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Digital Nomad Visa

UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS | DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS | 11TH JULY | THE INDIAN EXPRESS

SYLLABUS SECTION: GS II (INTERNATIONAL ISSUES)

WHY IN THE NEWS?

Recently, Indonesia has become the latest country to allow people to travel and work remotely through Digital nomad visa.

MORE DETAILS:

  • Indonesia has joined the growing list of countries that are tweaking their visa policies to offer work-from-anywhere plans.
  • The country hopes that its five-year visa plan will boost tourism,
  • And to create more jobs by allowing digital nomads to live ‘tax-free’.
  • This would make Indonesia’s visa one of the longest digital nomad visas allowed by any country.
  • Through the visa, Indonesia aims to bring in over3.6million overseas travellers into the country over the next year.

Meaning of digital nomad:

  • Digital Nomads are people who work remotely while travelling to different places and spending their earned income in the host country.
  • According to the 2020 State of Independence in America report by the company MBO Partners, Digital nomads are define as people who choose to embrace a location independent, technology enable life style that allows them to travel and work remotely, anywhere in the Internet-connected world.
  • Unlike regular remote workers, who tend to stay in one geographic area, digital nomads travel and explore while working.
  • The study also found that 10.9 million US workers described themselves as digital nomads in2020, up from 49% in 2019.
PROPOSED VISA
  • The Digital Nomad Visa would allow remote workers to stay in Indonesia, including Bali, tax-free as long as the remote workers earn from companies outside Indonesia.
OTHER SUCH VISAS:
  • Italy in March released a new permit for non-EU nationals, or digital nomads, who can stay in the country for up to 90 days without a visa.
  • Antigua and Barbuda offer a digital nomad visa for two years where the travellers are required to maintain their own health insurance.
  • Barbados offers a year-long remote working visa which can be extended further.
  • Among the other countries offering nomad visas are Croatia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Mauritius, Norway, and Spain.

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SOURCE: INDIAN EXPRESS