Nearly 50% of all global destinations offer digital nomad visas

TO United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) A study has revealed that the number of destinations that offer Digital Nomad Visas (DNV) has grown significantly in recent years and almost half now offer visas for at least one year.

A DNV allows people to live and work in a foreign country while maintaining employment or performing freelance work for employers or clients in their home country or another country.

These details were derived from a study covering 54 destinations. The analysis showed that the rise in DNVs reflected the growing number of digital nomads, and countries were working to meet the growing demand.

He UNWTO The report examined DNV programs in seven areas:

  • Application process
  • Visa Duration
  • Taxes
  • Sure
  • Accommodation
  • Minimum income requirements
  • criminal background check

Main conclusions of the UNWTO study

The study analyzed the background and current state of digital nomadism trends in five regions. It revealed the following trends:

  • 47 percent of destinations grant visas for up to one year.
  • 39 percent of destinations exempt digital nomads from paying taxes
  • 17 percent of destinations have no minimum income requirements
  • 76 percent of destinations have online applications for DNV programs
  • 80 percent of destinations process applications within a month.
  • Only 6 percent of destinations do not charge visa application fees

Dubai Digital Nomad Visa

Dubai was one of the first to launch this type of visa in the Middle East. The emirate was ranked second on the 2021 Nomad List of the world’s fastest-growing remote work destinations, in a study involving 150,275 user registrations.

The government created the Dubai Digital Nomad Visa in 2021 under the ‘Work Remotely from Dubai’ program to attract talents from around the world.

The virtual work program is valid for one year and gives digital nomads access to all the standard services that residents benefit from, including utilities, education, etc.

It costs $611 in total, including application fees, processing costs, pre-application medical examination and Emirates ID. All applications (new applications and renewals) are reviewed and processed by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs – Dubai (GDRFAD).

News source: Gulf Business

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