Nils Kraus - Jul 8, 2024
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The "workation" concept gained popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic due to technological advancements that made remote work more accessible and efficient. According to the 2023 report by MBO Partners, 58% of digital nomads were from younger generations, with 21% from Generation Z and 37% from Millennials. Generation Z has grown and entered the workforce over the past four years leading up to 2023, representing about 1 in 5 workers. The report predicts this trend will continue as Generation Z is a large cohort.

The report shows the distribution of digital nomads among different age groups in 2022 and 2023. The percentage of Gen Z digital nomads increased from 16% to 21%, indicating a growing trend among the youngest group. On the other hand, Millennials, who had the highest percentage in 2022 at 47%, decreased to 37% in 2023. Gen X saw an increase from 23% to 27%, and Baby Boomers experienced a slight rise from 13% to 15%. These changes reflect shifting trends in the workforce and potentially differing attitudes toward remote work and lifestyle among the generations. Tourism Review presents a list of nomad-friendly countries ranking countries by the length of their digital nomad visa.

10/ South Korea - 2 Years Visa Validity

The remote work visas in South Korea, such as the Workcation Visa and the Digital Nomad Visa, allow eligible individuals to stay in the country for an initial period of up to 2 years, with the option to extend for an additional year.

9/ Colombia - 2 Years Visa Validity

The Colombia Digital Nomad Visa is valid for up to 2 years, allowing successful applicants to stay in Colombia for a maximum of 180 days during one calendar year. However, nomad visa holders are not permitted to engage in local employment in Colombia. It is specifically intended for individuals who work remotely for foreign employers or clients abroad.

8/ Norway - 2 Years Visa Validity

Norway's independent contractor visa, commonly used by digital nomads, can be valid for up to 2 years.

7/Ecuador - 2 Years Visa Validity

The Ecuador remote work visa, known as the "Rentista for Remote Work visa," has an initial validity period of up to 2 years. This period can be renewed for two more years.

6/ Montenegro - 2 Years Visa Validity

Montenegro offers a digital nomad visa that permits remote workers to reside and work in the country for an initial period of two years, with the option to extend it for an additional two years. However, after staying for four years, individuals must exit the country for six months before being able to reapply, prolonging the visa.

5/ El Salvador - 2 Years Visa Validity

El Salvador offers a digital nomad visa valid for up to two years, potentially extendable for an additional two years.

4/ Antigua and Barbuda - 2 Years Visa Validity

The Antigua & Barbuda digital nomad visa enables remote workers to reside and work on the islands for up to two years.

3/ South Africa - 3 Years Visa Validity

South Africa's remote visa allows individuals to work remotely within the country for a maximum duration of three years, providing an extended stay.

2/ Taiwan - 1-3 Years Visa Validity

The Gold Card Visa enables foreign remote workers to reside and work in Taiwan for 1 to 3 years. The visa holders can work for Taiwanese companies, start their own businesses, and bring their families. After five years, they can apply for permanent residency or citizenship.

1/ Thailand - 10 Years Visa Validity

Digital nomads can work remotely in Thailand with a Long Term Residence Visa. This visa is valid for 10 years and holders are exempt from obtaining a re-entry permit when traveling to and from Thailand. Additionally, they can benefit from fast-track service at international airports and can obtain a digital work permit.

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