Until relatively recently, the idea of digital nomadism is something that’s essentially unknown. Fast forward to today, digital nomadism has become nothing short of a way of life for some, attracting more and more people looking to break free from the confines of their cubicles. This trend has been accentuated by the rise of remote working brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Looking to work from some exotic location? Here we take a look at the top 4 countries offering the best digital nomad visa.
Thailand is pretty much the go-to country with popular digital nomad hotspots including Chiang Mai and Bangkok. With reliable internet connections, good food, and an affordable cost of living, Thailand pretty much ticks all the boxes for an exceptional digital nomad experience.
Digital nomads may apply for Thailand’s Smart Visa, which caters to talents, investors, executives, start-ups, and others. The main condition of this visa is proof of sufficient income. However, if this doesn’t work for you, you may still enter the country using a tourist visa or a long-stay visa. Just book your flight ticket and Thailand will have something to accommodate you.
Some have understandably regarded Sri Lanka as a paradise for digital nomads. This is mainly due to the beautiful nature found almost everywhere in the country. Needless to say, numerous digital nomads have no qualms about packing their bags and heading to Sri Lanka where they can work while at the same time embracing nature.
Nomads may utilize Sri Lanka’s ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for a 30-day stay period. The ETA can be extended for 30 to 270 days depending on the nomad’s individual needs and preferences. The ETA can be applied online and a visit to the consulate is not required. However, before applying, ensure that you meet the requirements for entry including a passport with a validity for at least 6 months on the day of arrival.
An emblematic island of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius, offers a serene and stable living environment in the sun, ideal for lone nomads and families alike. With its beautiful beaches lined with palm trees, complemented by delicious food and friendly locals, digital nomads are guaranteed to fall in love with the island nation.
Mauritius Digital Nomad Visa is available to anyone looking to carry out activities unrelated to the local economy. Additionally, applicants must prove sufficient income and have travel insurance valid throughout the stay. It’s also worth mentioning that there are no visa fees!
New Zealand is renowned as an idyllic holiday destination for nature lovers. Lesser known fact, it’s also a great place to be for digital nomads. With breathtaking landscapes ranging from endless beaches to picturesque mountain lakes, digital nomads are in for a memorable experience.
The country’s Working Holiday Visa allows anyone with a minimum income of USD 200 (INR 16,294) per month to apply for the visa. Alternatively, those with savings of USD 2,350 (INR 191,455) for a 12-month period may also be eligible for the visa.