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25 Countries Introduce Digital Nomad Visas

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Many people are escaping their routines and temporarily moving overseas during the pandemic. These countries are welcoming them with open arms by making it easy for visitors to stay and work remotely for months or even a year. Croatia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Mexico and others have joined the growing trend.

Digital Nomad - 25 Countries Introduce Digital Nomad Visas

The number of people who have embarked upon a Digital Nomad lifestyle continues to swell, and so has the number of countries that want to attract them. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Barbados, Bermuda, Estonia, Anguilla, Aruba, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Dubai, Georgia and Montserrat established new temporary residency visas for global nomads that enabled them to live and work for several months or even years. Look below to see the other countries added to our list. Some of these countries don't have specific visas for nomads, but they do have another visa or work permit that will suffice. Check back often, because we'll be updating this list on a regular basis:

Anguilla

Anguilla

Here are the quick facts about working in Anguilla as a digital nomad:

Program: Work From Anguilla Program
Length of Stay: From 91 to 365 days.
Fees: $2,000 for an Individual, $3,000 for a Family (up to 4 - $250 for each additional family member)
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents: View up-to-date requirements
Covid-19 Requirements: Full Vaccination & Negative Test
Application Timing: About 14 Days.
More Information

Apply to Work From Anguilla

Anguilla is an Overseas British Territory in the Caribbean that neighbors St. Martin. It has a population of over 15,000. Anguilla introduced the "Anguilla is Home Program" in August of 2020, and there have been modifications since its launch. For up-to-date guidance, we highly suggest reading their FAQ Section on their website. As with other countries, it can change without notice.

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda

Program: ???Nomad Digital Residence??? (NDR) Length of Stay: Date of Arrival + 2 years
Fees: Single: USD $1,500.00; Couples: USD $2,000.00; Dependents (Family of three persons and over): USD $3,000.00.
Online Application Available: Yes Requirements & Documents: Read Full Requirements and Documents
Covid-19 Requirements: Full Vaccination - WHO or the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) approved 2-dose COVID 19 vaccine or a single dose vaccine
Application Timing: 5-7 Days after all documentation is received

Apply for Antigua and Barbuda Nomad Digital Residence Program

Antigua and Barbuda offers a "long-stay visa programme, entitled 'Nomad Digital Residence' (NDR). The programme is designed for persons whose work can be done remotely and are desirous of doing so from a safe Caribbean island with all modern amenities, including reliable and fast telecommunications to the world."

Antigua and Barbuda introduced their visa, as many other popular tourist destinations did, to address the revenues lost due to the worldwide travel industry coming to an abrupt halt. As its name would suggest, this island nation is comprised primarily of the two islands of Antigua and Barbuda, though several other islands are also part of the country. Most of the population lives on Antigua, where the capital city of St. John's is located.

Aruba

Aruba

Program: One Happy Workation
Length of Stay: Up to 3 Months
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents: Valid Passport, Valid E-mail Address, Aruba Visitors Insurance
Covid-19 Testing Required: No (as of March 2022)
Application: You'll Need to apply for an Embarkations and Disembarkation (ED) Card Online
More Information & FAQs

Apply for Aruba's ED Card

In September 2020, Aruba launched the One Happy Workstation program, which allows eligible visitors to stay and work remotely for up to 3 months. The program includes discounted hotel and villa stays (at participating hotels). Many packages include complimentary breakfast, free wi-fi and other perks. The program is currently open to US nationals with a valid US passport who are employed by a company in their home country or self employed.

Currently, visitors to Aruba are required to purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance. The cost of the insurance is very low. It is advised that you also purchase travel health insurance that covers medical evacuation for COVID-19 and other medical emergencies in the event that you need a higher level of care. The US State Department wrote, "Access to quality medical care is limited in Aruba, and facilities may not offer the health and service standards typically expected in the United States. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. Critically ill patients requiring services unavailable in Aruba are transferred to neighboring countries, such as Colombia, at the patient's expense. If medical evacuation is authorized by the patient's insurance carrier or funded privately (approximately $15,000 - 25,000), patients can be transferred to the United States."

Bahamas

Bahamas

If you're dreaming of escaping your current locale and want to work or study remotely from The Bahamas, the BEATS program may be for you.

Program: Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) Program
Length of Stay: 12 months, annual renewals will be considered for a maximum 3 year stay.
Fees: Permit Fees: $1,000 BSD per applicant (Work Remotely Permit), $500 BSD for each Dependent. $500 for Student Program (Student Remotely Permit). Application Fees of $25 BSD per person (Work Remotely, Student, Dependent). Plus, cost of the Bahamas' Travel Health Visa ($40-70 BSD per person, children 10 and under free)
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents: Valid Passport; If apply for Work Remotely Permit, proof of employment.; If applying for Student Remotely Permit, a student ID; Medical Insurance Card. Information about Health Insurers that provide coverage in the Bahamas. You will also need to apply for a Travel Health Visa, which provides proof of a negative COVID-19 test plus travel health insurance coverage.
Covid-19 Testing Required: Yes, as of May 2022. Check Bahama's Travel Updates for up-to-date information.
Application Timing: Once you apply, approval is typically within 5 days. You will receive an e-mail with a link to payment for your permit and application fees. Upon paying, you will receive a QR code to show upon entry. The separate Travel Health Visa takes approximately 2 days to process.
More Information & FAQ

Apply for Bahamas BEATS Program

The Bahamas is welcoming students and remote workers to spend up to a year studying and working remotely from any of the 16 main islands currently welcoming travelers, which includes Paradise Island (Nassau), Grand Bahama Island (Freeport), Eleuthera, Harbor Island, The Abacos, Bimini, The Exumas and others. The BEATS Program, which is short for Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay, has an online application, fees of $500 - $1,000 BSD per person + nominal application and travel health visa fees. "Married Couples will be required to submit separate applications if both parties intend to work from The Bahamas. However, only one of these applicants will need to apply on behalf of mutual dependents," notes the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Barbados

Barbados

Visa: 12 month Barbados Welcome Stamp
Length of Stay: Maximum 12 months from date of approval
Fees: $2,000 for an Individual, $3,000 for a Family
Online Application Available: Yes
Documents Needed: Passport (Bio data page of passport), Photograph, Proof of Relationship to Dependents (for Family Applicants)
Visa Processing Time: Application begins processing in 48 hours and will be confirmed or denied in 5 working days.
Covid Requirements: Current Travel Protocols
More Information & FAQs

Apply for Barbados Welcome Stamp

Barbados introduced the 12 month Barbados Welcome Stamp in July of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are looking for a beautiful island escape where you can work and relax, Barbados may be the perfect spot. Barbados re-opened their airport on July 12, 2020 and has established official travel protocols to, "protect, both locals and visitors while on island".

According to the Welcome Stamp FAQs, "Valid medical insurance is a prerequisite for approval of your Welcome Stamp application."

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How long does it take for your application to be processed? According to the FAQ page , "Your application will begin processing within 48 hours of receiving a complete application. A visa will be processed and confirmed or denied in 5 working days or less."

Bermuda

Bermuda

Visa: Work from Bermuda Certificate
Length of Stay: 12 months from date the certificate is issued, may be renewable on case-by-case basis
Fees: $263 per Individual (each family member must file an application)
Online Application Available: Yes
Documents Needed: Passport (Photo Page), Proof of Employment or Student Status
Visa Processing Time: Application will be processed in 5 business days. You will receive a response via e-mail.
More Information & FAQs

Apply for Work from Bermuda Certificate

As of August 2020, Bermuda's Ministry of Labour through the Department of Immigration began a program similar to Barbados' program which offers a 1-Year Residential Certificate to allow temporary residents, such as Digital Nomads, to work remotely from Bermuda. Non-Bermudan Post-Secondary students are also allowed to complete their higher education from Bermuda. "If you are working remotely from home, please take the opportunity to explore the option of working remotely from Bermuda for the next year. Bermuda is safe, Bermuda is friendly, Bermuda is close and Bermuda is beautiful," wrote E. David Burt, JP, MP, Premier of Bermuda.

Applicants must be 18+ (unless dependents), not have been convicted of a crime, possess health insurance coverage, proof of employment or proof of student status and sufficient income. It's important to know that the cost of living in Bermuda is high and expats always caution people considering a move to Bermuda about it. One expat said, "don't [move], unless you have... a housing allowance of at least $2500. You will not be able to rent ANYTHING for less than that, and a decent apartment will cost $5000 up. Everything is VERY expensive, especially food." Another expat said, "you will need up to $2500 per month for housing if living alone, $400 for mobile, internet and TV, $500 per month for gas, electricity, which leaves you with enough for food and clothes. Plus capital outlay of $3K for moped or twice that for car."

"King Edward Memorial Hospital is the only general hospital on the island. It has the usual departments one would expect and most basic problems can be managed on island. Many people however choose or are advised to go overseas for surgery or complex problems. All medical care on island is private, bar a minority of local people with just the basic government health cover. The hospital is on the outskirts of Hamilton city and within 12 miles of any part on the island," wrote one expat in a report about healthcare in Bermuda

Cambodia

Cambodia

Program: No official Digital Nomad program
Length of Stay: 30 Days (extendable with business Visa E)
Fees: U.S. $35 for E Visa + $7 processing fee
Online Application Available: Optional - For Visa
Requirements & Documents:
Covid-19 Requirements: Full vaccination or 14-day quarantine
Application Timing: 3 Days online

Apply for Cambodia Visa T or Visa E

It's hard to imagine a more exotic location than Cambodia, and digital nomads also love it for it's extremely low cost of living and well-distributed, high-speed wifi. Take note that there is a monsoon season and summer... not much else! If you plan to stay 30 days or less you can opt for Visa T. If there's a chance you'll want to extend your stay, you'll need Visa E. Visa upon arrival is an option, and some nomads say this is preferable.

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

Visa: Global Citizen Concierge
Length of Stay: 2 years from date the certificate is issued, may be renewable on case-by-case basis
Fees: Yearly Fee of $1,469 per Party of 2 Persons ($500 additional per dependent per year)
Online Application Available: Yes
Salary Requirements: $100,000/year for Individual, $150,000/year for Couple, $180,000/year for Family Documents Needed: Passport (Photo Page), Visa (See Up-to-Date Visa Info), Notarized Bank Reference, Federal Criminal Record Check, Proof of Health Insurance
Visa Processing Time: Application will be processed in 5 business days. You will receive a response via e-mail.
COVID-19: Up-to-Date Travel Protocols
More Information & FAQs

Apply for Global Citizen Concierge Program

In October of 2020, the Cayman Islands announced the introduction of the Global Citizen Concierge Program which allows qualified applicants to stay in the Cayman Islands for up to 2 years. Restrictions on inbound international travel are still in place. See COVID-19 Inbound Travel & Tourism for current details.

"As Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism, it is my pleasure to invite you to the Cayman Islands as part of our Global Citizen Concierge Program which allows for approved digital nomads to live and work remotely in our beautiful island paradise for up to two years. Having reduced the threat of COVID-19 to near zero, the Cayman Islands offers the perfect oasis for persons with a remote working lifestyle to experience the Caymankind way of life," said Hon. Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism, Moses I. Kirkconnell, JP, MLA.

Croatia

Croatia

Visa: Croatia Digital Nomad Residence Permit
Length of Stay: 1 year, not renewable. (May re-apply 6 months after year is over for another Temporary Digital Nomad Stay)
Fees: HRK 770.00 - HRK 1,190.00
Online Application Available: Yes
Financial Requirements: Minimum of HRK 17,822.50 per month subsistence
Documents Needed: Temporary stay of digital nomads information (Form 1a), Copy of Passport (passport must be valid for 3 months past the expiry date of the desired digital nomad visa), Proof of Health Insurance, Proof of Purpose (employment contract or other documentation proving that you will be working remotely for a foreign employer or your own business. One of following: statement from employer or third-country national proving person is working remotely; employment contract or service contract with foreign employer; copy of corporate registration documents if you own a company and proof that you will be performing tasks through that company during your stay.)
Visa Processing Time: Varies. Note: "Third-country nationals are obligated to register their temporary residence address within 3 days from their entry in the Republic of Croatia at the competent police administration/police station according to the location of their stay."
More Information & FAQs

Apply for Croatia's Digital Nomad Program

In November 2020, Croatia's Parliament passed a new Foreign Nationals Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2021. Temporary Digital Nomad Stay application process is now in place. Depending upon whether or not you need a visa to enter Croatia, you may submit your application at an embassy or consulate of Croatia OR in Croatia at the foreigner desk of your local administrative police station. Our article, Croatia's Digital Nomad Visa offers a step-by-step guide to applying for the program.

Curacao

Curacao

Program: @Home in Curacao
Length of Stay: 6 months with 1 extension of an additional 6 months
Fees: ANG 535 (Dutch Antillean Guilders), which is roughly U.S. $294
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents:
Covid-19 Requirements: Tests Note Required (As of March 2022)
Application Timing: 2 Weeks

Apply for @Home in Curacao

Curacao is the "C" in the "ABC Islands," which also includes Aruba and Bonaire. It is located about 40 miles (65 km) off the coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea.

From their website: "Cura???ao offers a unique work/life balance. While during the day you can stay connected to your co-workers and workplace, the vibrant island offers rest & relaxation away from your desk at a moment???s notice. Cura???ao is famous for its multicultural community so there is always a place for you, whether you like to connect to other remote workers or would like to discover the local culture by connecting to the local community. It is all here. Whether you speak Dutch, Spanish, English or Papiamentu you always feel @HOME."

"IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications must be submitted when staying/living abroad. In case you are on Curacao as a tourist and still within your allowed tourist stay (within 90 days of the allowed tourist stay), you can submit your application while being on the island."

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Program: Zivnostenske opravneni or Zivno
Length of Stay: 1 Year (renewable)
Fees: About $45-$50 (1,000 CZK)
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents: Valid Passport, Proof of Financial Means (124,500 CZK/ ~ $5,850 (As of 2/2022)), Confirmation of Accommodations (place to stay), proof of health insurance, criminal background check, and a trade license (see below about the "Zivno").
Covid-19 Requirements: Visit the Czech Ministry Health
Application Timing:

Apply for Zivno

The Czech Republic is a phenomenal destination that is loved by expats and digital nomads alike. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and it has so much to do and an energy that is palpable.

There is a slight rub, however, because there isn't a visa available that was created specifically for digital nomads. That won't matter for those who are able to fall within the criteria of Entrepreneur. This means you are not an employee of a company, but instead you provide services to clients and will obtain a trade license in the Czech Republic, which is known as a Zivnostenske opravneni or "Zivno." (You may hear people mistakenly refer to Zivno as a visa, but it is not a visa... it is a trade license.) Having a specialist firm help you with your visa is highly recommended since there is a specific process to follow in submitting all of the paperwork and it needs to be done in Czech.

Dominica

Dominica

Program: WIN (Work in Nature) Extended Stay Visa
Length of Stay: Up to 18 months
Fees: $100 for Application / Visa fee is $800 for individuals and $1200 per family
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents: Application Process on official site.
Covid-19 Requirements: Travel Advisory information on official site
Application Timing: Response within 7 days with 30 days to make payment

Apply for WIN Extended Stay Visa

Dominica is a Caribbean island located slightly southeast of Guadeloupe and slightly northwest of Martinique.

Dubai, UAE

Dubai

Program: Virtual Working Programme
Length of Stay: The program offers a 12-Month travel permit
Fees: Application fee is USD $287.
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents: Passport valid for at least 6 months and health insurance valid for coverage in the UAE. Business owners must provide proof of ownership for at least one year and an average monthly income of $5,000 dollars (U.S.), and bank statements for the previous 3 months. Employees of companies they do not own must provide proof of employment with a one-year contract valid for one year, a pay slip for the previous month and bank statements for the previous 3 months. All applications will be reviewed and processed by DTCM's official partner, Al Rais Travel Agencies LLC.
Covid-19 Testing Required: Yes
Application Timing: Those entering Dubai must have a negative PCR test within 3 days of arrival. One of the great options of this program is that travelers can enter on a tourist visa and then convert is to the Virtual Working Programme if they so desire. There is no mandatory quarantine at this time unless you test positive for COVID-19.
More Information

Apply for the Virtual Working Programme

Located in the Middle East in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a huge population of expatriates.

Estonia

Estonia

Visa: Estonia's Digital Nomad Visa
Length of Stay: 12 months
Fees: ???80-100
Online Application Available: No, you will need to visit your nearest Estonian Embassy or Consulate to apply.
Documents Needed: Passport (Photo Page), Proof of Employment or Student Status
Visa Processing Time: Process takes 15-30 days.
More Information & FAQs

Interested in spending a year working remotely from Estonia? Estonia launched their Digital Nomad Visa in August 2020 -- inviting digital nomads to spend up to 12 months in Estonia. You will need to have a monthly income of at least ???3504.

"Medical care in Estonia falls short of Western standards outside the larger cities such as Tallinn, Tartu, and P???rnu. Many medical professionals in Estonia are highly-trained, but some hospitals and clinics still suffer from a lack of equipment and resources. Many doctors speak at least some English. Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage," wrote the US State Department.

Georgia

Estonia

Visa: Remotely from Georgia Program
Length of Stay: 180 Days (Applicants Should Intend to Stay at Least 180 Days)
Online Application Available: Yes
Documents Needed: Passport/Residency Copy, Health Insurance for Length of Stay
More Information

Apply for Remotely from Georgia Program

Georgia's "Remotely from Georgia" application launched on August 27, 2020. Freelancers, business owners or full-time employees from 95 countries, who are able to stay at least 180 days, are invited to apply. They must be able to prove that they are able to pay taxes and have a monthly income of at least $2,000.

If your application is approved and you go to Georgia, you will be required to quarantine for 12 days in a hotel (at your own expense). After quarantine, the applicant will undergo PCR Testing (Polymerise Chain Reaction test, which is a COVID-19 diagnostic test - not an antibody test) and if no signs on coronavirus are apparent, the applicant may stay in Georgia.

It's important to note that applicants must have health insurance coverage while in Georgia. "a foreigner must have health insurance for the period of time that he/she is going to spend in Georgia," stated the government publication on Agenda.ge. In terms of the quality of medical care in Georgia, the US State Department wrote, "Outside major cities, medical facilities in Georgia are limited. The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of English-speaking doctors. Elderly travelers and those with existing health problems may be at risk due to inadequate medical facilities. Ensure food is cooked thoroughly to reduce the risk of food-borne illness."

Germany

Germany

Program:German Freelance ???Freiberufler??? Visa
Length of Stay: 3 months - 3 years
Fees: 175 Euros
Online Application Available: Must be printed and brought to appointment at Germany embassy where you reside
Requirements & Documents:
Covid-19 Requirements: Official Information
Application Timing: 3 Months or Longer

Apply for Germany's Liberal Profession Visa

Germany is another country that does not have a specific visa for digital nomads, but rather one that is designed to enable freelancers to work there. Germany has the largest economy in Europe, and that obviously creates a lot of appeal for people to want to work there.

Iceland

Iceland

Visa: Long-term visa for remote workers
Length of Stay: 90-180 days
Fees: Yearly Fee of 7,800 ISK (about $922 US dollars)
Online Application Available: Form L-802 May Be Downloaded Online and Fees Paid Online, but as per the FAQ, it says, "Applications can only be submitted in paper form, either in the drop box in the lobby of the Directorate of Immigration at Dalvegur 18, 201 K???pavogur or by sending the application by regular mail to the same address."
Salary Requirements: 1.000.000 ISK/month (approximately $8,000) for Individual, 1.300.000 ISK/month (approximately $10,400) for Couple
Documents Needed: Payment Receipt (More Info), (2) Passport Copies, Passport Photo, Proof of Health Insurance, Purpose of Stay (Employer Verification of Ability to Work Remotely, or, if Self-Employed Verification of Remote Work), Proof of Income, Possible Criminal Record Check (Director of Immigration May Request)
Documents Needed for Accompanying Spouse: Marriage Certificate or Document Proving Cohabitation (for at least one year)
Documents Needed for Child/ren: Birth Certificate, Custody Documents (online custodial parents may apply to bring children), Documents Regarding Education
Visa Processing Time: Application will be processed in 5 business days. You will receive a response via e-mail.
More Information & FAQs

Apply for Long-term visa for remote workers

Iceland previously had a remote workers visa for remote workers from Schengen countries that allowed them to stay up to 90 days. Now, it is open to remote works from non-Schengen countries. To be eligible, applicants need to be from a country that does not require a visa to travel to Iceland.

Malta

Malta

Program: Malta Nomad Residence Permit
Length of Stay: 6 months to 1 Year
Fees: 300 Euros
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents: Must be a third country national, be employed in another country or a freelancer with contracts in foreign countries, and earn 2,700 euros a month, among others. Read More on Official Site
Covid-19 Requirements: Consult Malta's Health Department for up-to-date information
Application Timing: Roughly one month

Apply for Malta Nomad Residence Permit

Located about 50 miles south of Sicily and to the east of Tunisia (Africa), Malta is an island country that is part of the European Union. Boasting nationwide 5G mobile service, Malta has plenty of co-working spaces and is a cosmopolitan international hub at the cross-roads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Mauritius

Mauritius

Program: Mauritius Premium Travel Visa
Length of Stay: One Year, Renewable
Fees: No Processing Fees.
Online Application Available: Apply Here Requirements & Documents:Mauritius Premium Travel Visa - Scroll to Bottom
Covid-19 Requirements: Official Information

Apply for Mauritius Premium Travel Visa

Mauritius is an island nation located to the east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. (Madagascar is off the southeastern African coast.)

Mexico

Mexico

Here are the quick facts about working in Mexico as a digital nomad:

Program: No Specific Program - Tourist & Temporary Visas Available
Length of Stay: Tourist Visa Allows 180 Days - Temporary Residency Visa offers much more with acceptance and renewal Tourist Visa Allows 180 Days - Temporary Residency Visa offers much more with acceptance and renewal
Fees: $25 for tourists. $48+ for temporary residency visas
Online Application Available: No
Requirements & Documents: Tourist visas processed on arrival.
Covid-19 Requirements: No test or quarantine for entry.
Application Timing: Varies depending on type. Tourist visas will be filled out on a flight or at port of entry if arriving by land.

One of the buzz words you'll hear thrown around when discussing Mexico's tourist visa is generous, as it offers 180 days a year. That's probably enough for a lot of nomads, but if not you can apply for temporary residency visa. Importantly - temporary residency visas cannot be applied for in Mexico. It must be done at a consulate or embassy outside of Mexico, and within your country of citizenship is preferred.

Montserrat

Montserrat

Program: Montserrat Remote Work Stamp
Length of Stay: One year
Fees: Single-person application fee is USD $500; Families with up to 3 dependents pay USD $750 and then USD $250 for every additional dependent thereafter.
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents: See all visa requirements
Covid-19 Testing Required: Yes
Application Timing: Your Stamp will be processed and confirmed or denied in 7 business days.

Apply for the Montserrat Remote Work Stamp

Located in the Caribbean, Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory with a population of roughly 5,000 people. Applicants to the Montserrat Remote Work Stamp program will need proof of health insurance, a pre-arrival COVID-19 test and A 14-day quarantine is also mandatory at a location of your choice.

Norway

Norway

Program: Norway's Independent Contractor
Length of Stay: Up to 2 Years
Fees: 600 Euros
Online Application Available: Must be printed and submitted in person
Requirements & Documents: Self-employed, Client in Norway, Min. Income, more.
Covid-19 Requirements: None as of March 2022 Application Timing: Varies Widely (2-7 months depending on time of submission)

Apply for Norway's Independent Contractor Visa

Norway lies to the west of Sweden and is considered a Nordic country. Its northern section bends eastward and borders both Finland and Russia. While Norway has a high per-capita income, a sovereign wealth fund in excess of $1 trillion, and stunning natural beauty, be aware of the high cost of living.

Portugal

Portugal

Program: D7 Visa
Length of Stay: 4 months + 2 Years after receiving your residency card (T???tulo de Resid???ncia). Each renewal thereafter is for 3 years. Permanent residency if available after 5 years if you meet language requirements.
Fees: Varies - ABOUT $130 with processing fees.
Online Application Available: Varies - In person appointments required
Requirements & Documents: Many!
Covid-19 Requirements: Current Covid Measures
Application Timing : Varies - 6 months to 15 days from departure - decisions takes 4-6 weeks or longer.

Apply for Portugal's D7 Visa

Portugal continues to be one of the most desirable countries in the world for nomads and expats alike. The climate, culture, people, and much more combine to create a lifestyle that is magnetic. Additionally, its visa enables you to travel throughout the Schengen Area freely. As long as you meet specific income requirements, you can qualify for the D7 visa. The visa will be good for 4 months, after which time you will need to apply for a separate resident permit.

Seychelles

Seychelles

Program: Seychelles Workcation Program
Length of Stay: 30 Days to A Year
Fees: 45 Euros
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents: Valid passport, documents that prove being an employee or business owner, proof of income or wealth, valid medical and travel insurance policy.
Covid-19 Requirements: COVID-19 Seychelles Travel Authorization
Application Timing: Application must be submitted at least 60 days before arrival

Apply for Seychelles Workcation Program Now

The Seychelles is an island nation that consists of 115 islands located north of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

Taiwan

Taiwan

Program: Taiwan Gold Card
Length of Stay: Up to 3 years
Fees: $200-$250
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents: Evaluate their Qualifications Check and Application Information
Covid-19 Requirements: Covid-19 information on official website
Application Timing: Minimum of 60 Days due to the pandemic, usually 30-50 days based upon need to request additional documentation.

Apply for the Taiwan Gold Card

Taiwan sits off the coast of China and is an international hub for technology. The capital city, Taipei, is home to many multinational tech firms and is also home to the Taiwan Tech Arena, the government's ambitious effort to build out its entrepreneurial sector. The Taiwan Gold Card is similar in spirit and designed to attract talent.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


First Published: Aug 04, 2020

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