Remote Work Visas

26 Countries That Offer Remote Work Visas in 2022

Ready for a change of scenery? Take a look at these 26 countries that offer digital nomad visas in 2022!

Anja Simic
Written by Anja Simic
February 5, 2022
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In the age of remote work, not everyone loves working from home. Some people love working from anywhere but home. The silver lining of the coronavirus is that it allows freelancers and digital nomads to obtain long-term visas and work from around the world.

These visa programs also stimulate the economy in countries that suffered from the absence of tourism at the peak of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Below, we highlight 26 countries that have amazing weather, stable internet connection, great cost of living, and remote work visa options: the dream for a digital nomad. For each country, we'll explain how to apply and mention any pertinent conditions and costs (in USD, unless stated otherwise) to obtain a visa.

1. Anguilla

Anguilla remote work visa 2022

Sunny beaches and amazing views make Anguilla a postcard destination. The country recently incorporated a specialized tourism visa for digital nomads. The visa allows you to stay up to one year on the territory of Anguilla, renewable every year. The cost of living is not particularly cheap, but you get what a luxurious climate for the price. The currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD).

Conditions:

  • Provide details of self-employment or employment from an entity based outside of Anguilla
  • Provide your medical records for the past year
  • Obtain health insurance coverage during your entire intended stay
  • Show proof of accommodation while in Anguilla

How to apply:

  • Apply online and wait to be contacted by the assigned concierge
  • Make travel arrangements with a certified transport company
  • Provide a negative PCR test

Costs:

  • $2,000 per individual including travel, PCR tests, and registration fees

2. Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda remote work visa 2022

Antigua and Barbuda offer a unique option to register as a Digital Nomad Resident (DNR) and renew the visa every two years instead of one. Less paperwork, more beach time. However, you must prove you are financially sustainable before becoming a DNR.

Conditions:

  • Own a remote business or work remotely for a company that’s based out of Antigua and Barbuda
  • Make over $50,000 a year
  • Obtain travel and health insurance for the duration of the stay

How to apply:

  • Provide proof of employment or proof of owning a company
  • Provide a police background check
  • Fill out the form online
  • Pay the fees

Cost:

  • $1,500 for a single visa, $2,000 for a couple, and $3,000 for families of three members or more.

3. Aruba

Aruba remote work visa 2022

Aruba offers a “One Happy Workation” initiative for citizens of specific countries, including the US, UK, and Netherlands. This initiative allows you to stay up to 90 days and treat the entire island as your office. Since there are no income taxes on Aruba, you don't need to provide bank statements or bank account information.

Additionally, the entire island has an amazing internet connection and you can even bring your pet, as long as it passes medical tests and doesn't violate any import laws.

The residents of Aruba speak four languages and have more sunny days than any other island in the Caribbean.

Conditions:

  • Limit your stay in Aruba to 90 days
  • Be self-employed  or employed outside of Aruba
  • Do not work for an Aruban citizen or legal entity that would require you to get local (non-nomad) permits

How to apply:

  • Provide a passport from one of the specified countries
  • Book one of their package deals (no additional paperwork needed!)

Costs:

  • Costs vary depending on your choice of accommodation; the program has no other additional fees
  • Prepare for Aruba's above-average cost of living

4. Australia

Australia remote work visa 2022

Melbourne and Sydney, Australia's most popular tourists destinations provide sunshine and the opportunity meet many other digital nomads.

If you’re applying for a remote work visa in Australia, you’ll need the First Working Holiday Visa. It allows digital nomads to spend a year in the country with the ability to apply for an extension. You can apply for a Second Working Holiday Visa if you meet certain eligibility criteria.

Conditions:

  • Be between 18 and 35 years old
  • Travel solo: you cannot be accompanied by a dependent citizen
  • Provide a passport from an eligible country
  • Work (not leisure) while in Australia

How to apply:

Costs:

  • 485 AUD (about $384) per person for 12 months
Learn more about the overall costs of hiring an employee in Australia.

5. Barbados

Barbados remote work visa 2022

This island introduced a special Barbados Welcome Stamp for digital nomads planning to work remotely. The stamp allows you to stay and work on the island for a 12-month period. You can even reapply for the BWS after it expires.

Conditions:

  • Own a location-independent business or work remotely for an entity based outside of Barbados
  • Make over $50,000 a year to be eligible
  • Undergo an obligatory COVID-19 test and go through a 48-hour quarantine

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application form online
  • Provide a valid passport (with a bio data page)
  • Provide proof of relationship with dependents

Costs:

  • $2,000 for individuals
  • $3,000 for the family bundle
Learn how to hire independent contractors in Barbados.

6. Bermuda

Bermuda remote work visa 2022

One of the main benefits of working from Bermuda is that residents from the US, Canada, UK, or the EU do not need to apply for a special digital nomad visa in advance. You can turn your tourist visa into a digital nomad visa while you are in the country.

The cost of living is pretty low and Bermuda has picturesque beaches and year-round sunshine. 

Conditions:

  • Own a location independent business or work remotely for a company that isn’t based in Bermuda
  • Take an obligatory COVID-19 test
  • Show proof of travel insurance
  • Note: Bermuda has no minimum income requirements

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application form (you can fill it out up to nine months in advance)
  • Submit any documentation required (passport, proof of employment, etc.)

Costs:

  • $263 for a visa processing fee

7. Brazil

Brazil remote work visa 2022

Brazil is the land of coffee, perfect for busy digital nomads. In 2022, Brazilian authorities took new measures to boost the national economy. A digital nomad can now apply for an initial 12-month visa, with the possibility to prolong it for another 12 months when it expires.

Here's a quick recap of what you need to apply.

Conditions

  • Prove you're employed by an employer outside of Brazil, or you're self-employed and provide services in countries other than Brazil
  • Prove you don't require local employer sponsorship for working remotely
  • Prove that your income is at least $1,500 per month, or that you have at least $18,000 available in your bank account (sources must be outside of Brazil)
  • Show a clear criminal record
  • Show health insurance with coverage for Brazil
  • Confirm you can perform work through information technology channels (via employer declaration)
  • Prove you paid the fees

How to apply

Costs

  • The fee hasn't been announced yet

8. Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde remote work visa 2022

Fancy working from a beach? Then you'll love the fact that Cabo Verde, an African jewel, offers remote work visa programs for digital nomads. Cabo Verde is ideal for those who prefer all-year-long sunny weather.

Conditions

  • Have a valid passport from Europe, North America, Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), or the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO)
  • Prove average bank account balance of at least 1,500 EUR (around $1,715) in the last six months (if traveling solo)
  • Prove average bank account balance of at least 2,700 EUR (around $3,085) in the last six months (if traveling with family)
  • Obtain travel and health insurance that covers evacuation and body transportation in the event of death (including a family package if applicable)
  • Show copy of booking accommodation
  • Submit a negative PCR test or proof of complete vaccination during the pandemic

How to apply

Cost

  • 54 EUR (around $60) consisting of a visa fee and an airport fee

9. Cayman Islands

Cabo Verde remote work visa 2022

The Global Citizen Concierge is a special visa designed for travelers looking to live and work from the Cayman Islands. It allows digital nomads to stay in the country for 2 years.

Conditions:

  • Be employed by a legal entity originating from outside of the Cayman Islands.
  • Show a notarized bank reference letter
  • Prove income over $100,000 a year
  • You need proof of travel insurance
  • All applicants are subject to potential background checks

How to apply:

Costs:

  • $1,469 per person

10. Costa Rica

Costa Rica remote work visa 2022

 Costa Rica is the perfect place for people who prefer a relaxed lifestyle. The country introduced a special visa for freelancers called Rentista designed to encourage digital nomads to visit. It allows the visa holder to live and work in Costa Rica for 2 years.

Conditions:

  • Show proof of a monthly income of at least $2,500 for the last 2 years

OR

  • Make a deposit of $60,000 in a Costa Rican bank account
  • Be self-employed (entity owner or freelancer)
  • Do not be an employee of any entity whether inside or outside of Costa Rica

How to apply:

  • Apply on your own by registering on the Costa Rica’s Immigration Website
  • Hire an immigration lawyer to take care of all the paperwork for you (optional)
  • Translate all documents to Spanish and authenticate them in your home country

Costs:

  • $250 registration fee
Learn how to hire an independent contractor in Costa Rica.

11. Croatia

Croatia remote work visa 2022

Croatia established its digital nomad visa program in January 2021, and it allows digital nomads to stay in the country for up to 12 months. While it is not as sunny as some other entries on our list, it is significantly cheaper and has a great variety of nightlife.

Conditions:

  • Proove you are self-employed or able to work remotely (via written statement, employee contracts, or client contracts)
  • Make a minimum of 350 EUR per month in either income or savings
  • Pass a criminal background check conducted in your home country
  • Provide proof of accommodation (rental agreement, confirmation from your landlord, etc.) if you plan to stay longer than 10 days
  • Provide proof of health and travel insurance for the course of your stay

How to apply:

  • Obtain a personal identification number (OIB)
  • Download and complete the online application form
  • Provide two passport-size photos

Costs:

  • 590 HRK (about $75)
  • 35 HRK ($4.50) for tax stamps
Learn how to hire independent contractors in Croatia.

12. Czech Republic

Czech Republic remote work visa 2022

Obtaining the Zivno, the Czech visa for digital nomads, is a bit more complicated than some of the other visas on our list. But if rich history and beautiful architecture speaks to you, the visa is worth the extra trouble.

Conditions:

  • Obtain a trade license for a registered trade listed here
  • Provide proof of registered accommodation for a period of at least a year
  • Show proof of at least 5,587 EUR ($6,385) per person in bank account

How to apply:

Costs:

  • Around 1,800 CZK ( $80) in local taxes every month
  • 100 EUR ($114) in visa processing fees
Learn how to hire independent contractors in Czech Republic.


13. Dubai (UAE)

Dubai remote work visa 2022

The United Arab Emirates virtual working visa is excellent for digital nomads who travel with their family. It allows you to bring several family members for reduced fees.

The beaches, hotels and resorts in a city like Dubai are one-of-a-kind. The biggest disadvantage is that the cost of living is quite high.

Conditions:

  • Show proof of employment from your current employer and a contract for at least one year

OR

  • Show proof of ownership of a company
  • Have a minimum of $5,000 monthly salary
  • Present your last months’ pay stub and bank statements for three preceding months
  • Obtain health insurance with United Arab Emirates coverage

How to apply:

Costs:

  • $287 visa fee

14. Estonia

Estonia remote work visa 2022

Estonia is the first country to offer e-residency. This is a digital identity that gives you access to public services all over the country.

Conditions:

  • Own a location independent business or work remotely for a company that is not based in Estonia
  • Earn at least 3,504 per month for the last 6-months to be eligible

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application form and sign it
  • Make an appointment at your nearest Estonian Embassy or Consulate and submit the form in person.
  • Choose the type of the digital nomad visa: Type C (short stay) or Type D (long stay)

Costs:

  • 80 EUR ($91) for Type C visa
  • 100 EUR ($114) for Type D visa

15. Georgia

Georgia remote work visa 2022

Georgia offers amazing landscapes and breathtaking views. They introduced the “Remotely from Georgia” visa that allows remote workers to live and work from the country completely without registration fees. You will only need to pay for the PCR tests required to enter the country.

Conditions:

  • Own a location independent business or work remotely for a company that is not based in Georgia
  • Prove your ability to pay taxes while you are in Georgia
  • Earn at least $2,000 a month
  • Take a PCR test at your own expense
  • Undergo a 14-day quarantine
  • Obtain travel insurance valid for at least the following six months

How to apply:

Costs:

  • 250 GEL ($80) for PCR test

The "Remotely in Georgia" visa requires no additional fees.

Learn more about hiring independent contractors in Georgia.

16. Germany

Germany remote work visa 2022

Getting a visa for remote workers in Germany is not difficult. Germany has one of the best networks in Europe and probably beyond, so the wifi is world-class. Add countless museums and sights across the country and amazing beer, and you get a hot spot for digital nomads.

Conditions:

  • Provide the address of your accommodations in Germany
  • Provide proof of medical insurance for the duration of your stay
  • Prove financial self-sustainability (bank statements, employee contract, etc.)
  • Provide services that will help the local economy (some of your clients, or the company’s clients need to be from Germany)

How to apply:

Costs:

  • 100 EUR ($114) for visa fees
Learn more about the overall costs of hiring an employee in Germany.

17. Greece

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Imagine working remotely in the cradle of the Western civilization and exploring ancient temples and monuments in your free time. Greece offers an unparalleled (and gorgeous) history lesson. Also, many digital nomads love Greece for its low cost of living.

Conditions

  • Prove you have monthly income of at least 3,500 EUR (around $4,000)
  • Prove you're employed by an company outside of Greece, or self-employed
  • Prove you haven't been a Greek tax resident for at least five of the past six years
  • Obtain health insurance with coverage for Greece
  • Obtain written and signed confirmation that you will not enter an employment relationship with a local employer while in Greece
  • Prove full vaccination status and present a negative PCR test when entering the country

How to apply

Note that the processing time is relatively brief: up to 10 days. If approved, you get the visa for 12 months with the possibility to renew it for another year.

Cost

  • 75 EUR (around $85) per applicant

18. Iceland

Iceland remote work visa 2022

If you’re not a fan of sunny beaches, Iceland could be your spot The island has more volcanoes than any other country in the world which provides for a great pastime when you’re done with your work.

Conditions:

  • Own a remote business or work remotely for an entity based outside of Iceland
  • Provide proof of your employment or self-employment
  • Show a minimum monthly income of 1,000,000 ISK (approximately $7,800) for a single person or 1,300,000 ISK ($10,000) for a couple
  • Provide proof of travel and health insurance that covers Iceland

How to apply:

Costs:

  • Pay the 7800 ISK ($60) visa processing fee

19. Jamaica

Jamaica remote work visa 2022

Unfortunately, Jamaica doesn’t provide remote work visas to countries other than the US. However, if you’re under 30 days, there's no visa required. And if you are a US citizen you can apply to work remotely from one of the country’s charming beaches.

Conditions:

  • Have a US passport: other passports are not allowed to work remotely in Jamaica
  • You need to be self-employed or working for an entity based outside of Jamaica
  • Note: Jamaica has no minimum income requirements

How to apply:

Costs:

  • $60 for up to 90 days
  • $140 for over 90 days

20. Malta

Malta remote work visas 2022Malta is ideal for fans of the Mediterranean Sea. Located between Italy and North Africa, it offers wonderful weather, delicious cuisine, and excellent conditions for digital nomad jobs. You can set up your next remote office in Malto for 12 months, with the possibility to renew your permit.

Conditions

  • Be self-employed or employed by a company based outside of Malta
  • Have a minimum income of 2,700 EUR (around $3,085) per month
  • Write a letter explaining the motivation for staying in Malta
  • Obtain health insurance with coverage for Malta (see complete documentation here)

How to apply

Cost

  • 300 EUR (around $345)

21. Mauritius

Mauritius remote work visa 2022

Getting a long-term remote work visa in Mauritius is completely free. This is a powerful incentive for remote workers who decide to live and work from this island nation. In addition, the island is an unspoiled paradise full of wonderful views and exquisite beaches. Definitely something to make your day-to-day work easier.

Conditions:

  • Own your own remote business or work remotely for an entity based outside of Mauritius
  • Provide information about your stay in Mauritius (details about the purpose of your visit, plans for leaving and the address of intended accommodation)
  • Provide proof of travel and medical insurance coverage throughout your entire stay in Mauritius

How to apply:

Costs:

  • Nothing!

22. Mexico

Mexico remote work visa 2022

Mexico's atmosphere is relaxed and the people are friendly, which makes it perfect for winding down after a long day of remote work. Couple this with a great cost of living and you get a remote workers’ paradise.

Conditions:

  • Own your own remote business or work remotely for an entity based outside of Mexico
  • Have a monthly wage of at least $1,620 and provide proof of a bank balance of at least $27,000

How to apply:

Costs:

  • Between $22 to $350, depending on how long you’re planning to stay

23. Montserrat

Montserrat remote work visa 2022

Montserrat is another country trying to draw in more digital nomads to recover from the lack of tourism due to the coronavirus. This is why they’ve designed the Montserrat Remote Work Stamp which allows foreign freelancers to live and work in the country for a 12 month period. The visa is renewable. 

Conditions:

  • Obtain health insurance valid throughout your intended stay
  • Provide passport Size Photograph
  • Show your Employment or Business Incorporation Certificate
  • Show proof of your annual income
  • Provide a copy of Passport Biographical Data
  • Provide an authorized copy of your Police Record or proof you don't have a police record

How to apply:

Costs:

  • $500 in fees for a single person
  • $750 in fees for a family (up to four people), plus $250 per family additional member

24. Norway

Norway remote work visa 2022

Norway's cost of living is higher than European average, but it offers stunning vistas and a great business atmosphere. Additionally, Norway is a stable country with excellent and well-organized public services, which will make your day-to-day life much easier.

Conditions:

  • Own your own remote business or work remotely for an entity based outside of Norway
  • Show relevant qualifications in order to work in your profession
  • Provide proof of accommodation in Norway (address, written statement from the landlord and a copy of their ID)
  • Provide proof of income of at least 35,719 EUR ($40,836) per year, pre-tax

How to apply:

Costs:

  • 600 EUR ($686)

25. Portugal

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Portugal's Lisbon is one of the most interesting cities in Europe as it provides the perfect mix of relaxing beaches and a vibrant nightlife. Many digital nomads from around the world who have chosen it as their temporary home eventually ended up living there or applying for permanent residency.

Conditions:

  • Provide proof of income from property, proof of business ownership, or proof of financial means to conduct business sustainably
  • Make at least 600 EURO ($686) every month
  • Provide proof of independent travel and medical insurance
  • Submit to a criminal background check

How to apply:

  • Print out and complete the application form once you've gathered the necessary documents
  • Schedule an appointment at the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate and deliver the application in person

Costs:

  • 83 EUR ($95) in visa processing fees
  • 72 EUR ($82) resident permit fee
Learn how to hire an independent contractor in Portugal.

26. Spain

Spain remote work visa 2022

Unfortunately, Spain doesn’t provide a regular digital nomad visa, and you’ll need to get a regular tourist (extended stay) visa. While you technically won’t be able to work with this visa, there are ways around this challenge.

Conditions:

  • Prove that you’re financially sustainable either through investments or retirement income of at least 2,151 EUR ($2,459) per month or have 25,816 EUR ($29, 519) in savings
  • Provide proof of private Spanish health insurance
  • Go through a police background check and provide information about your police record from your home country
  • Obtain a Bilingual Medical Certificate of Good Health 

How to apply:

  • Apply in person at the closest Spanish Consulate or Embassy
  • Translate documents into Spanish by a registered translator and authenticated in your home country
  • Sign a sworn statement before that you agree not to work while living in Spain

Costs:

  • The visa application fee is around 140, paid in Euros
Learn more about the overall costs of hiring an employee in Spain.

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