Can you work from anywhere as long as you have internet? If you need a change of scenery, Estonia is the latest country in Europe working to attract digital nomads with its “digital nomad visa.”
The Baltic country is hoping to attract remote workers to live and spend money inside its borders.
Estonia’s government has voted to amend its Alien Act to allow for a digital nomad visa that will enable stays for up to a year – nine months longer than the three-month tourist visa.
The key criteria are being able to demonstrate steady remote income to prove that they can contribute to the economy without taking jobs from native citizens.
“A digital nomad visa strengthens Estonia’s image as an e-state and thus enables Estonia to have a more effective say on an international scale,” said Estonia Interior Minister Mart Helme in an announcement.
Estonia’s new visa program is expected to roll out soon as other European work to reopens its borders to travelers.
Other European countries that have adopted the same kind of visas, includes the Czech Republic whose visa is called “zivnostenské opravneni.” It’s a long-term business visa for freelancers and other independent or remote workers, as reported in Forbes.
Germany offers a “freiberufler” visa specifically for freelancers as well as remote and self-employed workers that is typically granted for three months but can be converted into a residence permit.
One of the most popular visas among digital nomads comes from Portugal. The country offers a temporary resident visa for independent workers and entrepreneurs.