Working remotely isn’t just for freelance writers and software designers, as we learned in 2020. In fact, far fewer jobs than we could have imagined requiring employees to report to work every day. As a result, the digital nomad lifestyle may become even more popular than before, with an increasing number of nations offering special work permits for remote employees.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to work remotely. Pack your laptop and book that flight to your favourite place before you put your belongings in storage.
The Best Countries To Work Remotely From
Taiwan is one of the poster children for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Still, one of the reasons for this is that international visits are allowed only a few times. Taiwan, on the other hand, is a fantastic choice to investigate once travel restrictions are eased. Taipei, the capital, quickly becomes a hotspot for digital nomads, thanks to many shared workplaces and high-speed internet.
The city is one of the safest in the world, and there are active ex-pat communities to assist you in adjusting to the new environment. While lodging is a tad on the pricier side, you can make up for it with cheap but good cuisine and free Wi-Fi. Taiwan, like the majority of Asian countries, does not currently offer digital nomad visas.
Mauritius, which has been heavily reliant on tourism in the past, has chosen to shift gears and aim to recruit more digital nomads. You can stay for up to a year on its Premium Visa before having to renew it. You must earn at least $1,900 per month, with most of your earnings coming from outside of Mauritius. The application for a visa is free, and the process is rapid.
The internet and infrastructure quality varies depending on where you are on the island. Still, it may be excellent: if you choose your site well, the most difficult part of working remotely here will be keeping the beach sand out of your electronics. The languages of English and French are extensively spoken on the island. Mauritius has maintained its infection rates low, for example, by requiring foreign visitors to undergo quarantine.
The Cayman Islands are an excellent alternative if you have one of the highest-paying jobs in the world and want to live and work in luxury, tropical tax haven. Their Global Citizen Concierge Program is a two-year visa that allows remote workers to stay. However, this programme was created for a chosen few: if you apply as a single individual, you must earn at least $127,000 per year, and the non-refundable application fee starts at roughly $1,900.
You’d expect to receive your money’s worth for that price, and the internet speeds on the islands are among the quickest in the Caribbean. So far, the islands have kept coronavirus infections under control. Earthquakes and storms, on the other hand, can be dangerous.
Georgia – particularly its capital, Tbilisi – has been hailed as a desirable retirement location for a few years now. The country is now attempting to attract more digital nomads to spend time in the country. The Remotely From Georgia programme is for persons who wish to work remotely for at least six months and want to stay in Georgia.
You’ll need to make at least $2,500 per month, and you’ll have to pay local taxes. On the other hand, Georgia is inexpensive and off the usual road, yet it has everything a digital nomad needs, including high-speed internet. The language barrier may be an issue in more distant regions — Georgia even has its own alphabet – but in larger population centres, there are expanding ex-pat groups and lots of English speakers. In December 2020, the country experienced a brief spike in coronavirus infections, but the numbers have dropped.
Mexico has always been a popular destination for Canadians seeking brighter climates, whether for vacation or retirement. Whether you like quiet beach villages or large cities, the country has plenty to offer everyone, and English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Mexico is also inexpensive, and getting a Temporary Resident Visa, which allows you to reside and work in the country for up to four years, won’t set you back more than $54.
A monthly salary of roughly $1,600 in the previous six months is one of the prerequisites for obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa. If you can keep that income while living in Mexico, you may live quite comfortably. The internet and infrastructure quality varies depending on where you are in the country.
Remember when all we wanted was to go to a beach that wasn’t infected with Zika? Bermuda has avoided becoming a Zika hotspot, but you’re probably more interested in learning about the Covid problem. Bermuda has kept its Covid infection rate to a bare minimum.
The Work From Bermuda Certificate, a 12-month visa for remote employees, is now available on the Caribbean island country’s website. The application fee for this visa is substantially lower than that for a similar visa in Barbados, at roughly $345; however, Bermuda has a far higher cost of living, which is among the highest in the world. Nonetheless, you have access to high-speed internet, a laid-back Caribbean ambiance, and pleasant weather.
Estonia was the first European country to make a special visa for remote workers official. If you meet the qualifications, the Baltic country’s Digital Nomad Visa permits you to live and work there for up to 12 months. Estonia is an excellent option if you don’t make a lot of money: your monthly income should be around $5,500.
In large towns like Tallinn, where there are larger ex-pat groups and more individuals who speak English, infrastructure and internet speeds are superior. On the other hand, the countryside is full of storybook landscapes, complete with historic castles, forests, and lakes. Estonia, like the majority of European countries.
In 2020, Iceland would be one of the healthiest places to visit. The country’s outstanding response to the coronavirus has proven us correct. Iceland’s long-term visa scheme for remote workers has now been extended to everyone who does not require a visa to visit the country — including Canadian citizens. With this visa, you can remain for a year and see how different Iceland is in the summer compared to the winter.
To qualify, you must earn at least $10,000 per month, and Iceland is one of the most expensive countries in the world to live in. However, you will benefit from excellent infrastructure, magnificent scenery, and the opportunity to disconnect from the rest of the world truly.
2.Dubai, United Arab Emirates
If your remote work pays well, you might want to take advantage of Dubai’s visa programme, which allows remote employees to stay and work in the emirate for up to 12 months. For starters, you will not be compelled to pay income tax in this country. There are packages available for hiring office space or conference rooms for short periods of time – even just an hour for that Zoom call with your boss and the view is almost always breathtaking.
Although the United Arab Emirates has managed to reduce Covid infections to a minimum, it is prudent to exercise extra caution when visiting Dubai’s famous retail centres and restaurants. While working remotely in Dubai is an unusual and thrilling experience, it is not for everyone.
Barbados has traditionally been one of the best destinations for Canadians to live overseas, and working remotely makes it even easier. Barbados issued the Barbados Welcome Stamp in July 2020, allowing digital nomads to live and work on the island for a period of 12 months before having to reapply.
The non-refundable visa application fee is roughly $2,500, and you must demonstrate that you have sufficient finances to maintain yourself for the year, but in exchange, your “office” can be a hammock overlooking a palm-fringed Caribbean beach for a year. Barbados is normally outside of the storm belt, and the internet is fast. Barbados is a Commonwealth member as well, and English is the primary language spoken here.