Visas have always been a big issue especially for non-US or non-EU nationalities. The more we travel, the longer we wish to stay in one place. Being able to travel is not the same as being forced to travel.
Most of us dream about more long-term visa options where we can stay a year while continuing our freelance/remote work. Lately there was a discussion about this topic and many nomads shared their knowledge about it. Remember, it’s a gossip, it might not be easy and always double check when it comes to your visa. Every nationality has different rules and requirements.
Estonia is one of the first countries in the world to design a visa for remote workers, aka, digital nomads. Digital nomads are people who work simultaneously in different countries while traveling around the world. This is a popular option in professions such as IT, finance or marketing. Here you can read that Estonian government supports creation of digital nomad visa.
The country of Georgia has a 1-year visa on arrival for most tourists and you’re allowed to work online. Taxes are very low if you also want to open your own small business. It’s also very affordable to live there. Getting residency is also very easy. Here is the webinar about current opportunities in Georgia that can give you more understanding.
Germany actually is one of the first countries applying a specific visa for freelancers and digital nomads despite its bureaucracy. It’s called German Freelance “Freiberufler” Visa. It’s designed for remote workers who want to live in Germany but not take jobs away from Germans. The process may take some time just for a 1-year visa but there are some people who’ve done it successfully.
This visa is also not a simple and quick process – depending on where you’re from you have a lot of paperwork to prepare and it takes quite some time (can take months to get a one-year visa). Also, unless you speak Czech or know someone who does, you pretty much have to hire someone to join you with necessary appointments and to assist with translations.
There is a EU Blue Card ‘passport’ for ‘high skilled’ non EU people. It’s Europe’s answer to the US Green Card. You can work and live anywhere in the EU with it (apart from Denmark and Ireland).
If you’re from the US, you can stay for a year in Albania, visa free. Albania has insanely beautiful nature as in Greece (especially in the South) but the cost of living is very low. Restaurants are full of seafood and delicious fish options with a price you’ll never find in Europe.
You can do visa runs every 6 months (by going to Costa Rica for a couple of days) and your 6 month visa will be renewed. The good part is that there are no taxes on foreign-made income.
There are heaps of opportunities over regular entrepreneur visas so you can look for visa opportunities that already exist for entrepreneurs or investors.
Another thing that you should consider while being a digital nomad is the taxation issue. Some nomad visas require you to be taxed in the country you’re applying for. Careful not to be double taxed. Also, the information available in the internet can be misleading so it is strongly advised to contact a tax advisor as all of this needs to be looked at on a case-by-case basis.
More long-term visa options we’ve found in this article:
Source Global Digital Nomad Network
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