Visa laws in most countries are not set up to deal with this new class of modern nomads who are living and working remotely around the world.
But that’s finally starting to change, as some countries have recognized the need for so-called “digital nomad visas”, “remote work visas”, or “freelancer visas” specifically to entice foreigners to come work & contribute to their economies.
Remote workers can apply to live and work on the 35-square-mile island of Anguilla, a British overseas territory that has registered only three Covid-19 cases to date.
Antigua and Barbuda is offering 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.
This program allows for visitors to book their stay in Aruba for up to a 3-month duration, work remotely in paradise, and take advantage of the offered accommodation packages. Packages can include: special rates, complimentary WiFi, breakfast, all-inclusive food & beverage options, access to special local experiences, and more.
This new remote work programme establishes a visa to allow people to work remotely in Barbados for a maximum of 12 months. The visa is available to anyone who meets the visa requirements and whose work is location independent, whether individuals or families.
The “Work from Bermuda” certificate allows professionals and higher-education students to continue to conduct their business in a safe and virtually COVID-19-free environment while benefitting from everything Bermuda has to offer. This includes our ideal geographic time-zone, our modern infrastructure from wi-fi to electric cars and our sophisticated island lifestyle.”
Through Global Citizen Concierge Program, professionals and digital nomads alike can embrace a remote lifestyle and immerse themselves fully in the bespoke luxury, adventure, culture and beauty of the Cayman Islands — a care-free corner of the Caribbean.
Costa Rica’s freelancer visa is called the Rentista, allowing foreigners to stay for up to 2-years, with the ability to extend it. This visa allows self-employed people or entrepreneurs to work in Costa Rica, but you can’t be an employee for another company.
Croatia is going to start a digital nomad visa program soon. There are no details yet on specifics or dates, other than the visa will be launched sometime in 2021.
Estonia has launched a new Digital Nomad Visa that allows remote workers to live in Estonia and legally work for their employer or their own company registered abroad. Estonia has already transformed the way a country serves people beyond its borders through programmes such as e-Residency. Now with the Digital Nomad Visa, Estonia is transforming how people in the world choose to work.
‘Remotely from Georgia’, a new state programme that allows foreign citizens to travel to and work remotely from Georgia. ‘Remotely from Georgia’ is designed for freelancers, full-time employees or business owners who are able to stay in Georgia for at least 360 days without a visa per their passport or other travel document.