A digital nomad visa is a program or documentation granting individuals the legal ability to work remotely while residing outside their home country.

In the post-pandemic era, the popularity of remote work has surged, granting individuals greater flexibility and the freedom to work from picturesque locations. Estonia led the charge in 2020 by introducing digital nomad visas for remote workers, inspiring several other nations to adopt similar programs. A digital nomad visa, known by various names such as remote work visa, freelance visa, or digital nomad visa, allows individuals the legal privilege to work remotely while residing outside their home country. Although typically short-term, some countries may also offer the possibility of obtaining a residence permit, subject to specific requirements. While India may not yet offer a Digital Nomad Visa, many countries extend visas to Indian passport holders for remote work opportunities.

Below are several countries that provide digital nomad or remote work visas to Indian passport holders :


Germany provides a Freelance Visa tailored for remote workers. As outlined by CN Traveller, eligibility criteria include membership in liberal professions and showcasing financial stability for at least one year, alongside other prerequisites. This visa entails a fee of around 75 euros (Rs 6,700) and permits a stay of up to one year, with the option for extension up to three years.


Greece extends digital nomad visas to non-EU residents. To qualify, applicants must present evidence of employment or independent work, along with proof of financial stability and accommodation arrangements. This visa incurs a fee of approximately 75 euros and allows for a one-year stay, with processing typically taking between two weeks to a month.


Indonesia does not offer a dedicated digital nomad visa; however, Indian passport holders can obtain the E33G visa, allowing them to work in the country for up to a year. Requirements include demonstrating sufficient funds and employment outside of Indonesia. The visa carries a fee of approximately $150 and typically takes 7-14 days to process.


The Mauritius Premium Travel Visa enables digital nomads to reside and work in the country for periods ranging from six months to one year, with the possibility of renewal. Applicants must showcase a minimum monthly income, employment outside Mauritius, as well as suitable accommodation and insurance.


Portugal extends a digital nomad visa to non-EU/EEA residents, granting a one-year stay with multiple entries. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, provide evidence of remote work or independent activity, and fulfill financial and accommodation criteria. The visa carries a fee of 90 euros.


The Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) visa allows remote workers to reside for up to a year, offering multiple entries. Applicants are required to present evidence of employment, financial stability, and medical insurance. The visa entails a fee of $25, with supplementary charges for dependents.


Spain provides a digital nomad visa to self-employed professionals or those working remotely for entities outside of Spain. Prerequisites include a degree or relevant work experience, as well as documentation demonstrating employment, residence, and health insurance. The visa fee is 73.27 euros.


The Workcation Retreat Programme visa in Seychelles offers a one-year validity for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and professionals. Applicants are required to provide evidence of employment, income, accommodation, and health insurance. The visa fee is 10 euros.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica provides digital nomad visas to individuals employed outside of the country, requiring a minimum income threshold. Applicants must furnish bank statements and complete an online application. The visa fee is $100.


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