Ever since the pandemic disrupted the world, everyone turned to remote working to keep the world running. Offices around the world closed and shifted in-person work online to ensure the health and safety of their employees. This has led to a rise in digital nomads doing remote work out of exotic locations.
Being a digital nomad might sound like hard work, but it’s really not. It is just doing work remotely from beautiful destinations around the world. There are some countries who give digital nomads the opportunity to avail special programs or visas to encourage them to spend time there. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of them now.
Bermuda recently opened its doors to digital nomads using the One Year Residential Certificate. It costs $263, and the entry requirements are very reasonable. You have to prove that you can work from anywhere, i.e., your work is location-independent, and you won’t take employment opportunities away from native Bermudians.
You’ll have to work a little to find a decent place to live, but everything else like internet speeds, friendliness, and location works out great. If you need another reason to move to Bermuda, just look up the weather details, and you’ll be sold!
Imagine waking up on white sand beaches to the pristine blue waters of the Indian Ocean – that’s what Mauritius has in store for you! Since it’s also a tourist hotspot, remote workers should try going there during June or July, as the rates for everything go down.
The visa is called a Premium Visa, and it allows you to stay and work in the country for a year. It is free of cost to apply. However, workers will have to certify that their source of income is outside Mauritius, health and travel insurance, and proof of funds to stay.
Named by Forbes as one of the best cities to retire to, Portugal is a melting pot of culture, history, nightlife, and more. If you like keeping up with the Kardashians on social media, you can rest assured your feed will rival most celebrities, whichever city you choose to stay in.
Digital nomads planning to stay for up to 1 year need to apply for a Temporary Stay Visa, for which employees need to show that they earn 635 euros a month exclusively through remote work. You can enter and leave the country as much as you want. This is a bonus as a visa to Portugal can allow you to enter a number of other European countries. So you don’t need to stay in Portugal the entire time. You can backpack around Europe without missing a day in the office.
If you’re a UK national, this should shoot to the top of your list. Anguilla is a British territory in the Caribbean islands that just needs proof of long-term employment, visa fees, and not much else to be granted leave to stay for a year. The application fees are pretty high as it will cost $2000 per person or $3000 per family of 4.
Island destinations are popular with digital nomads, especially those who work in social media. There are no problems with getting internet here, and there are companies that help you shift base from your home country. There is a small community of expats on the islands, so you’ll likely find yourself in excellent company during your time here.
Vietnam is one of the most underrated places to stay in South East Asia. Most digital nomads head to Bali or Thailand. But if you’re able to work remotely and want a chance of scenery, we strongly suggest Vietnam. The cost of living is extremely reasonable, the people friendly, and the experiences unforgettable.
Visa services are reasonably priced, ranging from $15 to $70. You will have to adjust to Vietnam’s architecture if you’re very tall, as the buildings tend to be narrower than you’re used to. However, the internet connections are stable and high-speed, and the prices for food and accommodation are surprisingly low.
Mexico is another place for digital nomads on a budget. Mexico gets over a million tourists every year, and it’s a pretty popular destination for companies to set up and workers to live. You’ll be surprised to find that technology in Mexico is pretty modern, with high-speed internet available for cheap in all big cities. The laid-back atmosphere is the perfect space to switch off from your office or business and explore life outside a screen.
Do you know of any such countries ideal for digital nomads? If yes, please let us know.