Sri Lanka is the latest country to create a visa especially for digital nomads and remote workers.
On July 12, the island country’s government approved a measure that grants one-year visas for digital professionals Worldwide.
“Sri Lanka is well positioned to promote the concept of ‘work your own tropical paradise’, and Sri Lanka Tourism, recognizing this, is facilitating the expansion of the digital nomadic market as part of its sustainable strategies,” a statement said. of the Sri Lankan government. .
The statement also said that digital nomads are “not sensitive to seasonal travel”, making them an ideal population to “boost off-season tourism”. He also noted that the “digital content generated by this segment” would organically promote the country’s tourism industry.
The new visa program is expected to position Sri Lanka as a top destination for digital nomads, a group that has been growing rapidly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the government, other factors that could attract remote foreign workers to the area include the availability of high-speed Internet connections at local hotels, restaurants and libraries, affordable accommodation and income tax exemptions.
“By attracting digital tourists to Sri Lanka and providing them with the facilities they need to stay longer, the country can earn more foreign currency,” the government said.
In addition to the visa, the government also proposed that the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Office launch an advertising campaign aimed at digital nomads.
“After experiencing lengthy roadblocks and travel restrictions, people are embracing the ‘work from anywhere’ concept, with the requirements being picturesque scenery, cultural experiences, adventure and good Wi-Fi connection,” said the president of tourism from Sri Lanka, Kimarli Fernando.
Several countries and cities have recently announced digital nomadic visas in an effort to attract foreign remote workers, including Curaçao, Dubai, Estonia, Greece and Spain.
Digital nomads tend to have more disposable income than other tourist populations, and long-term visitors inject more money into local economies than short-term tourists.
As a result, many destinations are turning to digital nomads and other types of remote workers to help them recover financially from the pandemic.