Sri Lanka to grant one-year visas to ‘digital nomads’


  • Influential French travel and tourism operator Club Med ranks Sri Lanka second in the world for digital nomads in 2021

The government has decided to attract ‘digital nomads’, a rapidly growing segment within the global travel and tourism industry, with one-year long-term visas. A decision to this effect was approved by the Council of Ministers at its meeting on Monday.

The government said the move would help position Sri Lanka as a favorable destination for digital nomads. People who use digital technology for their livelihood and travel around the world are referred to as digital tourists or nomads and facilitating these tourists is a growing trend in the tourism industry.

The government said digital nomads often stay in restaurants, public libraries and other such places, and provide their services online through devices with internet access. The availability of high-speed internet connections for communication, long-term visas, affordable housing, income tax exemption, etc. are the main factors attracting them.

“By attracting digital tourists to Sri Lanka and providing them with the facilities they need to stay longer, the country will be able to earn more foreign exchange,” the government said.

The proposal of Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga proposes to launch a promotion program by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau aimed at attracting digital nomads to the country, as well as the introduction of a long-term visa category for them.

Last month, the Daily FT exclusively reported that Sri Lanka was ranked second best destination for digital nomads in 2021 by influential French travel and tourism operator Club Med. (see https://www.ft.lk/front-page/Sri-Lanka-ranked-second-best-for-digital-nomads-in-2021/44-719341)

Club Med said that as more people work from home and say goodbye to cramped commutes and sluggish office factories, the idea of ​​changing home offices for the sun, Lush landscapes and an explosion of culture were becoming more and more popular.

This urge to travel while working remotely has led to an increase in digital nomads – people who travel the world while working virtually. Thus, Club Med has created an index of the best places and countries in the world to become a digital nomad. This data has been collected and evaluated based on the growing demand for a nomadic lifestyle. He deliberately put beautiful landscapes before the bustle of cities to limit and curb stress, allowing workers to fully embrace the world – the ethics behind digital nomadism.

In the latest study, Club Med examined the cost of living, safety, average internet speed, the presence of natural and wellness sites, as well as the number of relaxation and adventure activities. In each country.

In doing so, he assigned each place a “Total Digital Nomad Score,” which he used to rank both the best countries and the best areas for remote working.

Describing second-place Sri Lanka, Club Med said: “The colorful country of Sri Lanka is a nomadic paradise.

“Sri Lanka topped our list as the second best country to visit for digital nomads. With a low cost of living and a beautiful backdrop of verdant mountains, coral reefs, and powdery sands, it’s clear Sri Lanka offers such a great remote working experience.

According to Club Med, the country achieved a total score of 238 out of 320, with average temperatures of 30 ° C as well as plenty of activities and landmarks for visitors.

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