Imagine traveling without visa problems! Unfortunately, visas are here to stay but working in these places with a Digital Nomad Visa makes working abroad easier.
Digital nomads are people who work online/remotely from foreign countries. They’re dependent on internet connection and hotspots. Digital nomads aren’t the full-time travelers you’re thinking about (ie. Affiliate Marketers or ‘Influencers’). They are Programmers, Website Developers, SEO Specialists, Social Media Marketers, Customer Support Representatives, and Entrepreneurs. Working remotely seems easier to grasp after thousands of companies have gone remote due to COVID19. Working in another country is just that extra step that some people take. It is hard to find these countries that validate expats working online.
Barbados is an island in the Caribbean, near the coast of Venezuela. Recently, they opened applications for their 12-month Welcome Stamp Visa. A special visa for remote workers who want to work and live in Barbados. They make sure you are able to financially support yourself by certifying you expect to earn an income of US$50,000.00 or more over the next 12 months and/or have the means to support yourself, your spouse and dependents accompanying you, during your stay in Barbados. Also, due to the online work declaration, you need to confirm that you, or you dependant(s) will not accept any employment from or offer any services to a citizen, permanent resident, immigrant, work permit holder or any person or entity carrying on business in Barbados. If accepted there is an individual fee of US $2000 or family bundle fee of US $3000. Other than these terms and conditions, it is fairly easy to apply! Below is a letter from the Prime Minister Mottley: Welcome to Barbados!
On behalf of our beautiful island of Barbados, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. Although the COVID 19 pandemic has been a tremendous challenge to people around the world, we believe it has also opened up opportunities.
We recognise more people are working remotely, sometimes in very stressful conditions, with little option for vacation. Our new 12 month Barbados Welcome Stamp, a visa that allows you to relocate and work from one of the world’s most beloved tourism destinations.
We believe we have something very special to offer on this little rock we call Barbados. Our friendly people, professional services, commitment to education and importantly safety and security, all make Barbados an ideal place to live for both singles and families.
Thank you for considering making Barbados your new home.
Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Barbados
Estonia is 1 of 26 Schengen countries in Europe. It is in northern Europe, near Finland and bordering Russia and Latvia. The Digital Nomad Visa allows remote workers to live in Estonia and legally work for their employer or their own company registered abroad. Eligibility includes: you’re able to work independent of location, perform your work duties remotely using telecommunications technology, have an active employment contract with a company registered outside of Estonia, conduct business through your own company registered abroad, or work as a freelancer for clients mostly outside of Estonia, and can provide evidence that your income met the minimum threshold during the six months preceding the application. Currently, the monthly income threshold is €3504 (gross of tax). The state fee is 80€ for a Type C (short stay) visa and 100€ Type D (long stay) visa. Below they explain their reasoning:
“Digital nomads and remote workers have long faced ambiguity when working while they travel, often skirting the law by working while visiting a country with a tourist visa.
But as of August 1, 2020, eligible location-independent workers can apply for the chance to come to Estonia to live for up to a year with peace of mind that they can legally work.
Estonia has already transformed the way a country serves people beyond its borders through programmes such as e-Residency. Now with the Digital Nomad Visa, Estonia is transforming how people in the world choose to work.”
Next on the list….Croatia? Dutch entrepreneur Jan de Jong, in Split, Croatia has been sharing her progress in encouraging Croatia to accept Digital Nomad Visas. On May 5, she presented the concept of digital nomad tourism as a tourism strategy for Croatia at a conference. Citing Estonia, she published an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic for the consideration. We can’t wait to see what happens, and wish her the best of luck paving the way for Digital Nomads!