Digital Nomad Visa


Ultimate Digital Nomad Visa List (How to Live and Work Abroad) 

Becoming a digital nomad means you get to say goodbye to the days of slogging it out in a cramped office space. You can work remotely wherever you want, whether that’s at the shores of the Bahamas or a chic cafe nestled within Dubai’s high streets. 

Of course, digital nomadism isn’t without its challenges — navigating visas and entry restrictions can be tricky when you’re country-hopping! 

Fortunately, for globetrotters like us, countries are starting to open their hearts (ahem, borders) to digital nomads. Many countries have even created dedicated ‘digital nomad visas’ that make the process a whole lot easier.

Below, we delve into exactly what digital nomad visas are and which countries currently offer them.

What is a Digital Nomad Visa

What is a digital nomad visa?

A digital nomad visa is an official document that grants an individual the right to temporarily live and work remotely in a country that’s not their country of permanent residence. Digital nomad visas are usually valid for up to 1 year, though some can even allow you to stay up to 4 years. 

Anyone who works remotely (whether an employee or self-employed) can potentially qualify for a digital nomad visa, but the exact eligibility criteria will vary depending on the country you’re applying with. 

While most countries have accessible eligibility requirements, a few countries are more restrictive. For example, some require a certain minimum income to qualify for a digital nomad visa, and some countries restrict these visas only to a handful of professions.

Some of the most common digital nomad visa requirements include:

  • A valid passport (and valid for the whole duration of the stay — not near expiry) 
  • Proof of annual income (typically 3 to 6 months of bank statements)
  • Proof of health and travel insurance valid for the period of your stay
  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience 
  • A clean criminal record 
  • Proof of arranged accommodation (usually includes address, contact name and number, and a copy of your reservation)
  • Letter issued from your employer, if a remote employee 
  • Copies of relevant qualifications, if visa requires educational background
  • A declaration that you won’t conduct work with local businesses 

In most cases, you must also pay a visa application submission fee. This can range from as little as $20-$40 (Japan) to as high as $3,000 (Antigua and Barbuda, for a family application). You’ll also need to factor in expenses such as travel insurance and healthcare insurance.

Countries With Digital Nomad Visas

Several countries — including Argentina, Japan, Albania, Croatia, and Brazil — now offer digital nomad visas for remote workers. We’ll provide an overview of all the countries that offer digital nomad visas, and discuss typical application costs and visa lengths. 

We’ll also touch on each country’s cost of living and safety rating, and a few pros and cons to inform your decision.

The following information and data have been sourced from government websites, global professional service business KPMG, and Numbeo, a large cost-of-living database. Remember, this information is relevant to the date this article was written (05/24/24) and changes by the day — check these sites to get up-to-date information for your travels! 

Be mindful that while some digital nomad visas make you exempt from paying local income taxes, this isn’t always the case. Many countries may treat you as a tax resident, particularly if you reside in them for over 183 days or they don’t have a tax treaty with your home country. Always speak to the nearest relevant embassy for further information.

CountryApplication CostVisa LengthCost of LivingSafety RatingProsCons
United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi$100-300 to applyUp to 1 year, have to re-apply and exit the country to renewAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $947 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $1,431 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index ranking (GPI): 75
Culturally diverse 
Relaxing, laidback environment
No local income tax
Requires a monthly income of at least $3,500
AlbaniaType D long-term visa (for digital mobile workers or self-employed)
The fee varies as it follows a reciprocal system —you pay the amount an Albanian citizen would be expected to pay for a visa for your country of permanent residence
Speak to the nearest embassy for further information
Valid for up to 1 year. However, the stay period is from 90 to 180 days. 
This can be used to obtain a residence permit 
Average monthly living cost for an individual: $659(excluding rent)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $465 (approx)
US Travel Advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Low cost of living
Reliable internet in many areas
You will likely need to pay tax on both local and international income sources (Albania lacks double taxation treaties with many countries)
Anguilla$2,000 for an individual, $3,000 for a family  (up to 4 persons) 
Speak to the nearest embassy for further information
Up to 1 yearRent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $800(approx)US Travel Advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
33 beautiful beaches to explore 
No direct taxation
Expensive visa fees 
Antigua and Barbuda$1,500 for an individual, $2,000 for a couple, and $3,000 for a family of 3 
Speak to the nearest embassy for further information
Up to 2 yearsRent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $740 (approx)US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Valid for longer than most visas
Exempt from paying income taxes
Required minimum annual income: $50,000 USD 
Argentina$120 visa fee to apply, plus an $80 consulate fee
To apply
Up to 180 days, can be renewed for an additional 180 days Average monthly living cost for an individual: $469 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $317 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 54
Beautiful scenery and landscapes to explore 
Exempt from local income tax
No explicit minimum income requirement
High inflation 
ArmeniaTemporary residence permit available 
Approx $272, or $220 if a US citizen (as per reciprocal system) to apply
Up to 1 year, renewableAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $688 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center:  $897 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index ranking: 66
Crime is low
Extremely hospitable people 
Not technically a digital nomad visa
ArubaNo fees; US citizens aren’t required to obtain any visas or other official documentationUp to 90 daysAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $1,203 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $740 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Hassle-free process and no fees involved for US citizens
Discounted rates on accommodations, experiences, and local activities
Exempt from local income taxes
High cost of living 
BahamasApplication fee: $25
Permit fee: $1,000  $500 (and a $25 application fee) for each additional dependent 
Up to 1 year Average monthly living cost for an individual: $1,400 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $963 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Official language is English
Typically quick processing time 
Income tax exemption 
High cost of living
Expensive visa fees 
Belize$500 visa fee per adult, $200 per child to applyUp to 6 monthsAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $702 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in city center: $406 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Work permits waived
Receive special offers on leisure activities, entertainment, and accommodations through lodging partners
Minimum annual income of $75,000 or $100,000 if you’re a couple or family
Bermuda$275 fee to applyUp to 1 year, potentially renewable (case-by-case basis)Average monthly living cost for an individual: $2,092 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $3,434 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Suitable for students
Income tax exemption  
Plenty of coworking spaces available 
Family members need to apply separately and pay a separate fee
High cost of living
Brazil$100 to $300 approx consular fee to applyUp to 1 year, able to extend for one additional year Average monthly living cost for an individual: $557 (excluding rent, approx
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $354 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index ranking: 132
Low cost of living
Only requires a monthly income of $1,500 to qualify
You may be taxed if you live in Brazil for more than 183 days, even with the digital nomad visa 
Cabo Verde$21 visa fee to apply and $37 airport fee (approx)Up to 6 months, with the opportunity to renew for another 6 monthsAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $386 (approx, excluding rent)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $292 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal
Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Plenty of co-working and co-living spaces
Low visa fee
Exempt from income tax
Long processing time 
Cayman IslandsUnknown — you’ll need to submit an application and discuss the process with officials 
Note: Global Citizen Concierge Program was scrapped in 2022. This information is relevant for the corporate-tailored digital nomad program
Up to 5 years, renewable for another 4 years Average monthly living cost for an individual: $1,830 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $2,666 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal
Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Freedom of movement (can enter and leave throughout your stay)
Tax neutrality 
Can apply for permanent residency after 8 years
Only suitable for business owners and established entrepreneurs (corporate)
Very high cost of living
CroatiaVariable depending on whether you apply at an embassy, police station, or online, expect to pay around $140 in total to applyUp to 1 yearAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $778 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $595 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 10
Rich cultural sites 
High global peace index ranking
Reliable internet connectivity 
Visa-free travel to over 26 countries (Schengen area)
Requires a minimum monthly salary of $3,125 (approx), or a minimum of $37,500 already available in your account if you intend to stay for the full year
Curaçao$294 per applicant to applyUp to 6 months, renewable for an additional 6 monthsAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $1,143 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $623 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Not required to pay Curaçao income tax
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the island
High cost of living
Cyprus$76 per applicant (approx) to applyUp to 1 year, able to extend up to 2 years Average monthly living cost for an individual: $932 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in city center: $996 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 64
Affordable visa cost 
Stunning scenery and warm (but not too humid!) climate 
Takes 5 to 7 weeks to process the application
Required net monthly income:  $3,800 (approx)
Czech RepublicApprox $112 in total (see program page to download Excel application, and follow the detailed instructions in listed downloadables)Up to 1 year, potentially renewable Average monthly living cost for an individual: $840 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $850 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 12
High GPI ranking 
Safe place to visit 
Located in central Europe; easy to explore other European countries 
Visa-free travel to over 26 countries (Schengen area)
Only eligible if you are a citizen of Australia, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, the United States of America, or Taiwan
DominicaApplication fee: $100 
Visa fee: $800
Family application fee: $1,200
To apply
Up to 18 monthsRent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $333 (approx)US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 83
Tropical paradise
Income tax waiver
Free travel is offered during the period that the visa is granted
Limited infrastructure 
Requires you to earn $50,000 per year
United Arab Emirates, DubaiTotal fee is approximately $611: including the application fee, processing fees, and the premium for medical insurance 
To apply
Up to 1 year, renewable upon re-application Average monthly living cost for an individual: $1,089 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $2,114 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)

Global Peace Index ranking: 75
Great public transport infrastructure
Vibrant nightlife 
Reliable internet 
High cost of living
Minimum of $3,500 per month salary
Ecuador Visa application fee: $50 
Visa granting fee: $270
To apply
Up to 2 years, with the opportunity to extend Average monthly living cost for an individual: $540 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $362 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index ranking: 97
Low cost of living
Very low minimum income requirement (approx $1,350) 
One of the 17 megadiverse countries 
Volatile political situation 
EgyptNo dedicated digital nomad visa; apply for a work visa
Speak to nearest embassy for further information
Variable; depends on work visa Average monthly living cost for an individual: $323 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $168 (approx)
US travel advisory: Reconsider Travel (level 3)
Global Peace Index ranking: 121
Extremely low cost of living
Offers a range of outdoor activities and cultural experiences
Internet connection is unreliable
Difficult and lengthy process to obtain a work permit
Level 3 travel advisory
El SalvadorTotal process cost: $2,825 
Renewable fee: $450
To apply, email via form on the information page 
Up to 2 years, renewable for an additional 2 years Average monthly living cost for an individual: $644 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $718 (approx)
US travel advisory: Reconsider Travel (level 3)
Global Peace Index ranking: 122
Warm, sunny weather throughout the year
Low cost of living
Gorgeous nature 
High crime rate in many areas
Expensive visa process 
EstoniaCost depending on length of stay; 
long-stay visa (D-visa) $106 
short-stay visa (C-visa) $85
To apply
Type C lasts up to 6 months 
type D lasts up to 1 year 
Average monthly living cost for an individual: $908 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $649 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 25
Different visa options for length of stay
Visa-free travel to over 26 countries (Schengen area)
Long visa processing time 
FranceNo dedicated digital nomad visa; will need to apply for a work visa
Speak to nearest embassy for further information
Variable; depending on work visa Average monthly living cost for an individual: $1,030 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $844 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 67
Perfect for foodies 
Plenty of coworking spaces
Excellent internet speeds
Travel visa-free to other Schengen countries
High cost of living
No dedicated digital nomad visa 
GeorgiaDigital nomad visa program was recently phased out. However, those from qualifying countries (see link) can work remotely without a visa. No application costUp to 1 yearAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $573 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $582 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 94
Visa-free and no costs involved if you’re from a qualifying country 
Foreigners can open bank accounts in Georgia easily in most instances; minimal restrictions 
Poor internet infrastructure
GermanyThe freelance “Freiberufler” visa is not technically a digital nomad visa, but functions similarly
Approximately $80 embassy fee 
$110for the residence permit
Speak to nearest embassy for further information 
Up to 1 year if converted to a residence permit for freelancing, able to extend up to 3 yearsAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $1,059 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $998 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 15
Safe and high GPI ranking
This can potentially lead to permanent residency  Visa-free travel to over 26 countries (Schengen area)
Only available to specific professions, such as journalists, photographers, artists, lawyers, school teachers, doctors, and engineers
Goa (India)In development; digital nomad visa coming soon 
Speak to nearest embassy for further information 
Information not yet released Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $289 (approx)US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index (GPI) ranking: 126
Extremely low cost of living
Diverse cuisine
Unreliable internet 
Grenada$1,500 for individual application, $2,000 for a family of up to four people
Will likely need to submit application via mail. Speak to nearest embassy for further information 
Up to 1 year, able to renew for another yearAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $949 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in city center: $641 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index (GPI) ranking: N/A
Very low crime rate
More than 45 beaches to enjoy
Good internet coverage 
High visa application fees 
HungaryApplication fee: $118
Residence permit service fee: $118
Visa extension fee: $64
Additional cost for certain nationals, depending on the country: $67
To apply
Up to 1 year, able to renew for another yearAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $697 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $497 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index (GPI) ranking: 18
Great location for traveling around Europe 
Beautiful historic architecture 
Good public transportation 
Lengthy visa processing time 
IcelandProcessing fee: $88
To apply
90 to 180 daysAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $1,290 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $1,754 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 1
The most peaceful country in the world according to GPI ranking
May get to see the Northern lights
Breathtaking scenery 
Extremely high cost of living
High minimum income threshold 
Ireland No dedicated digital nomad visa; will likely need to apply for a work visa
Speak to nearest embassy for further information
Variable; depending on work visa Average monthly living cost for an individual: $1,068 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $1,775 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 3
Well-developed infrastructure
High GPI; extremely safe 
Relatively simple work permit process 
High cost of living overall
ItalyApproximately $123 to apply
Speak to nearest embassy for further information
Up to 1 year, renewableAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $930 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $829 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index ranking: 34
Ideal foodie destination 
Extremely rich culture 
The cost of living is reasonable outside of major cities 
Must have a degree or the equivalent of work experience
JapanApproximately $20 to $40 
To apply fill out relevant form and submit to embassy 
Speak to nearest embassy for further information and for relevant form downloads
Up to 6 monthsAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $828 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $554 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 9
Excellent public transportation infrastructure
Plenty of nature, cultural attractions, and culinary delights 
Extremely safe 
Requires you to earn around $65k annually 
Short-term; only for 6 months, with no opportunity to renew
Latvia$65 application fee, or expedited processing fee of $130 to applyUp to 1 year, renewable for another year Average monthly living cost for an individual: $891 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $505 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 27
After two years, digital nomad visa holders can potentially apply for permanent residency in Latvia
Reliable internet speeds
Travel visa-free to other Schengen countries
Must be self-employed (or employed) in an OECD country 
Malaysia$210 application fee 
$105 dependent fee
To apply
Up to 12 months, renewable for another yearAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $483 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $330 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 19
Only requires an income of $24,000 annually 
Multicultural 
Low cost of living 
Often hailed as a foodie’s dream destination
IT and digital professionals only
Malta$325 application fee, 
$325 dependent fee
$30 residency permit fee 
To apply
Up to 1 year, can be renewed for an additional 3 years Average monthly living cost for an individual: $856 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $1,024 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Visa-free travel to over 26 countries (Schengen area)
Exempt from tax for the first 12 months
Long visa length (can be renewed multiple times)
Requires gross annual income of $45,000 
MauritiusNo processing fees

To apply
Up to 1 year, renewable Average monthly living cost for an individual: $579 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $434 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 23
No visa costs involved
Low cost of living
Fast application response time 
Small and fairly isolated from the rest of the world; difficult to globetrot 
MexicoNo digital nomad visa, but you can apply for a temporary resident visa
Approx total cost: $150 to $400, including interview fee
To apply
Up to 1 year, renewable up to 4 years Average monthly living cost for an individual: $707 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $706 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index (GPI) ranking: 136
Counts towards permanent residency 
Fantastic food 
Close proximity to the US; easy to visit family if you’re based in the US
Low GPI and high crime rates in some areas 
Issuance of visa is subject to the result of an interview
MontenegroApproximately $74
To apply
Up to 2 years, renewable for another 2 yearsAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $658 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $659 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index (GPI) ranking: 45
Low cost of living 
Visa can last for up to 4 years if renewed 
Low minimum income requirement (approx $1,460) 
Popular destinations become crowded during travel seasons (tourist hotspots)
MontserratApplication fee for an individual applicant: $500 
$750 for individuals with up to three family members
$250 for each additional family member
To apply 
Up to 1 year, renewableRent for a 3-bedroom apartment in the city center: $1,295 (approx)US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Easy and quick application process
Exempt from local income tax
Annual income threshold is $70,000
NamibiaVisa fee: $124
To apply, and also refer to visa checklist
Up to 6 monthsAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $544 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $345 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index ranking: 56
Scenic landscapes and plenty of wildlife
Political stability 
Good road infrastructure 
Non-renewable; can only reapply 12 months after the date of first visa expiry
NetherlandsNo specific digital nomad visa
Self-employed residence permit has an application fee of around $411, but expect to pay additional expenses during the process
To apply
Valid for at least 90 days, the exact length depending on your situation and if you renew it Average monthly living cost for an individual: $1,038 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $1,495 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index ranking: 16
Plenty of coworking spaces
Very safe, with a high GPI ranking 
Visa-free travel to over 26 countries (Schengen area)
Difficult and lengthy application process; scoring system and must perform work that adds value to the Dutch economy 
New ZealandNo dedicated digital nomad visa; will likely need to apply for a work visa
Contact nearest embassy for further details
Variable; depending on work visa Average monthly living cost for an individual: $1,027 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $1,120 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 4
Breathtaking nature, with excellent hiking opportunities
Relaxed environment
High cost of living
Isolated 
North MacedoniaNo dedicated digital nomad visa; will likely need to apply for a work visa
Contact nearest embassy for further details
Variable; depending on work visa Average monthly living cost for an individual: $560 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $288 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 38
Affordable cost of living 
Excellent internet connection
Generally very safe
Digital nomad visa not yet available 
NorwayNo dedicated digital nomad visa; will need to apply for a work visa
To apply
Variable; depending on work visa Average monthly living cost for an individual: $1,193 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $1,220 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 24
Low crime rates
Great living standards overall
Beautiful scenery 
Visa-free travel to over 26 countries (Schengen area)
High cost of living
Panama$250 application fee 
$50 visa card fee
Contact nearest embassy for further application details
Up to 9 months, renewable for another 9 months 
Average monthly living cost for an individual: $780 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $795 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)

Global Peace Index ranking: 68
Fantastic tax system for digital nomads; won’t be taxed on any income generated outside of Panama
Affordable public transport
Inefficient bureaucracy
PeruDigital nomad visa in the works (more information will be released soon)
Contact nearest embassy for further details
Up to 1 year, potentially renewable Average monthly living cost for an individual: $496 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $427 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index ranking: 103
Low cost of living
Walkable cities
Diverse landscapes 
English isn’t widely spoken 
PortugalTwo main types of visas for digital nomads. Short-term visa and long-term residency visa. 
Expect to pay around $85 to $180, depending on which visa you opt for
To apply
Short-term visa: Up to 1 year, renewable (but can’t be used to gain permanent residency)
Long-term visa: Initially valid for 4 months, you must then apply for a 2 year residency permit upon entering Portugal, renewable for an additional 3 years
Average monthly living cost for an individual: $723 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $1,025 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 7 
Visa-free travel to over 26 countries (Schengen area)
This can potentially lead to permanent residence 
Large digital nomad community 
Tricky roads — savvy drivers only
Puerto RicoThose based in the US can travel and work remotely visa-freeThose based in the US can travel and work remotely visa-freeAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $1,053 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $906 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Hassle-free process for those based in the US
Vibrant, rich culture
Gorgeous beaches 
Unreliable internet in many areas
RomaniaApproximately $130
To apply
At least 6 months, potentially renewableAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $639 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $441 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 31
Extremely fast internet
Language is easy to learn 
Most areas are very safe for travelers 
Travel visa-free to other Schengen countries
Requires a high monthly income of around $4,000 
Saint LuciaApproximately $50 for an individual entry visa, $75 for multiple entry
Note: Potentially no longer active. More information to be released soon
Up to 1 yearRent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $508 (approx)US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: N/A
Low visa application cost
No strict minimum income requirements
Relaxed lifestyle and plenty of picturesque beaches
Fairly limited public transport infrastructure
SerbiaNo dedicated digital nomad visa yet; will need to apply for a work visa (self-employment visa is available)
To apply
Variable; depending on work visa Average monthly living cost for an individual: $637 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in city center: $555 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 65
Plenty of coworking spaces
People are warm and welcoming
Affordable nightlife 
Air pollution 
Digital nomad visa not yet released 
SeychellesApproximately $10 per person (standard processing – 24 hours), Or$32 (premium processing – 6 hours)
To apply
Up to 1 yearAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $1,009 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $1,045 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index (GPI) ranking: N/A
Some of the best beaches in the world 
Affordable visa application fee
Visa fast track option available 
High cost of living
South KoreaApproximately $87 visa application fee 
To apply
Up to 1 year, renewable for another yearAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $1,037 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $513 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index (GPI) ranking: 43
Great public transportation 
Walkable cities
Eating out is affordable
Need to earn at least $66,400 per year
SpainApproximately $85. Variable, depending on the consulate
To apply 
Up to 1 year, but can potentially obtain a residence permit to stay for longerAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $764 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $1,021 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)
Global Peace Index (GPI) ranking: 32
Able to work for a company located in Spain, as long as the percentage of this work doesn’t exceed 20% of the total amount of your professional activity
Travel visa-free to other Schengen countries
Simple taxation system for digital nomads
Must have an undergraduate degree or 3 years of relevant professional experience to qualify 
Sri Lanka$500 fee is proposed (not yet available; visa is set to launch soon)
Contact nearest embassy for further details
Up to 1 year, renewableAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $512 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $217 (approx)
US travel advisory: Increased Caution (level 2)

Global Peace Index ranking: 107
Low cost of living
Proposed tax exemption for digital nomads 
Requires proof of a permanent job; freelancers may not qualify (proposed)
TaiwanApproximately $100 to $310, depending on desired visa length and your nationality
(a 4-in-1 card; includes resident visa, work permit, alien resident certificate, and re-entry permit 
To apply
Up to 3 yearsAverage monthly living cost for an individual: $756 (excluding rent, approach)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $470 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 33
Long-lasting visa 
Very safe in most areas
Excellent public transportation in main areas 
Only certain professionals are eligible, and you may potentially need to earn at least $5,700 monthly (approx)
ThailandInitial fee: $1,370 (approx)
Annual fee to maintain: $80 (approx)
To apply
Up to 10 years with renewals Average monthly living cost for an individual: $566 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $465 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 92
Multicultural 
Relatively low cost of living 
Visa can be renewed for up to 10 years 
Requires you to earn $80,000 annually; or at least $40,000 if you have a Master’s degree, receive Series A funding, or own intellectual property 
TurkeyVaries, depending on country 
To apply
Up to 1 year, with the possibility of renewal Average monthly living cost for an individual: $534 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $545 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 147
Fantastic cultural and historical sites to explore 
Strong transportation infrastructure (and affordable)
Vibrant expat community 
Only 36 countries are eligible 
Must be between the ages of 21 and 55
VietnamNo dedicated digital nomad visa; will likely need to apply for a work visa
Contact nearest embassy for further details
Variable; depending on work visa Average monthly living cost for an individual: $459 (excluding rent, approx)
Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center: $349 (approx)
US travel advisory: Normal Precautions (level 1)
Global Peace Index ranking: 41
Low cost of living
Great location to explore other Southeast Asian countries 
The work visa process can be tricky to navigate 

Cheapest Digital Nomad Visa

Cheapest digital nomad visa

Determining the “cheapest” digital nomad visa can be tricky because there are so many factors to consider, from the minimum income requirements and visa fees, to the actual cost of living within the country. 

For example, while Iceland only has a $88 processing fee to obtain the digital nomad visa, the average monthly cost for an individual is extremely high at $1,290 (excluding rent), making this destination unfeasible for remote workers with limited funds.

Taking all the different considerations into account, the following digital nomad visas work out to be some of the cheapest overall:

  • Argentina: Fairly affordable visa application fee, no specific minimum income requirement, and low cost of living overall ($469 average monthly living cost).
  • Montenegro: Low visa application fee ($74) and only requires a minimum income of around $1,460 per month. The visa also lasts for up to 2 years, with the potential to renew for an additional 2 years.
  • Brazil: Only requires a monthly income of $1,500 to qualify. Healthcare is also free and accessible for foreigners.  
  • Cabo Verde: Processing fees total around $58, making it one of the cheapest digital nomad visas to obtain. Remote workers on the visa are also exempt from local income taxes.
  • Mauritius: No digital nomad visa processing fees and a low cost of living overall. Mauritius also typically has fast application response times. 
  • Malaysia: While the application fee is $210, the visa only requires an annual income of $24,000 and the cost of renting is extremely low ($330 on average)
  • Puerto Rico: Those based in the US can travel to Puerto Rico and work there remotely visa-free, meaning no additional costs are involved. However, the cost of living is moderate. 
  • Ecuador: While the digital nomad visa application fee is moderately priced, it has a very low minimum income requirement ($1,350). 
  • Georgia: Individuals from qualifying countries can work remotely visa-free. Cost of living is also relatively affordable, with an average monthly living cost of around $573. 

Other countries that offer digital nomad visas and have a low cost of living include Albania, Thailand, Namibia, and Turkey.

Best Digital Nomad Visas

Best Digital Nomad Visas

There isn’t a “one-visa-fits-all” answer to this; the best digital nomad can vary depending on your individual preferences, needs, and circumstances. 

Have a brainstorming session and come up with three to five things that you value the most as a digital nomad. For example, you may value a vibrant nightlife or reliable public transportation infrastructure. If you have a family, you may instead value digital nomad visas that welcome dependents.

Once you’ve identified your priorities, browse our digital nomad visa table above and check which countries align with them. Next, familiarize yourself with each one’s requirements to determine your eligibility. We hope this brainstorming activity helps you find the perfect digital nomad visa to kickstart your globetrotting journey! 

With that said, there are a few digital nomad visas that are often praised among the nomad community for their accessibility and suitability for remote workers:

Thailand

While the digital nomad visa fee is more expensive, Thailand is an affordable place to live and offers breathtaking nature, fantastic food, well-developed infrastructure, and plenty of coworking and co-living spaces. 

Thailand also has a large and growing digital nomad community, meaning you’ll always be able to connect with fellow nomads during your travels. Particularly great areas in Thailand include Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Malaysia

Malaysia is often hailed as a perfect digital nomad destination for foodies! This country hosts a blend of different cultures and cuisines, and you’re bound to find hawker (food) stalls in abundance. 

The cost of living is also affordable and the main cities (such as Penang and Kuala Lumpur) are safe and offer reliable internet speeds. 

Spain

Spain offers a comfortable, warm climate, plenty of cultural activities to explore, and the ability to travel visa-free to other Schengen countries once you obtain its digital nomad visa. Spain also has a simple taxation system for digital nomads to navigate. 

Plus, the visa is one of the few visas that allows you to work with local companies (as long as this doesn’t make up the bulk of your professional activity).

Safest Digital Nomad Countries

Safest Digital Nomad Countries

According to the United States travel advisory information and the Global Peace Index data, these are some of the safest digital nomad countries in the world: 

  • Iceland: Highest GPI ranking in the world. Travel advisory level 1. 
  • New Zealand: GPI ranking of 4. Travel advisory level 1. 
  • Ireland:  GPI ranking of 3. Travel advisory level 1. 
  • Portugal: GPI ranking of 7. Travel advisory level 1.
  • Japan: GPI ranking of 9. Travel advisory level 1. 
  • Croatia: GPI ranking of 10. Travel advisory level 1.
  • Czech Republic: GPI ranking of 12. Travel advisory level 1. 
  • Hungary: GPI ranking of 18. Travel advisory level 1.

For those not familiar, the Global Peace Index uses 23 indicators to determine a country’s overall peacefulness, including the level of violent crime, perceived criminality, level of political instability, and military expenditure. 

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