self-employed

Basic Requirements

  • You will have to prove that you have significant funds to “establish and maintain employment indefinitely,” so you will have to have a bit in the bank and a successful business (around $2700 USD).
  • The country will also run a background check on you, which you will need to pass to qualify for the visa.
  • Proof of health insurance.
  • Find out more and make an appointment for the self-employment digital nomad visa here.

RELATED: How to Teach English in Spain

4. Barbados

Barbados offers digital nomad visas for up to a year; however, it is relatively pricy compared to others. It is called the Barbados Welcome Stamp, which is quite a nice little name for a visa into the sunny, beach filled country.

Despite the high initial price tag, compared to the living cost in other Caribbean nations, it is relatively cheap when looking at day to day spending, such as more affordable rentals and meals. It is also well connected to other countries in the Caribbean. Just be aware, the summers are sweltering and humid.

View over Barbados coastline
You can live in Barbados on a digital nomad visa

Basic Requirements

  • To apply for this visa costs a hefty $2,000 USD for an individual and $3,000 USD for a couple or a family.
  • You also have to prove that you are earning $50,000 USD a year or more.
  • You must own a location independent business or work remotely for a company based outside of Barbados.
  • Fill out the application form here.

RELATED: Becoming a Digital Nomad: Realities & Resources

5. Bermuda

Bermuda’s visa lasts for a year and costs $275 USD. They have called it their Work from Bermuda visa, and it provides exactly what it says. The initial price point is the lowest in the entire Caribbean, which may be a big selling point for some.

There are direct flights worldwide, including from the USA, UK, and Canada, and the wifi is incredibly fast, with speeds up to 500MBPS. Although the initial cost is low, living in Bermuda is incredibly expensive; it is one of the most expensive places to live on the planet.

Beach and headland in Bermuda
One way to stay longer in Bermuda is with a digital nomad visa

Basic Requirements

  • After paying the $275 USD to apply for this visa, you also have to prove that you have ‘enough to support’ you in the bank when applying.
  • You must own a location-independent business or work remotely for a company based outside of Bermuda.
  • You will need to show proof of travel insurance.
  • Fill out the online application form.

RELATED: 21 Epic Things to Do in Bermuda + Tips

6. Panama

As one of the most developed countries in Central America, Panama offers an excellent quality of life for remote workers.

The high standard of living combined with beautiful scenery and great weather make it the perfect place to work and travel, and the Short Stay Visa for Remote Workers allows you to stay for up to 18 months.

Sunset Panama City
Panama City

Basic Requirements

  • Visa cost: $300 USD
  • Income requirements: $36,000 USD per year
  • Visa length: 9 months with the ability to renew for an additional 9 months
  • Official website

7. Georgia

During COVID lockdowns, Georgia released the ‘Remote from Georgia’ visa, which allowed digital nomads to live and work in the country for up to a year for free. The program is slowly being phased out, but residents from 95+ countries can still live and work remotely in Georgia visa-free!

That means you won’t have to have to pay any fees, and you can stay for up to 1 year. If you love this colorful and mountainous country, you can register your business with the Individual Entrepreneur scheme, which allows you to stay and work for longer.

Georgia is one of the cheapest countries in the world, so working remotely here will allow you to save quite a bit of money.

Georgia is becoming popular because it’s one of the cheapest countries in the world.
The digital nomad visa for Georgia is free and is a great way to explore the country more deeply

Basic Requirements

  • You’ll need to prove that you earn $2000 USD a month or more.
  • Have travel insurance that is valid for at least 12 months.
  • You must either own a location independent business or work remotely for a company based outside of Georgia.
  • While staying in Georgia, you need to pay taxes, so you must prove the financial ability to do this.
  • You can find out more about the Remotely From Georgia program here.

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8. Belize

Belize’s Work Where You Vacation visa is exactly what it sounds like. You can move to Belize, work remotely, and then enjoy all the incredible sites during your off time. Most people speak English, and there are tons of historical sites, beaches, cute beach towns, and more to explore.

Me in San Ignacio Belize
Me in San Ignacio Belize

Basic Requirements

  • Visa cost: $500 BZD (about $250 USD)
  • Income requirements: USD $75,000 per year
  • Visa length: 180 days with the ability to extend
  • Official website

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9. Mexico

Why wouldn’t you want to work in the verdant jungles or on the beaches of Mexico? While there is not true digital nomad visa in Mexico, they have a six-month tourist visa and offer a temporary resident visa, which will allow digital nomads to stay for a year and then renew for another three years.

The country is very open to allowing remote workers temporary residency to remote workers, just as long as they are financially self-sufficient.

Avenida Madero is a must with 3 days in Mexico City
Mexico has a couple of options for digital nomad visas

Basic Requirements

  • Provide documents that prove you have earned a monthly income of at least $3,395 USD in the past six months OR show proof that you have had at least $56,591 USD in your bank account the last six months.
  • You must either work remotely for a company based outside of Mexico or own a location-independent business.
  • Fill out the application form to get started.

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10. Norway

Norway has a couple of different methods for digital nomads to live in Norway. Digital nomads who wish to relocate to the famous Svalbard area don’t need a visa at all. It is one of the only place in the world that doesn’t require a visa, which could be ideal for digital nomads with a high income or savings.

Svalbard is an archipelago between the mainland of Norway and the North Pole. This is one of the most expensive places globally, so you will need to have enough money to support your stay. You can live in Svalbard no matter your country of origin, and there is no limit to how long you can stay here.

Huts lit up at night in the snow in Svalbard in Norway
You can get a digital nomad visa for free in Svalbard

The self-employed visa is known as the Independent Contractor Visa, designed for those who are self-employed and are working on a Norwegian business project.

This visa is not limited to just Svalbard, and those with this visa can live in Norway for up to two years.  Be aware that the country can get very cold, but that’s all part of the challenge, right?

If this is all a bit too far-fetched for you, but you still want to live in Norway, check out these Norway IT jobs! See more about working abroad in Europe as well.

Basic Requirements

  • You need to have relevant qualifications to work in your profession.
  • Show that you have accommodation in Norway.
  • Have an income of at least €35,719 EUR a year.
  • Be self-employed but with a contract to work on a project for a business in Norway.
  • Pay the visa fee of €600 euros.
  • Find out more about the application process and required documents on Norway’s Directorate of Immigration website.

11. Portugal

In Portugal, those wanting to stay in the country for a longer period of time can choose between the temporary resident visa or the residence permit for independent workers and entrepreneurs.

This permit is valid for one year, but if you can’t get enough beaches and beautiful cities, you can renew it for up to five years. After five years, you may be able to apply for permanent residency.

Beach in Lagos, Algarve
Enjoy the beach life in Portugal with a digital nomad visa for the country

Basic Requirements

  • You must have proof of income from property, proof of business ownership, or proof of financial means.
  • You must have your own private travel and health insurance.
  • You must also be willing to allow a criminal background check.
  • Pay the €180 EUR visa fee and the €320 EUR resident permit fee.
  • Fill out the required application form and get together the documents you will need.

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12. Colombia

Colombia has long since been a haven for digital nomads, and now they finally have a visa specifically for remote workers. Launched in April of 2023, the Visa V Nómadas Digitales is one of the cheapest and longest-lasting digital nomad visas, saving you time and money to explore the “gateway to the south.”

Colombia waterfall

Basic Requirements

  • Visa cost: about $52
  • Income requirements: about $684 per month
  • Visa length: up to two years
  • Official website

RELATED: 15 Adventurous Things To Do in Colombia

13. Costa Rica

Many digital nomads base themselves in Costa Rica, and it is not hard to see why. There is a great, relaxed lifestyle, plenty of things to do and see, a diverse landscape made up of beaches, volcanoes, and waterfalls, plus there is a long visa available.

The freelancer visa allows individuals to stay up to two years, plus there is always the possibility of extending once the two years are up. The country is great for remote work; you can rely on the great wifi after finding your balance on a surfboard.

Volcano with grassy plains with trees in foreground in Costa Rica
Stay longer in Costa Rica with a digital nomad visa

Basic Requirements

  • You must show that you have an income of at least $3,000 USD a month for two years or make a $60,000 deposit in a Costa Rican bank account.
  • Translate all documents to Spanish.
  • Apply on the Costa Rica Migracion Website or get a lawyer to help you, which is recommended.

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14. Malaysia

After a stint in Thailand, you can head south into Malaysia and work as a digital nomad for a maximum of 2 years with the DE Rantau Nomad Pass.

The program aims to help foster a sense of community amongst digital nomads and offers products and services to help you succeed.

Malaysia sunset with mosque
Be a digital nomad in Malaysia

Basic Requirements

  • Visa cost: 1,000 MYR (about $215 USD)
  • Income requirements: $2,000 per month or $24,000 per year
  • Visa length: 3-12 months with the ability to renew for an additional 12 months
  • Official website

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15. Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands have recently launched a Global Citizen Certificate, which means digital nomads can stay in the country for up to two years. To be eligible for this visa, you need to have a very high income, but the perks include being surrounded by stunning beaches, mangrove forests, and incredible culinary experiences.

This is one of the longest remote working visas on the market right now, which is one of its biggest draws, plus it offers unlimited trips in and out of the country.

Beach hut on beach surrounded by palm trees in Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands offers a digital nomad visa if you meet the requirements

Basic Requirements

  • You must show proof that you have health insurance coverage.
  • You may be subject to background checks.
  • Individuals must prove an annual salary that is at least $100,000, or $150,000 if you are a couple.
  • A notarized bank reference letter.
  • You have to be employed by a company that is outside the Cayman Islands.

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16. Malta

Malta is a tiny island in Europe that offers great opportunities for remote workers. There is nationwide 5G, English is one of the official languages, and there are over 300 days of sunshine per year! What’s not to love?

Basic Requirements

  • Visa cost: €300 (includes family)
  • Income requirements: €2,700 per month (€3,240 for spouse or partner and 20% more for each additional family member)
  • Visa length: 1 year with the ability to renew for an additional year
  • Official website

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17. Estonia

Estonia opened up its digital nomad visa in June 2020, so it is still relatively new. Their visa allows foreigners to live in the country for up to a year while working remotely.

Surprisingly, there is a huge online, digital community in Estonia, so living here could open up many doors for some. Just be prepared for the cold!

View over Tallinn's downtown in Estonia
Get a digital nomad visa for Estonia

Basic Requirements

  • You must earn at least €4,500 every month for at least the last six months.
  • You have to either work remotely for a company not in Estonia, or own a location independent business yourself.
  • Apply by filling out the online application form, which can be found here. You must then submit it in person to your nearest Estonian Embassy.

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18. Dubai (UAE)

Dubai is one of the latest cities to launch a digital nomad visa. Once you have been accepted, you will be able to start living your life in the country, with access to housing, utilities, and telecoms.

Dubai is a great place to travel, live and explore, and has one of the best digital infrastructures. It is currently the only Middle Eastern country offering a digital nomad visa and offers an interesting new backdrop when it comes to working remotely.

Despite Dubai being a city in the UAE, the digital nomad program is for the city only.

Aerial view over Dubai with skyscrapers and buildings
You can now stay longer in Dubai with a digital nomad visa

Basic Requirements

  • The program costs $611, which includes the visa fee, pre-application medical exam, and Emirates ID.
  • A requirement is to have medical insurance that is valid in the UAE.
  • You must have at least six months left on your passport.
  • Prove that you have an income of $3,500 USD per month.
  • Your employer must provide you with proof of employment.
  • You can find out more about the program here.

19. Bali (Indonesia)

Bali, Indonesia, has likely been on your Instagram feed a lot in the past few years. If you’d like to make this lush landscape your home for the long term, you can apply for the Second Home Visa.

This is one of the longest digital nomad visas, and it allows you to live tax-free in Bali for up to 5 YEARS! If this sounds too good to be true, it is for most people. You’ll have to have some serious cash saved up (around $130,000 USD), so start pinching those pennies if you want to make your dreams a reality.

rice field nature Ubud Bali
Rice field in Bali

Basic Requirements

  • Visa cost:  IDR 21,000,000 (about $1,355 USD)
  • Income requirements: proof of funds of about $130,000 USD
  • Visa length: 5 years
  • Official website

20. Antigua and Barbuda

The Antigua and Barbuda digital nomad visa is the newest of the bunch. It offers those remote workers who can support themselves the chance to live on this stunning Caribbean island for a while, plus have family members join them.

The visa is called the Nomad Digital Residence visa and is valid for two whole years.

Pineapple beach shops Antigua
Get the Antigua and Barbuda nomad visa to live and work in paradise for a while

Basic Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be employed outside of Antigua and Barbuda and can work remotely
  • Must earn a minimum income of $50,000 USD or more
  • Find the online application form here.

RELATED: Adventurous Things to Do in Antigua and Barbuda + Tips

21. Thailand

Thailand doesn’t have a visa specifically for digital nomads, but their long-term stay tourist visa comes pretty close.

Their special tourist visa allows you to stay in the country for 90 days and can be renewed twice, so overall you can stay for 9 months, making it a great place to settle down and get on with some remote work.

Naturally stunning, full of culture and friendly people, the country has it all. So, whether you want to base yourself on one of the picturesque islands or busy Bangkok, the choice is yours.

Backpacking Thailand
Work as a digital nomad in Thailand

Basic Requirements

  • Show evidence of your accommodation.
  • Pay the $65 fee for the application, plus an additional $65 each time you renew.
  • Find out more about this special tourist visa here.

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22. The Bahamas

How does having access to 16 islands on a single visa sound? The Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) program is a digital nomad visa that can be extended for up to 3 years, offering remote workers plenty of time to bum on the beach after slamming that laptop shut.

Aerial view of lagoons on Long Island, Bahamas, Caribbean island hopping
Live in the Bahamas!

Basic Requirements

  • Visa cost: $1,000 USD
  • Income requirements: Proof of self-employment and income (no specific amount required)
  • Visa length: 1 year with the ability to renew for an additional 2 years
  • Official website

23. Aruba

Aruba is a little different from other digital nomad visas, as currently, it is only offering a 90-day visa called One Happy Workation. Chances are, this is just a test to see if a longer visa will work in the near future.

They are selling this visa on the notion that workers can work from ‘paradise’ for a short while and there are offers for some good deals at local hotels, villas, and condos. There are plenty of things to do in Aruba, so can you really go wrong trying this one out?

View of Aruba port area - Aruba offers a Digital Nomad Visa
Enjoy life on a tropical island with the Aruba digital nomad visa

They also encourage you to ‘live like a local,’ with discounts and access to local experiences. You can even bring your pet along with you.

The island is your office and you are free to work anywhere you wish; however, wifi is offered in all participating accommodations. Working is not mandatory – if you choose, you could spend the 90 days like an extended vacation.

Basic Requirements

  • If working, you need to be employed by a company or self-employed in your home country.
  • There are no forms you need to fill out; book one of the packages available.
  • Find out more about the One Happy Workation.

24. Iceland

Iceland offers the opportunity for those who work remotely to live in the country. However, it won’t be available to everyone. You have to be earning more than $7,000 USD per month, which is quite a significant amount!

The visa will allow foreign nationals and their families to live in this magical land for up to six months, which is a great opportunity to experience the rugged landscapes and dramatic land formations if you can afford it. It is known as the Work in Iceland project.

Basic Requirements.

  • You must earn at least 1,000,000 ISK (around $ 7,150 USD) per month.
  • You must show that you have an employment relationship with a company in a foreign country or verify your self-employment history in your home country.
  • Certain health insurance requirements must be met.
  • Find out more about the application process here.

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25. Croatia

The Croatian digital nomad visa is one of the newest in Europe. It opens up the doors for non-EU nationals to have temporary residence in the country. There are many draws when it comes to living in Croatia for a while.

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One of the newest digital nomad visas is offered by Croatia

For a start, the climate is very pleasant for much of the year, it is also an affordable place to live, and has lots to explore. There is still not a great deal of info out there about this latest visa, but more will come to light as people start to make use of it.

You can find a bit more information on how to apply here.

Basic Requirements:

  • Visa cost: €93
  • Income requirements: about €2,540 per month
  • Visa length: up to one year
  • Official website

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26. Mauritius

Mauritius is one of the countries that are getting on board with the need for digital nomad visas. The visa is known as the ‘premium level visa,’ and with it, you will be able to stay in the country for up to a year.

Tropical beach with beach huts lining it in Mauritius
Enjoy the beach life in Mauritius with their digital nomad visa

Basic Requirements

  • Visa cost: Free!
  • Income requirements: $1500 per month
  • Visa length: up to one year with the possibility to extend for an additional year
  • Official website

27. Ecuador

With access to the Amazon, the Andes, and the ocean, Ecuador is a great place for adventurous remote workers to call home for an extended period. Their digital nomad visa launched in July of 2022 and allows visitors to work and stay for a maximum of four years.

Watch vicunas graze on Chimborazo volcano for interesting things to do in Ecuador.
Ecuador is one of my fav countries to live in!

Basic Requirements

  • Visa cost: about $450
  • Income requirements: about $1,500 per month or $18,000 in your bank account
  • Visa length: 2 years with the ability to renew for an additional 2 years
  • Official website

28. Greece

Greece is a bucket-list destination for many, but there’s no denying it’s one of the more expensive destinations in Europe. If you want to work while you sail between the islands, you can apply for the digital nomad visa, which allows you to live and work in Greece for up to 2 years.

Greece in the summer is a bit expensive if you're trying to travel Europe on a budget.
Life in Greece

Basic Requirements

  • Visa cost: €75 + €150 administrative fee for every family member
  • Income requirements: €3,500 per month
  • Visa length: 2 years
  • Official website

I hope this helped you choose some of the best digital nomad visas to go for!

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