Bahamas, Taiwan, Malta & more: Here are 10 countries offering digital nomad visa

Bahamas, Taiwan, Malta & more: Here are 10 countries offering digital nomad visa
  • The number of digital nomads with traditional jobs increased by 9% in 2022, growing from 10.2 million in 2021 to 11.1 million in 2022.
  • Governments across the world are offering digital nomad visas to working professionals.
  • Digital nomads work from different locations, with the assistance of different technologies.
If you are working remotely with a laptop and internet connectivity, and frequently hop on flights to other countries, chances are you might be a digital nomad.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought with it the rise of remote work, where all you need is a laptop and internet connection. This also gave rise to what are known as digital nomads- travellers or workers who work from different destinations, with the assistance of technology.

Keeping in line with the rising popularity of hybrid or remote work, there has also been a spurt of governments across the world offering digital nomad visas to working professionals. A digital nomad visa offers residence in the host country for a temporary period of time.

“The number of digital nomads with traditional jobs increased by 9% in 2022, growing from 10.2 million in 2021 to 11.1 million in 2022,” as revealed in the report by MBO partners, a deep jobs platform. In 2020, the number of traditional workers working as digital nomads grew 96%, from 3.2 million to 6.3 million, according to COVID-19 and the Rise of the Digital Nomad Report by MBO partners.

A digital nomad visa allows travel enthusiasts to work from different countries, provided they fulfil certain different requirements, specific to each country.


If one’s company is okay with the time difference and your bank account allows it, then here are top 10 countries providing digital nomad visa:

1. Seychelles

The exotic archipelago of Seychelles has a workation program that can be availed for a one-time €45 application fee. If you have a valid passport, health insurance, and proof of income, you can avail a workation retreat on any of the 115 islands of Seychelles, for a period of up to 1 year, by applying for a ‘Visitors Workcation Permit’ (VWP) at least 60 days before arrival.

2. Anguilla
The Caribbean island of Anguilla offers Beyond Extraordinary Anguilla Program that allows travellers to work remotely from the island for 91 days to 12 months. The minimum income required is $55,000 - which is quite expensive but no income tax needs to be paid here.

3. The Bahamas
The Bahamas named their digital nomad visa as Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) program. Requiring a $25 permit application fee (Bahamian currency), one can live and travel the Bahamas for a year. Approval can take up to 5 business days where applicants will receive an email for payment.

No minimum length of stay is required and citizens from the USA, Canada, the EU and Britain do not need an additional travel permit. The visa expires within one year.

4. Estonia
The Estonia Digital Nomad Visa takes 3-8 weeks to process after you have submitted tax details, bank statements, proof of minimum income of €3,504 gross of tax and passport to your nearest Estonian embassy. It offers a one year stay for only those remote workers whose employers are registered outside of Estonia.

5. Malta

The Nomad Residence Permit of Malta will be issued for one year to having a monthly income of € 2,700. The form N1A required for the application is available on the official website of Residency Malta Agency.

6. Taiwan

Taiwan’s Employment Gold Card offers an open work permit and a stay from 1- 3 years with tax benefits for people with high salaries - a 50% tax exemption on annual salary income exceeding NT$3 million in the first 5 years.

It is a 4-in-one visa with a resident visa, work permit, Alien Resident Certificate (a physical ID card proving that you can reside legally in Taiwan), and re-entry permit that allows you to leave Taiwan and re-enter multiple times during the course of 3 years.

The Gold Card costs anywhere between $100 and $310 depending on your nationality and the duration of the card, the website states.

7. Curacao
It is possible to work for six months as a remote worker from the Dutch island Curacao with the @HOME in Curacao program. The application form is available on the official website of the Government of Curacao. It is open to all digital nomads from all nationalities and the application cost is ANG 535.

8. Germany

Germany offers German Freelance “Freiberufler” Visa to remote workers, freelancers or digital nomads for three months. If your said profession is listed under ‘liberal profession’ only then will you be able to avail the visa. One needs a portfolio of previous work, letters of commitments from future customers/employers, residence proof, bank statements, valid passport, CV etc to apply for the Visa.

The fee to apply for a freelance visa in Germany is 60 euros.

9. Mauritius

Stay in Mauritius under Premium Travel Visa is available for a period from 6 months to up to one year. The applicant should not enter the Mauritius labour market, have proper documentation, and bank statements of the last three months. You will need a bio data page of a valid Passport, evidence of funds, travel and health insurance, proof of monthly income, letter of sponsorship and proof of address.

10. Spain

From 2023, Spain could be one of the nations offering a Digital Nomad Visa. In order to apply for the visa, the applicant should earn at least $1000 per month and must be working for an employer who is not in Spain. This Visa will only be offered to EU and EEA citizens and for a maximum period of 3 months. A non-EU citizen must find a job in Spain.

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