Cabo Verde Plans to Attract 4000 Digital Nomads with Special Visa — Andy Sto

When deciding on a destination, digital nomads now have plenty of options to consider. The procedures are also much easier than they were a few years ago.

This is due to the fact that many countries, cities and islands are offering special visas, tax cuts, remote work programs and many other perks; aiming to attract as many digital nomads as possible.

Digital nomads are people who have taken the world to be their office. They are no longer tied to a specific location; wherever there is an internet connection and the promise of adventure, there, you will find digital nomads.

Digital nomads work remotely while traveling from one country to another. They usually travel slower and stay longer than tourists do. Which is why different countries are competing to attract them, as staying longer means more money and more stable support to local communities, whereas with tourists, it is more of a once off deal.

Wonderful places like Estonia, Romania, Croatia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Malta, Portugal, Bermuda, Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Dubai and many others offer a digital nomad or a remote working visa that allows you to stay longer than tourists do. The main requirement is usually to prove that you have a remote job that pays you enough to live there.

As you can see, Africa is not on the list! That is, until Cabo Verde presented a plan to its parliament to attract more digital nomads.

The Proposal

The government is trying to alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the islands by boosting its tourism program with special long-term benefits for digital nomads.

A program for remote working from Cabo Verde is already in place since December 2020, after suffering almost a year of no tourism at all. Within the framework of this program, remote workers are allowed to stay in Cabo Verde for a period between 6 months to 1 year.

The Remote Work Program

To apply, apart from needing to be from the above listed countries, you also need to submit an online application. Your application has to include the passport, proof of income, criminal record, accommodation booking and health insurance, as well as a negative COVID-19 test. Some of these can be submitted after arrival at Cabo Verde with initial approval.

The proof of income has to show a bank balance of a period of 6 months having at least 1,500 euros. This goes up to 2,700 euros if the application was for a family permit.

The application costs around 54 euros in total including the cost of the visa and airport fees, and the initial approval (a temporary visa) to enter Cabo Verde takes about 2 weeks to be processed.

Upon arrival, you have 30 days to apply for the 6 months permit, which takes around 5 days for processing. You can then extend it for another 6 months if you like.

What Cabo Verde Offers

Cabo Verde’s economy depends on Tourism and services as its main source of income due to the lack of natural resources. The famous singer Cesária Évora is a Cabo Verdean native.

Weather

The lifestyle

The activities

Internet

The people

Transportation

Prices

One night in a hotel typically costs about 20 euros, and Airbnb starts from 25–28 euros per night.

Development

If you are eligible for this visa, would you apply? And what interested you the most about Cabo Verde?

Let us know!

Originally published at https://andysto.com on June 19, 2021.

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