Buenos Aires launches digital nomad visa program to boost post-pandemic economy

Buenos Aires is already one of the best cities in the world for digital nomads, with its unique blend of European and Latin American cultures, lively cafes, vibrant nightlife, low cost of living and stable Wi-Fi networks.

But now the capital of Argentina is trying to sweeten the deal with the introduction of a special visa for international remote workers. The government hopes the program will boost the destination’s post-pandemic economy, attracting long-term international visitors.

According to data from the Tourism Council of the City of Buenos Aires, approximately 8,000 American and European visitors stayed in the capital for 90 days or more in 2019.

However, Buenos Aires officials believe that the new digital nomad visa program could attract up to 22,000 long-term visitors to the city by 2023, which could inject up to $ 139 million into the local economy.

The digital nomad visa, which is being developed by the administration of Mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, will allow remote foreign workers to stay in Buenos Aires for up to 12 months. It will also offer holders exclusive discounts and benefits in popular coworking spaces, such as AreaTres, HIT, Huerta, La Manquinita Co. and WeWork.

The city has established a location on the Internet network where digital nomads can learn more about the region and sign up to receive a welcome kit on arrival at Ezeiza International Airport. The kit includes SIM card for cell phone, SUBE card for transportation and discount on the first night of accommodation.

The site also lists several reasons why Buenos Aires is a great destination for remote workers, including:

  • Voted the most livable city of 2019 in Latin America by The Economist
  • Being the third most accessible capital in the Americas
  • Being the most ecological city in Latin America
  • Have a diverse and LGBT friendly population
  • Have a large academic community and a rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem

The city also ranked seventh in InterNations’ 2020 expat cities ranking, achieving high scores in the expat network group’s “settling in”, housing and finance categories.

Photo of Nestor Barbitta no Unsplash

“Buenos Aires has a lot to offer people who want to spend more than a few weeks here,” said Fernando Straface, the city’s general secretary and secretary of international relations. “The combination of good quality with low cost of living, great culture, diversity, human capital and entrepreneurial spirit makes it one of the most competitive cities in the region.”

The U.S. digital nomadic population has steadily increased since 2014, but skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a study by MBO Partners, there were approximately 10.9 million digital nomads in the United States in 2020, an increase of 49% over 2019.

Popular digital nomad jobs include freelancing, writing, IT professional, language tutor, virtual assistant, graphic designer and social media manager.

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