Here’s something you may not know about being a digital nomad. Despite having no commitment to a location, it’s not always so simple to show up at a destination and stay for as long as you want.
You can pass through most countries on a tourist visa, but if you want to stay somewhere for more than a few weeks, you’ll need legal status.
Bureaucracy can put a dent in an aspiring digital nomad’s dreams. Fortunately, not every country has strict digital nomad laws.
Here is a list of countries offering the simplest digital nomad visa requirements based on the application process, low application fees, and liminal income requirements. The list starts from easiest to slightly more demanding conditions, but all are obtainable.
7th Easiest: Colombia
Colombia is a country that has a little bit of everything. If you want tropical weather with stunning beaches, you can head to the coast in Cartagena. If you desire a cooler, more metropolitan vibe, you can head to the capital Bogota. And if you want the bustling city life, you can check out Medellin. All in all, Colombia is a great place for digital nomads, and here’s what it takes to stay there.
Their visa program has a $177 fee; however, you can stay for up to two years. Most foreign workers only need to make just under $700 a month, which might sound shocking; however, Colombia has a lost cost of living.
To learn more about their program, make sure to visit their official website here.
6th Easiest: Costa Rica
A tropical paradise where the country’s motto is “ pura vida,” the pure life, is where you can find relief from work-related stress. Let’s face it: just because you work remotely doesn’t mean your remote job can’t stress you out from time to time. Fortunately, Costa Rica can help you relocate to a more relaxing place and state of mind.
The application fee costs $100 and is suitable for one year, with the option to extend for another year. The monthly required income is a little higher than in other foreign countries and is around $ 3,000. This might be due to the increased cost of living; however, your money will still go far in this Central American country.
If you’re considering taking surf lessons and exploring Costa Rica’s biodiversity, check out their official websites for more details.
It’s also important to note they have some of the world’s best coffee.
5th Easiest: Croatia
Tucked away in Southern-Eastern Europe, Croatia doesn’t exactly have bright neon lights saying, “Welcome digital nomads.” However, their loose visa requirements make the country a very inviting place to stay.
To apply for temporary residency that will allow you to stay for one year, you must pay a fee of $60 and make at least $2,715 monthly.
With these simple requirements, you’ll explore the country’s national parks and learn about their rich culture and heritage between conference calls.
Before booking your plane ticket, check out the complete list of requirements here.
4th Easiest: Spain
The land of fine wine, cheese, and tapas, Spain has opened its doors to digital nomads through their Digital Nomad Visa. It costs $80 to apply and is suitable for one year. A monthly income of about $2,635 is required whether you work for yourself or a company outside of Spain.
To start enjoying your new life in one of the sunniest places in Europe, check out this website for requirements and the application process.
Number 3 Easiest: Portugal
If you look on a map, Portugal seems like this small slither of land adjoined to Spain. Yet this country off the Atlantic Coast has been a magnet for digital nomads. One reason is that a temporary visa only costs about $80, and you can stay for up to a year.
And if you’re new to working remotely and your income is a little low, don’t worry; you only have to make a monthly salary of $815.
Number 2 Easiest: Georgia
If you’ve searched for places to call your temporary home, you might have overlooked Georgia. However, this country on the edge of the Black Sea is attracting more foreigners. Because of its friendly locals and steamy hot springs, Georgia can be a very appealing country.
Luckily, for United States citizens, you can enter and stay in Georgia for up to one year without a visa. Additionally, Georgia has a list of over 90 countries that can do the same.
For more information, you can visit the Georgian website.
Number 1 Easiest: Mexico
You can easily work from your favorite beach bar in Mexico while sipping on a margarita. You can live and work in Mexico for up to 180 days without restrictions or visa requirements.
If you can’t get enough tacos al pastor and want to stay in Mexico longer, you have the option of getting what is known as a temporary residence visa. This visa will allow you to stay in the country for more than 180 days. In addition, you’ll be allowed to rent or buy a car, open a bank account, and travel in and out of Mexico freely.
For the temporary residence visa, you must visit the nearest Mexican consulate in your country. You’ll also have to pay a $40 application fee and provide several documents, including bank statements for the past six months to a year.
For more details and information, you can visit their official website.
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