City Ratings for Digital Nomads
- Cost and infrastructure:
- accommodation availability,
- taxes, and
- internet speed.
- Legislation and freedoms:
- remote worker immigration,
- remote working infrastructure,
- safety, freedom and rights,
- gender equality,
- sexual orientation equality, and
- minority equality
- COVID-19 vaccination rate,
- cost of living,
- culture and leisure,
- and pollution.
- Melbourne, Australia (Rank 1, pts. 100.00)
- Dubai, UAE (Rank 2, pts. 96.64)
- Sydney, Australia (Rank 2, pts. 92.62)
- Tallinn, Estonia (Rank 4, pts. 88.11)
- London, UK (Rank 5, pts. 87.18)
Digital Nomads Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Argentine capital ranked number 1 in Latin America, and 33 in the world, even above destinations such as Paris, Munich, Bern, Boston, Vancouver, and Amsterdam. The city government launched the Digital Nomads BA program, which aims to attract some 22,000 digital nomads by 2023. To do this, Buenos Aires agreed with Airbnb to advertise the city as a digital nomad destination.
Over 40 hotels have already confirmed that they will offer discounts of up to 20%, special rates for a long stay, late check-outs, and free upgrades for digital nomads. In addition, local authorities are working with the national government to launch a special visa program that enables workers to live in the country for a year with the possibility of extensions.
Digital Nomads San Jose Costa Rica
LA rank: 2 – World rank: 44 – Pts.: 73.73
On July 13, the Costa Rican government approved a law to benefit foreigners to enter the country to work remotely for companies abroad.
This initiative, known as Digital Nomads, grants a special non-resident, migratory status for one year, extendable for another year. It allows free import of basic computers, telecommunications, and similar equipment, necessary to work remotely.
It offers the possibility of using your home country driver’s license beyond the usual 90 days, the option to open local bank accounts, and the exemption from income tax. The digital nomad must provide proof of an average monthly income equal to, or greater than, $ 3,000.
Digital Nomads Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Although Brazil doesn’t yet have a visa program for digital nomads, the technological conditions and infrastructure of Rio de Janeiro place it as number two in Latin America.
Rio is the second-largest city in Brazil and home to the most famous carnival in the world. With a tourist visa, digital workers can remain in the country for a maximum of 90-180 days, depending on the country of origin. But this visa does not allow them to rent an apartment, unless it is through Airbnb or a similar service, nor does it permit them to open bank accounts.
The conditions are more flexible for Portuguese citizens who enjoy the same rights as Brazilians. Special rules also apply to citizens of Mercosur countries that offer them additional benefits.
Digital Nomads Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico is already a top-level tourist destination in Latin America.
Nomads can apply for a temporary residence visa if they prove can they work for a company outside of Mexico with a minimum monthly income of USD 1,620, or if they have an account with a minimum balance of $ 27,000.
Digital Nomads Medellin, Colombia
The Colombian government enacted law #2069 on December 31, 2020, which allows the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to devise a special immigration scheme for digital nomads and remote workers.
These visas will be easy to get, require less paperwork than a normal work visa, and allow the legalization of workers who arrive in the country without being traditionally employed. With this, Colombia wants to become a remote-work center within the framework of the so-called “fourth industrial revolution”, or era of digitization.