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Central & South America Digital Nomad Visas (+How to Apply)

If you have been looking for a way to spend some time in Central or South America while still working remotely, then these new digital nomad visa options could be for you.

While there aren’t many yet, new opportunities are coming up all of the time — like the Brazil remote work visa, which has recently been launched.

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This article will be updated regularly with new Central and South America digital nomad visas so make sure to bookmark it for later.

Read More: 19 Remote Work & Digital Nomad Visas You Should Know About

1) Brazil Digital Nomad Visa — Rio de Janeiro 

Anyone who has been excited to spend time in Brazil will be very excited about the latest remote worker visa news. This program, which has already been launched, provides an initial one-year visa, which can be renewed for another year if requirements are met.

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Brazil is a fantastic choice for remote workers looking for a friendly country with great weather lots of opportunities to enjoy stunning outdoor natural pursuits and beach life, indulge in incredible food and drink culture, and overall enjoy the laid-back lifestyle.

If your interests are piqued, then find out how to apply below.

How to apply for the Brazil digital nomad visa:

  • Foreign nationals who are employed outside of Brazil can apply
  • Applicants must have a minimum monthly income of USD 1,500 or an available bank balance of USD 18,000. Income must be from outside of Brazil, you will not be able to find employment domestically
  • You should be able to continually work from Brazil remotely and be able to show proof of remote worker status, for example with an employment contract
  • You will need private medical insurance valid in Brazil and be able to submit a criminal clearance certificate from their country of origin
  • The Brazil digital nomad visa can be obtained either through any Brazilian consular process or from in-country with documentation that proves, identity, a clear background check, proof of income/savings, and an employment contract. 

Keep up with the latest news on the Brazil remote work visa on the official government website or contact your local consulate.

2) Columbia Digital Nomad Visa

Columbia’s digital nomad visa is about to launch. But the fact it’s on its way is very exciting for digital nomads who would love to spend some time in Medellin and Bogota which are already very popular with remote workers. 

The new scheme will allow digital nomads for up to two years, provided you meet certain criteria.

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The visa is set to launch in late October and is set to be a much more affordable option than many of the others in Europe and South America.

How to apply for the Columbia digital nomad visa:

  • To qualify for Colombia’s digital nomad scheme you’ll need to be earning $684 (£567) per month
  • You’ll need a valid passport, health insurance and a letter from your employer to prove employment

3) Costa Rica Rentista Visa

The Costa Rica Rentista visa requires a higher monthly income than other visas, but allows you to stay for up to two years, with the ability to extend it making it ideal for people looking for some long-term stability.

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There is also a pathway to permanent residency available. While this visa won’t be suitable for everyone if the requirements below apply then you can enjoy.

Read our complete guide to living and working in Costa Rica as a digital nomad.

How to apply for the Costa Rica digital nomad visa:

  • A regular monthly unearned income of at least US$2,500 from a guaranteed source for two years. This needs to be passive income, many people choose to obtain a letter from a bank or financial adviser showing $60,000 being transferred to Costa Rica at the rate of $2,500 a month for the next two years
  • The permit has a validity of 2 years, and can be renewed providing the requirements are met
  • Visa holders can establish a business or work on their own, but may not work as an employee in Costa Rica
  • Once you have legally resided in Costa Rica with any temporary residence permit for three or more years, you may be eligible for permanent residence
  • Documents you will need include: passport photos, police certificate clearance and fingerprints, proof of income

4) Uruguay Digital Nomad Visa

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The Digital Nomad Visa of Uruguay is designed for people who work remotely for foreign companies or those who are self-employed. It’s considered one of the easiest digital nomad visas to get, as it has a straightforward online application process and no income requirements.

You are able to live and work in Uruguay for 180 days with the possibility to extend for up to a year as long as you are able to provide a clean criminal record.

Tip: The Uruguay remote worker visa is well-suited to tech workers as tech services are tax-exempt in Uruguay.

How to Apply for the Uruguay Digital Nomad Visa

Uruguay’s visa application is a little different from usual as you enter the country as a tourist first. Then you fill out an online form on the official government website.

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The application process requires you to input your personal details and sign a written declaration affirming that you have sufficient funds to sustain yourself throughout your stay in Uruguay. Once approved you will receive your permit via email.

Applications can’t be made jointly with a spouse or dependents; however, separate applications can be submitted for each individual.

Check out our other digital nomad visa articles:

The Best Asia Visas for Remote Workers (+ How to Apply)

European Countries Offering Visas for Freelancers (+ How to Apply)

How to Travel Through the Schengen Visa Free as a Digital Nomad

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