Buenos Aires expects to host 22,000 remote workers by 2023
Argentina is a large country with a rich culture, gorgeous landscapes, and delicious food. With its technology and infrastructure development, it is becoming the perfect hotspot for digital nomads. At least, that’s what the Argentinian Government believes.
In a recent press release, the National Institute for Tourism Promotion of Argentina (known by its Spanish initials Inprotur), has highlighted the country’s affordability, diversity, human capital, and vibrant culture as the main appeals to young American professionals.
Buenos Aires, the capital, was ranked in 2021 as the best city in Latin America for digital nomads according to a report shared by Nestpick. The study considered relevant aspects for remote workers such as digital connectivity, legal stay, costs of living, safety, weather and culture, and leisure.
While the data suggesting Buenos Aires as a great nomad hotspot is all quite accurate, the timing of the study was quite odd, as throughout 2020 and most of 2021, tourists were not permitted entry into Argentina. Now that the nation has recently dropped all entry requirements, digital nomads can enter with no travel restrictions, regardless of things like vaccination status. Having zero-entry requirements and fully reopening for all travelers will be the best first step Argentina can take in promoting itself as a digital nomad-friendly country.
Inprotur also proudly featured successful Argentinian startups such as Despegar.com, Globant, Mercado Libre headquartered in Buenos Aires, and strong alliances with other international tech companies. Google’s Latin American headquarters are hosted in Buenos Aires.
As reported by Inprotur, Buenos Aires expects to attract 22,000 digital nomads by 2023, and more remote workers in other cities like Córdoba and Mendoza. The devaluation of the peso can considerably reduce costs of living for those earning in strong currencies such as US dollars or Euros and might find a very attractive lifestyle in this destination.
A Digital Nomad Visa Coming Soon
At the moment, foreigners can stay in Argentina for up to 90 days, and can apply for an extension to stay longer. Last year, in June, the government of Buenos Aires City announced an alliance with Airbnb and other 40 local hotels to work on a special project to host digital nomads.
The program Digital Nomads BA was created as a result of the alliance to provide key information for professional travelers, a welcome Kit, and feature academic and professional opportunities, news, and local guides.
Buenos Aires’s authorities also confirmed that they were working along with the government to create a special visa for digital nomads to allow a 1-year legal stay. They would have to compete against Brazil’s digital nomad visa which is also coming soon and will allow a 2-year stay.
Fernando Straface, Secretary-General and Foreign Affairs of the City of Buenos Aires said at the moment: “The cities that leave the pandemic behind have strategies to reactivate the tourism economy. In the region, Buenos Aires is an attractive capital for digital nomads due to the life quality it offers, its cultural offer and its diversity, and also for its entrepreneurial ecosystem and human capital. These are attributes that nomads take into account when choosing a destination where they can settle temporarily.”
It is still uncertain when the visa will be ready. According to the information shared by the news agency EFE, Hernán Vanoli Director of Inprotour said two months ago: “The truth is that we are very excited, we love receiving more and more workers and nomads from different parts of the world”.
Vanoli also disclosed: “We are trying to be as flexible as possible with the requirements because we know that we must try to reduce barriers. And we are putting together the entire package of benefits that will include internet connection, and probably discounts on lodging and internal flights.”
Top Destinations for Digital Nomads in Argentina
Buenos Aires is the leading cultural destination. Travelers will find fascinating bookstores, great theaters—including the famous Teatro Colon, and many attractions and cultural activities day and night, like dancing tango. Remote workers will love that there is a strong local co-work culture in place.
Besides the capital, Inprotur also featured Mendoza and Córdoba for remote workers who prefer nature. In Córdoba, Argentina’s second-largest city, digital nomads will find beautiful colonial architecture, cultural activities, and interesting neighboring villages. In Mendoza, right next to the Andes, adventure lovers can enjoy spectacular lakes, and, hikes and taste a great variety of local wines.
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