There’s nothing we love more than to see the world becoming easier for digital nomads. It was only a couple of years ago that regular visa runs were the norm, and nobody really knew what the legalities were of working remotely abroad.
If COVID-19 did one positive thing for us, it was to bring more attention to digital nomads, which has sparked many countries to introduce specific visas that allow you to work remotely and live in a destination for longer than a tourist visa allows.
Following in the footsteps of its neighbors — Brazil and Argentina — Colombia is introducing a digital nomad visa that rivals many others across the world.
The majority of digital nomad visas have a long list of requirements. However, you’ll be pleased to know that the new visa being introduced in Colombia is quite simple.
The earning requirements are the lowest that we’ve seen anywhere in the world, and as long as you can prove that you bring in at least US$684 monthly, you’re good to go!
This differs from some other countries that require proof of annual earnings above $50,000. If you’re just starting out on your nomadic journey and don’t feel like you have the funds to travel the world yet, Colombia may be the place for you.
And, it gets even better. While many countries allow you to stay for a year under their visa, Colombia’s digital nomad visa will allow you to stay for two years.
It’s worth noting that you’ll be classed as a tax resident if you spend more than 183 days (approximately six months) in the country per year.
The details about the visa are currently sparse; however, if you work for a major corporation, this might not be the right move for you.
This is because one of the requirements the Colombian government has imposed is that if you’re employed remotely, your employer cannot have a presence in the country. While this isn’t an issue for 99% of nomads, those that work for global companies may have to travel elsewhere.
The visa launches on October 22 and is a brilliant opportunity for those looking to step away from the stresses of soaring energy bills, political uproar, and the rising cost of living.
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