working remotely while living through various stages of stay at home has caused many to reconsider their living arrangements, sometimes leading to an exit from big city living to a new location in search of more space, better weather or greater access to nature.
Some countries have taken notice and decided to capitalize on the opportunity by offering remote work visas to help attract those who can do their job from their laptop. So, if you’ve dreamed of living on a tropical island during the winter, or amid the picturesque landscapes of Europe during the summer, you’re in luck.
Here’s what you need to know about which countries are offering remote work visas, how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and how you can travel there on points and miles. Each country is paired with the length of the remote work visa and the cost of acquiring that visa.
Georgia is a country on the Black Sea that borders Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The country is a popular digital nomad hub, so it is no surprise that Georgia has begun offering digital nomads greater access. For Georgia, it’s more a form than a traditional visa, which makes the process even easier. Currently, only five countries Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are allowed direct, no quarantine entry into Georgia. Since the U.S. is not on the approved list, this free, one year visa is the only way U.S. citizens can live and work remotely in Georgia.
To apply, you will need to fill out an online application and, upon approval and arrival into the country, need to quarantine for eight days at an approved location. You will need to show proof of financial means and health insurance coverage that is valid for at least six months.
1. Internet: Georgia has good Wi-Fi speeds and plenty of places to work from, whether that’s coffee shops or co-working spaces.
2. Community: Georgia has a strong digital nomad community.
3. Weather: High temperatures in Georgia from April through October are pleasant, ranging from the 60s to the high 80s. In the winter months, the weather is still relatively mild, especially if you’re comparing that to winters in the Northeastern U.S., with highs in the 40s.
5. Money: The local currency is the Georgian lari, and the exchange rate fluctuates around $1 USD = 3 GEL.
Estonia has launched a Digital Nomad Visa, allowing location-independent employees and digital nomads to live in the country for up to a year. You will need to show that you have an employment contract with a company registered outside of Estonia or that you work as a freelancer with non-Estonian clients. In addition, you will need to show that you’ve met the monthly minimum income threshold of 3,504 euros (about $4,130) in the six months preceding your application, which can be a steep requirement for some. The application must be printed and submitted at the Estonian Embassy or Consulate, and it can take up to 30 days to review the application.
It’s important to note that Estonia states that if you’re a resident of a country that is prohibited from entering the European Union, your application for the visa will not be successful. So, if you’re American and were hoping to get into Europe using this visa, you will need to wait until the U.S. is on the approved country list.
1.Internet: Speeds are solid, which is an important decision point if you’re thinking of relocating.
2. Community: Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, is a digital nomad hub, making the city an excellent option for those looking to settle into a community of remote workers. Estonia is also considered a safe country for travelers.
3. Weather: Since Estonia is in Northern Europe, the warmest time to be in the country will be from June through September, when average daily temperatures are above 62 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Language: The local language is Estonian, but as with many countries in Europe, a lot of people speak another language. In Estonia, that language is most commonly English.
5. Money: Estonia is on the euro with a varying exchange rate to the U.S. dollar.