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Despite being incredibly popular, digital nomadism is a concept that many national governments are still skeptical about. Since immigration regulations have traditionally been strict, nomads and long-term travelers are asking for these barriers to be lifted and simplified travel rules. Fortunately, Airbnb supports themspeaking with different leaders around the world to promote remote working and partnering with as many 20 destinations to support the movement.
Digital nomad visas are new, and in terms of availability and accessibility, nomads are far from where they aspire to be. Although the number of countries offering these visas has increased recently, especially after the end of the pandemic and the reopening of borders, they remain in the minority and/or have difficult criteria to meet.
On the bright side, as AirBnB says, there are “remote worker-friendly destinations” around the world. There, nomads are not only welcome, but also have the opportunity to grow and grow their business:
Airbnb wants digital nomad visas to be less bureaucratic
The various digital nomad visas that have already been issued have a lot in common, but at the same time, they can differ significantly when it comes to financial requirements or just bureaucracy in general. The Colombian visa, for example, is one of the easiest to obtain: applicants simply need to prove that they earn at least $684 per month.
The sum is well below the average national rate of pay in the United States, Canada and most European countries, making Colombia an attractive destination for nomads, especially those who are younger and traveling on a budget. limit. On the other hand, nations like Malta and Montserrat have much higher fees – the latter expects nomadic residents to justify financial resources of at least $70,000 per year.
In addition, Costa Rica has launched an extremely simple visa process which is close to being fully digital. It does not subject applicants to extensive background checks – conversely, the Eastern European nation of Latvia has a more extensive list of requirements that must be met, including being considered a “highly qualified” professional “.
As you can see, there is little consensus on where these rules should be, and currently there is no guidelines countries must follow. Airbnb is undoubtedly the most powerful ally of digital nomads. Just last week, the vacation rental platform released a whitepaper proposing a set of policy changes benefiting the category.
Essentially, Airbnb is urging countries and some of the major cities to ‘adapt’ and ‘improve’ the remote work experience. In addition to adapting to the new travel trend, he wants governments to:
- Facilitate the visa application process
- Encourage visitor support for the local economy
- Simplify tax compliance
- Invest in “Essential Amenities”*
*These include internet connectivity and community support for workers and their families where applicable
These 20 destinations are official partners of AirBnB to promote remote working
According to Airbnb, these are the 20 destinations with which they will be partners to help support remote workers:
- Baja California Sur (State), Mexico
- Bali, Indonesia
- Brindisi, Apulia, Italy
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Canary Islands (Autonomous Community), Spain
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Colombia (Country)
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Malta (Country)
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Palm Springs, California, USA
- Queensland (State), Australia
- Rural France**
- Salzkammergut, Austria
- Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
- Thailand (Country)
- Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
*Referring to many countries belonging to the geopolitical group
**AirBnB does not specify which parts of “rural” France
Airbnb is actively working with the destinations listed above to enhance the nomadic experience. This close partnership will see the creation of ‘tailor-made hubs’ for each countryas well as disclosing important information regarding entry requirements, other visa policies that may apply and, of course, taxation.
Nomads are known to favor destinations with more lax tax regulations and where they won’t face a crippling financial burden, like in Bali. When applying for nomadic visas for Indonesia, where Bali is located, Americans and other travelers may be eligible to live in the province for 5 years without paying tourist tax.
Airbnb also said it would find mutual solutions with those partners to promote “responsible hosting” and acceptance of remote workers and long-term travel. These so-called “hubs” will open later this year. The hubs will include all kinds of destinations, from entire countries, such as Colombia and Malta, to off trail, small towns in Italy and France.
Not all partners have digital nomad visas in place
Of the 20 listed, six countries below have not launched a specific visa for nomads or announced its intention to do so. This is despite being popular nomadic hotspots and/or other immigration routes for long-term travellers:
- United States
Citing Bali specifically, Airbnb says partnership will ‘revitalize’ Indonesia’s tourism industry, offering a “new focus on longer and better stays”. The platform further praises the Indonesian province for its “plenty of amenities, infrastructure, and lifestyle connected to nature and local community.”
AirBnB co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk says the company doesn’t want to act like it has all the answers at this point. However, they believe they are “well suited” for “information sharing”, given their “large footprint” when it comes to travel. Blecharczyk was always transparent, stating that “this stuff isn’t necessarily simple.”
There could be an increase in digital nomad conversions in the post-Covid world. However, not all destinations have been receptives. Many simply don’t trust the process enough to open their doors to long-term travelers. After all, it almost always involves tweaking the laws and loosening the brakes on migration. This is something that Western nations, mainly Europe, have been reluctant to do.
Even then, digital nomadism slowly carved out its own niche on the Old Continent. Croatia, Albania and others lead the movement. Airbnb continues to push for a broader rollout globally. The company has set an example by allowing its own employees to work remotely from any of their 170 countries for up to 90 days a year.
For more information on all of these Airbnb initiatives, please visit their official news page.
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