According to the latest figures from the UNWTO, 54 countries now offer digital nomad visas (DNVs) for up to a year.
“Due to the importance of good connectivity and productivity, the 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,” said the UNWTO.
While the digital nomad concept is at least 30 years old, it became popularised during the COVID-19 pandemic as more people had no other option but to work remotely. In America, as an example, a study by MBO Partners in 2020 found there had been a 49% increase in digital nomads from the previous year.
The opportunity to temporarily stay and work in beautiful locations far from home doesn’t just hold lifestyle appeal – it turns out that there might be some financial benefit too.
Some 39% of destinations offer a DNV with tax exemptions while 17% do not have a set minimum income requirement.
In the past year, Portugal has granted more than 2 600 DNVs, reports schengenvisa.info. However, the country announced in November that it would scrap its non-habitual residence tax, which is expected to result in a flood of digital nomads to its shores ahead of the change as they will still be exempt for the next 10 years.
“In 2024, special taxation for non-habitual residents will end. Whoever has it will keep it,” said Antonio Costa, Portugal’s Prime Minister.