In today’s world of laptops, Wi-Fi, apps, and the freedom to travel, more and more people choose the life of a modern-day wanderer. Known as digital nomads, these adventurous souls have the desire to leave their home country and want the freedom to work independently anywhere on the globe.
If this lifestyle sounds inviting, you’re not alone, and at Blaxit Global you will find many a kindred soul. If you’re already a digital nomad but looking for a new home, look no further.
In this article, we’ll highlight seven of the best countries for digital nomads. Once you’re ready to make the big move, international moving companies like Three Movers can help to make your journey that much easier.
The gem of southeast Asia, Vietnam, has been a mecca for digital nomads, especially those on a budget. Its tropical climate is a dream come true, and the country has a rich and diverse culture. The cost of living in Vietnam is very affordable and much lower than in the United States.
Vietnam is very expat-friendly overall, but you may encounter language barriers. Hanoi and Saigon have an English-speaking population, making it easier to communicate. According to Speedtest.net, the country ranks near the 50th place for internet speed (based on conducted tests), so you shouldn’t encounter many connectivity issues.
Vietnam doesn’t have an official Digital Nomad Visa, however, depending on your country of origin there are visa options beyond a 30-day tourist visa. To apply for an e-visa to Vietnam click here.
This EU country is a popular choice for digital nomads. Filled with charm and historic buildings, Germany has a lot to offer for those who want to work remotely abroad. Germany also has an extensive internet infrastructure, and big cities often have free Wi-Fi. Keep in mind that the cost of living in Germany is only slightly lower than in the United States. Germany is becoming increasingly diverse with excellent administrative and social systems.
A big part of what makes Germany attractive to freelance and remote workers is the availability of a Digital Nomad Visa. This special visa allows digital nomads to legally remain in Germany for between six months to three years. Digital Nomad visa holders can also leave Germany for up to six months without losing their status. You must apply at your closest German Embassy for this visa. If you are located in the USA here is a list of all the German Embassies.
The Portuguese government has greatly improved and expanded the country’s high-speed internet infrastructure, so obtaining a good internet connection isn’t difficult to find. Portugal is one of the least expensive countries in western Europe with amazing food and a comfortable climate, making it attractive to expats.
Portugal offers a Digital Nomad Visa that allows remote workers to stay in the country for up to one year legally. Their monthly income needs to be greater than four minimum wages in the country (around $2,800 at the time of writing). After one year has passed, digital nomads can even apply for residency. Apply at the closest Portugal Embassy in person or call to see if you can mail in your application.
This beautiful Central American country has thrilled travelers for decades due to its lower cost of living and thriving expat community. For those tired of cold, snowy winters, Costa Rica offers a year-round tropical climate.
Costa Rica offers a Rentista Visa, which is appropriate for freelancers who can provide proof of income of at least $2,500 a month. The Rentista Visa lasts up to two years and can be extended as long as you continue to meet its requirements. For those working remotely as a salaried employee, a Costa Rica work visa is required.
There is also a new digital nomad visa in the works that allows you to stay in the country for one year. Check out this link to apply.
The South American country of Ecuador is another great choice for digital nomads. Its year-round warm temperatures are tempting to former cold area dwellers. Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar as a currency, making it convenient for U.S. citizens to set up camp and work remotely. Wi-Fi and broadband connections are fast and reliable in Ecuador and much cheaper than in other parts of the world.
Digital nomads in Ecuador can apply for the Rentista for Remote Work visa. This visa allows digital nomads to stay and work in Ecuador for up to two years. As an added benefit for remote workers with a spouse and/or children is that they can accompany them.
To apply online for the digital nomad visa click here. You will need to register an email and choose a consulate or embassy closest to you to attend an appointment.
When thinking of a country to move to as a digital nomad, Croatia may not immediately come to mind. However, it has a comfortable climate, beautiful cities, and the most picturesque coastline in Europe. You’ll find bustling cities, ancient ruins, and over 1,200 islands that dot its coast. Croatians have a reputation for being friendly, and most speak at least some basic English. Although the internet infrastructure isn’t the best, it’s acceptable. A big plus is its low cost of living, and the country is improving through its EU membership.
In January 2021, Croatia announced its digital nomad visa. It allows for a stay of up to 1 year. At year’s end, you’ll need to leave the country for 90 days. During that time away you can apply for a new digital nomad visa.
Find more information about the digital nomad visa and apply online here.
Fans of fjords and freezing temperatures will love Norway. Although the winters are dark, there are many benefits to the digital way of life living in this Scandinavian country. Norway has a literacy rate of 99% and is known for its unusually high standard of living. The government provides healthcare for all and free education for anyone who wants one. Internet speeds in major cities are remarkably fast.
Norway has its own brand of a digital nomad visa that’s referred to as the Independent Contractor Visa. This visa allows remote workers to remain in Norway for two years.
There is a handy checklist that shows all the documents needed and here is the application form. Later you will have to locate a locate Norway Embassy or Consulate.
Travel the World as a Digital Nomad
There’s a great big world to see with lots of variety, flavors, and scenery. Digital nomads have the pleasure of picking up and moving to a different spot on the globe while continuing to earn an income. All that they require is a laptop and an internet connection, and in most cases, the proper type of visa. If you love traveling, working as a digital nomad could be the career path you’ve been looking for.
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