Dubrovnik and other Croatian cities have recently seen an influx of digital nomads from all over the planet. Why is this happening and what type of person comes to work here? A look at the entire remote working industry and some changes to Croatia’s visa requirements provide the answer.
What is a digital nomad?
This type of worker uses the latest technology to work remotely, which allows them to live in different places and explore the world while earning money. They may have a permanent job or be self-employed, using hotels, cafes and other places to connect to the Internet and work. The phrase has been around since the late 20th century, but the introduction of fast Wi-Fi and tools like Zoom and Google Workspace have helped make this way of life accessible to more people than ever before.
Among the most popular destinations are countries like Mexico, Thailand and Estonia, where nomads can live relatively cheaply while exploring a fascinating country. The number of digital nomads in America has grown from 7.3 million in 2019 to 10.9 million in 2020 based on the number of people who would describe themselves like this. This group has an above average job satisfaction index. This survey suggests a total population of 35 million digital nomads with an average age of 40 years.
What work are they doing?
More and more jobs can be done remotely by these workers. Graphic designers use tools like the cloud-based Adobe Creative Suite that can be used to create and share visual projects. This type of position is also ideal for people working as developers, content producers or in marketing. With many businesses now present online and with 4.8 billion internet users worldwide as of July 2021, there are now plenty of opportunities for people of all skill types; for example, a German couple who run a YouTube channel from Croatia show other interested Germans how this change can be done independently.
A digital nomad can produce YouTube or Twitch videos, or write website content and provide customer service. The e-commerce industry gives us a clear example of the shift to online transactions, with global sales of $ 4.28 trillion in 2020 expected to reach $ 6.5 trillion in 2023. Remote workers are needed for design sites, update listings, provide support, and carry many other tasks required to complete an e-commerce operation. The line between work and tourism can become blurred when you work like that.
Traditional casino games have also moved online. A look at a Casino website reveals a variety of slot machine games such as 9 fire masks, Assassin Fire and Jurassic Park. They use live streaming technology for live dealer games based on classic table games like roulette and blackjack. The biggest developers listed here, such as Microgaming and Just for the Win, regularly release new slots and tend to have large global teams that can offer digital nomads the opportunity to enjoy flexibility while creating new ones. games.
Likewise, other industries such as travel agencies, book publishing, and personal training have all successfully gone virtual in recent times using the latest technology. Each of these industries has a range of tasks that can be performed by workers located just about anywhere on the planet. Custom software is now available for most industries that can be entered remotely, with the online personal trainer industry using a variety of tools, for example.
Why is Croatia such a popular destination?
One of the biggest issues for digital nomads is getting the visas or other documents needed to keep traveling and working. They may need to move to a new country before they want to, due to their visa expiration. This can lead to additional hassle and expense, and also means they can’t set up in one place. Since digital nomads bring money to the economy, some countries have decided to offer special visas to these workers. Barbados, Costa Rica, and Portugal are among the countries that allow them to stay a year or two without any additional paperwork needed once they arrive.
Croatia introduced a one-year visa for remote foreign workers in early 2021. It applies to people outside the EU who work with communication technologies and do not need a visa. tourist to enter the country. Among the requirements, these digital nomads cannot provide services to Croatian businesses and do not pay income tax, although they must prove that they earn at least € 2,200 (€ 2,700) each month.
To date, the first reports suggest that the majority of digital nomads to get this visa are British or American. This has provided much needed visitors to cities like Dubrovnik, where remote workers can provide year round benefits to the tourism industry. For those considering going the other way, the Croats could soon be be able to travel to the United States without a visa under the visa waiver program.
The success of the Croatian visa for digital nomads is expected to attract more and more remote workers to the country, with the possibility that it will end up making it a major hub for people who work in this way.