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During the pandemic, the tourism sector has been hit hard by foreclosure restrictions, causing economic crisis for many countries.
As such, several governments are now focusing on attracting foreign workers by passing labor laws from anywhere and granting specialized visas to digital nomads.
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to adapt to remote working and this has given us the luxury of choosing to travel while we work.
While we’ve always seen digital nomads working remotely, it’s suddenly become the new normal for everyone.
While some countries have jumped at the chance to attract more tourists and revive the tourism sector, others have yet to succeed.
As noted in the Work-from-Anywhere index, below are some of the few countries that now offer digital nomadic visas:
United Arab Emirates
Those who have announced legislation include:
In February, Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC David Maynier also asked South Africa to introduce a remote work visa.
Maynier presented his request to Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Interior Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
He said digital nomadic tourists are an important market because they are more resilient to the challenges of the pandemic.
When Western Cape Prime Minister Alan Winde introduced his State of the Province (Sopa) in February, he announced his intention to pressure the government to offer remote work visas to tourists.
Winde said the visa would be a significant contribution to the recovery of the tourism sector in South Africa.