The life of a digital nomad is unique, joyous and full of surprises, but not the easiest. Throughout their journey, digital nomads face many challenges including the challenge of continuously being in need of a visa.
While in most countries, digital nomads have to obtain a regular work visa, which requires tons of paperwork, energy and time, there are several other countries that have created special visa categories for people who use telecommunication technologies to earn a living in a nomadic way. In addition, other countries have facilitated the process of getting a visa for people of this category.
Following in this article, find the main countries’ that offer visas for digital nomads, and a brief explanation on each of these visas.
Those wishing to work in Germany as digital nomads can apply for a German freelance visa. The freelance visa for Germany is very popular as it enables its holder to work with different startups, businesses or individuals on a need-basis and part-time contracts.
There are no field restrictions, you can be in any profession, such as web programming, accounting, writing, marketing and so on. You can also work with clients outside the country, through different platforms.
The main requirement for this visa is that you need to prove you are capable to support yourself while in Germany, regardless whether you will gain tons or no money at all while working there.
The Estonian authorities have established a special visa only for digital nomads. The visa is literally called Digital Nomad Visa, and is expected to be launched by the end of 2019.
Little is known about this visa; however, its holders will not have to pay taxes particularly in Estonia, but anywhere in the world.
The Rentista visa for Costa Rica permits its holder to remain in the country up to two years, with the possibility to extend it. It is designed for small investors who want to offer their services in Costa Rica.
Though you will need to prove you have an amount of $2,500 per month as a proof of steady income, the visa is not very difficult to obtain.
Norway offers visas for digital nomads wishing to live and work in Svalbard, one of the most expensive places in the world. The validity of a visa is for a lifetime. You only need to prove you have enough money to support your stay there.
Living in Svalbard could be quite challenging due to very low temperatures and 24 hours of darkness for three months a year, November to February, but after all the life of a nomad is all about the challenges.
If you wish to live in Mexico while working there as a digital nomad, the Mexico temporary resident visa is the way. You can stay in Mexico for a full year and then extend the visa for another up to three times. However, you cannot remain there longer than 4 years with this visa.
Again, even for Mexico, proof of income is mandatory in order to get the visa.
Those wishing to live in Portugal as digital nomads can apply for a D7 Passive Income visa, which resembles a lot to the Costa Rican Rentista visa.
The main requirement is that you must show proof of sufficient income, and where that money comes from. You can stay in Portugal for a year with this visa, and then extend it two years at a time. After five years in Portugal with a D7 Passive Income visa, you can apply for a residence permit, under the condition of passing an exam on Portuguese language knowledge.
The Czech Republic
Finally, the Czech Republic offers a Freelance Visa for those wishing to work in the country as their own bosses. It is a perfect opportunity as this visa is valid for one year, and after that you can extend it for another two years.
While the visa costs $217, you will need to prove you have an income of $5,600 in order to get the visa.