BUSINESS | 9 Countries Welcoming Remote Workers

People around the world are dreaming about escaping their tiny urban apartments or suburban homes, and countries are making it a reality.

Some destination, like Barbados and Bermuda, have recently launched remote visa programs for incoming visitors, while other countries, like Portugal and Germany, have similar arrangements in place for years.

Today, these programs are even more appealing for countries and prospective visitors.

Workers are learning that they can do their jobs from anywhere. Meanwhile, countries are hoping to support local economies that have been decimated due to closed borders and lockdown. The hope is that these long-term visitors will support local economies without displacing any permanent residents’ jobs.

Here are 9 countries with programs designed to welcome remote workers.

Barbados Has Officially Launched Its 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp

Visitors could live and work on the island for up to a year with Barbados’ new visa program.

The country officially launched the online application form on Wednesday. The form requires individuals to upload information, like pictures of passports and birth certificates.

The visa program is also open to families looking to relocate.

Approved applicants will have to pay $2,000 for an individual visa, or $3,000 for a ‘family bundle’, according to the website.

Estonia Has Also Announced A Digital Visa Program

The country is looking to welcome 1,800 people for its extended visa program, and interested applicants must show a continuous source of income at least $3,988 a month, according to Forbes.

According to the Republic of Estonia, the application will include a $117 fee, proof of income, and an active employment contract.

The visa application has not officially been released, but interested applicants can subscribe to get notified when the application opens.

Enjoy Pink, Sandy Beaches While Working Or Studying From Bermuda

Bermuda announced earlier this month that it would be launching a new residency certificate policy.

This is one of the few programs also aimed at students.

The policy would allow remote workers and students to live on the Caribbean island for up to a year.

In order to qualify, the applicant must be older than 18, have health insurance, supply proof of employment and/or enrollment in an educational program, and show sufficient means and/or a continuous source of income, according to the Government of Bermuda.

The certificate will cost long-term visitors $263, and the government said it aims to have the application posted on or before August 1.

If Beaches Aren’t Enticing Enough, Georgia Launched a Long-Term Visitor Program

The country of Georgia’s new visa program is aimed at self-employed, remote workers.

According to the Ministry of Economy, the visa is designed for digital nomads looking to stay in the country for six months or longer.

Visitors can expect to quarantine upon arrival at their own expense. Although the application has not been released, the government states that applicants will need to provide proof of travel insurance, a certificate of employment, and other personal information.

The Czech Republic’s Program Isn’t New, But Now Is The Perfect Time To Take Advantage Of It

The Czech Republic has offered a zivno visa, or long-term business visa, for years now.

The visa is targeted at freelance and remote workers looking to live in the country for longer periods of time, according to the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Interested applicants will need to get in contact with the consular office based in the US. They’ll also need to fill out an application, which includes providing proof of income, travel medical insurance, and accommodation.

Stay In Portugal For A Year With Its Self-Employment Visa

This visa program offers temporary residence for independent workers. The only caveat? Applicants must demonstrate that their skills are needed in the country.

Applicants have to register as a freelancer in the country, and it helps if they have local Portuguese clients. Depending on how long a visitor plans to stay, Portugal’s Ministry of Affairs outlines the different visa programs.

For freenlancers, Portugal has one of the lengthier applications, and those applying must have things like a Portuguese bank account. BePortugal, a website for expats, has a cohesive outline of the requirements and how to apply.

If You’re Self-Employed, Head To Spain

Freelancers and self-employed individuals can apply for the country’s self-employment work visa.

This visa allows individuals to live and work in Spain for up to a year.

Applicants will need to establish and maintain employment and pass a background check.

Enjoy Pretzels And Beer While Working Remotely From Germany

Germany also has a permit program targeted at freelancers and remote workers.

The government’s website clearly outlines the different visa programs and who is eligible to apply. The ‘freiberufler’ visa is designed for freelancers who want to be their own boss.

The freelance visa only lasts for three months, but it could potentially be converted into a residency permit. The application is similar to other remote visa programs.

Applicants must show proof of income, travel insurance, and letters of recommendation from previous employers.

Live And Work In Mexico For Up To Four Years With The Country’s Temporary Resident Visa

Mexico’s temporary resident visa allows visitors to live in Mexico for a year, and after that, it could be extended for an additional three years.

In order to qualify for the visa, applicants will need to show that an income of more than $1,620 per month or a bank account balance of over $27,000.

Under this visa, visitors would not be able to work for the country.

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