If you’ve worked hard to build the kind of lifestyle that allows you to work remotely and do your job from anywhere in the world, why not take full advantage of this by travelling to some of the coolest destinations on your bucket list?
Of course, it’s important to consider the legalities of getting into another country as a working tourist. There are some great visas for digital nomads out there, which will allow you to enjoy trips to exotic locations around the world with minimal hassle for long periods.
1. Australia: Holiday or Working Holiday Visa
Duration: One year (with the option to extend to two).
Cost: This will depend on the application country, but you can expect to pay between £300 and £400.
This visa allows you to travel around Australia for 12 months, and will also allow you to work with Australian companies for up to six months at a time. You must be between the ages of 18 and 30 to apply, and if you want the option to extend the visa for a second year you’ll be required to work in rural Australia for three months. Please note that only some country’s nationals are eligible to apply for this visa.
Australia has a great community of digital nomads, around 4.1 million strong! Internet connectivity tends to be stable across the country, and there are plenty of coworking spaces to choose from. Not to mention the sun, surf and natural beauty can’t be beaten.
2. Costa Rica: Rentista Visa
Cost: $250 application fee
Duration: Two years (with the option to extend).
This visa for digital nomads grants two years’ temporary residency to those with a regular monthly income of at least US$2,500 from a guaranteed source. This is ideal for those who want to live and work in the country for a while without any long-term obligations. The main requirement you’ll need to meet is proof of a steady monthly income.
The tropical climate, beautiful beaches and rich Central American culture make Costa Rica a popular choice for travellers. The locals love it too – it ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world!
3. Mexico: Temporary Resident Visa
Duration: One year (with the option to extend annually for up to four years).
The Mexico Tourist Visa requires that visitors leave every six months, but the Temporary Resident Visa allows you to stay in the country for one full year and extend it to a total of four years. You will need to change your visa status before arrival, and show proof of a certain income in order to get approved.
Mexico City (CDMX) is a good place to start the digital nomad journey; this bustling hub offers all the amenities you’d expect from the US or Europe, at a much lower cost.
4. Thailand: Hand to Hand Combat Education Visa
Duration: One year
Cost: ฿35,000/ US$1,000.
Something a little different – this visa allows you to learn hand to hand combat with weekly self-defense classes, while based in Chiang Mai. The classes tend to be very flexible for travel purposes and they help you make the required immigration appointments every 90 days if needed.
There’s a big digital nomad community in Chiang Mai, with plenty of opportunities to network and meet fellow travellers. There are lots of great coworking spaces and cafés – in fact, Chiang Mai is famous for its quality coffee! And of course, summery temperatures with low humidity most of the year make it a great climate for those looking to explore.
5. Germany: The Freelancer Visa
Duration: Up to 3 years
Cost: 60 Euros
Germany offers a unique visa for freelancers, allowing many to sidestep the red tape of the Schengen area where you can only visit for 3 months every 180 days. It does require some admin as you need to register with the tax office as well as your residence. Check out this article for a first-hand account of the process of applying for this visa.
Berlin is a startup hub and filled with freelancers and entrepreneurs. It is also one of the cheapest capital cities in Western Europe and a great place for digital nomads, with tons of co-working spaces.
These are just a few of the visas for digital nomads available today. As the world becomes more connected and more people swap the traditional office for a more nomadic working life, there are more and more options opening up for those who want to enjoy short- to mid-term travels to exciting new destinations.