Imagine working out in your beach clothes, sipping a pina colada, and living amidst deep blue skies and golden sands. It seems difficult given the lockdown and pandemic we find ourselves in right now. But that’s exactly what a handful of countries offer: a chance to escape the drudgery of working from home and a change of scenery and countries. And itinerant workers plan to make the most of it.
As the virus has changed the way people work and travel and tourism taking a hit across the world, it has also opened up new opportunities that countries and businesses are seeking to exploit. Hotels offer internships, stays and even schools, coworking spaces are opening up in exotic locations and governments are reaching out to nomads and potential digital entrepreneurs to set up their work bases in the country.
Enter digital nomadic visas – aimed at legalizing the state of digital nomads, freelancers or traveling professionals in a particular country. They allow longer stays and are often easier to obtain than work or residence visas. In turn, most of these countries require people to prove that they are working with a company listed outside the country so that they are not seen as layoffs to locals.
Here are a few countries you can check out that offer remote visa options: