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The Ultimate List of Freelance Visas for Remote Workers

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Kat Smith
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*Updated: October 2022*

Visas are the arch-nemesis to long-term expat life. I honestly think it’s the reason “digital nomads” exist to begin with. In that lifestyle, you stay as long as you can before you have to deal with a sustainable visa, living either visa-free or on easy to obtain tourist visas and hop to the next country when your time is up. 

Personally, that lifestyle exhausts me. But if that pace excites you, use these 6 steps to work and travel successfully.

My husband and I have given it a few chances usually between my contracts in various countries but after a few months, we’re always ready for a bit more stability. Though, if you want to give that lifestyle a go, my favorite digital nomad hub thus far has been the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro. I typically prefer hanging out in a place longer than just a few weeks or months to really get a feel for the local culture and way of life. When you put down roots and stay put for a year, you notice much more than you do in the tourist whirlwind. You get to know your neighbors, find hidden spots, and have the time to really get into a groove before moving again. 

Before I started A Way Abroad, I sought in-person jobs that granted me a year-visa while my husband worked from home. Now that we both work remotely, the idea of building our next home abroad on a freelance visa is as feasible as ever. Prior to these visas being introduced, digital nomads had no option but to work under the table from countries around the world.

Working remotely currently falls into a grey zone in a majority of countries. Most haven’t yet acknowledged it as an option and so long as you’re not working with local clients or working in-person illegally, immigration isn’t usually too bothered. They don’t know where to draw the line because the line doesn’t exist...yet.

In the past few years, freelance visa have become much more the norm. These visas are also referred to as:

  • Self-Employed Visas
  • Digital Nomad Visas
  • Visas of Independent Means
  • Remote Work Visas
  • And a handful of other creative names countries have given them
The names vary and aren’t all that important, except for you to know they all mean the exact same thing. You work online for yourself or a company that is not based in the country offering the visa and you can prove that you make enough money to support yourself. 

Still looking for a remote job to support yourself? Find some new ideas and the resources to get started here.

Europe was the first continent to attract remote workers with their various visas and now countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa have caught on. Asia has been slow to the game but more and more remote worker visas are starting to come out of the region.

Before I dive into my list of 31 countries currently offering freelance visas, I want to make a big note:

It’s best you think of visas as fluid, not fixed. What I mean by that, is the requirements are always changing and I’d bet that’s especially true for the newest visas on the list since most of them are only a few months old.

The amount you need to make annually or monthly will probably fluctuate with the local economy so it’s best to use them as a general guideline and not a fixed rule. Anytime you’re dealing with legalities, it’s best to reach out to the local embassy or consulate and/or an immigration lawyer from that country to receive the most up to date information.

Since this list is ever growing, I've divided it by region so you can navigate to the area you're most interested in, if you have a specific region in mind. In this article, you'll see the following freelance visas outlined. Do note, these are visas that are currently open for applications. I've skipped countries that have visas in the works so you're sure whichever one you fall in love with here, you can actually apply for ASAP.

Countries in Europe with Freelance Visas:

  • Germany Freelance “Freiberufler” Visa
  • Czech Republic “Živnostenský” Trade License Freelance Visa
  • Portugal Freelance or Self-Employed Visa (D7)
  • Estonia Digital Nomad Visa
  • Croatia Digital Nomad Visa
  • Malta Nomad Visa
  • Iceland Long-Term Visa for Remote Workers
  • Greece Digital Nomad Visa
  • Romania Digital Nomad Visa (Long-Stay Visa D/AS)
  • Hungary White Card
  • Norway Self-Employed or Independent Contractor Visa
  • Spain Non-Lucrative Visa
  • Belgium Self-Employed Visa (Visa D)

Just craving visa information for Europe? Get all the information specifically for remote worker visas in Europe.

Countries in the Caribbean with Freelance Visas:

  • Barbados 12-Month Welcome Stamp
  • Bermuda “Work from Bermuda” Visa
  • Anguilla "Work from Anguilla" Visa
  • Cayman Islands Global Citizen Certificate
  • Antigua and Barbuda Nomad Digital Resident (NDR) Visa
  • Montserrat Remote Work Stamp
  • Dominica’s Work in Nature Program
  • The Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) Visa

Countries in Latin America with Freelance Visas:

  • Mexico Temporary Residence Visa
  • Costa Rica "Rentista" Visa
  • Costa Rica Digital Nomad Program
  • Brazil Digital Nomad Visa

Countries in Asia with Freelance Visas:

  • Georgia “Remotely from Georgia” Visa
  • UAE Virtual Working Programme Visa
  • Malaysia DE Rantau Programme
  • Taiwan Employment Gold Card

Countries in Africa with Freelance Visas:

  • Mauritius Premium Visa
  • Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) Remote Working Program
  • Seychelles Workation Retreat Program


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With that, here are 31 freelance visas from around the world you can apply to today.


1. Germany Freelance “Freiberufler” Visa

A nighttime view of Berlin's skyline on a clear night with the building illuminated
Berlin could be your next home abroad


Germany was one of the pioneers in the freelance visa world. While they may be the most established, this visa comes with some of the strictest requirements to obtain.

From my research, it seems they offer two different types of freelance visas based on your industry. For artists, you must plan to reside in Berlin but for other “liberal” professions, you can choose to live anywhere in the country. While they have some examples of these types of professions, the ultimate decision can come down to your immigration officer. 

A lot of the visas on this list ask that you first apply from an embassy or consulate in your home country and then finish up the process once you land in-country but most seem to have exceptions in letting you do the entire process in-country as well.

Requirements for the German Freelance Visa:

  • Completed visa form
  • Passport with additional pictures
  • CV and Cover Letter
  • Visa Fee (€60)
  • Health Insurance (most likely from a German provider)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Professional Authorization (proof of expertise)
  • Certifications of Education
  • Proof you can financially support yourself
  • Evidence of a freelance plan
  • Letters of commitment from future clients (proving your income will continue)
  • Proof of local accomodation with a signed lease, called an "Anmeldung"

Once you arrive in Germany, you would finish the process by registering your address, opening a bank account, registering yourself at a tax office, getting proper health insurance and applying for a freelance residence permit (the visa is only valid for 3 months while you do this). 

Unlike other visas, I had some difficulty finding out how much money was enough for “proof of financial support” and also which countries this visa is applicable for but the German Office for Migration and Refugees has a hotline which can answer any specific questions and give you the most up to date information. 

You can also find more information directly on the government website.

2. Czech Republic “Živnostenský” Trade License Freelance Visa

a view of the red and green rooftops in central Prague on a clear afternoon
Fall in love with historic Prague

This visa, commonly referred to as Živno, is most commonly rewarded to English teachers since it can be difficult to find a school to sponsor your visa in the Czech Republic. If you’re Canadian though and plan to use this visa to teach, I highly recommend you instead consider the youth mobility visa

While common for English teachers, the visa is intended for freelancers in all industries. 

Requirements for Czech Republic's Freelance Visa: 

  • Passport with additional pictures
  • Background Check
  • Proof of funds (124,000Kč or $5700)
  • Proof of accommodation (signed by your landlord once you're in CR)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Ability to pay taxes once you’ve been approved

The initial steps are to be completed at an embassy in your home country but some nationalities are allowed to complete this at any Czech Embassy. 

The visa is awarded for 8 months but it can be easily extended so long as you make 20,000Kč or $920 monthly. 

To be completely transparent, I had difficulty finding information on the official Czech Republic website about this visa in particular. It seemed all long-term visas were lumped together. I would recommend contracting the local Czech embassy or consulate nearest you for the most up-to-date information.

3. Portugal Freelance or Self-Employed Visa (D7)

A street view of Lisbon's iconic tram going through a cobblestone street in the aftenoon
It's easy to see why Portugal is becoming a digital nomad hot spot


My husband and I have actually been eyeing this visa for a few months now. We went ahead and had a call with a Portuguese immigration lawyer since we had trouble finding consistent information online. The requirements listed below were provided by the lawyer.

The requirements and processing time for this visa are constantly shifting so it’s best you seek information when you plan to actually apply. The most reliable source of information is the Portuguese embassy in your home country or country of residency.

Requirements for Portugal's Self-Employment Visa

  • A fully remote job or service
  • Proof of a minimum monthly income of €800 (can usually just show the past 3 months)
  • Proof €7000-8000 in a Portuguese bank account
  • Background check
  • Portuguese Tax ID Number
  • 1-year (typically) signed lease for housing in Portugal

The minimum monthly income for this visa is reflected based on the minimal wage of a Portuguese employee. If you're close to this cut off point, doublecheck the current minimum wage in the country as this number will fluctuate.

Although for many of the visas on this list I'll provide a direct link to where you can apply for the specific visa, Portugal's D7 visa is best handled differently. It seems from research and speaking with people who have been rewarded this visa that each embassy has slightly varying requirements. If you think this could be the visa for you, just like any visa on this list, it's best to reach out to the nearest embassy to doublecheck requirements.

For now this visa has been extended for 2 years, instead of only 1 year. After 2 years you can easily extend it up to 5 years. After 5 years, you have the option to apply for Portuguese citizenship. 

4. Estonia Digital Nomad Visa

Tallinn looks like it's full of charm, if you like cool weather



Estonia is yet another country that added a freelance visa this year, which is unsurprising since they already offer electronic residency (e-residency) for remote workers who want to start a business in Estonia from abroad.

Estonia is actually one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, making it even more appealing to most remote workers. 

Like most other countries, you should start the visa process at the Embassy in your home country but might need to finish up a few things once you’ve arrived. If you’re already legally in Estonia, it seems you can apply from within the country as well. 

Requirements for Estonia's Freelance Visa:

  • You are indeed a remote worker
  • Proof of active employer contract or proof you own your own business and your clients are primarily not Estonian.
  • Monthly income of €3500
  • Application fee €80-100 based on nationality

This visa is typically processed in 30 days.

Along with the Caribbean nations, Estonia had the easiest government page to understand, with clear guidelines of the requirements and how to apply. That alone makes those countries big contenders in my book!

5. Croatia Digital Nomad Visa

Get ready for epic coastal views in Croatia

Croatia recently implemented their own digital nomad visa starting in January 2021. To be able to apply, you'll need to contact the nearest embassy or consulate from your home address or your address of residency.

A few differences with this visa is while it does offer residency valid for 1 year, as of now, you'll be unable to renew your stay. Meaning, after 1 year, you'll need to leave the country. It's always possible that this law changes since the visa is so new but as for now, that's the guideline.

To be able to apply for this visa, you must also work online but cannot have any Croatian clients or intentions of working for or with any Croatians. You're not required to pay tax in Croatia with this visa so I'm assuming that's why you can't have any Croatian clients, to keep the lines from being blurred.

Requirements for Croatia's Digital Nomad Visa:

  • A completed application form (provided by the embassy)
  • Proof you work online
  • A federal background check from your home country or country of residency
  • A copy of your passport
  • Marriage certificate, if applicable
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of sufficient funds (income of around $550 USD per month)
  • Croatian address (usually a hotel will suffice until you can move to the country and find an apartment)

There's a few really popular places to live in Croatia as an expat or digital nomad, with Split being one of the top choices, although there are plenty of great places to visit in the country.

6. Malta Nomad Visa

a view of the Maltese coastline withrocks and old wooden houses
Imagine living in the smallest EU nation, surrounded by the Mediterranean sea

Welcome to the beautiful European island of Malta! Now it's possible to move to this sunny paradise if you currently work online. This visa is open to people working remote for another company or self-employed workers. The only stipulation is that your company or your clients are not from Malta.

This visa will be valid for 1 year with the opportunity to renew it. If you stay in Malta for 5 years, you will then be able to apply for citizenship.

Requirements for Malta's Nomad Visa

  • Proof of income (€2,700/monthly)
  • Proof that you work online
  • Clean criminal record from home country or country of residency
  • Maltese health insurance

This visa seems to be pretty straight forward so long as you pass these requirements. You can reach out to the nearest Malta Embassy to get started with the visa. Once you have applied, it takes around 30 days for your visa to be processed.

7. Iceland Long-Term Visa for Remote Workers

blue and green northern lights really visible over the mountains and a lake in Iceland

Iceland is one of those countries that I think is on most people's bucket list. The views alone are enough to push a lot of people in for a visa. Imagine being able to stay in Iceland for up to 180 days- now you can!

That's right, unlike most of the visas for remote workers that allow you to stay for a year or longer, Iceland caps your stay at 180 days. Hey, it's still better than nothing!

You also must be permanently employed for whomever you work online for. So really, this isn't a freelance visa, but more of a visa for someone who can complete their full-time work online.

This application is really only applicable for serious workers, not people working part-time or with random clients, you'll see what I mean below in the requirements.

Requirements for Iceland's Long-Term Visa for Remote Workers:

  • Must be allowed to enter into Iceland without a visa.
  • Must not have been awarded a long-term visa in Iceland in the past year.
  • Must have a monthly income of $7,800

You should expect to leave within 3 months of getting approved for this visa, otherwise you'll need to reapply.

8. Greece Digital Nomad Visa

Taking in the views of the Ionian Sea from Corfu Island

Greece is one of those countries on most people's bucket list. The dreamy islands, incredible architecture, crystal clear water, and of course, mouth-watering Greek food call countless traveler's to their shores year after year. But now, thanks to their newly launched digital nomad visa, you don't just need to squeeze all that Greece has to offer into one too short holiday, you can call any of the islands or mainland home.

Currently, Greece's Digital Nomad Visa allows you to work remotely from the country for up to 1 year. If you'd like to stay longer, you can apply for a Digital Nomad Residence Permit. The Residence Permit is valid for 2 years and is renewable for another 2 continuously.

Currently, the best way to apply for this visa is to reach out to the consulate or embassy in your current country of residence. You can simply email them letting you know you're interested in applying for the visa and they should reply within 10 days outlining the next steps you need to take. Likewise, you could call them to learn more details about the visa application process.

Requirements for Greece's Digital Nomad Visa:

  • Proof of a salary of €3,500 per month after taxes
  • You can be either a remote employee or self-employeed
  • If you're applying with a spouse, you'll need to make 20% more each month.
  • If you're applying with children, add 15% to your monthly income for each child.

For more details about what it's really like working remotely from Greece, Work From Greece does a good job outlining everything you'd want to know.

9. Romania Digital Nomad Visa (Long-Stay D/AS Visa)

A quaint downtown of a historic European town on an overcast day
Photo by Alisa Anton.

Romania recently included remote workers to the list of people who can apply for their Long-Stay D/AS Visa. This has always served as the long-stay visa for those that don't fit into the typical long-stay options. You can think of this as the "other" checkbox for Romanian legalities.

Just like with a majority of other countries offering digital nomad visas, the main requirement to be able to apply for this visa is that you work online for clients or companies that are not Romanian. If you don't work for a Romanian company or have Romanian clients as a freelancer, you're one step closer to be able to apply. The rest of the requirements are a little less unclear. One of them is that you need to prove you've worked online for at least 3 years. It's uncertain if you need to simply prove you've worked in some means remotely or if you need to have worked in the same industry or for the same company.

To apply for this visa, I recommend reaching out directly to the Romanian embassy or consulate in your country of residence. They'll be able to help you apply and answer any specific questions you'll most likely have.

Requirements for Romania's Digital Nomad Visa:

  • Proof of monthly income 3x Romanian average gross salary for the past 6 months (confirm this with the embassy for updated numbers when you want to apply but for reference, in Oct. 2022 this would mean you're making a salary around $3,800 USD).
  • Proof of online employment for at least 3 years.
  • Letter of intent stating why you want to work remotely from Romania
  • Proof of paid taxes
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Travel tickets confirmed
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Clean criminal record certificate
  • 2 recent passport sized photographs

This page from the Romanian government goes into more detail about each of these requirements.

10. Hungary White Card

Photo by Anna Hunko

Yet another European country doing their best to entice remote workers to reside in their country is Hungary. While most people simply think of Budapest when they think of Hungary, there's a lot more to this country than just it's capital city. Although, Budapest is a vibrant, fun city that you should certainly consider as your home base when choosing where in Hungary you'd like to stay. You'll likely meet other foreigners living in Budapest working as English teachers.

Anyways, the White Card! This is the name Hungary has given to it's visa for those that make income outside of Hungary but would like to reside within the country's borders. They're pretty lax on how you make money, just so long as you don't do have business within Hungarian itself. You could be a business owner, have shares in a country, or be an employee. So long as you just need wifi and your computer/phone to do your work, your foot is almost in the door.

You'll do the first part of the process with the Hungarian embassy or consulate in your home country and then finish up the details in Hungary to receive the White Card.

Requirements for Hungary's White Card:

  • You have a remote source of income with a minimum income of $2,000 USD/month
  • If you're employed, you'll need to prove it with a job contract
  • If you're self-employed, you'll need to prove ownership or shares in the company.
  • A passport
  • Passport photos
  • Health insurance
  • Return flight from Hungary (this is in case your application in Hungary is denied)
  • Proof of accommodation (a hotel or a lease)
  • Completed application form

As with many of the others, reach out to your nearest embassy or consulate to get started with the process of working remotely from Hungary.

11. Norway Self-Employed or Independent Contractor Visa

A spectacular view of a small Norwegian town sitting on the water with steep mountains in the backdrop
Norway is another country with the absolute "wow" factor



This one is a bit different than the others on the list as it requires you to have a remote business but have a contract with a Norwegian company.

Most of the other countries on this list are the exact opposite and make it clear you can’t work with businesses within the country.

This visa is granted at 2 year increments, up to 6 years.

Requirements for Norway's Freelance Visa: 

  • Education Documents (proof of schooling/training)
  • Accommodation in Norway
  • Contract with Norwegian client
  • Documentation you’re self-employed
  • Pay visa fee

To navigate the government page, follow this link and find the dropdown stated "Self-employed persons with company abroad." There you'll find more in-depth information and how to apply.

This is similar to Belgium's Self-Employed Visa (Long-Stay Type D Visa). With that visa, you can move to Brussels or another place in Belgium as a self-employed business owner but it feels as though it's geared more to people who have services to offer within Belgium, not working remotely for companies outside of Belgium.

12. Spain Non-Lucrative Visa

A sunny Madrid, Spain with brightly painted building glowing in the afternoon sun
Not a bad place for a mid-day stroll

This is another one that differs from the others on this list but seems like a good deal for the right person. Here’s the catch though, this visa is meant more for someone that has passive income.

Although it’s a definite no to seek employment in Spain under this visa, working remotely yet again falls into a grey zone. 

This visa actually doubles as Spain’s retirement visa since you could use your pension as signs of passive income but there is no age limit that I could find to classify it fully as a retirement visa.

Much like the other visas on this list, you should apply for this visa at a Spanish Embassy in your home country.

Requirements for Spain's Non-Lucrative Visa:

  • Must not have a EU passport
  • Annual income of €26,000/year (or €2,100/month)
  • Medical Check
  • Passport + additional photos
  • Background Check
  • Health Insurance
  • NIE Number- this is a special number used in Spain that should be applied for at the Embassy before you apply for the visa
  • Visa fee (€80-500 based on nationality)

Rather teach in Spain than work online? The two biggest programs are BEDA and Auxilares de conversacion.

The Non-Lucrative Visa is actually only valid for 3 months but once you arrive in Spain you’re meant to then apply for non-lucrative residency which is valid for 2 years, with the ability to extend. After 5 years, you can apply for permanent residency. 

13. Belgium Self-Employed Visa (Visa D)

Photo by Petar Starčević.

Belgium is an incredibly unique country. With 3 cultures and languages squeezed into a relatively small area, you'll most likely feel as those you were given residency in 3 European countries, not just 1. Brussels is the hub of the action and home to people from nearly every country in the world.

The Belgium visa is a lot like the Norwegian one, it's not intended for stereotypical remote workers. It's intended for self-employed people who have services they can offer to Belgians. Just like Norway, I debated putting it on this list to begin with but since they're both countries that get circulated a lot as offering a digital nomad visa, I think it's important you actually understand your rights.

While it's not at all meant for remote workers that simply want to open their laptop, connect to the internet, and call Belgium home, it is great for those that dream of living in Belgium and have a very specific service they can offer.

Requirements for Belgium's Self-Employed Worker Permit:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Documentary evidence related to your professional activity;
  • Visa fee
  • Passport
  • A background check
  • Medical check

You'll first apply to the consulate or embassy in your home country and upon approval, you'll finish up the process once in Belgium. Your residence permit will most likely be for 2 years. You'll be able to renew it up to 5 years.

Get all the details to Belgium's Visa D on the European Union immigration site.


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14. Barbados 12-Month Welcome Stamp

A Barbados beach will bright blue water, white sand and green palm trees with a few people scattered on the beach
Not a bad way to spend a lunch break


Barbados is one of many countries that started offering remote worker visas in 2020. They began this visa under the premise of giving you an escape from your city quarantine to instead have nature at your fingertips while working from paradise.

It seems to me that this visa is by far the easiest and fastest to obtain but comes with the biggest price tag. The current visa fee is $2000 but the entire process is done online and the processing time is only 1 week.

Requirements for Barbados Freelance Visa: 

  • Passport
  • Expected income of $50,000/year.

Yep, that's it. Since it's all done online, you simply need to check a box stating that you'll make $50,000 a year but they don't ask for any proof via work contract or bank statement.

I've already browsed the application form and it super quick and easy.

15. Bermuda “Work from Bermuda” Visa

A woman's back as she stands on her rooftop patio overlooking the roofs of her neighbors homes in Bermuda
Imagine this...that could be you!



Similar to Barbados, Bermuda jumped on the freelance visa train in August 2020. The application process and processing time is very similar to that of Barbados. You can do the entire process online and should expect your visa in about 5 days.

The biggest difference is the Bermuda visa costs only $263, which is a tremendous difference from Barbados $2000 price tag. 

Now before you get too excited and start packing your bags- at this point, I yelled to my husband, “Hey, let’s move to Bermuda!”- there’s something you need to know. It’s quoted as being the most expensive country in the world to live. Now, after I read that fact, I did some digging and sure enough it tops the list at World Population Review but I found it odd that in a recent article by GQ they failed to put it even in the top 30. Take that as you will but it was enough to deter me and yell a, “Wait, nevermind” to my husband. 

Requirements for Bermuda's Remote Work Visa: 

  • +18 years old (although I'd say it's a safe bet to say that's true for all these visas)
  • Background check
  • Health insurance
  • Proof of remote work or self-employed

I was unable to find the exact amount of income required. On their website it simply states, “applicants need to be able to support themselves financially” but if you plan to move to the most expensive country in the world, I’d make sure you have a steady monthly income first. 

Their online application also looks quick and painless and you can even choose a start date from your visa up to 9 months in the future.

16. Anguilla "Work from Anguilla" Visa

Anguilla from a plane showcasing the small island and the deep blue ocean surrounding it
Working from home won't be so bad from here

Anguilla is a British Territory located smack dab in the middle of the Caribbean Islands. The island itself is small, laid back, and absolutely stunning. If you're interested in stereotypical Caribbean paradise (white sand beaches and crystal clear water), you'll love working remotely from Anguilla. If you need a little bit more than just great beaches and chill things to do, you might fair better at one of the livelier islands.

This visa can also be applied for online and like Barbados, costs $2000 to apply. They also clearly state they're pet friendly so you can bring your pets along on the adventure hassle-free.

Requirements for Anguilla's Remote Work Visa:

  • Complete application form
  • Background check
  • Health insurance
  • Proof of employment or self-employed
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Short summary of your work

17. Cayman Islands Global Citizen Certificate

A beach resort on Cayman Islands famous seven mile beach in the afternoon sun
Cayman Islands visa is strict but if you can't get it, it looks worth it


Another amazing Caribbean island, another remote work visa. This one though is for the serious workers, not for those of you that just started working remotely or haven't quite chased the big guys yet.

What sets this visa apart is the requirement that you must make $100,000 a year to qualify. It also seems that the proof of employment is a little stricter than the others, stating the letter from your employer must have the company's letterhead on it. This makes sense to prove it's credibility, but you know they're serious when this is line one of the requirements to apply.

You can still move to the Cayman Islands and teach at an international school instead.

Requirements for Cayman Islands' Remote Work Visa:

  • Proof of employment and annual salary of $100,000
  • Proof of legal existence of company (in case you thought you could photoshop your own letterhead)
  • 6 months of bank statements and bank reference
  • Passport
  • Background Check
  • Healthy insurance

You can complete the application online, just be sure you already have the documents scanned and ready to submit.

18. Antigua and Barbuda Nomad Digital Resident (NDR) Visa

St. John, Antigua and Barbua from a high vantage point with white villas overlooking the water
It's really hard to go wrong with any of these Caribbean escapes

While we're already on a Caribbean streak, let's finish it up with Antigua and Barbuda. They're another country who has taken advantage of this year to offer a visa for remote workers, whether employed or self-employed.

It seems all of these Caribbean countries used the exact same formula for the visa, making it completely online and stress-free to navigate.

Requirements for Antigua and Barbuda Remote Work Visa:

  • Passport
  • Background Check
  • Health insurance
  • Proof of employment or self-employment
  • Expected income of $50,000/year

Like Barbados, they also opted for a heftier application fee of $1500.

They also note that they do not require people to pay personal income tax to Antigua and Barbuda but instead expect you to pay taxes to the country you typically call home.

To go ahead and apply, here is the online application form.

19. Montserrat Remote Work Stamp

Montserrat is a tiny Caribbean nation near St. Kitts and Antigua, that most people, myself included, have never heard of before. This visa option is much like the other Caribbean visas on this list but there requirements are a bit more lenient.

This visa takes 7 business days to process and allows you to stay up to a year in the country, without paying any local taxes.

Requirements for Montserrat's Remote Work Stamp:

  • Application fee of $500 USD
  • Proof of annual income of $70,000 USD
  • Proof that you work for or own a company not based in Montserrat
  • Criminal background check from home country or country of residency
  • Copy of passport
  • Passport-sized pictures
  • You also need to apply for a visa, depending on your nationality

20. Dominica’s Work in Nature Program

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Dominica is a small, mountainous Caribbean Island nestled between Guadeloupe in the north and Martinique in the south. While still boasting great visibility and teeming coral reefs underwater and white sand beaches full of swaying palm trees above water, Dominica actually looks a lot more like an island found in Southeast Asia than in the Caribbean. It's lush jungles, limestone cliffs, and mountainous landscape look something far more like what you'd find in the Philippines or Thailand.

This is a huge perk for those that crave the nature of SE Asia but need to work on a US time zone. Win-win!

This extended visa is valid for up to 18 months, giving you a year and half to thoroughly explore this nature heavy island.

Requirements for Dominica's Work in Nature Program

  • You're at least 18 years old
  • Clean criminal record
  • Fully remote worker
  • You have an expected annual income of $50,000USD (or have equivalent means in a bank account)
  • Pay the visa fee ($100 + $800 for single entry/$1,200 for family entry)

You'll complete the application online and upload the supporting documents. Upon approval, you'll receive an approval letter and will then have 30 days to pay the fee. You're then eligible to travel to Dominica.

21. The Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) Visa

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Just a quick flight from nearly anywhere in the US, but especially the southeast, living and working in The Bahamas is a fantastic choice for those that want to leverage working remotely but want to be able to get back to their home state in a moment's notice. That close proximity to the US does come with a few strings attached. You'll have US-style amenities more readily available but most things will come at a higher price tag since they're geared towards tourists or those with vacation homes on the island.

The application process is done entirely online and only takes 5 days for you get your approval or denial. To apply you'll pay a non-refundable $25USD fee but upon approval will need to pay $1000USD to receive the work remotely permit.

Now, the really interesting thing about this visa is that it's applicable to online students and online workers. You don't need to show a certain salary but instead either proof of employment or proof you're studying. For students you will need to show you have enough funds to live on but you can show your parents finances.

Requirements for The Bahamas' Beats Visa

  • Submit application online
  • Passport
  • Travel Health Insurance
  • Proof of job or self-employment (if remote worker)
  • Proof of studies (if student)
  • Proof of funds to live on (if student)

Absolutely everything for this visa is done online, all you have to do is show up for your flight with QR code and you're ready to go!

22. Mexico Temporary Residence Visa

An overhead view of Guanajuato, Mexico on a clear day
Embrace Mexico's colors, culture, and charm


While this isn’t only for remote workers, it is a great option for those of working freelance. Mexico already offers 180 day tourist visas, with border runs for easy renewal for many nationalities, but this visa is perfect if you prefer to do things legally. Once you get your visa, consider making Merida your Mexican home base.

As all of us living on tourist visas know, our legal rights in a country can change at any given point and since we’re technically “tourists” we can be kicked out at a moment’s notice. This visa is for those of you that would rather not risk it and have some legal rights to stay in Mexico.

It’s important to note that unlike many of the European visas, the bureaucracy throughout Latin America is typically slow and might require you to jump through a few extra hurdles. If that sounds like it’s not worth it, you might want to rethink your decision and pick a rule-following country like Germany or Norway instead. 

Plan your visit accordingly to the best time to visit to Mexico. A big tip for finding more housing options at a cheaper price tag is to arrive in low season when competition isn't nearly as stiff.

Requirements for Mexico's Temporary Residence Visa:

  • Passport with additional photos
  • Completed visa application
  • Can work remotely but not have any Mexican clients
  • Proof of income and savings (This seems to have recently changed so I would double check with your Embassy. The most up to date information I could find was that you needed to prove a monthly income of $2000 and a savings of $25,000. Before you could show either but didn’t need both).
  • Proof of skills
  • Proof of clients (to show your income will be stable)

You’ll start the process by creating an online account and then schedule an appointment with a Mexican embassy in your home country. Once you’ve completed the steps there, you’ll be awarded a visa but must finish the process to receive residency once landing in Mexico.

The fee for 1 year of residency is 4000 pesos or $200.

23A. Costa Rica "Rentista" Visa

A lush view of Costa Rica's rainforest with one tall waterfall in center frame and clouds rolling in the green hills in the background
Most likely you won't be working from here exactly but it could easily be your weekend view



Costa Rica has long been a favorite retiree spot for Americans hoping to stretch their dollar. Now, they’re offering a relatively easy way for younger foreigners, not just Americans, to call Costa Rica home. 

This visa isn't technically for freelancers but instead meant more for people who have passive forms of income. Although, it does state on a few different articles I read that you can be a business owner, so I think self-employed freelancers can get by with this definition.

Keep in mind, they require you already have a hefty sum in a bank account to be able to apply for this visa.

Again, cue the Latin American bureaucracy and prepare yourself for the slower pace of life that I personally miss about living there but definitely isn’t for everyone. It’s worth noting that a lot of this process is done in Spanish so it’s best you already speak the language or can hire a lawyer to help you through. Before you decide to go this route, visit some of the best places in Costa Rica and get a true sense of Costa Rican seasons to make sure it's the country for you.

This visa is valid for 2 years with options to renew.

Requirements for Costa Rica's Rentista Visa: 

  • Passport with additional photos
  • Regular monthly income of $2,500. Must be deposited into a Costa Rican bank account for a total of $60,000. This can be done at monthly increments or all at once.
  • You may have your own business or be self-employed, you cannot be an employee to apply.
  • Visa fee: $250usd
  • Background check

Important to note, I believe you must be able to prove you already have $60,000 that can be directly deposited into your Costa Rican account at a monthly rate of $2,500, instead of proving the potential to earn that amount on a month to month basis like the other visas.

For updated information and how to apply for this visa, I recommend contacting the nearest embassy directly, or if you understand Spanish, you can navigate the official Immigration site.

23B. Costa Rica's Digital Nomad Program

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Since first publishing this article, Costa Rica has officially launched a visa intended specifically for digital nomads or remote workers. A big perk of going this route instead of the Rentista Visa is that the monetary requirement is far less, allowing you to only show monthly income without needing to also have a grand total in a bank account.

This visa also seems much easier to apply for with all the steps either happenings online before you enter Costa Rica or in-person once you've arrived. The gist of the procedure is that you'll fill out their online form providing you work online and make the required amount of income. In a few weeks, you'll find out if your application was approved or denied. If approved, you can enter Costa Rica as a tourist, which gives you 90-days visa free. During those 90 days, you'll need to get your accreditation to stay for 1 year. The details of when, where, and how to do that once you arrive in Costa Rica will be outlined in your acceptance letter.

Requirements for Costa Rica's Digital Nomad Program:

  • Completed application form
  • Payment visa of visa fee: $100USD
  • A copy of your passport
  • Bank statements with affidavit showing earnings of $3,000USD per month for one year (earnings must be made outside of Costa Rica)

A downside to this visa is the fact that they require stable earnings for one year. I know when I working freelance my month-to-month payments varied greatly. Some months, I would kill it, while others, I'd hardly make a dollar. Even if your yearly earnings were more than $36,000 in total, if you can't show steady earnings of +$3,000 a month, the chance of getting approved is slim.

Although not a government website, this site does a really good job at outlining the requirements and things to know before applying for Costa Rica's Digital Nomad Program.

24. Brazil Digital Nomad Visa

For a chance to live in one of the best places in South America, this visa is for you. Brazil is actually the only country in South America who currently offers a visa for remote employees. There's been talks of Colombia offering one to take advantage of all the digital nomads already in Medellin but nothing has been finalized yet.

Currently, Brazil's visa is valid for 1 year, with the chance to extend it for 1 more. Given that this visa was only launched in January 2022, I expect we'll see some changes to it in the future.

To apply for this visa, you'll first need to fill out the online form. Once that form is completed, you'll need to make an appointment at your nearest Brazilian consulate or embassy. They make a special note on their online information that from that point on, each consulate or embassy has their own specific way of handling these visas. If you'd like to know in advance the exact process, content them before your appointment, otherwise get ready to go with the flow.

Requirements for Brazil's Digital Nomad Visa:

  • Completed application form
  • Clean criminal record
  • Passport
  • Health insurance
  • Proof of employment or self-employment
  • Proof of monthly income of $1,400USD for the last 3 months (or a total of $17,000 in your bank account)
  • Recent passport-sized photographs

With this, you'll be well on your way to living a lively and scenic lifestyle in Brazil.


25. Georgia “Remotely from Georgia” Visa

A spectacular view of a small house sitting on a green slope with steep snowy mountains in the right behind it
Sorry to my home state but this Georgia is the definition of "wow"

Many people reading this might see this visa similar to Mexico’s. They already have great tourist visas, so why waste your time and money with extra steps? I’d offer the same argument that going the legal route should always be preferable to flying under the radar, especially when the legal route exists. 

It’s also really nice to have legal rights within a country, especially after what the pandemic taught so many of us that at any time a country could stop processing or renewing tourist visas. 

By the way, if you’re wondering, Georgia offers visa-free entry up to a year to a long list of countries. See the complete list here.

This visa is also only a few months old and much to my disbelief, the online application was even shorter than any of the others previously listed.

Requirements for Georgia's Freelance Visa: 

  • Complete the online application
  • Show proof of employment or proof that you are self-employed
  • Proof of income- $2000/month
  • Pay for a mandatory 12-day quarantine upon arrival
  • Health insurance

This visa is currently available for 95 countries.

26. UAE Virtual Working Programme Visa

A pink sunset overlooking the center of Dubai with giant skyscrapers and the huge highway system apparent
Have neighbors from all over the world in UAE's multicultural mega city

Yet another country to offer a visa for remote workers, UAE has joined the list as the first country in the Middle East to do so.

I'm not sure if it was on purpose or not but all of the sources talking about this visa, only said "live and work in Dubai" instead of referring to the UAE in general. Even the website to apply is called, "Visit Dubai."

Since the visa is so new, I can't be certain if you're only given the right to live in Dubai or anywhere in the UAE.

Requirements for Dubai's Remote Work Visa:

  • Passport
  • Health insurance
  • Proof of employment or self-employment
  • Proof of financial stability ($5000/month salary, with 3 months bank slips to confirm)
  • Visa fee of $287

Don't meet the requirements but still want to move to the UAE? Learn how you can teach English abroad in Dubai.

They also state on their website that it is available to all nationalities but they have the right to deny any applicant to "protect national security." 

To be able to apply you must submit a short request which states they will email you the following steps to continue on with your application.

27. Malaysia DE Rantau Programme

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Malaysia's digital nomad visa is different than any on this list. It was actually established by a 3rd party company, DE RANTAU. They've worked with the government to create a visa specifically targeting foreign digital nomads but they've also built hubs (nomad-ready accommodation) to entice not only foreign digital nomads but local ones, too. While staying at one of their accommodations isn't a requirement, you can think of this company as one that can offer you the entire package, if you're interested.

The Professional Visit Pass (Pas Lawatan Ikhtisas PLIK) is available to contractors, freelancers, those who are self-employed, or employees who have the freedom to work from anywhere.

The "pass" is valid for 1 year, with the chance to renew it for 1 more year.

Requirements for Malaysia's DE Rantau Programme:

  • Proof of employment via contractor or proof of freelance via invoices
  • Minimum annual salary of $24,000USD
  • Passport
  • Payment of visa fee of $230USD
  • Submitted online application

Malaysia has long been a digital nomad favorite for those traveling through Southeast Asia. You'll certainly have everything at your fingertips if you decide to move to Kuala Lumpur. If you're more of a beach bum, head to Penang instead.

28. Taiwan Employment Gold Card

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Taiwan is one of those dreamy Asian countries that has a very good reputation. Don't let its small size fool you, this island packs a mighty punch! With endless things to do in Taipei, calm beach towns, jungle hikes, and direct flights all throughout Asia, there's really no surprise so many people are eager to call Taiwan home.

Now, with Taiwan's Gold Card it's easier than ever. Before we dive into this one, I want to be clear: this isn't a cut and dry digital nomad visa. This one is more like what Spain offers. It's something that people are using as remote workers but that's not actually its primary focus.

This visa is meant to attract highly skilled workers to come and job hunt within Taiwan. The kicker is though that you don't actually need to have a job here lined up. So long as you meet the requirements, you can come on the premise of conducting a job search or to start your own business in Taiwan. While most people do come here on this visa with the real intentions of getting hired, others use it to simply legally reside in Taiwan for longer than they could on a tourist visa.

You can stay in Taiwan up to 3 years on this visa but if you want to stay longer, you will need to be locally employed.

Requirements for Taiwan's Gold Card:

29. Mauritius Premium Visa

Mauritius coasline with mountains, houses, and trees along the beach
I wouldn't mind spending my days with that clear water right outside my door

Mauritius, the small island nation off the coast of Madagascar, recently announced their answer to drawing in digital nomads, their "Premium Visa." This visa allows successful applicants to stay for 1 year and is renewable. Much like the visas in the Caribbean, Mauritius' visa application is done all online

A cool perk of this visa is it's completely free to apply for. Once you've been awarded your visa, you'll be emailed the documents needed to arrive.

When in Mauritius, you'll enjoy warm weather year round, with only a short rainy period in January and February. If you're curious though, see the best time to visit so you can plan your flights accordingly. Arriving in off season will most likely mean having more options for long-term housing.

Requirements for Mauritius' Premium Visa:

  • A valid passport
  • Copy of air ticket (including return ticket)
  • A passport size photo4
  • A valid email address
  • Travel and health insurance for the period of stay
  • Proof of funds (bank statement or bank attestation) to meet the cost of stay in Mauritius (minimum monthly transfer of USD 1500/EUR 1300 as per exchange rate applicable)

You can apply for this visa on their official page.

30. Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) Remote Working Program

a view of the tops of palm trees against a blue sky
Another island paradise calling all nomads!

Cape Verde is an African island off the coast of Senegal and Mauritania. It boasts beautiful weather year round and beautiful beaches.

This visa is valid for 6 months, with an opportunity to renew another 6 months. It's unclear if you'd be able to renew it after that or your time in Cape Verde will be cut at 1 year.

The application process happens in two stages, as it does in many of the countries, requiring you to submit many of the initial documents before you arrive and finishing up the process upon arrival. This visa seems like less of a hassle than others to get because you can apply online for the initial documents and you'll provide immigration with the remaining documents upon arrival at the airport.

Requirements for Cape Verde's Remote Working Program:

  • Minimum average bank balance of €1,500 for the last 6 months, for an individual (€2,700 for a family)
  • Must be from North America, Europe, Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), or West African States (CEDEAO)
  • Health insurance
  • Passport
  • Clean criminal record
  • Proof of accommodation
  • €20.00 visa fee


31. Seychelles Workation Retreat Program

Photo by Christian Cacciamani

Last but certainly not least on our mega list of countries offering freelance visas is Seychelles. The Seychelles is one of the picture-perfect islands that you won't believe is actually real until you're wiggling your toes in the sand seeing their otherworldly rock formations up close and personal.

The Workation Retreat Program is valid for 1 year of living in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It's currently open to anyone who makes an income online, whether you're an employee, run your own business, or work freelance.

Requirements for Seychelles Workation Retreat Program:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of employment, business ownership, or freelance clients
  • Proof of sufficient funds, shown in bank statements
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of onward ticket after your time in the program expires

The biggest issue I see with the online application form is that nowhere does it say exactly the amount of income that will suffice for "sufficient funds." Otherwise, the process looks really upfront and easy to navigate.

You're Ready to Live Abroad on a Freelance Visa

There you have it, a comprehensive list of 31 countries around the world that currently offer freelance visas, visas for remote workers, digital nomad visas, or any other name these countries have come up with. Now, there's no excuse to continue to work from home in 2022 but instead enjoy the freedom of working from a country of your choice.

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