Digital Nomad Visa Guide for Australians

Digital Nomad Visa Guide for Australians
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Working holiday visas are a great option for young people who want to experience life in another country. But if you’re self-employed or already have a job that you can do remotely, a digital nomad visa could be ideal!

Digital nomad visas could also be a good option for Australians over 30-35 years old, who may not qualify for a working holiday visa or who wish to work remotely.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, digital nomad visas did not really exist. But in 2020, as COVID-19 decimated nations’ tourism industries and accelerated the shift towards working from home, countries including Estonia, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Georgia and the United Arab Emirates began offering digital nomad visas to remote workers.

Tbilisi, Georgia
You could live in Tbilisi with a digital nomad visa from Georgia. Photo by Matt Graham.

This concept has since taken off! There are now well over 40 countries offering digital nomad visas in some form. More and more countries are now tapping into the potential of this trend by offering digital nomad visas and/or residency permits to entrepreneurs and remote workers who can work from anywhere.

With a digital nomad visa, you can live in another country for one year or more. During that time, you can continue to work online in your existing job or for your own business – and often without paying local income tax.

Why digital nomad visas?

For governments, these visas are a way to attract visitors with a stable income who will stay for a longer time, spend money in the local economy and develop connections with locals. It’s great too for remote workers who now have more opportunities to live in more countries!

While this varies by country, digital nomad visa holders generally won’t need to pay income tax in the host country if all they earn all their income from a business registered outside of the country. But there are exceptions! For example, if you stayed for more than six months in Mauritius, Spain or Greece, then you could become a tax resident in that country.

Conversely, you will not have the right to enter the local labour market or work for an employer based in the destination country while staying on a digital nomad visa. This is not a traditional work visa.

Unlike working holiday visas, digital nomad visas don’t have an age limit. You may also be able to bring your children and/or family with you – something that working holiday visas do not generally permit.

Typical digital nomad visa requirements

Remote worker and digital nomad visas are aimed more towards educated professionals with relatively high incomes, rather than backpackers. So, the requirements to get a digital nomad visa are a bit different to working holiday visa requirements.

The good news is that the countries offering digital nomad visas genuinely want to encourage people to move there. In fact, in many cases, these visas are actively promoted by the country’s tourism authority. Therefore, the application process is usually made as easy as possible.

To get a digital nomad visa, things you might need include:

  • A minimum level of savings and/or monthly income (this threshold is generally much higher than the minimum savings required to get a working holiday visa)
  • You must be self-employed or work remotely for a business based outside of the country (by comparison, you are not required to have a job to apply for most working holiday visas)
  • Health insurance to cover your stay
  • In some cases, proof of accommodation in the destination country

The visa fees for remote worker permits or digital nomad visas are generally higher than the fees applicable for a working holiday visa. But this isn’t always the case. Some countries, such as Mauritius and Georgia, do not charge anything to apply for a remote worker visa!

Mauritius is not charging a fee for its “premium visa”. Photo by Xavier Coiffic on Unsplash.

Which countries offer digital nomad visas?

The list of countries offering digital nomad visas to Australian citizens working remotely is constantly growing.

At the time of writing this article, they include:

You can click on any of the links above for more information about the digital nomad visas, remote worker visas or residence permits offered by each country. Most of these links are to official government websites.

You can also see our separate guide to digital nomad visas for Bali & Indonesia.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Matt Graham.

Interactive map of countries offering digital nomad visas to Australians

Summary of key digital nomad visa information by country

This table contains a summary of digital nomad visas available to Australian citizens, in alphabetical order by country.

Country Visa duration Able to renew? Visa fee Minimum annual income
Antigua & Barbuda 2 years Yes USD1,500 (~AUD2,300) USD50,000 (~AUD77,000)
Argentina 6 months Yes USD200 (~AUD310)
Barbados 1 year Yes USD2,000 (~AUD3,100) USD50,000 (~AUD77,000)
Belize 6 months BZD500 (~AUD385) USD75,000 (~AUD116,000)
Bermuda 1 year Yes USD275 (~AUD425) N/A
Brazil 1 year Yes Approx. AUD228 (for Australians) USD18,000 (~AUD28,000)
Colombia 2 years Approx. USD52 + USD170 (~AUD360) USD10,800 (~AUD16,800)
Costa Rica 2 years   USD250 (~AUD385) USD60,000 (~AUD93,000)
Croatia 1 year   HRK640 (~AUD138) HRK202,890 (~AUD44,000)
Curaçao 6 months Yes ANG535 (~AUD460) N/A
Cyprus 1 year Yes (up to 2 more years) EUR70 + EUR70 registration fee (~AUD230 total) EUR42,000 (~AUD69,000) after tax
Czech Republic 1 year Yes EUR100 (~AUD160) + CZK1,800 (~AUD120) monthly taxes EUR5,587 (~AUD9,100) in savings
Dominica 18 months USD900 (~AUD1,400) USD50,000 (~AUD77,000)
Ecuador 2 years USD450 (~AUD670) USD15,300 (~AUD22,750)
Estonia 1 year   EUR100 (~AUD159) EUR54,750
Georgia 1 year   Free USD24,000 (~AUD32,150)
Greece 2 years Yes EUR75 (~AUD120) EUR42,000 (~AUD69,000) after tax
Hungary 1 year Yes (up to 2 years) HUF39,000/EUR110 (~AUD180) EUR24,000 (~AUD39,000)
Iceland 6 months Must wait 12 months ISK7,800 (~AUD88) ISK12,000,000 (~AUD136,000)
Indonesia 1 year USD150 + IDR2,700,000 (~AUD492 in total) USD60,000 (~AUD90,500)
Latvia 1 year Yes EUR60 (~AUD95) Approx. EUR41,196 (~AUD67,000)
Malaysia 1 year Yes (up to 2 years) MYR1,000 (~AUD330) USD24,000 (~AUD37,000)
Malta 1 year Yes (up to 3 years) EUR300 (~AUD490) EUR32,400 (~AUD53,000)
Mauritius 1 year Yes Free N/A
Mexico 1 year Yes (for 3 years) CAD56 (~AUD60) CAD32,640 (~AUD37,000)
Montserrat 1 year Yes USD500 (~AUD770) USD70,000 (~AUD108,000)
Namibia 6 months USD124/NAD2,200 (~AUD190) USD24,000 (~AUD37,000)
Norway 2 years   EUR600 (~AUD980) EUR35,719 (~AUD58,000)
Panama 9 months Yes (up to 18 months) PAB250/USD250 (~AUD380) USD36,000 (~AUD55,000)
Portugal 4 months Within first 4 months, you apply for a longer-term residency permit EUR90 (~AUD140) EUR33,840
Romania 1 year EUR120 (~AUD195) ~LEI219,420
Seychelles 1 year EUR45 (~AUD73) N/A
Spain 1 year Yes ~USD85 (depends on nationality) ~EUR25,920 (~AUD42,000)
St Lucia 1 year XCD175 (~AUD100) N/A
Taiwan 1-3 years Yes TWD3,700 (~AUD180) N/A
United Arab Emirates 1 year Yes USD287 (~AUD445) + medical insurance & processing fees USD60,000 (~AUD93,000)
Uruguay 6 months Yes ~UYU322 (~AUD13)

The Canadian government also explicitly states that digital nomads can stay in the country without a work visa for up to six months at a time.

Other countries may offer digital nomad visas for other nationalities

There are a few other countries that also offer remote worker visas to people from specific countries, but not to Australians. For example, Cabo Verde’s Remote Working Program is available only to people from Europe, North America, Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) or Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO).

Countries that previously issued digital nomad visas

Anguilla and the Cayman Islands (both British Overseas Territories) previously offered digital nomad visas. But nomad visa applications for these destinations do not currently appear to be open.

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Countries planning to introduce digital nomad visas in the future

South Korea and Japan have recently announced the launch of digital nomad visas in their respective countries.

Busan, South Korea
Busan, South Korea. Photo by Markus Winkler on

Thailand is also planning to reinvent its “Smart Visa” program to allow freelancers and digital nomads to live and work remotely in Thailand for up to 4 years.

Other countries that have announced or are currently implementing digital nomad visa programs include Peru, Sri Lanka, Italy, North Macedonia, Montenegro, South Africa and Egypt. Other places such as the Indian state of Goa are also considering this.

Matt Graham

Matt is the founder of Working Holidays for Aussies. Passionate about travel and always looking for great deals, he believes that gap years & working holidays are the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture and gain invaluable life experience. Originally from Australia, Matt has travelled to over 80 countries and has lived in New Zealand, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

10 thoughts on “Digital Nomad Visa Guide for Australians

  1. Such a fantastic article Matt! It’s great to finally see the digital nomad visas available to Australians in one easy-to-use place. I’ve shared this already with a few people.

    Once we fully open our border again, I’ll be keeping a close eye on how many online English teachers start taking advantage of these on my site [] and in my community. Many, I think!

  2. Hi Matt,

    Love to see what business structure you would advise setting up in Australia to do this. I’ve learnt that While Australia is remote working friendly, it is not “digital nomad” friendly. What I mean by this is that setting up some sort of business ties you down the residency in Australia – You need to be able to have an Australian address at all times. You can set up a business entity and then get a permanent residence overseas.

    The Sole trader you can actually reside overseas (But you’ll have to pay the australian non resident tax rates) but it’s not suitable for everyone because if you contract through a sole trader, the ATO classes you as an “employee” if you do work paid monthly etc and that’s not allowed on the sole trader. You can’t usually work for an employer, you normally have to be paid for a result and not a fixed rate per month or rate per hours kind of arrangement.

    Then if you have a private company limited by shares, one of the directors must reside in Australia. The only way out is to get an Australian resident director so they can control the business back home in Australia while you update your address to your overseas address. The company address also has to be an australian street address and you can’t use a post office box. Thankfully you can use a virtual office to get out of this problem at least as the registered office.

    So you see, it looks like you can zip over temporary while maintaining a property or rent back home, but you can’t move there for long periods, unless your a sole trader or you want to hire a director for your company.

    1. Hi Chris, these are all interesting points. Unfortunately, I can’t give you advice on this kind of thing as I’m not an accountant. I would recommend talking to a good accountant about this.

  3. Hello Matt I am French and I am wondering if you think Australia will be open to open at digital nomad visa soon ? Thanks

    1. I haven’t heard anything yet, but have you looked to see if you might qualify for another type of visa?

      Personally I can’t see Australia offering something like this within the next year or two (although I absolutely think they should!).

  4. Hi
    I want to apply for Brazil or Portugal
    Some countries offer 1 year. What of you decide to go back in 3months.
    Can you do multiple visits, say go back home every 3 months?

    And what is the process to apply
    Who do I contact for Portugal?

    1. I believe both Brazil and Portugal’s digital nomad visas are multiple-entry visas. So you can do multiple visits while the visa remains valid.

      Please see the links above (under “Which countries offer digital nomad visas?”) for more details about the visas offered by each country.

  5. Hi matt,

    I am looking to apply for the digital nomad visa in Spain and I have essentially got all the documents ready to go. The only real issue I have at the moment is the Social Security Certificate, there isn’t a whole lot of information about it out there. The only real info I can find is that it would be better to be a sole trader, but if you work for a company the closest info I found a written letter from your company approving the move?

    If you have any information about the social security certificate, that would be much appreciated

    Thank you

    1. I unfortunately don’t know enough about this specific area to give you an answer, sorry, but hopefully someone else will know and be able to chime in.

  6. This Digital Nomad Visa Guide for Australians is a game-changer! Thanks for breaking down the intricacies of remote work abroad. Your insights on visa requirements, documentation, and destination suggestions are invaluable. As an Aussie aspiring to embrace the digital nomad lifestyle, this concise yet comprehensive guide has alleviated my uncertainties. The tips on navigating cultural nuances and adapting to diverse work environments add an extra layer of practicality. Your well-researched content reflects a genuine commitment to empowering fellow Australians to explore the world while working remotely. Kudos for simplifying the complexities and providing a roadmap for a seamless digital nomad experience!

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