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Some countries allow remote work on a tourist visa, while others do not. To legally work in another country, you often need a valid visa or residence permit. Tourist visas are usually intended for short stays, and not every country allows you to work remotely with just a tourist visa. Occasional work, such as opening your laptop to answer emails, is generally not a problem, but there are sometimes additional requirements for legally working remotely on a regular basis. Several countries have now also created “digital nomad” visa programs for remote workers. Before you leave, we recommend that you thoroughly review the rules for remote work in the destination country. Also, always consult with your employer before you leave. Your workation can also have unexpected consequences for your employer.

A Remote Work Visa is designed for short-term remote work stays, typically a few weeks to a few months. In contrast, a Digital Nomad Visa allows for longer residencies, often up to 1-2 years, for individuals wanting to live and work remotely in a country.

For a Remote Work Visa, applicants usually need employment proof, short-term insurance, and accommodation details. Digital Nomad Visa applicants often require a higher income proof, a background check, longer-term insurance, and proof of intent to leave after the visa expires.

Remote Work Visa processing is typically quicker, ranging from a few days to weeks. The Digital Nomad Visa can take several weeks to a couple of months due to its comprehensive checks.

If you’re planning on staying in a country for an extended period, typically more than a few months and up to 2 years, and wish to work remotely during that time, a Digital Nomad Visa is your best option. It is designed for longer-term stays compared to the Remote Work Visa.

No, a Remote Work Visa is primarily for short-term stays of several weeks. If you’re looking to stay longer, consider the Digital Nomad Visa or other long-term visa options.

🌴 Barbados has introduced a 12-month “Welcome Stamp” visa, which allows you to work and live remotely in Barbados.

🌴 Bermuda offers a “Digital Nomad” visa for remote workers, allowing you to live and work on the island for up to one year.

🌴 Estonia offers an “e-Residency” program, giving remote workers access to the country’s digital services and the ability to do business from anywhere in the world.

🌴 Georgia has introduced a “Remotely from Georgia” program, allowing you to work and live remotely in the country for up to one year.

🌴 Croatia has also introduced a “Digital Nomad Visa” for remote workers from outside the EU, allowing you to live and work remotely in the country for a year.

🌴 Mexico has introduced a “Temporary Resident Visa” allowing you to work and live remotely in the country for up to a year.

🌴 Portugal has introduced a “Digital Nomad” visa allowing remote workers from outside the EU to live and work in Portugal for up to one year.

🌴 Spain has introduced a “Freelance Visa” allowing you as a remote worker from outside the EU to live and work in the country for up to one year.

🌴 Thailand has introduced a “Smart Visa” for remote workers, allowing you to live and work remotely there.

While it varies, most visas are valid between six months and one year, with exceptions such as the Cayman Islands, with a visa that remains valid for up to two years.

This varies greatly by country. In general, you pay €100 to €2,000 for a visa application depending on where you wish to go and for how long. For example, Estonia charges around €100, while Barbados charges $2,000 for a long-stay visa for digital nomads. Also, consider additional costs for advice and support from an immigration specialist or tax advisor.

Depending on the planned duration and destination of your workation, different options are available. Within the EU, as an EU citizen, you can travel and work freely for both short and longer periods.
Do you prefer to work remotely from a country that requires a visa? Many countries allow remote work for a short duration, ranging from a few weeks to a few months, based on a tourist visa.
However, do you want to work remotely abroad for a longer time and not travel to a new country every few weeks? Several countries have introduced new visas aimed at digital nomads who want to stay in the country for a longer period without having to apply for a residence permit. These visas generally have less strict requirements and are easier to obtain than a traditional residence permit.

Restrictions may apply to the type of work that can be performed with a remote work visa. Often you are not allowed to work for local employers or clients based in the destination country. So you can only continue to work for your employer from your own country and/or for clients in other countries.
The rules can vary by country. Therefore, always check the applicable regulations of the destination country before departure.

While specifics vary by country, applicants typically need to:

  • Prove employment or a steady source of income from outside the destination country.
  • Show travel or health insurance coverage.
  • Pay an application fee.
  • Provide details of accommodation.

While specifics vary by country, applicants typically need to:

  • Prove a higher minimum income than for a remote work visa, showing they can sustain a longer stay.
  • Submit a criminal background check.
  • Show longer-term travel or health insurance coverage.
  • Provide proof of ties to their home country or intention to leave after the visa expires.
  • Pay a higher application fee due to the extended duration.

How to Apply for a Digital Nomad Visa

Now that you know which countries offer remote work residency permits, it’s time to get one. This often means completing application forms, paying fees and providing proof of qualifications, income and health insurance.

5 Steps to Apply for a Digital Nomad visa


Fill in the (online) application form

The application process begins with the completion of the application form. This can often be done online. For some countries, you must submit the application form and attachments in hard copy to their national consulate in your country.


Pay the application fee

The cost of applying for a Digital Nomad visa differs per country and can add up considerably. Therefore, always check the costs in advance before you book accommodations and flights, for example. As an illustration, the application fee for a “Welcome Stamp” visa for Barbados is $2,000. In comparison, for non-EU citizens, a “Digital Nomad Visa” for Croatia costs only €70.


Take an intake interview into account

In some countries, an in-person or virtual interview is part of the application process.


Apply for a visa in good time

The processing time for a visa application varies by country and time of year. Plan ahead so you don’t run out of time.


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