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18 Countries Welcome 'Sporadic Nomadic Workers' with 'Digital Nomad' Visas

18 Countries Welcome 'Sporadic Nomadic Workers' with 'Digital Nomad' Visas



17 February 2021

There's little stopping once travel-deprived workers from working somewhere inviting

Imagine waking up at the sound of crashing waves and the sun beaming through the blinds as a faint smell of sea air wafts through your apartment. After having a delicious breakfast and preparing for the day, you take your work laptop and head to the beach for your first meeting.

 

This might sound like a fairy tale to many of us who have been subject to lockdown measures over the past few months, however this halcyon vision is becoming a reality for many workers who simply need to get away.

 

But is this allowed? The short answer is yes.

 

Many countries are new offering workers “Digital Nomad” visas that allow them to conduct their work overseas for an extended period of time. As a result there will be a rise in people travelling further afield to work in 2021 in an attempt to garner a change in scenery. Workers will be swapping their corner room home office for an ocean front one.

 

Approximately 11 million American nationals were living this type of lifestyle in 2020. Last year's stats were 33 percent higher versus levels seen in 2019. This highlights how fast this trend has accelerated, driven almost entirely by the pandemic.[1]

 

The Hospitality sector will benefit from this growing trend. Capacity levels of hotelier and short-term rent apartments in countries that accommodate these workers will increases. Other verticals such as Retail and Food & Beverage will also benefit from the halo effect of this movement.

 

Barbados was the first country to strike on this opportunity. The Caribbean oasis introduced a “digital nomad” visa. This visa allows a worker to work from paradise for a whole year. Bermuda, Anguilla, Georgia, Dubai, Estonia all swiftly followed suit. Aruba and Croatia were next.

 

Similarly, Airbnb has already shifted its entire business model to long-term stays. A total of 18 countries are issuing digital nomad visas for remote workers. [2]

A total of 18 countries are issuing digital nomad visas for remote workers

 

Antigua & Barbuda

Barbados

Bermuda

Cayman Islands

Costa Rica

Croatia

Czech Republic

Dubai (UAE)

Estonia

Georgia

Germany

Iceland

Mauritius

Mexico

Norway

Portugal

Spain

Anguilla (UK Territory)

Getting your hands on one of these types of visas should be relatively simple. Most countries require an applicant to pass two main criteria points in order to be successful.

 

  1. Firstly they need to prove that they have either a business or a job that can be conducted remotely.
  2. Secondly, they need to prove that they earn over a certain amount per annum; which will allow them to sustain themselves.

 

Once the visa application is successful, the worker will likely have to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test and quarantine on arrival.

 

Longer stints will likely be more favourable for aspiring digital nomads as they would be less concerned with surges in infection rates or the constant changes in travel corridors. There would also be reduced likelihood of becoming stranded or potentially having to pay for a last minute ticket home and lengthy quarantine.

 

With the application process for one of these visas being relatively straightforward and quick, there is nothing stopping once travel-deprived workers from making a sporadic decision to work somewhere more inviting.

Sources
1. Japan Times 
2. Expert Vagabond
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