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November 13, 2023

47% of Global Destinations Offer Digital Nomad Visas for Up

A total of 47 per cent of global destinations offer Digital Nomad Visas (DNV) for up to one year, according to a new analysis by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) covering 54 destinations.

The same revealed that 39 per cent of destinations exempt digital nomads from tax payments, while 17 per cent do not have minimum income requirements, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Besides, 76 per cent of destinations have online applications for DNV programs, while 80 per cent of them process applications within a one-month period. Just 6 per cent of destinations have no visa fees for applications.

UNWTO’s latest report was focused on DNV’s seven areas: application process, duration of visa, taxation, insurance, accommodation, minimum income requirements, and criminal record checks.

The Digital Nomad Visa permits foreigners to live in a country and work remotely for businesses and clients located outside the country.

At present, several European countries offer digital nomad visas. However, the rules to obtain such visas differ among them.

UNWTO report revealed the primary considerations for destinations when offering or further expanding their DNW programmers: digitalisation of destination, balancing work and lifestyle and future impact assessment.

Due to the importance of good connectivity and productivity, the host destinations tend to invest in robust digital infrastructure. High-speed internet, co-working spaces, and comfortable accommodations are available to facilitate optimal remote work conditions.

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UNWTO said that by offering a flexible visa framework, host destinations empower digital nomads to create work environments while immersing themselves in local cultures and lifestyles.

The brief also highlights the importance of establishing impact assessment for DNV programs as a new mechanism.

In Europe, the following countries offer digital nomad visas: Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Estonia, Iceland, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Romania, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal.

Last month, the Global Remote Work Index (GRWI) published a list of this year’s best destinations for digital nomads, following evaluations of the countries’ suitability and attractiveness for remote work.

Considering such factors, Denmark was placed in the first position as the favourite destination for remote workers, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Estonia, Lithuania, Ireland and Slovakia.

Recently, Portugal announced that it issued 2,600 visas to digital nomads since October last year when the law that created visas for digital nomads became effective.

The same revealed that the primary beneficiaries of Portugal’s digital nomad visa were citizens from the United States, Brazil and the United Kingdom.