Digital Nomad Visas For Australians

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You want to work and travel the world, but where can you go? This is a comprehensive list of almost 50 counties that currently offer digital nomad visas to Australians (or plan to in the future) – costs, requirements and links to apply – sorted by continent. With all the information that you need in one easy-to-find place, you’ll be landing in your dream location in no time.

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Where could a digital nomad visa take you? Photo by Fidel Fernando.

DIGITAL NOMAD VISA FAQ

What is a digital nomad visa? While each visa is different, they generally offer those who earn their income independently of the country that they are in (such as remote workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs and online business owners) 1-3 years in which to legally travel and work in that country.

Digital nomad visas tend to be best for working professionals who are looking for longer-term stability in their travel or are considering a semi- or permanent overseas relocation. ≈25% of current visas can be applied for by nomads with spouses and children. Working on a tourist visa is usually illegal.

Digital Nomad Visa

Visa processing time can be months;
Usually given 90+ days to 2 years;
Allows you to travel and work;
Must be remotely or self-employed, freelance etc.
High min. income requirements;
Potential long-term residency options.

Tourist Visa

Visa processing time is usually weeks;
Usually given ≈30 days only (variable);
Allows you to travel only;
You don’t need to be employed;
Low min. income requirements required to cover the length of stay (often only proof of onward travel).

Digital nomad visa vs Working holiday visa (WHV): A WHV is a good option for Australians aged 18-30 (sometimes up to 35) who may or may not want to physically work in the country that they visit in addition to working remotely. There are also usually lower income and/or savings requirements to apply but they rarely offer either opportunities for permanent residency or to be accompanied by family (spouse/children). 

Digital Nomad Visa Requirements

Again, requirements vary and it’s always best to confirm with your local embassy or registered migration agent before applying. In general, you will need to:

  • Be over 18 years old (other age restrictions may apply);
  • Be an Australian citizen and have a valid passport;
  • Have a ‘minimum’ amount of regular, ‘stable’ income and/or savings (see below);
  • Have health and/or travel insurance for the duration of your stay;
  • Have evidence of long-term accommodation and/or onward travel bookings (variable).

How much do digital nomad visas cost? Digital nomad costs vary widely – from free to ≈$4000 – with the average being a few hundred dollars. We’ll look at the fees and costs below. 

Which countries are offering digital nomad visas?

DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS FOR AUSTRALIANS

Digital Nomad Visa Comparison Table

Visas marked with an *asterisk are still in development (not available) at the time of writing.
The income listed is for individuals and may be higher for couples and families.
TBC = To be confirmed. COL = Cost of Living. N/A = Data not available. Click on each country for full details.

CountryVisa lengthFee (AUD)RenewableMin. annual income (AUD)FamilyCOL
Andorra*TBCTBCTBCTBCTBCMed
AnguillaUp to 12 months≈$3000TBCNo min. income statedYN/A
Antigua and BarbudaUp to 2 years≈$2000Y≈$70k/yrTBCN/A
Argentina*TBCTBCTBCTBCTBCLow
ArubaUp to 12 monthsTBCY≈$84k/yr. For 55+, ≈$42k/yrTBCN/A
BarbadosUp to 12 months≈$3000Y≈$70k/yrYHigh
BelizeUp to 6 months≈$365TBC≈$110k/yr. Families ≈$150k/yrYN/A
BermudaUp to 12 months≈$350YDemonstrate employment or businessTBCHigh
BrazilTBCTBCTBCTBCTBCLow
Cayman IslandsUp to 2 years≈$2000 + feeY≈$135k/yrTBCHigh
Colombia*TBCTBCTBCTBCTBCLow
Costa RicaUp to 2 years≈$350TBC≈$80k/yrTBCLow
CroatiaUp to 12 months≈$150TBC≈$45k/yr or $45k savingsTBCLow
CuraçaoUp to 6 months≈$400Y≈$70k/yrYMed
CyprusUp to 12 months≈$105Y up to 3 years≈$62k/yrYMed
Czech Republic (Czechia)Up to 12 months≈$60 + taxY≈$67k/yrTBCMed
DominicaUp to 18 months≈$125TBC≈$70k/yrYMed
EcuadorUp to 2 years≈$70TBC≈$22k/yrTBCLow
EstoniaUp to 12 months≈$160TBC≈$67k/yrTBCMed
GermanyVarious≈$90TBC≈$8k/yr + rent + insuranceTBCHigh
GeorgiaUp to 12 monthsFreeTBC≈$33k/yrTBCLow
GreeceUp to 2 years≈$115TBC≈$63k/yrTBCLow
Grenada*TBCTBCTBCTBCTBCN/A
HungryUp to 12 months≈$165Y up to 2+ years≈$38k/yrTBCLow
IcelandUp to 6 months≈$85Y (limited)≈$130k/yrTBCHigh
Indonesia (Bali)*TBCTBCTBCTBCTBCLow
Italy*TBCTBCTBCTBCTBCMed
LatviaUp to 12 monthsTBCTBC≈$51k/yrTBCLow
MaltaUp to 12 months≈$470Y up to 3 years≈$52k/yrY (LGBT+)Med
MauritiusUp to 12 monthsFreeYProof of fundsYLow
MexicoUp to 12 months≈$60Y≈$35k/yrYLow
Montenegro*TBCTBCTBCTBCTBCLow
MontserratUp to 12 months≈$700Y≈$95k/yrYN/A
North Macedonia*TBCTBCTBCTBCTBCLow
NorwayUp to 2 year≈$1000Y up to 6 years≈$57k/yrYHigh
PanamaUp to 9 months≈$420Y≈$17k/yrTBCMed
PortugalUp to 12 months≈$245Y up to 2 years+≈$12k/yrTBCLow
RomaniaUp to 12 months≈$200Y≈$70k/yrTBCLow
Serbia*TBCTBCTBC≈$63k/yrTBCLow
SeychellesUp to 12 months≈$75TBCProof of incomeYMed
South Africa*TBCTBCTBCTBCTBCLow
Spain*TBCTBCTBCTBCTBCMed
Sri Lanka*TBCTBCTBCTBCTBCLow
St LuciaUp to 12 months≈$100TBCTBCTBCN/A
TaiwanUp to 3 years≈$200YTBCYMed
ThailandUp to 10 years≈$2000Y≈$80k/yrYLow
United Arab Emirates (Dubai)Up to 12 months≈$850TBC≈$80k/yrYHigh
Cost of living data from numbeo.com. Global Fixed Internet Broadband Speeds from Wikipedia. Global Peace Index data from visionofhumanity.org. All data is correct at the time of writing.

DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS IN ASIA

Indonesia/Bali digital nomad visa*

Australians have historically visited Bali in large numbers for holidays, but interest in Indonesian immigration has skyrocketed since a potential 5-year Bali digital nomad visa was announced in mid-2022. Suggestions of a long (and potentially tax-free) residency in a country with tropical weather and a low cost of living have been warmly welcomed by both the Australian and existing Bali digital nomad community. Yet, at the time of writing, the visa is still in development.

Cost: TBC
Visa length: TBC (5 Years?)
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Bali, Indonesia is 56.36% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈9.9 Mbps (88/100)
Global peace index: 47/163
Official site: Australian Embassy Indonesia

Read more in my full article: Bali Digital Nomad Visa Requirements, Costs and Application for Australians.

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Tanah Lot, Bali is a digital nomad paradise. Photo by Timur Kozmenko.

Sri Lanka digital nomad visa*

Another visa still in development, the Sri Lankan digital nomad visa will allow up to 12 months for “…foreigners who can carry out their work remotely, usually from a laptop with an internet connection. Examples of workers who may be eligible for the Digital Nomad Visa are programmers, website developers, or digital entrepreneurs”. If that’s you, you might want to join the community of digital nomads there, many of whom are located in Matara and the capital, Colombo.

Cost: TBC
Visa length: Up to 1 Year
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Colombo, Sri Lanka is 75.51% lower than in Sydney, Australia. 
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈10.2 Mbps (80/144)
Global peace index: 90/163
Official site: Sri Lanka ETA Online

Taiwan digital nomad visa

When nomads think of a digital nomad visa in Asia, they don’t usually consider Taiwan, but their Gold Card may be perfect for your needs. A 3-year work permit is available for professionals in the following fields (and their families): Architecture, Arts & Culture, Economy, Education, Finance, Science & Tech, Law, Sports and National Defence (see website for full details). Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan are popular nomad cities.

Cost: ≈$200 AUD
Visa length: Up to 3 Years (36 months)
Renewable (Y/N): N, you need to reapply and be reassessed after 3 Years.
Income requirement: No clear minimum income requirements.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: Medium. The COL in Taipei, Taiwan is 35.05% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈163.85 Mbps (21/100)
Global peace index: 30/163
Official site: Taiwan Gold Card

Thailand digital nomad visa

Thailand has just announced a 10-year digital nomad visa (or Long-Term Resident, or LTR Visa). There are already significant digital nomad communities in Bangkok, Koh Phangan, and Koh Samui celebrating this visa’s arrival.

Read my full post: THAILAND DIGITAL NOMAD VISA REQUIREMENTS, COSTS AND APPLICATION FOR AUSTRALIANS.

Cost: The processing fee for the 10-Year Digital Nomad (LTR) Visa is 50,000 Baht (≈$2000 AUD). Once approved, you will need to pay a yearly fee of 3,000 Baht (≈$120 AUD) for your Work Permit.
Visa length: 10 Years
Renewable (Y/N): N/A
Income requirement: $80k USD/year [≈$112k AUD] min annual income (plus other criteria).
Families allowed (Y/N): Yes, spouse and up to four children under the age of 20.
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Bangkok, Thailand is 43.70% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈206.81 Mbps (7/100)
Global peace index: 103/163
Official site: Royal Thai Embassy Canberra

The Thailand digital nomad visa could take you to beautiful locations like Koh Samui. Photo by Yavor Punchev.

DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS IN EUROPE

Andorra digital nomad visa*

Another visa in development, digital nomads are researching previously unknown cities like Andorra la Vella in anticipation of the proposed Andorra digital nomad visa. Could you find yourself in this small principality nestled between France and Spain?

Cost: TBC
Visa length: TBC
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: TBC
Cost of living: Low/Medium. The COL in Andorra la Vella is 42.67% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈​​191.23 Mbps (12/100)
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Andorra Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Croatia digital nomad visa

The Croatian digital nomad visa may not be the first to spring to mind for the average Australian but with a low cost of living in cities common with nomads like Zagreb, Split and Osijek, it’s an attractive European option.

Cost: ≈$150 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: $45,000 AUD min. annual income or $45,000 AUD in savings in the bank. 
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Zagreb, Croatia is 49.88% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈57.30 Mbps (66/100)
Global peace index: 15/163
Official site: Republic of Croatia Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Split, Croatia has become a digital nomad hub. Photo by mana5280.

Cyprus digital nomad visa

In 2021, the Council of Ministers approved the introduction of the Cyprus Digital Nomad Visa Scheme “with a ceiling of 100 residence permits to be issued. On March 3 2022, the Council of Ministers increased the ceiling to 500 residence permits”, so limits apply at time of writing. This small island nation in the Mediterranean sea might be what you’re looking for, so get in fast. Paphos, Limassol and Nicosia are all increasing in popularity.

Cost: ≈$105 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 Months
Renewable (Y/N): Yes, up to 3 Years
Income requirement: ≈$5225 AUD/month or ≈$62k min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: Low/Medium. The COL in Nicosia, Cyprus is 42.80% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈50.46 Mbps (78/100)
Global peace index: 67/163
Official site: Civil Registry and Migration Department

Czech Republic digital nomad visa (Czechia)

Also known as the Živnostenský (‘Zivno’) opravneni, the Czech Republic digital nomad visa was initially designed for freelancers, but may also be an option for other nomads. Many choose to work with a Czech visa agent as the process can be, apparently, quite complex. If you’ve always wanted to live in Prague (or the smaller Brno and Šumperk), it may be worth the extra effort.

Cost: ≈$60 AUD (Plus ≈$1500 AUD in taxes/year).
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: ≈$7550+ AUD balance + ≈$67k min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low/Medium. The COL in Prague, Czech Republic (Czechia) is 41.94% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈85.89 Mbps (52/100)
Global peace index: 8/163
Official site: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Estonia digital nomad visa

…eligible location-independent workers can apply for the chance to come to Estonia to live for up to a year with peace of mind that they can legally work…” says the Estonian digital nomad visa website, which is so pro-business it even includes guides to setting up a business in the EU on the front page. Tallinn, the capital, has recently been heralded as the “best city in the world” for digital nomads but Tartu is another rising destination.

Cost: ≈$160AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: ≈$67k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low/Medium. The COL in Tallinn, Estonia is 40.93% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈78.58 Mbps (55/100)
Global peace index: 33/163
Official site: Republic of Estonia E-Residency

For winter-loving nomads, Tallinn, Estonia could be paradise. Photo by Jaanus Jagomägi.

Germany digital nomad visa

With large digital nomad communities in Berlin, Dresden and Munich, if you’d like to join them, there are a number of different visa possibilities. There is the Self Employed Visa (Gewerbetreibender) and the Freelancer Visa (Freiberufler), which have different requirements. It’s best to check the German Government’s Visa Navigator site below or to contact your local German Embassy. There is also a good guide to the application process at allaboutberlin.com.

Cost: ≈$90 AUD
Visa length: TBC
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: Rent + insurance + $8k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Medium/High. The COL in Berlin, Germany is 23.88% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈120.93 Mbps (35/100)
Global peace index: 16/163
Official site: Visa Navigator

Georgia digital nomad visa

You may not have heard about this small country in the Caucasus (North of Armenia and Azerbaijan), but Tbilisi, Georgia (and to a lesser extent, Batumi and Gori) are top of many digital nomad lists of ‘hot’ destinations right now for a number of reasons. The first is the fact that you can stay in Georgia for twelve months without a visa, which makes the process very simple. 

Secondly, under article 90 of the Georgian tax code, “an individual with an earning up to 500 000 GEL [approx. $225k AUD] yearly obtaining a certificate of “small business” can enjoy 1% personal income tax in Georgia”. So, this is an attractive option for business owners and entrepreneurs. 

The Remotely from Georgia program was designed to attract digital nomads to the country (if the application link is not working, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia visa page, or contact your nearest Embassy or Consulate for more information) during the pandemic but remains open at the time of writing. 

Cost: No fee
Visa length: Up to 12 months visa-free (No visa required!)
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: ≈$33k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Tbilisi, Georgia is 57.42% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈30.67 Mbps (113/144)
Global peace index: 95/163
Official site: Remotely from Georgia

Greece digital nomad visa

Greece has had economic challenges in the past decade and it appears that they are looking to recover, in part, by attracting digital nomads to cities such as Athens, Thessaloniki and Rhodes. If you’re keen to see many of the sights of the ancient world, see the websites below for how to apply for the Greece digital nomad visa. 

Cost: ≈$115 AUD
Visa length: Up to 24 months
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: ≈$63k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Athens, Greece is 44.25% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈36.73 Mbps (99/100)
Global peace index: 53/100
Official site: Work from Greece / Greek Consulates in Australia

Ancient Athens, Greece is a culturally rich digital nomad destination. Photo by Enric Domas.

Hungary digital nomad visa

The Hungary White Card is a digital nomad visa that allows you to work in Budapest or smaller places like Lake Balaton for a year (renewable). Affordable cost of living and high internet speeds mean that you could be working from a cafe alongside the Danube River in no time. 

Cost: ≈$165 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y, up to a further 24 months.
Income requirement: ≈$38k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Budapest, Hungary is 58.85% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈193.80 Mbps (8/100)
Global peace index: 13/163
Official site: White Card 

Iceland digital nomad visa

Not the cheapest country with a digital nomad visa, but if you’re looking for a cold and beautiful wilderness with only a smattering of people in greater Reykjavik, this Nordic option may be for you.

Cost: ≈$85 AUD
Visa length: Up to 6 months (must wait another 12 months to reapply)
Renewable (Y/N): N
Income requirement: ≈$130k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: High. The COL in Reykjavik, Iceland is 2.14% higher than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): N/A
Global peace index: 1/163
Official site: Long-term Visa for Remote Workers

Italy digital nomad visa*

Another visa still ‘in development’, Italy’s new digital nomad visa laws were passed in March 2022 but are still to be finalised at the time of writing. Milan, Florence, Rome, and Palermo will all likely be bustling nomad hotspots.

Cost: TBC
Visa length: TBC
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: TBC
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Medium. The COL in Rome, Italy is 26.60% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈90.93 Mbps (48/100)
Global peace index: 32/163
Official site: Italian Consulate in Canberra

How could a digital nomad say no to working from Florence, Italy? Photo by Jonathan Körner.

Latvia digital nomad visa

You may not have heard much about Riga, Latvia but it’s a growing location on the nomad radar now that Latvia announced in early 2022 that they have a digital nomad visa in development.

Cost: TBC
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: ≈$51k AUD min annual income (TBC)
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Riga, Latvia is 50.19% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈128.69 Mbps (33/100)
Global peace index: 35/163
Official site: Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs – Republic of Latvia

Malta digital nomad visa

If you’re looking for a country in Europe where English is the dual national language, you might enjoy Malta and their digital nomad visa. Valletta and Sliema are booming with nomads.

Cost: ≈$470 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y, Up to 36 months.
Income requirement: ≈$52k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y (including same-sex partners)
Cost of living: Medium/High. The COL in Valletta, Malta is 17.39% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈134.48 Mbps (29/100)
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Nomad Residence Permit

Valleta, Malta is rising on the digital nomad radar. Photo by Micaela Parente.

Montenegro digital nomad visa*

Kotor, Podgorica, Bar and Budva are just some of the towns where nomads are likely to congregate after receiving their Montenegro digital nomad visa (or the ‘Program for Attracting Digital Nomads in Montenegro’), announced in 2021 but yet to be finalised at the time of writing.

Cost: TBC
Visa length: Up to 6 months? (TBC)
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: TBC
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Podgorica, Montenegro is 65.18% lower than in Sydney.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈64.44 Mbps (62/100)
Global peace index: 48/163
Official site: Government of Montenegro

North Macedonia digital nomad visa*

Another country with a digital nomad visa in development is North Macedonia, the small nation with Skopje as its capital.

Cost: TBC
Visa length: TBC
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: TBC
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Skopje, North Macedonia is 68.18% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈37.20 Mbps (98/100)
Global peace index: 36/163
Official site: The Republic of North Macedonia – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Norway digital nomad visa

The ‘Skilled Worker or Self Employed Residency’ Visa attracts nomads to a wide variety of locations in Norway such as Alesund, Oslo, Tromso and Trondheim. The Norway digital nomad visa is mainly designed for self-employed nomads or those with their own businesses, so confirm your eligibility in other situations.

Cost: ≈$1000 AUD
Visa length: Up to 24 months (Can renew up to 6 years)
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: ≈$57k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: High. The COL in Oslo, Norway is 1.97% higher than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈159.99 Mbps (22/100)
Global peace index: 17/163
Official site: Independent contractor (self-employed person with a company abroad)

A location like Reine, Norway shows stunning landscapes for nomads who visit. Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen.

Portugal digital nomad visa

The Portugal digital nomad visa (also known as the D7 or Portugal Freelance Visa/Temporary Residence) is one of the hottest right now for a number of reasons. Porto, Madeira, Lisbon and Costa da Caparica all have established nomad communities with associated services such as co-working spaces.

Portugal also has some of the lowest digital nomad visa requirements for income and is one of the safest and most economical countries in Western Europe. It’s obvious why Australians are going there in record numbers.

Cost: ≈$245 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y, up to 2 years at a time.
Income requirement: ≈$12k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Lisbon, Portugal is 42.83% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈150.39 Mbps (27/100)
Global peace index: 6/163
Official site: Fixed Residency for “people living out from individual revenues”.

Romania digital nomad visa

A lesser-known option for Australian digital nomads is Romania, where Timisoara, Cluj, Brasov and Bucharest all boast their digital nomad-friendly credentials.

Cost: ≈$200 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: ≈$70k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Bucharest, Romania is 57.86% lower than in Sydney, Australia. 
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈214.33 Mbps (5/100)
Global peace index: 31/163
Official site: Ministry of Foreign Affairs E-Visa

A colourful scene in Bucharest, Romania for any nomad. Photo by Haseeb Jamil.

Serbia digital nomad visa*

You’ll have to wait a little longer for a digital nomad visa to Serbia that will allow you to visit Belgrade, Novi Sad and Nis, but if you’d like to explore a Balkan nation friendly to start-ups, this could be for you.

Cost: TBC
Visa length: TBC
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: ≈$63k AUD min. annual income (TBC).
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Belgrade, Serbia is 58.34% lower than in Sydney, Australia. 
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈77.88 Mbps (57/100)
Global peace index: 52/163
Official site: Consulate General of The Republic of Serbia

Spain digital nomad visa*

Digital nomads are a common sight in places like Gran Canaria and Tenerife (on the Canary Islands) and Barcelona, Lisbon and Valencia on the mainland. When the Spain digital nomad visa will be available is still unknown at the time of writing but we are expecting it to be very popular. 

Cost: TBC
Visa length: TBC
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: TBC
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Medium. The COL in Madrid, Spain is 34.56% cheaper than in Sydney, Australia.
Fixed internet speed (Global): ≈186.40 Mbps (14/100)
Global peace index: 29/163
Official site: Spanish Embassy in Australia

Read more in DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS EUROPE: A GUIDE FOR AUSTRALIANS.

Perhaps you are a nomad drawn to the bright lights of Madrid, Spain? Photo by Mike Swigunski.

DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS IN THE CARIBBEAN

Anguilla digital nomad visa

This tiny British Overseas Territory (located ≈200km East of Puerto Rico) offers up to a year to work and travel for eligible Australians in places like the capital, The Valley.

Cost: ≈$3000 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: No min. income stated.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: N/A. Rent prices in The Valley, Anguilla are 36.90% lower than in Sydney, Australia but restaurants are 6.68% higher.
Mobile internet speed (Global): N/A
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Work from Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda digital nomad visa

The capital of Antigua and Barbuda (SE of Anguilla), St John’s, is a longer-term tropical island option for remote earners.

Cost: ≈$2000 AUD
Visa length: Up to 2 years
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: ≈$70k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: N/A. Restaurant prices in Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda are 14.46% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): N/A
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Nomad Digital Residence Visa Programme

Aruba digital nomad visa

Aruba (Capital: Oranjestad), 80 kilometres northwest of Curaçao, is a small part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands just off the coast of Venezuela with a one-year digital nomad visa on offer.

Cost: TBC
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: ≈$84k AUD min. “passive” annual income. For 55+, ≈$42k AUD/year.
Cost of living: N/A. Rent Prices in Oranjestad, Aruba are 54.39% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): N/A
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: DIMAS

Barbados digital nomad visa

Located between Dominica and Grenada, Barbados (Capital: Bridgetown) is one of the better-known Caribbean islands that are offering a 12-month digital nomad visa, including options for families with children. High internet speeds and medium cost of living are big drawcards.

Cost: ≈$3000 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: ≈$70k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: Med/High. The COL in Bridgetown, Barbados is 19.81% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈105.71 Mbps (43/100)
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Visit Barbados

Bermuda digital nomad visa

Bermuda, another British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic, off the US coastline, has a distinctive blend of British and American culture. Hamilton, the capital, is the digital nomad location of choice.

Cost: ≈$350 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: “Demonstrate employment or business.”
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: High. The COL in Hamilton, Bermuda is 88.10% higher than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): N/A
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Go To Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda is a beautiful location for a nomad base. Photo by Reilly Durfy.

Cayman Islands digital nomad visa

The Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory (Capital: George Town) is located just south of Cuba and west of Jamaica. They are offering a 2-year visa for six-figure income earners from Australia.

Cost: ≈$2000 AUD + credit card fee
Visa length: Up to 2 years
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: ≈$135k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: High. The COL in George Town is 32.56% higher than in Sydney Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): N/A
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Global Citizen Concierge

Curaçao digital nomad visa

Curaçao is a Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela. Willemstad, the capital, attracts most nomads with its renewable 6-month visa.

Cost: ≈$400 AUD
Visa length: Up to 6 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: ≈$70k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: Med. The COL in Willemstad, Curaçao is 28.93% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): N/A
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: @HOME in Curaçao

Dominica digital nomad visa

Dominica is a “mountainous Caribbean island nation with natural hot springs and tropical rainforests”, according to Wikipedia. Roseau, the capital, is where most of the population (and nomads on the island) call home.

Cost: ≈$125 AUD
Visa length: Up to 18 months
Renewable (Y/N): N/A
Income requirement: ≈$70k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: Med. The COL in Roseau, Dominica is 34.61% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈37.62 Mbps (97/100)
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Work in Nature

Grenada digital nomad visa*

Grenada, off the South American coastline (and with St George’s as the nomad hub), could be home for the next year.

Cost: ≈$2200 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): N/A
Income requirement: ≈$55k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: N/A. Rent Prices in St. George’s, Grenada are 64.10% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈54.65 Mbps (71/100)
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Australian High Commission – Trinidad and Tobago (Grenada)

St George’s, Grenada could be your new home for a year. Photo by Hugh Whyte.

Montserrat digital nomad visa

Montserrat, neighbouring Antigua and Barbuda, offers one of the lowest costs of living in the Caribbean for digital nomads from Australia who earn more than the min. annual income requirements.

Cost: ≈$700 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: ≈$95k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: N/A. Rent Prices in Brades, Montserrat are 80.98% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): N/A
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Montserrat Remote Worker

St Lucia digital nomad visa

St Lucia (Capital: Castries) is a popular cruise ship stop NW of Barbados that offers the most inexpensive digital nomad visa in the Caribbean.

Cost: ≈$100 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): N/A
Income requirement: N/A
Families allowed (Y/N): N/A
Cost of living: N/A. Restaurant Prices in Castries, St Lucia are 42.69% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): N/A
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Government of St Lucia


DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS IN LATIN/SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina digital nomad visa*

Argentina, on the southernmost tip of South America, has a number of currently popular digital nomad-friendly cities like Buenos Aires, Cordoba and La Plata. Relatively low-income requirements and low cost of living will make it attractive for new nomads once officially launched.

Cost: ≈$1250 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: Min. annual “income” of ≈$5-$36k AUD/year.
Families allowed (Y/N): N/A
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Buenos Aires, Argentina is 66.27% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈51.51 Mbps (77/100)
Global peace index: 69/163
Official site: Embassy of Argentina in Australia

Buenos Aires, Argentina is an affordable location for nomads. Photo by Leonardo Miranda.

Belize digital nomad visa

One of the few predominantly English-speaking countries in Central America, Belize offers popular destinations such as Caye Caulker, San Ignacio and Belize City to those earning a high, stable income.

Cost: ≈$365 AUD
Visa length: Up to 6 months
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: ≈$110k AUD min. annual income / $150k for couples and families.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: N/A. Rent prices in Belmopan are 78.52% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈49.44 Mbps (79/100)
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Travel Belize

Brazil digital nomad visa*

Sure to be a hot digital nomad location, Brazil‘s digital nomad visa is official but in the final stages of development. You could be living the ‘laptop on the beach’ lifestyle in cities São Paulo, Florianopolis or Rio de Janeiro (or somewhere far off in the Amazon?).

Cost: TBC
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: TBC
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Brasilia is 61.93% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈90.30 Mbps (49/100)
Global peace index: 130/163
Official site: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Portuguese)

Colombia digital nomad visa*

Although not officially confirmed, this visa is said to be released soon for those wanting to live in Medellin, Bogota and Cartegena.

Cost: TBC
Visa length: TBC
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: TBC
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Bogota, Colombia is 69.77% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈53.73 Mbps (74/100)
Global peace index: 144/163
Official site: SITAC

Costa Rica digital nomad visa*

Another likely Central American country to top the ‘not to be missed’ lists upon launch is Costa Rica. Nomads rave about San José, Santa Teresa and Liberia.

Cost: TBC
Visa length: TBC
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in San José, Costa Rica is 51.01% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈47.93 Mbps (84/100)
Global peace index: 38/163
Official site: Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica is a top nomad location. Photo by Eelco Böhtlingk.

Ecuador digital nomad visa

Lessor-known Ecuador offers options like Cuenca, Galapagos Islands and Quito to Aussie nomads looking for the low costs of living on a budget in this small nation wedged between Colombia and Peru.

Cost: TBC
Visa length: Up to 2 years
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: ≈$22k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Quito is 61.75% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Mobile): ≈13.3 Mbps (68/143)
Global peace index: 79/163
Official site: Ecuadorian Nomad Visa

Mexico digital nomad visa

Once the domain of North Americans, Mexico is growing in popularity with nomads around the world. Mexico City, Puerto Escondido and Guadalajara are all established nomad hotspots, but this large country has many more options.

Cost: ≈$60 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: ≈$35k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Mexico City, Mexico is 54.62% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈48.35 Mbps (82/100)
Global peace index: 137/163
Official site: Relaciones Exteriores

Mexico City is a nomadic metropolis. Photo by Jezael Melgoza.

Panama digital nomad visa

A Central American location with relatively low-income requirements, you could be soaking up the sun in Panama City and Bocas del Toro before you know it.

Cost: ≈$420 AUD
Visa length: Up to 9 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: ≈$17k AUD min. annual income.
Families allowed (Y/N): N/A
Cost of living: Low/Med. The COL in Panama City, Panama is 41.53% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈125.25 Mbps (34/100)
Global peace index: 61/163
Official site: Consulate General of Panama in Sydney


DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS IN AFRICA/INDIAN OCEAN

Mauritius digital nomad visa

Mauritius, a small Indian Ocean nation East of Madagascar (Capital: Port Louis) could be your new nomad base?

Cost: Free (No fee)
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): Y
Income requirement: “Proof of funds“.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Port Louis, Mauritius is 58.17% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Mobile): ≈18.09 Mbps (127/143)
Global peace index: 28/163
Official site: Economic Development Board Mauritius

Seychelles digital nomad visa

Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean is a lesser-known digital nomad destination off East Africa. Victoria, the capital, could be an expensive but exotic destination for you.

Cost: ≈$75 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): N/A
Income requirement: “Proof of income“.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: Med/High. The COL in Victoria, Seychelles is 27.81% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): N/A
Global peace index: N/A
Official site: Experience Seychelles

Victoria, Seychelles is a tropical workcation dream location. Photo by Datingscout.

South Africa digital nomad visa*

The South African digital nomad visa is still in development, but you could base yourself in nomad-friendly Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

Cost: TBC
Visa length: TBC
Renewable (Y/N): TBC
Income requirement: TBC
Families allowed (Y/N): TBC
Cost of living: Low. The COL in Johannesburg, South Africa is 58.72% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈43.91 Mbps (91/100)
Global peace index: 118/163
Official site: South African High Commission (Canberra)


DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

United Arab Emirates/Dubai digital nomad visa

There are not many Middle Eastern digital nomad options, so the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – with cities Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi – might be perfect for you. For remote workers, business owners and entrepreneurs this might be your best choice, but there are actually a number of different freelance visas in the UAE.

Read more in my post: Remote Work & Freelance Visa Dubai (UAE) for Australian Digital Nomads.

Cost: ≈$850 AUD
Visa length: Up to 12 months
Renewable (Y/N): N/A
Income requirement: ≈$60k AUD min. annual income or ≈$400k AUD “savings”.
Families allowed (Y/N): Y
Cost of living: Med/High. The COL in Dubai, UAE is 16.77% lower than in Sydney, Australia.
Mobile internet speed (Global): ≈151.09 Mbps (26/100)
Global peace index: 60/163
Official site: Work Remotely from Dubai

Dubai, UAE is a bustling city for digital nomads from Australia. Photo by ZQ Lee.

DIGITAL NOMAD VISA WISHLIST FOR AUSTRALIANS

  • There is no current Bulgaria digital nomad visa, but their Visa D (Freelance Visa) may be an option for you.
  • The Cabo Verde digital nomad visa is currently unavailable to Australians at this time.
  • A Canada digital nomad visa has not yet been announced but Australians aged 18-35 are eligible for a two-year working holiday visa called International Experience Canada.
  • Although popular with digital nomads, plans for a Colombia digital nomad visa have not yet been announced.
  • No Hong Kong digital nomad visa exists but a Working Holiday Visa is available for eligible 18-30-year-olds.
  • An Ireland digital nomad visa, if announced, will be very popular. For now, a Working Holiday Visa is available.
  • Australians need to wait for a Kenya digital nomad visa.
  • A South Korea digital nomad visa does not yet exist, but the 12-month Working Holiday Maker Visa is an option for eligible 18-30-year-olds.
  • The Malaysia digital nomad visa doesn’t yet exist, but there is a Work and Holiday Visa for 18-30-year-olds.
  • A United Kingdom (UK) digital nomad visa would be immensely popular but 18-30 (rumoured to be increased to 35) year olds can apply for the Youth Mobility Visa is the other option, for now.
  • A United States (USA) digital nomad visa does not exist either, but like the UK, would be hugely in demand. There are a number of alternatives.
  • A Vietnam digital nomad visa is rumoured but yet to be confirmed. A Working Holiday Visa for 18-30s is available.

As you can see, there are A LOT of digital nomad visa options for Australians, with more being announced all the time.

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