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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 very recently been launched.

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

Brazil Digital Nomad Visa — Rio de Janeiro 

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

brazil Rio digital nomad visa

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.

Brazil digital nomads visa conditions:

  • 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.

Columbia Digital Nomad Visa

Columbia’s digital nomad visa is still in the works so there isn’t much information available yet. 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. 

colombia digital nomad visa

The visa is being developed with a number of public and private sector partners with early details below:

“World Tech, a startup well known in programming bootcamps in Latin America, created ePioneers, the first community for digital nomads and remote workers in the region. Inspired by the work of Estonian eResidency, the startup has worked in its new service branch since March 2020, partnering with private and public sector partners. The initiative is expected to facilitate the arrival of at least 45,000 digital nomads to the country in the first 18 months.” – Colombia Co

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.

costa rica digital nomad visa

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

Costa Rica Digital Nomad Visa Requirements:

  • 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 3 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

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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