30 Countries with Remote Work Visas for People Around the World

As remote employment becomes more commonplace, a greater number of people are choosing to combine work and pleasure. Countries with remote work visas have presented jobseekers with an opportunity to see the world while still making a living. 

Whether you’re a freelancer or a full-time member of staff who can do your job remotely, there are many different nations offering new visas to facilitate your travels.

1. What Is a Remote Work Visa?

A remote work visa, also known as a digital nomad visa is a permit that allows an individual to live and work in a foreign country. In the wake of the Covid pandemic, the number of countries with remote work visas has increased, as a greater number of people worldwide are now able to do their job outside of an office. While the details vary by nation, most are designed to give both full-time employees and freelancers a firmer legal footing in terms of their right to work abroad. 

It’s important to remember that most remote work visas do not allow you to work for a local business. The expectation is that you will be paid by foreign entities (i.e., if you get a remote work visa in Costa Rica, you would not be entitled to work for a Costa Rican company).

2. Top 30 Countries with Remote Work Visas

2.1 Colombia

Colombia’s nomad visa allows the holder to stay in the country for up to two years. The application fee is $52, with a subsequent visa fee of up to $230 if your permit is approved.

Requirements:

  • A letter in either Spanish or English from a company that is utilizing your services.
  • Bank statements showing that you have the equivalent of three months’ minimum wage. That’s currently 3,000,000 Colombian pesos ($625 US at time of writing).
  • Health insurance that covers accident, illness, maternity, disability, hospitalization, death and repatriation.

2.2 Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s remote work visa initially lasts one year, with the option to extend for an additional 12 months. There’s a $100 government fee and $90 processing fee. You’ll also have to fill out the application online in Spanish.

Requirements:

  • Monthly income of at least $3,000.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.3 Mexico

Mexico’s temporary residence permit can allow you to stay in the country for up to four years, though it must be renewed yearly. There’s an initial $40 fee for a consular appointment, followed by another fee for the permit (between $150-350 US, depending on length of stay).

Requirements:

  • Monthly income of at least $2,600 per month.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.4 Cabo Verde

Boasting some of the cheapest fees of countries with remote work visas, Cabo Verde’s permit is just €20 (plus the €30.83 airport security tax that everyone pays when entering the country). However, it is valid for just six months and  only open to people from North America, Europe, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO)

Requirements:

  • Monthly income of at least €1,500 for the past six months.
  • Copy of your police record.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.5 Dubai

Dubai

Costing $611 in total fees, Dubai’s Virtual Working Program lets you live and work in the UAE for one year.

Requirements:

  • Monthly income of at least $3,500 per month, proven by bank statements for the preceding three months.
  • Your payslip from the month prior to your application.
  • Employment contract that lasts a year.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.6 Mauritius

Known as the Premium Visa, the remote working permit for Mauritius lasts one year and is completely free! However, it is only available to people from certain countries, including the US, UK and Australia.

Requirements:

  • Monthly income of at least $1,500 per month.
  • Return airline ticket.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.7 Seychelles

Dubbed the Workcation Retreat Program, the Seychelles allows remote workers to stay for up to a year. There is a single fee of €45. 

Requirements:

  • Regular income. 
  • Onward airline ticket.
  • If you are employed by a company, a letter stating this fact. If you are self-employed, proof of business ownership.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.8 Antigua and Barbuda

The Antigua Nomad Residence Visa is one of the pricier visas out there. You’ll need to fork over a whopping $1,500 US, though it does at least cover two years.

Requirements:

  • Annual income of at least $50,000.
  • Employment contract or document proving you are self-employed.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.9 Aruba

Aruba offers a meager three months for remote workers, with fees varying based on the nationality of the person applying.

Requirements:

  • Sufficient income to cover your costs.
  • Return airline ticket.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certification.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.10 Barbados

Similar to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados is one of the more costly countries with remote work visas with fees of $2,000. It covers one year.

Requirements:

  • Annual income of at least $50,000.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.11 Bermuda

The beach paradise of Bermuda offers a temporary residence permit for $263. It lasts for a single year.

Requirements:

  • Sufficient income to cover your costs.
  • Employment contract or self-employment documentation.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.12 Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands’ Global Citizen Concierge Program clocks in at $1,469 US (for either one or two people) and lasts two years.

Requirements:

  • Annual income of at least $100,000.
  • Letter proving you are employed by a company, including details of your position and annual salary.
  • Proof of the legal existence of your employer.
  • Bank reference outlining your credit standing.
  • Bank statements from the preceding six months.
  • Police clearance.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.13 Curacao

The fee for Curacao’s Temporary Stay Permit for Digital Nomads/Remote Workers is $294. It is initially valid for six months but can be renewed for another six months after that.

Requirements:

  • Sufficient income to cover your costs.
  • Statement of assignment proving your employment.
  • Return airline ticket.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.14 Dominica

Dominica’s Work in Nature program provides a permit for 18 months and costs $800.

Requirements:

  • Annual income of at least $50,000.
  • Employment contract or document proving you are self-employed.
  • A reference letter from the bank.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.15 Australia

Australia does not have a digital nomad visa designed for remote working as yet. The closest equivalent is its Working Holiday Visa, which entitles people aged between 18-35 (depending on the country) to work for a year in the country. This permit was designed for individuals doing migrant work in fields like fishing, plant and animal cultivation, and construction. People who fulfill at least three months of specified work can renew their WH for a second year. It costs AUD510 (approximately $350 US).

Requirements:

  • AUD5,000 (approximately $3,435), plus sufficient money for your fare home.
  • Sign the Australian Values Statement.
  • Meet the health requirements.
  • Meet the character requirements.

2.16 Belize

Lasting for six months, Belize’s Work Where You Vacation visa costs $250.

Requirements:

  • Annual income of at least $75,000.
  • Employment contract.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Travel insurance with minimum coverage of $50,000.

2.17 Brazil

Brazil

Introduced just this year, Brazil’s Temporary Visa VITEM XIV costs $100 US and lasts for a year, though it can be extended another year.

Requirements:

  • Monthly income of at least $1,500 or a bank balance of $18,000.
  • Employment contract or document proving you are self-employed.
  • Submission of criminal record.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.18 Croatia

Croatia’s Temporary Residence Permit has different fees depending on whether you apply in person or online, but you can expect to pay at least 310 kuna (approximately $43) in fees.

Requirements:

  • Monthly income of at least 17,822.50 kuna (approximately $2,490).
  • Employment contract or document proving you are self-employed.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.19 Cyprus

€70 is the price for Cyprus’ digital nomad scheme. It lasts for a year but can be renewed for a further 12 months.

Requirements:

  • Monthly income of at least €3,500, proven with bank statements.
  • Employment contract or document proving you are self-employed.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Updated CV.
  • Signed affirmation declaring you will not work for a Cypriote business.
  • Letter of intent explaining what you will do while in Cyprus.
  • Blood analysis proving you don’t have HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B or C, or tuberculosis.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

20 Czech Republic

Digital nomad visas in the Czech Republic can last from six months to a year and cost 1,000 koruna (approximately $43). An immigration interview is also required as part of the process.

Requirements:

  • 124,500 koruna (approximately $5,386) in your bank account.
  • Zivno trade license, which allows you to remote work.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Health insurance with minimum coverage of €60,000.

2.21 Ecuador

Ecuador’s Rentista visa will set you back $450 in total, but its one of the few countries with remote work visas that gives you two years right off the bat.

Requirements:

  • Monthly salary of at least three times the minimum wage, which is currently $425. In other words, you’ll need to prove you make at least $1,275 per month.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking in Spanish.
  • Employment contract or document proving you are self-employed.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.22 Estonia

The fee for Estonia’s e-Residency permit is €60 and covers you for 12 months working in the country.

Requirements:

  • Sufficient income to cover your costs, proven with bank statements from the last six months.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking in Spanish.
  • Employment contract or document proving you are self-employed.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • University degree or any other relevant qualifications for your stated profession.
  • Health insurance with minimum coverage of €30,000

2.23 Georgia

The Remotely from Georgia program allows citizens of 95 countries to live and work there for a year. As an added bonus, it’s one of the handful of countries with remote work visas where the application is completely free.

Requirements:

  • Monthly income of at least €2,000, or €24,000 in your bank account.
  • Employment contract or document proving you are self-employed.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.24 Germany

Remote working in Germany is only possible through a complex process that requires you to fill out many forms (some in German only) and jump through lots of hoops – all for just 90 days and at a cost of €175 in total fees. It is essentially divided into two parts: getting a temporary visa to enter Germany, then applying for a residence permit. 

Requirements:

  • Evidence of your estimated income while in Germany based on previous work.
  • Business plan, explaining how you intend to make a living.
  • Letters of intent from prospective clients.
  • Updated CV.
  • University degree or any other relevant qualifications for your stated profession.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Residence registration certificate, obtained after you arrive in Germany.
  • Tax ID, obtained after you arrive in German.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.25 Grenada

Lasting a year, Grenada’s digital nomad visa offering costs $1,500. It might be one of the more expensive countries with remote work visas, but the requirements are minimal. 

Requirements:

  • Annual income of at least $37,000.
  • Employment contract or document proving you are self-employed.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.26 Greece

Greece

Greece’s digital nomad visa is initially valid for one year, but it can be renewed for a further two years. There’s a single fee of €75.

Requirements:

  • Monthly income of at least €3,500.
  • Employment contract or document proving you are self-employed.
  • Declaration letter affirming you will not work for any Greek company while on a digital nomad visa.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Return airline ticket. 
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.27 Iceland

Lasting for 180, the Icelandic remote work visa costs 12,200 krona (approximately $86).

Requirements:

  • Monthly income of at least €7,000.
  • Employment contract or document proving you are self-employed.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.28 Italy

Like Germany, Italy has a rather more complicated self-employment visa application process that requires you to obtain certain certifications once you’ve entered the country to be given a residence permit. There is also a quota limit on how many visas Italy grants a year. However, you can at least obtain a visa that is valid for two years at a cost of €50.

Requirements:

  • Annual income of at least €8,500, demonstrated by bank statements from the previous year.
  • Nulla Osta certificate, acquired from the local immigration office, giving authorization for you to be self-employed.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

2.29 Jamaica

Jamaica doesn’t have a digital nomad visa, but it has become a popular location for remote employment because the regulations around working while visiting are so relaxed. Many countries do not even require a visa of any kind to stay there for extended periods of time. 

Requirements:

  • Sufficient funds to cover your stay.
  • Return airline ticket.

2.30 Malta

Last on our list of countries with remote work visas is Malta, which offers a yearly permit that costs €300.

Requirements:

  • Monthly income of at least €2,700.
  • Employment contract or document proving you are self-employed.
  • Cover letter explaining how you intend to make a living.
  • Updated CV.
  • Rental lease agreement or hotel booking.
  • Health declaration showing you are medically fit.
  • Health insurance for the length of your stay.

3. FAQs

  • Can You Work Remotely from Another Country?

Yes. Many countries with remote work visas are now eagerly courting digital nomads. This is largely because any spending a person does while remote working in a foreign country can help boost the economy.

  • How Do I Get a Remote Worker Visa?

The process varies depending on which of the countries with remote work visas you are keen on visiting. Normally, you will need to fill out an application online and have a passport valid for at least six months.

  • Do Remote Jobs Require a Work Visa?

Work visas are generally required if you are employed by a local company. If you are working in a country for an organization that is based elsewhere, a nomad visa may be more appropriate.