2020 was dedicated to working from home. The end of the year was devoted to working the hills. 2021, in turn, is all about working from anywhere. This is the reason why some countries have started to issue digital nomadic (or telework) visas. The lack of tourism coupled with the convenience of working from anywhere has prompted these countries to think about new ways to attract long stays.
Kartika Nair, a Bengaluru based protest and life coach, who runs her own business called Synchro Shakti, moved to Croatia in June 2021. “I moved because I missed my partner. We had been separated for more than 400 days because of the Covid. In addition, I have the freedom to work remotely. I decided to be adventurous and it paid off.
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Nair spent around a lakh on visa processing, tickets, legal documents, and translation costs. She also had to present documents proving that she was a business owner. “The cost of living, including renting and groceries, is around INR 35,000 per month, much less than what I spend in Bengaluru, plus I can see this beautiful country,” says Nair, who has a visa until June 2022.
A digital nomad visa (the official name differs in each country) is a document issued by the host country giving a person the legal right to work remotely. Most countries issue it for one year. This year, the main destinations (since international airlines started flying) are Croatia, Thailand, Germany, Iceland, Portugal and the Czech Republic. The main criteria for issuing this visa are that a person must have their own business in their country and can operate remotely.
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Naina Rastogi from Singapore, who straddles India and Singapore and runs a communications and social media company, has been living in Southeast Asia for the past six months. “Called the Sosial Budaya visa, it is issued if you get local sponsorship. This allows you to stay in Bali for six months and is very popular with digital nomads, ”she says.
Rastogi has a valid two-year Singapore visa, so it was convenient to get in and out. She visited and stayed in Bali and Cambodia because she got cheap tickets by having planned ahead. “To get this visa, I had to submit documents proving that I was running my own agency. It was tedious. You can get a visitor visa, but not a resident visa without proving that you are running a business. In addition, your work must not deprive a room of its work, ”she adds. His next stop is Vietnam.
You are a business owner / partner
Passport valid for one year
Terms of stay, including a one-year rental contract in certain countries
Earnings per year according to the country standard
Bank statements from the past year as proof of income