1. What is a Digital Nomad Visa (DN Visa)?
Digital nomads are now in trend.
Many countries have started tapping into this demographic by offering Digital Nomad Visas—a temporary visa that allows non-citizens to live and work in the country remotely, usually for a foreign business.
2. What types of remote workers can apply for the Digital Nomad Visa?
Digital Nomad Visas are typically offered to 2 types of remote workers:
- Employed non-citizens who work remotely for a foreign company
- Self-employed non-citizens with foreign income sources
To apply for the DN Visa, applicants will have to show proof of their financial means, ongoing work contract, or employment amongst other requirements, which varies from one country to another.
3. Are DN Visas available for citizens of all countries around the world?
Generally speaking, those with stronger passports from developed countries have it easier when it comes to digital nomading because they are able to access more countries visa-free, on a whim.
But with DN Visas, the distinction between a passport from a developed or a developing country becomes less of an issue because everyone who wants the visa will have to go through similar processes to apply for it.
Regardless, citizenship still matters if a country only offers Digital Nomad Visas to citizens from particular countries. For example:
The Nomad Residence Permit in Malta 🇲🇹 and Long-Term Visa for Remote Work in Iceland 🇮🇸 are only available to citizens outside the European Union (EU) / European Economic Area (EEA) / European Free Trade Association (EFTA). This makes sense, because citizens inside the EU/EEA/EFTA can already live and work in Malta or Iceland without a visa.
The Remotely from Georgia 🇬🇪 Program is only available to citizens of 95 countries who already have visa-free access to the country by default.
- The Cape Verde 🇨🇻 Remote Working Program is only open to remote workers from some European countries, North America, Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).