The number of destinations offering Digital Nomad Visas (DNVs) has seen a significant increase in recent years. Almost half of these destinations now offer visas for at least one year. This rise in DNVs has coincided with an increase in digital nomads, with destinations across all regions striving to meet this market trend, said the UNWTO.
The UNWTO Brief provides an in-depth examination of DNV programmes in seven areas: application process, duration of visa, taxation, insurance, accommodation, minimum income requirements, and criminal records check.
- 47% of destinations offer visas for up to one year.
- 39% of destinations exempt digital nomads from tax payments.
- 17% of destinations do not have minimum income requirements.
- 76% of destinations have online applications for DNV programmes.
- 80% of destinations process applications within a one-month period.
- Only 6% of destinations have no visa fees for application.
EMBRACING THE FUTURE OF WORK
A DNV allows individuals to live and work in a foreign country while maintaining employment or conducting freelance work for employers or clients in their home or another country. This visa enables digital nomads to continue their professional pursuits while immersing themselves in the host destination’s unique lifestyle, aligning with much of the trends of the future of work. Furthermore, destinations use DNVs to attract professionals from creative and technology areas to stimulate these sectors nationally.
KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR DESTINATIONS
The UNWTO Brief also highlights the key considerations for destinations when offering or expanding their DNV programmes:
Digitalization of Destination: Due to the importance of connectivity and productivity, host destinations tend to invest in robust digital infrastructure. High-speed internet, co-working spaces, and comfortable accommodations are available to facilitate optimal remote work conditions.
Balancing Work and Lifestyle: By offering a flexible visa framework, host destinations empower digital nomads to create their work environments while immersing themselves in local culture and lifestyle.
Future Impact Assessment: The brief underscores the importance of establishing impact assessments for DNV programmes as a new mechanism.