Mexico has become one of the best destinations in the world for digital nomads

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With digital nomadism on the rise and remote working becoming the norm, Mexico eclipses other countries one of the friendliest destinations for temporary and autonomous migrants, although it has not yet announced its own nomadic visa. Great weather all year round, amazing culture and super friendly locals? What’s not to like?

Young man in a floral shirt, summer outfit working from his computer in a beach setting, digital nomad concept

Throughout the health crisis, Mexico has pursued what many saw as an unorthodox approach in leaving its borders open to vacationers and long-term travelers. While most of its neighbors, including the United States and Belize, restricted travel, it opted for much more lax measures, subsequently climbing to the top of the world tourism charts.

Even though the Americas reopened on a larger scale, all eyes remain on mexico as it confirms its status as a freedom-loving center – and now, a nomadic refuge.

Mexico is becoming increasingly popular among young nomads despite the lack of visas

Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Caribbean Sea, Mexico

Mexico is on a clear modernization path that sets it apart from all other Latin American competitors. Whether it’s new scenic tourist trains and major infrastructure investments, the deployment of E-Gates for faster border control, or a zero-tolerance policy on crime, the Mayan homeland strives to be a fully developed international destination.

Naturally, it has begun to diversify its tourism offerings, catering not only to luxury travelers, who continue to flock to Mexico as demand for budget vacations fades, but also to young digital nomads looking to temporarily reside south of the border, or to escape the biting cold. of their homeland or simply to challenge themselves as lone adventurers.

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Young male tourist walking on the beach in Cancun, Mexico

It seems Mexico’s appeal to this demographic is remarkably strong, regardless of its own lack of a viable immigration route for nomads. Ángel Terral, AirBnB Mexico Country Manager, notes that 2021 saw a strong 54% increase in long-term stays across Mexico. Of course, we must consider this with a critical eye.

Not all Airbnb customers who book an apartment in Mexico City for an extended period — for example, between one and three months — are digital nomads. They might have other reasons for extending their stay in Mexico, such as visiting family or friends, their studies or even personal projects, but it is undeniable that nomads represent a large part of the sum.

Man using his laptop, digital nomad concept

Hotels in Cancun are starting to promote long-term stays

In Cancún in particular, a large number of teleworkers employed in the IT field has been observed, Marco Erosa Cárdenas, president of the Mexican Chamber of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies (Canieti), affirming that those who ‘do not need to be in a place of work’ are likely to choose places like Cancun stay “one season”.

Continuing his developments, Mr. Cárdenas said that the pandemic had accelerated the trend of “working from home”, with the technology industry being “one of the most developed” in this regard. He believes the pandemic has paved the way for programmers to live abroad while continuing to perform their professional duties in the United States or Canada, or wherever their employing company is registered.

Aerial view of Cancun Hotel Zone, Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya, Mexico, Mexican Caribbean

However, IT professionals are only part of the pie: freelance writers, copywriters, designers, web developers, and language teachers are other professionals who are soaring in droves. The numbers are so expressive some hotels in Cancun offer special packages to digital nomads setting up bases in the Riviera Maya.

Last summer, Marriott offered a special “productivity in paradise” package for nomads. Indeed, they were able to book a minimum stay of 7 nights with a 30% discount on the whole of the Caribbean, in particular at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancun. As part of the promotion, nomads had access to a long list of worker-friendly amenitiesincluding co-working spaces and a meeting room.

Beautiful beach in Cancun, Mexico, Riviera Maya

The Hive Cancun is another example of a digital nomad center, focusing exclusively on long-term stays for remote workers. Located just 20 minutes from the Cancun airport, its main assets are fast and reliable Wi-Fi throughout the property and a culture of well-being: when work is done, guests are free to relax. at the swimming pool or in one of the many saunas.

Elsewhere in Mexico, cities like Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos are equally popular, the former hosting a Facebook group of 5,000 people and both collecting countless stories of nomads online. The Mexico City megalopolis is also exploding in popularity, so much so that locals are complaining about gentrification and excessive internationalization.

Mexican flag waving atop a historic fort in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Digital nomadism is taking over Mexico

Now, 20% of Airbnb stays in Mexico fall into the “long term” category, or reservations exceeding 28 days, indicating that the nomads are establishing themselves as one of the most important customers in the country. It is important to note that these claims are based on data made available by only one platform.

Commenting why mexico has become so massively popular In this slot, using AirBnB as a metric, AirBnB Mexico manager Ángel Terral believed it was due to Mexico’s “proximity to the United States” and being in a time zone similar, which increases “competitive advantages” over destinations across the pond.

View of Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City at sunset, Mexico

There are caution: Mexico has not yet followed Costa Rica’s model. Unlike the Central American competitor, it has not disclosed plans to launch its own Digital Nomad Visa, although it already attracts more foreign workers and long-term visitors than other countries that have established their own visa routes. .

Visas not required for stays of less than 180 days

Currently, American and Canadian tourists can stay in Mexico for 180 days as tourists or business visitors. Anyway, some nomads find that six months in a country is enough before flying off to their next destination. For them, the lack of a proper visa in Mexico will not be too much of a problem.

Traveler holding US passport with boarding pass, international travel

You do not need to apply for any type of visa to reside in Mexico for less than six months as a US or Canadian national. On the other hand, those hoping to stay in the country for years, essentially settling in Mexico as an American expat, will need to apply for a long-term resident visa.

For more information on visas for Mexico, we advise you to contact immigration specialists and/or the nearest Mexican consulate.

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