With more and more people around the world now working online, there are in fact over 45 countries that are welcoming digital nomads with long stay visas.
Before we reveal the full list of the 46 nations that offer such visas, let’s first take a look at a few of the destinations that are proving increasingly popular among remote workers – including what these places offer those that strive to live their best nomadic lifestyle.
There is no denying that Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in the world when it comes to travel and tourism – with its capital city having been declared ‘the most visited city in the world’ prior to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
And, for digital nomads the country certainly offers a lot – with it is possible to choose from a variety of different towns, cities, and even islands to use as a base to live and work from.
This includes the likes of the northern city of Chiang Mai – which offers plenty of co-working spaces and coffee shops to work from, as well as an overall affordable and comfortable lifestyle for digital nomads.
Another location inside the country that serves as a great base for remote workers, is the nation’s capital, Bangkok – which is mammoth in its size and provides you with literally everything you would need to live a productive, yet energetic and fun life.
For those looking for a balance between island life and city life, Phuket would certainly be a great choice for you – with the island offering literally the best of both worlds.
This is because you’ll not only be able to find a suitable place to undertake your work, but you will also have some of the most beautiful beaches and nature to enjoy in your spare time.
And, if you are wanting to escape the city life completely, then you can choose from one of Thailand’s many idyllic islands to enjoy living your nomadic way of life.
For the likes of American, Canadian and British tourists – the easiest way to stay inside the country for up to 90 days – is to obtain a 60-day tourist visa from a Thai Embassy or Consulate inside your own country before you travel, which you can then extend once in Thailand for a further 30 days.
Although at this time Thailand does not offer a specific ‘digital nomad’ visa – the country is hoping to launch theirs soon as it targets remote workers as one of the ways to revive tourism.
Another hugely popular destination for digital nomads – and somewhere that also offers the opportunity for longer stays – is the beautiful Indonesian province of Bali.
There is no getting away from the fact that Bali offers some of the most beautiful beaches and stunning nature on the planet – which is a major reason why it stands as one of the most popular destinations for international travelers.
And, adding to this its low-cost of living and wide variety of entertainment and nightlife options, there is no surprise that Bali is continuing to increase its status as one of the top travel destinations in the world for digital nomads.
Two of the most popular parts of Bali that seem to be attracting the most nomads includes the beautiful beach resort of Canggu and the more peaceful and relaxing town of Ubud – which certainly offers a vibe that will allow you chillout to the ‘max’ after those hours spent in front of your laptop.
The easiest and most simplest way for tourists to enter Bali right now – and which will allow you a stay for up to 60 days – is to purchase an on-arrival tourist visa once you land at the airport in Indonesia.
The cost of the on-arrival tourist visa is 500,000 Indonesian rupiah – which is around US$33.
For those seeking a visa that will allow a longer stay (more than 60 days) inside Bali, or the ability to do remote work while you’re there, it is recommended that you contact your local Indonesian Embassy or Consulate.
Just last week we reported that Bali was to introduce a new 5-year Digital Nomad Visa, which would allow remote workers to stay in Bali for a prolonged period of time – whilst not requiring them to pay tax on the work that they undertake.
If you are wanting to keep up to date with the latest news, information and going-ons in Bali, you can do so by clicking here.
As a nation which is expecting as many as 40 million visitors by the end of this year (2022), Mexico continues to lead the way as the favorite holiday destination for American travelers, especially the city of Cancun.
And, the nation does not just appeal to those wanting to take a two to three week holiday, as the country is also proving to be a popular destination for digital nomads – with it even considered one of the very best locations for remote workers.
This is because Mexico offers many top destinations for digital nomads – which includes the likes of Playa del Carmen, Merida, and Mexico City – with the nation offering the very best when it comes to both beachside and urban living.
As well as boasting endless beautiful scenery and some of the most delicious cuisine going, Mexico also offers the opportunity to live comfortably – and on a reasonable budget – in a country that showcases sufficient infrastructure to satisfy the needs of a digital nomad.
For those looking for a comfortable spot to focus on their work there is also a huge choice when it comes to affordable and effective co-working spaces throughout Mexico – with even the likes of the colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas serving up some great places to work from.
The great news about Mexico – and being able to stay in the country for a prolonged period of time – is that if you are a citizen from the likes of the U.S., Canada, the UK, or the EU or Schengen zone, you won’t need to apply for a visa before your arrival.
In fact, if you are a national from the above countries and areas of the world you will receive an FMM tourist visa upon your arrival – which allows you a stay for up to 180 consecutive days in the country.
For more information on Mexico’s FMM tourist visa – click here.
While technically freelancers and digital nomads are not to work, even on their foreign projects, while on a tourist visa in Mexico, the country offers different residency programs that have been doubling as their ‘digital nomad visas’. Most nomads have been applying for a temporary residency visa for Mexico, which allows digital nomads to live and work in their non-Mexican businesses, for a time frame of 6 months to 4 years.
A Full List Of The 46 Countries That Are Welcoming Digital Nomads With Long Stay Visas
Listed below are the 46 countries that are currently offering long-stay visas for remote workers wanting to succeed in their nomadic lifestyle.
Whether you are looking for that sunny destination to work from, or wanting to experience what it’s like working out of some of the coolest co-working places around, you are certainly going to find a suitable destination from the list below.
If you are a digital nomad, and want to learn some tips on how to choose the ‘right’ destination to live and work from, check out our top 10 tips for choosing a digital nomad destination article.
Here’s a full list of the 46 countries (in alphabetical order) that currently welcome digital nomads with long stay visas:
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