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The first companies organizing stays for people who choose to live in Greece for a few months or years, working remotely, have appeared.

Kathimerini recently caught up with Elizabeth Howell as she ordered a cappuccino and prepared for a 6 p.m. business meeting via Zoom with her clients. “Hello how are you?” she asked. For customers in America, it was still morning. “Four years ago, I never imagined that one day I would work in a cafe in Koukaki as a communications consultant,” she says.

She was born and raised in a small town in the state of Alabama. After graduating, she worked – a very tiring schedule – as a lawyer. Her “Greek” story began in Nebraska in November 2018. She was there on a hunting trip with her family, it had snowed, and she had stayed at a hotel. Her 30s were approaching and she wanted to treat herself to an experience she had been dreaming of for a long time, a trip to Greece. That night, she booked her tickets and arrived a few months later, in the summer. She is delighted with the country and meets Nikos, with whom she keeps in touch. She visited Greece again, until at some point she took the completely unexpected decision to quit her job and move to the country. She took a break to think about her next career moves, spent time with her boyfriend and explored the country she had fallen in love with. “What could go wrong?” she said to her father, who worried about her decision.

She arrived in Greece on February 18, 2020. A week later, the first cases of Covid-19 emerged and before she had time to consider her options, the entire planet was on the alert. in confinement. All plans were canceled, which stressed her out. Like a deus ex machina, a friend from college offered him to manage the social networks of an American company. The salary was minimal, but she went into it with enthusiasm. Today, four years later, she has a long list of clients in Germany, Africa and the United States. And she does it all from Athens’ Koukaki neighborhood, right next to the Acropolis – or anywhere else. “I work with companies which, before Covid, did not offer me the flexibility to work on the other side of the world. This is perhaps the only positive legacy of the pandemic,” she notes.

It’s a trend that American Tara Campbell, involved in the tourism industry, noticed and led her to create Sojrn, a startup that basically takes care of all the needs of future digital nomads. After doing some research, she ended up with nine countries she could recommend, and Greece was one of them. “Mainly because I love your country and because I had colleagues there whom I trusted. Plus, you have good Wi-Fi and lots of accommodation options,” she explains.

Ten to Pangrati

A year ago, 10 digital nomads moved to the Athens neighborhood of Pangrati. On the first day, they met their “host”, Hara Papadoukaki. They walked around the area, were introduced to the local greengrocer, shown the bus stop and given practical advice – from whether the tap water was safe to drink to what to do with the toilet paper. They sat down for breakfast and got to know each other – they each said what they did professionally (lawyer, banker, author, lobbyist, senior executives and business consultants) and their working hours. The toughest schedule was for Jack, who worked for Sony Pictures in Los Angeles and had to work until 3 a.m. They had all installed an app on their phones where they could follow each day’s activities before starting work: traditional Greek dance lessons, yoga at the National Garden or philosophy seminars. Over time, team members began to set their own schedules. Tara often visited the Acropolis for her morning coffee or they went to train at Kallimarmaro Stadium. Late at night, after work, they went out and organized excursions every weekend.

The cost to participate starts at $4,000 per month and includes accommodation, access to a workspace, activities, and support from Hara and the Sojrn team in anything that may arise. From fixing an internet connection (a common occurrence) to checking the building’s main electrical panel when the power went out (turns out it was Daniel’s fault; he works on Wall Street and used his own modem because he was afraid of losing his connection). Hara had to find a new mattress for a woman, return a faulty pair of shoes and have a phone argument with a taxi driver who wanted to charge 20 euros for a ride from Syntagma Square to Pangrati. However, at the last team dinner, everyone in attendance was thrilled and planning to return. Four have already done so.

Ioanna Dretta, Head of Marketing Greece (the company created by the Greek Tourism Business Association and the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels to promote tourism in Greece), recalls that from the first discussions held with government officials about digital nomads, everyone agreed that it was a particularly interesting audience. Not only because they support the Greek economy, but because they become the country’s best ambassadors. This time last year, Dretta and his team raised funds (from Aegean Airlines, Cosmote and Eurobank) and created a website, workfromgreece.gr, where a lot of information is available, from practical knowledge to ideas more adventurous. There is no record of the number of people who moved to Greece based on the site; however, they watch its visitors with great interest. The site is mainly visited by Americans, then Russians and British. There was a lot of activity after the summer, but also following significant events – for example, there were more Russian visitors to the site after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization.

They receive daily questions from interested parties. Where there are other digital nomad communities (apart from Athens there are communities in Hania, Volos and Pilio). They ask for help or clarification. Some consulates even ignore the digital nomad visa that the Ministries of Interior and Migration introduced in 2021 to facilitate citizens of third countries. Others wonder if their after-tax income really needs to exceed 3,500 euros per month to receive the visa (it is an obligation).

Bureaucracy

Anyone fulfilling the conditions for obtaining a visa and wishing to stay for more than two years must obtain a residence permit. When Elizabeth from Alabama, who now lives in Koukaki, needed the permit, Nikos took care of the whole process and she had no major difficulties. The experience of others who spoke to Kathimerini, however, was very different. Kate, who is from the UK, started trying to secure her papers at the end of 2020. After unsuccessfully trying to get a telephone appointment with the relevant department, she went there in person, but was turned down. In front of the staff, she dialed the service number and when she proved that no one picked up the phone, she was allowed in. Before even seeing what documents she had brought with her, they gave her a printed paper listing all the requirements. To her surprise, Kate saw that it was a guide for retirees (the printer had only printed the first of three pages). Although it was unclear what documents she needed, she found the requirements on the equivalent UK government site. She submitted the documents, but was then asked for a series of documents which she ultimately did not need. In another attempt to communicate with the authorities, the police officer she spoke to did not speak English and she was later informed that they could not accept that her landlord did not own her residence but that he was instead subletting the property (she eventually asked a friend to state that she was hosting him). She remembers other people like her, usually accompanied by a lawyer, facing enormous difficulties in their efforts to settle in Greece. “We felt like they were trying to talk us out of it,” she recalls. It took over six months for the permit to be issued, but she was undeterred. She continues to work in Greece, spending her summers in Milos and running a successful London startup from Athens.

Work abroad without migrating

digital-nomads-with-all-the-bells-and-whistles2This new trend in work not only affects non-Greeks, but also offers Greeks the opportunity to work for foreign companies in their country. One of them is Georgios Rempousis. Many times he had thought it would be good for his career (as a programmer) to go abroad but found it difficult to do so. However, when his department in a company was closed, he started looking for jobs in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Greece. He immediately found a job in a British company (of the nine colleagues in his former position, eight are working remotely and one has moved to the Netherlands).

Georgios is not considered a digital nomad, but a remote worker. Nothing has changed in his tax status. The British company signed a contract with a Greek company which hired him. It is, however, one of the exceptions. In the legislative initiative on remote work, the fiscal and social framework for remote work remains to be defined, which constitutes an important gap in the legislator.

Georgios tells us his work schedule is flexible “as long as you’re diligent.” Although he often misses the bond he developed with his colleagues while working in an office, he finds new employers trying to achieve it even under these new circumstances. He will soon travel to the English countryside to get to know his team better. They will plant trees, meditate and talk. But, even during their daily routine, outside of online quiz nights or board games or book club, they each get a “doughnut” every week. A link they must click on and spend half an hour getting to know a colleague better. Last week, Georgios found himself talking with a Portuguese woman from Andros – his home island – the baby he is expecting, and Ozzie, the dog who has become the mascot for his Zoom meetings.

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Portugal launches new flexible digital nomad visa for remote workers – Work Visas http://lostnomad.org/portugal-launches-new-flexible-digital-nomad-visa-for-remote-workers-work-visas/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 13:56:02 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/portugal-launches-new-flexible-digital-nomad-visa-for-remote-workers-work-visas/

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Given the changing workplace and the rise of remote working, as well as increasing globalization, we are pleased to announce that Portugal has introduced a digital nomad visa in October 2022 allowing foreign nationals who are not citizens of a country of the European Union or European Economic Area to live in Portugal for up to one year while working remotely for a foreign company. The new visa offers a solution to what is often described as the “visa run” where a person leaves and returns to a country to accommodate the time scale and allow re-application for a new visa at short notice.

The exciting move to create a digital nomad visa is part of Portugal’s program to review and revise its immigration law to maintain its relevance on the global stage.

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, a partner who leads our immigration team in our Porto office, points out that “Portugal has one of the most generous visa systems in Europe and the new digital nomad visa will make it easier for people to take advantage of the benefits of working in one of the most popular destinations for digital nomads.” They further comment “the new visa will facilitate the expansion of high-tech and IT skills in key cities in Portugal, which will have a ripple effect in improving Portugal’s reputation for expertise in these sectors. strategic”.

There are two routes to obtain a digital nomad visa, the temporary residence visa, valid for six months and perfect for those who do not wish to become a tax resident, and a one-year residential residence visa option, both of which can be renewed.

The criteria for the digital nomad visa are as follows:

  • Clear proof must be provided of a minimum income of 2,820? per month deposited in a Portuguese bank over a period of three months.

  • Proof of tax residence.

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clean criminal record.

  • Proof of employment with an organization based outside of Portugal.

  • Evidence of a contract proving that you work for clients if you are self-employed or engaged as a self-employed professional, such as – statutes of the association; a service contract; a written proposal for the provision of services to one or more organizations.

  • Travel insurance, including health insurance and possibility of repatriation.

  • Proof of accommodation.

Giambrone & Partners’ experienced English-speaking immigration lawyers provide full service support throughout your application. We will provide you with essential advice on all the requirements to ensure your successful application and help you with additional requirements, such as opening a bank account and obtaining a tax identification number (TIN) . We can also provide insurance quotes and, if needed, we can help you find accommodation.

Our lawyers will diligently prepare and submit the application on behalf of individuals who plan to engage in remote work in Portugal, from the applicant’s home country.

Following the application, an appointment will be made at the nearest Portuguese Embassy to the applicant’s city of residence. A successful application usually takes no more than two to three months.

The Digital Nomad Visa opens the door to a hassle-free visa allowing for a smoother life in Portugal.

Rute Lourenço advises clients on immigration matters and a range of visa applications. Her expertise extends in more than one direction, Rute also provides valuable advice and insight into non-contentious corporate and commercial matters, she has extensive experience in drafting complex cross-border contracts with protective clauses that offer the maximum guarantees for our customers.

If you would like to apply for a Portuguese Digital Nomad Visa, please contact Rute Registrar Bruno Dinz on BD@giambronelaw.com or please click here

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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The best and hardest countries to work in, according to this designer who has worked in 82 countries http://lostnomad.org/the-best-and-hardest-countries-to-work-in-according-to-this-designer-who-has-worked-in-82-countries/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 11:14:44 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/the-best-and-hardest-countries-to-work-in-according-to-this-designer-who-has-worked-in-82-countries/
  • UNITED STATES: As one of the best dream destinations in the world, you might be surprised that I included the United States as one of the worst places to live as a digital nomad. Although honestly there are a lot of negatives. The cost of living is far too high and you would spend most of your time working to support yourself. Most cafes and cafes also frown on remote workers with a lack of outlets and inaccessible wifi connections.
  • Morocco: It’s not uncommon for visitors to experience uncomfortable situations in Morocco, with energetic vendors and plenty of street scams to be wary of. Luckily, I’ve been very lucky with the people I’ve met, but it’s not as easy to form a community there. Also, it can get extremely cold in the winter.
  • Oman: As friendly and safe as the city is, the internet and the infrastructure are not there yet.

The wrong side

It’s not all scenic spots and delicious food. Macleod spent days and nights working at airports and train stations on his travels. The biggest challenge is not having a daily routine, she says. “Of course, our environment is constantly changing; the people around us change, the climate changes, the cuisine changes and our living conditions can change from day to day, even from week to week. Therefore, nomads must be very strong-minded and determined to maintain, for example, any type of training routine, sleeping pattern or eating habits. It can also seem like digital nomads are on vacation, she adds. “But the reality is that constantly traveling is exhausting.”

What advice would she give to someone who wants to adopt this lifestyle? Keep your expenses to a minimum, she says. “It’s not the high pay, but the small expenses that allow you to afford a life of travel. You don’t need a Starbucks coffee every day or a new outfit for every occasion. Cancel your subscriptions and free yourself from all expenses. Chances are that most of them aren’t necessary at all! »

Macleod adds that financial freedom is not about being rich. “It’s about learning to live without counting on the next salary. Once you have control over your finances, you will find that you have more space to live in the present moment on this planet. You can also see, as I did, that a full-time travel life is much cheaper than being static with a mortgage, insurance, debts and a car.

Katie in Petra, Jordan.

She also advises people to learn the art of saying goodbye. “Sometimes it’s important to let go so you’re open to any potential future adventures.”

Despite the many challenges of living as a nomad, Macleod enjoys being able to work from anywhere in the world. She never plans to go back to her desk job unless she absolutely needs to. She thinks the world is heading towards remote work in the near future. “The pandemic has only moved the due date forward.”

The island of Socotra in Yemen.

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Digital Nomad Visas Offering Jobs Across Borders http://lostnomad.org/digital-nomad-visas-offering-jobs-across-borders/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 14:42:25 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/digital-nomad-visas-offering-jobs-across-borders/

Digital nomad visas make it possible to reside abroad and work for employers around the world

By Jeph Ajobaju, Editor-in-Chief

Digital nomad visas help attract foreign talent and income through remote workers who travel abroad to a country and stay there, temporarily or long-term, and work for foreign employers around the world.

India and Indonesia have long welcomed digital nomads. Chile, Argentina and Brazil are focusing on the idea. Italy is eager to leverage remote workers to breathe new life into its aging population. Dubai is positioning itself as the hub.

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There are challenges when traveling creatives congregate in a locality with cash which can put pressure on goods and services and fuel inflation and other inconveniences.

However, the benefits far outweigh the benefits when high-value foreign workers such as architects, engineers, computer programmers, writers, designers, and others come together.

They train local talent. The lift the local economy. As the BBC reports below:

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But if local government has its way, the emirate will also soon become known as something of a strategic hub between Europe and Asia, where thousands of remote workers are tentatively putting down roots.

In a bid to attract new talent to the region, in March 2021 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) unveiled a one-year residency permit for remote workers.

The visa allows foreign professionals like Julien Tremblay, a 31-year-old software engineer from Montreal, to live in Dubai while continuing to work for employers abroad. It also allows newcomers to access a resident identity card and most public services.

Tremblay, for example, can legally rent accommodation or even open a bank account – all while being exempt from paying any local income tax.

“When I started being a digital nomad [five-and-a-half years ago]there were very few visa options,” says Tremblay, who says opportunities like the one in the UAE are a game-changer.

“It takes you out of the gray area and allows you to be fully compliant with where you are staying. If you intend to become a non-resident of your home country, it is also much easier to prove that you have left and to become an expat.

Previously, digital nomads often lived in a legal limbo. Technically, they weren’t allowed to work in a foreign country, but they weren’t locally employed either.

The new digital nomad visas create a stronger foundation, setting a legal framework that gives remote workers and the companies that employ them more peace of mind.

Yet visas are not seen as a loophole to evade taxes; most nomads still pay them in their home countries to retain citizenship or receive public health benefits.

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Attract new ideas and new talent

More than 25 countries and territories have now launched digital nomad visas, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute.

The trend, sparked by the pandemic, started with small European and Caribbean countries dependent on tourism. Today, major economies like the United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Italy are all launching their own initiatives.

For these countries, digital nomad visas are a way to attract new ideas and talent to their shores as well as capitalize on the growth of remote working to inject foreign capital into local economies.

Meanwhile, for nomads like Tremblay, the visas offer stability and a chance to become what he calls “slow-crazy” – long-term nomads who spend more time learning about the local culture” instead to treat host countries as temporary distractions”.

Requirements for digital nomad visas vary from country to country, but generally involve proof of remote employment, travel insurance and a minimum monthly income – all to ensure visa holders can support themselves. needs without taking local jobs.

The latter can vary from $5,000 (£4,182) per month in the United Arab Emirates, to $2,770 (£2,317) in Malta or $1,500 (£1,255) in Brazil.

There are also fees for applying (from $200 to $2,000), while the length of stay ranges from six months to two years, depending on the visa.

Some applicants may recoup this money through perks; Argentina, for example, plans to offer digital nomads on its new visa differential rates on accommodation, coworking spaces and domestic flights with Aerolíneas Argentinas.

Combine the best elements

Luca Carabetta, a member of the Italian parliament from the Five Star Movement political party, said Italy is combining the best elements from other digital nomad visas to create its own, which he says will be launched by September at the latest. .

A leading champion of the visa, he expects it to attract 5% of the global nomad market, which he estimates at around 40 million people, in its first full year.

“A digital nomad can bring us skills in all fields, from architecture to engineering, so it’s a good way to open our country to skills from abroad,” says Carabetta.

With Europe’s oldest population, he also sees the temporary visa as a way to attract younger residents, who can use it to test out a more permanent life in the country. “Our ultimate goal could be to have them, yes, as guests in Italy, but also eventually settling here.”

In preparation for the new visa, Carabetta says Italy has spent more than €1 million strengthening computer networks, improving transport and upgrading infrastructure in rural communities – all in the hope that digital nomads attracted by the most pastoral corners of Italy can contribute to their economy. development.

Meanwhile, cities like Venice and Florence have already developed programs to help digital nomads have a soft landing once they arrive.

Boosting local talent, economies

Prithwiraj Choudhury, whose research at Harvard Business School focuses on the changing geography of work, says the benefits for countries like Italy are immense.

“First, the teleworker spends consumer dollars in the local economy,” he explains. “More than that, they also connect with local entrepreneurs.”

Choudhury thinks skill sharing is one of the biggest opportunities for countries, noting that it will be important for them to try to attract the right kind of nomads who can add value to the local community.

He cites the Start-Up Chile program as a historical example. Launched in 2010, it offered visas and cash incentives to foreign entrepreneurs to spend a year in Chile developing their own start-ups and mentoring local talent.

At the time, Chile only had a fledgling start-up scene. A decade later, thanks to the exchange of ideas, Chilean entrepreneurs have now launched unicorns worth more than $1 billion, including vegan food tech company NotCo and food delivery app. on-demand Grocery Cornershop.

“It’s a good example of how an ecosystem can be created if you invite talented foreigners to your country, even for just one year,” says Choudhury.

Those with the most to gain from digital nomad visas are emerging economies or small countries that have traditionally lost talent to larger countries, he adds: “Before, companies were competing for talent. Today, countries and regions are also fighting for talent.

Choudhury predicts that even bigger economies may soon offer digital nomad visas to stay competitive. And he thinks those who create the best ecosystem for remote workers will see the greatest benefits.

“You need to help them for the duration of the stay by connecting them with like-minded people and entrepreneurs,” he says. “Once they’re gone, you need to set up an alumni program so those people can stay in touch, keep contributing to the community, and keep coming back.”

New challenges

Digital nomad visas can offer many promising opportunities, but they could also create new challenges.

They can, for example, trigger an increase in the local cost of living, increase competition for resources and create “privilege bubbles”, according to Kate Hooper and Meghan Benton, authors of the Migration Policy Institute report.

The researchers cite Bali, Indonesia and Goa, India as examples of existing digital nomad hotspots that have struggled with these issues in recent years.

Having a working class that uses local infrastructure and services but does not pay taxes for them can also create resentment among tax-paying residents.

Some experts are also wondering if digital nomad visas will gain popularity in the first place.

Denmark’s Soomro, founder and CEO of global mobility database visadb.io, says “larger segments of nomads still use the three to six month tourist visa option for various reasons, such as complications related to the application for digital nomad visas”.

Soomro says the cumbersome paperwork, expensive medical exams and challenges showing proof of monthly income (especially for the self-employed) can make many nomads more inclined to simply enter as a tourist and quickly cross the border in case. of need. They are, after all, itinerant by nature.

However, after doing this for five years, Tremblay says he is happy to have applied for the digital nomad visa in Dubai. “It’s great to be treated like a resident even if he’s not working as part of a job or an investment,” he explains.

The software engineer plans to use Dubai as his base for the foreseeable future, that is until the longtime nomad finds his next home.

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Digital nomads: These cities have the lowest rental prices for remote workers http://lostnomad.org/digital-nomads-these-cities-have-the-lowest-rental-prices-for-remote-workers/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 14:19:33 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/digital-nomads-these-cities-have-the-lowest-rental-prices-for-remote-workers/

As employers around the world embrace remote working, the number of digital nomads is on the rise.

Thousands of people traveled to remote corners of the globe, exploring new cities and cultures between zoom calls.

But moving abroad can be Dear. In some cities, the cost of living is extremely high and rent is a particularly big concern.

So where are the cheapest places to working travelers live?

CIA owners analyzed rental prices for one-bedroom apartments in 37 countries.

They found that London is the most expensive city to rent a one-bedroom apartment at an average price of £11,088 (€12,800) for six months.

But not all destinations will break your bank. The cheapest city – Ankara, Turkey – is more than £9,000 (€10,400) cheaper than London, with six months’ rent in a one-bed property costing an average of £1,303 (€1,504).

So before you start looking at the map, here are the 10 cheapest destinations for digital nomads.

The cheapest destinations for digital nomads

10. San Jose, Costa Rica

Capital of Costa Rica, San Jose is the gateway to the beaches and parks of this beautiful Central American country. It’s also worth visiting in its own right, with a well-established party scene, buzzing with craft breweries and dance clubs.

The country has a dedicated digital nomad visa to make your move as teleworker as easy as possible.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £3,566 (€4,094).

9. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Discover the medieval charm of Ljubljana, a bustling university town with 45,000 students. Sandwiched between Italy and Croatia, it’s a great place for those who want European charm without the European prices.

There is no dedicated digital nomad visa in the country, but future expats can apply for other options like a Schengen visa to stay there long term.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £3,491 (€4,007).

8. Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital of the small Baltic country of Estonia. Ideal for remote workers, Estonia is an extremely digital society. It has free Wi-Fi hotspots everywhere and 99% of public services are available on the web. Nearly a third of citizens vote via the Internet.

The country also offers a year digital nomad visa.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £3,437 (€3,942).

7. Bratislava, Slovakia

Located at the foot of the Little Carpathian Mountains, this historic city straddles the Danube. You can reach Vienna and Budapest by boat in 70 minutes and two hours respectively.

There is no dedicated digital nomad visa in the country, but Expats can apply for temporary residence permits.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £3,354 (€3,847).

6. Athens, Greece

This ancient city is a blend of historical significance and modern freshness. Ancient ruins are scattered throughout the city, but so are the lively bars and cafes.

If you are a fan of sunny days, Greece is the place for you, with its warm Mediterranean climate. The country also has a dedicated two-year digital nomad visa.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £2,580 (€2,959).

5. Riga, Latvia

Another Baltic gem, the city of Riga dates back to the 12th century AD. Remnants of its past are everywhere – its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – but there are also modern and well-equipped coworking spaces.

Teleworkers can stay Latvia for a year on a digital nomad visa.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £2,313 (€2,653).

4. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is known for its rich history, stunning architecture and vibrant nightlife. It attracts over 30 million visitors each year. It’s also in the heart of Europe, bordering seven different countries, making it a good base for exploring further afield.

Hungary’s digital nomad visa is known as the “white card”. To apply, you must submit an initial application to a local Hungarian Embassy.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £2,306 (€2,647).

3. Santiago, Chile

Santiago is surrounded by mountains, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range. On weekends, you can combine skiing in the Andes with surfing in the Pacific.

There is no specific visa for digital nomads in Chile. Instead, visitors can work on a 90-day tourist visa, which can be extended for another 90 days for around €100.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £2,248 (€2,580).

2. Bogota, Colombia

Filled with street art, museums and architecture, Bogotá has a lot to offer culture lovers. Since October 2022, a new digital nomad visa is available for foreign nationals employed outside of Colombia to reside and work remotely for up to two years.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £1,818 (€2,087).

1. Ankara, Turkey

The capital of Turkey, it is the second largest city in the country after Istanbul. It’s a modern metropolis and a great gateway to the rest of the country’s stunning scenery.

There is no specific digital nomad visa in Turkey but you can apply for a residence permit.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £1,303 (€1,504).

What do locals think of digital nomads?

From the opportunity to experience a new culture to a better work-life balance, the digital nomad lifestyle offers great benefits.

But do your research before you go. In some cities, an influx of digital workers has drives up rents for local people, leading to evictions. Before deciding which country to go to, check what the locals think about the phenomenon and that you will not be contributing to a housing crisis.

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Mexico City, Newest Destination in Mexico, Partners with AirBnB to Attract Digital Nomads http://lostnomad.org/mexico-city-newest-destination-in-mexico-partners-with-airbnb-to-attract-digital-nomads/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 13:57:27 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/mexico-city-newest-destination-in-mexico-partners-with-airbnb-to-attract-digital-nomads/

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Proving once again that this is one of Latin America’s top destinations for workcations, Mexico has seen its capital, Mexico City, partner with AirBnB to attract digital nomads. The move follows a remote work scene that is exploding in popularity in the metropolis, and the laudable country opening on the initiative.

Young woman working away from her computer while drinking coffee or tea, Digital Nomad in Mexico City, Mexico

Earlier this week, we also reported that the state of Baja California Sur, home to Los Cabos and La Paz, has entered into a similar partnership with AirBnB in hopes of winning the race for Mexico’s best nomadic hub. Cabo may have been the first to take the plunge, but now he will have to avoid stiff competition to maintain his lead.

Mexico City is the last player to officially enter the pitch, and he didn’t come to play.

Mexico’s number one city wants to become the digital nomad capital of the world

Mexican flag waving in the center of a public square in Mexico City, Mexico

On October 25, AirBnB Mexico announced that the mayor of Mexico City had signed an “agreement” with the rental platform to “encourage more digital nomads” to move there. When settling in Mexico, foreigners normally have their hearts set on the laid-back coastal towns or less crowded destinations that receive a fraction of the impressive number of tourists that Cancun does.

The appeal of an “under-touristy” and off-the-beaten-track Mexico is growing, and towns like Bacalar and Arteaga have been in the news lately. Naturally, it was time for the capital to react, both to reaffirm its status as an unparalleled cultural destination, and as a vibrant, friendly and colorful city where all of Mexico’s contrasting identities can be found.

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Young male tourist looking at historic pre-Columbian pyramids in Mexico, Latin America
  • The pre-Columbian heritage nearby Teotihuacan ruins, including the iconic Pyramid of the Sun
  • Monumental monuments from the colonial era, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral and the old portal of Mercaderes
  • modern neighborhoods dotted with skyscrapers and teeming with bars, nightclubs and open-air restaurants

Mexico’s first city is truly the perfect fusion of the many facets of the nation, and a place where nomads can soak up the rich heritage while doing their homework: when it comes to the latter, there’s no shortage of cafes and other coworking offices. Finally, Mexico City’s potential as a digital nomad retreat is officially recognized.

What makes Mexico City such an amazing nomadic destination?

Group of students working on a laptop outdoors in Mexico City, Mexico

Much like its competing Pacific campaign, AirBnB has developed a new website dedicated exclusively to digital nomads in Mexico City – one of the measures that are expected to be adopted to boost promotion of the destination in the coming months. By crowning it ‘Capital of Creative Tourism’, the company highlights the following aspects:

  • The tourist offerdescribing it as a “volcano of constant creative disturbance”
  • The world class cuisinea force noticed by all the gourmets who have already visited Mexico City
  • The natureimposing itself through numerous green spaces and parks dotting the concrete jungle
  • The Storypresent all around and in the very air that visitors breathe – “Entire cultures were born in this place, including the Mexicas, Tlatelolcas, Xochimilcas, among others”
View of Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City at sunset, Mexico

The city expects the AirBnB partnership to fulfill its ambition to become a global capital of remote working, and the city government is going so far as to lead UNESCO-assisted training with local entrepreneurs to develop “authentic experiences ” that represent The diverse character and centuries-old traditions of Mexico City.

Are the locals happy?

Water display in the modern Circa district of Mexio City, Mexico

Previously, there had been the rapid internationalization of Mexico amid the nomadic boom which led to price hikes. After all, when the biggest spenders start moving en masse in city centers and other development areas, the cost of living tends to adapt to new standards, and this includes the cost of rent.

We have witnessed this same phenomenon in Europe, where up to 23 destinations have urged the European Commission, the EU’s legislative body, to limit tourist rentals. Residents are worried gentrificationand rightly so, especially after the once sleepy town of Tulum quickly turned into an American “colony” due to overdevelopment.

Traveler taking a panoramic photo of what looks like Mexico City in Mexico

They even staged protests as early as June, expressing their disapproval of the trend, but as Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said at a press conference, “the impact on local tenants should be minimal”:”Most digital nomads choose to stay in expensive neighborhoods, where rent is already higher than other parts of the capital‘, she argued, defending the project.

According to a statement from AirBnB, Mexico is the perfect remote work hub due to its easy entry requirements – Americans get 180 days of continuous visa-free residency – a slew of extended-stay rentals and the long list of “locals-driven and sold” experiences that help long-term visitors immerse themselves deeper in the culture and to ‘understand the city better’.

You can find more information about digital nomadism at MEX here.

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]]> A Worldwide Workplace: What the Rise of the Digital Nomad Means for Global Businesses – Work Visas http://lostnomad.org/a-worldwide-workplace-what-the-rise-of-the-digital-nomad-means-for-global-businesses-work-visas/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 09:35:03 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/a-worldwide-workplace-what-the-rise-of-the-digital-nomad-means-for-global-businesses-work-visas/

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Digital nomad visas

A comparative view

More than 50 countries around the world now have some form of visa or immigration agreement that supports digital nomad models.

In some jurisdictions, the traditional work-related visa requirement for digital nomads has been removed or modified, sometimes replaced by a new type of work permit. For example in Italy, where a new permit has been issued to non-EU digital nomads, who can stay in the country for up to 90 days without a visa. In Canada, “remote work” (either by telephone or Internet) performed by a temporary resident whose employer is outside Canada and who is remunerated from outside Canada, is not characterized as work requiring a work permit under the Temporary Foreign Workers and International Mobility Act. Programs.

And in Australia, digital nomads who use technology to work remotely while traveling between different locations (who are either self-employed or employed by a company without an office in Australia), can apply for a visa for short periods of stay as whether tourist or business. visitor.

In countries where digital nomad visas exist, the conditions of these visas vary considerably from one jurisdiction to another. In many countries there will be a minimum income threshold, as well as other requirements and controls. For example, in the Cayman Islands, where the minimum annual salary is $100,000 or $150,000 for couples. Police background checks, COVID testing, and private health insurance requirements are common features, along with proof of employment by a company based outside the jurisdiction.

The costs and duration of these visas also vary widely. For example, in Bermuda where the visa fee is $263 compared to $2,000 in Barbados. In Indonesia, a digital nomad visa can last up to 5 years, while in Bermuda it is limited to 12 months only.

To demonstrate the different arrangements that currently exist, we have created an interactive guide with details on digital nomad visas or immigration arrangements for workers employed in a sample of jurisdictions around the world.

Click here to continue reading. . .

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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Tourists can now move to Bali for up to 10 years – if they have at least $130,000 in the bank http://lostnomad.org/tourists-can-now-move-to-bali-for-up-to-10-years-if-they-have-at-least-130000-in-the-bank/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 10:30:53 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/tourists-can-now-move-to-bali-for-up-to-10-years-if-they-have-at-least-130000-in-the-bank/

The country is focusing on its tourist capital, Bali, in an effort to attract visitors for longer stays. The new “second home” visa is available for five or 10 years and will come into effect from December 25 this year, according to a press release.

Applicants must be able to bring at least two billion Indonesian rupees (approximately $130,000) with them, and the funds must be placed in Indonesian public banks.

“The aim is to attract foreign tourists to come to Bali and various other destinations,” Acting Director General of Immigration Widodo Ekatjahjana said at the launch of the visa on Tuesday.

The visa hopes to bring in those who could “contribute positively to the Indonesian economy”, the press release continues.

The move follows countries like New Zealand and Portugal, which recently introduced “digital nomad visas” to capitalize on remote workers who want to work overseas after the pandemic upended work structures. traditional.

More than a dozen other countries have launched similar programs to attract young remote workers who like to travel.

The digital nomad lifestyle is gaining popularity as pandemic-enforced work styles, such as remote working, become more common.

Last year, 15.5 million Americans identified themselves as digital nomads, according to a report.

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Want to move to Europe? Here are all the digital nomad visas available for remote workers http://lostnomad.org/want-to-move-to-europe-here-are-all-the-digital-nomad-visas-available-for-remote-workers/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 05:02:39 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/want-to-move-to-europe-here-are-all-the-digital-nomad-visas-available-for-remote-workers/

Across Europe, countries are capitalizing on remote working by offering digital nomad visas.

Since the pandemic, many of us have enjoyed the freedom to work from anywhere.

Recognize the potential to increase their reporting tourism industries, countries ranging from Croatia to Spain make it easier to obtain temporary residency while working for a foreign company.

Not only does this help bridge low season gaps in tourism-dependent destinations, but it offers non-EU citizens peace of mind and the ability to legally work remotely.

Digital nomad visas helping host countries tackle other problems as well, from brain drain to aging populations.

If you are looking to move to Europe, work remotely, and gain the right to travel within the Schengen area, a digital nomad visa could be just the ticket.

Here is a comparison of remote work visas currently – or soon – available in Europe, including the duration of stayapplication fees and income conditions.

Some have been specifically designed for remote workers while others are existing visas that have been tailored for people who want to work while traveling.

What digital nomad visas are available in Europe?

Croatia: For a sun not hampered by fiscal difficulties

Duration of visa: One year, with possibility of renewal

Registration fees: Around 60 €

Income requirement: Around €2,300/month

Croatia launched its one-year residence permit for digital nomads in 2021. The program is open to non-EU/EEA citizens working in “communication technologies” – either through their own business registered abroad, either as remote employee for a company outside of Croatia.

Provided they do not need a tourist visa to enter Croatia, remote workers can apply for a one-year residence permit after arrival. Immediate family members can also apply for temporary residence.

Remote workers are currently not subject to income tax in Croatia.

Czech Republic: For affordable housing and fairytale castles

Duration of visa: Up to one year

Registration fees: 200 €

Income requirement: Must have €5,000 in your bank account

Remote workers can apply for a long-term commercial or freelance license in the Czech Republic. Known colloquially as the “zivno” visa (short for Zivnostenske opravneni or business permit), it is for non-EU citizens who are self-employed or run their own business.

It requires links to a company in the Czech Republic, so it can be used by those who intend to obtain local freelance work such as teaching.

Estonia: for cutting-edge digital infrastructure on a low budget

Duration of visa: One year, with possibility of six-month extension

Registration fees: 100 €

Income requirement: €3,500/month

Estonia launched its Digital Nomad Visa in the summer of 2020. It allows people working remotely for companies abroad – or freelancers with clients mainly abroad – to stay in Estonia for up to a year at that time. You can apply for an additional six-month visa after your original visa expires.

Candidates must have earned at least €3,500 net per month in the six months preceding their application.

If you stay in Estonia for more than six months, you will acquire tax residency and be subject to local taxes.

The country also offers “online residency”, which allows remote entrepreneurs to digitally access Estonia’s online services without providing residency. This can be used to run an online business, access banking services and file taxes in Estonia without living there.

Finland: for untouched nature in the happiest country in the world

Duration of visa: Six months

Registration fees: 400 €

Income requirement: €1,220/month

Finland’s self-employment visa is open to non-EU entrepreneurs who are self-employed or run an independent business. Applicants must meet the minimum income requirement and demonstrate means.

Greece: for the islands and the sun all year round

Duration of visa: One year, with the possibility of extension with a residence permit

Registration fees: 75 €

Income requirement: €3,500/month

Last year, Greece launched a program allowing non-EU citizens to live and work remotely in the country. To be approved, you must prove sufficient resources with a monthly income of at least €3,500.

Digital nomads are not allowed to work or become self-employed for Greek companies under this program.

Hungary: For thermal baths and economic life

Duration of visa: One year, with possibility of extension

Registration fees: 110 €

Income requirement: €2,000/month

Hungary’s “carte blanche” visa is open to non-EU digital nomads remote employees outside the country. You must stay in the country for at least 90 days within a 180 day period and will be exempt from tax in Hungary for the first six months.

You are not allowed to work for a Hungarian company under this scheme.

Iceland: For high-income outdoor explorers

Duration of visa: Six months

Registration fees: 86 €

Income requirement: €7,075/month

IcelandThe Long-Term Remote Work Visa is for high-income earners earning more than €7,000 per month, either as employees of a foreign company or as self-employed workers. The visa lasts for six months and applicants will not be considered tax residents during this period.

You are not allowed to work for Icelandic employers with this visa.

Italy: for a relaxed life and spectacular landscapes

Duration of visa: One year, with possibility of renewal

Registration fees: To confirm

Income requirement: To confirm

A new visa for digital nomads was signed in Italian law in March 2022. However, the details have yet to be finalized.

It is believed to be aimed at highly skilled workers. Applicants will likely need to meet a series of requirements, including having health insurance and a clean criminal record. They must also be tax compliant in Italy before applying.

Malta: For mild winters and days on the water

Duration of visa: One year

Registration fees: 300 €

Income requirement: €2,700/month

MaltaThe nomadic residence permit from is aimed at remote workers and freelancers who work for companies abroad. The one-year permit is open to third-country nationals.

Originally, the nomads were told that they would enjoy tax exemption as long as they continued to pay taxes back home. However, there have been legal complications with this pledge which are currently being resolved.

Portugal: for the wild coasts and oenological weekends

Duration of visa: One year

Registration fees: To confirm

Income requirement: €2,800/month

On October 30, 2022, Portugal will launch its digital nomad visa, officially called “residence visa for the exercise of a professional activity provided remotely outside the national territory”.

It is open to non-EU citizens who are employed or self-employed by a company outside Portugal.

The new scheme is an alternative to the existing ‘D7’ visa, which is aimed at retirees and people on ‘passive income’.

Romania: For long hikes and economical stays

Duration of visa: One year

Income requirement: €3,950/month (three times the average gross salary in Romania)

RomaniaThe digital nomad visa is aimed at non-EU citizens. Candidates must have health insurance, a clean criminal record and proof of income above €3,300 per month from a company outside of Romania.

If you have a tax residence in another country, you are not required to pay taxes in Romania under the scheme.

Spain: For beach getaways and tax breaks

Duration of visa: Up to five years

Registration fees: To confirm

Income requirement: Should be €2,000/month

SpainThe Digital Nomad Visa was first rumored in January and is expected to come into force in early 2023. The scheme would grant non-EU citizens the chance to live and work there for up to five year.

Although details are yet to be finalised, it is believed the scheme will be available to freelancers with proof of regular employment and contract employees working for companies outside of Spain.

Under current plans, tax breaks will be given to remote workers, who will only be able to pay 15% tax for the first four years of their stay instead of the usual 24%.

The required income is likely to be €2,000 per month.

Norway: For mountaineering and local affairs

Duration of visa: Up to two years

Registration fees: 600 €

Income requirement: €3,000/month

Eligible non-EU digital nomads can apply for a residence permit and independent entrepreneur visa to live and work remotely in Norway. Applicants must have at least one Norwegian client and are required to pay local taxes under the program.

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The 5 safest and healthiest countries for female digital nomads http://lostnomad.org/the-5-safest-and-healthiest-countries-for-female-digital-nomads/ Sun, 16 Oct 2022 23:17:29 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/the-5-safest-and-healthiest-countries-for-female-digital-nomads/
  • The digital nomad movement is growing rapidly as more countries offer visas for remote workers.
  • Women make up a significant percentage of digital nomads.
  • Tech company Lemon.io analyzed the data to find the safest and healthiest countries for digital nomads.

Kyiv-based Kate Leschyshyn always wanted to travel when she was younger. It wasn’t until she got divorced that she finally had the freedom to do so. She was able to do more long weekends which quickly turned into working in different cities and eventually becoming a full-fledged digital nomad.

As a sales team leader for a flexible company, Leschyshyn must take calls with people all over the world at all times of the day. Her unstable schedule meant that it didn’t really matter where she lived. But when Russia invaded Ukraine, it decided the best decision was to leave the country in the long term.

For more than four months now, Leschyshyn has been living as a digital nomad in Berlin. She chose the city because she wanted to practice her German, experience the culture and spend time with a close friend who lives there.

“There are places that I knew and dreamed about from childhood or from friends,” she said. “Right now, I can travel to these places, not as a tourist, but rather to integrate into the local life and culture. And I don’t even have to use my vacation days to that.”

She has found the digital nomad lifestyle to be rewarding, especially helping her to “understand others better,” she said. “I’m building more meaningful connections in my personal life and at work – it’s priceless.”

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A growing movement

Leschyshyn is one of many people getting involved in the burgeoning digital nomad lifestyle. In 2021, 15.5 million Americans reported being digital nomads, a 112% increase from 2019. The steep increase is partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic which is making jobs more flexible and people want to travel now that places are reopening. More and more digital nomads are staying in one destination rather than traveling more frequently.