The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work and live. The digital nomad lifestyle has gained immense popularity with the rise of remote work.
Ankur Dhawan, President at upGrad Abroad, an India-based company specializing in helping working professionals pursue higher education, shared his thoughts on digital nomad visas in an interview published in The Economic Times.
“So typically as some of the job profiles which were rendered remote during the Covid times, continue to be remote, this concept will gain more popularity,” said Dhawan in the report.
He explained that digital nomads had the freedom to work remotely and liked the idea of frequent travel and that countries launched digital nomad visas to allow these individuals to work from their country and benefit the local economy.
Will gain popularity
He suggests that countries that rely heavily on tourism could benefit significantly from implementing digital nomad visa programs.
When asked about the sectors allowing their employees to work remotely, he replied that most “tech roles” allowed work to be done anywhere. Additionally, a large number of freelancers and entrepreneurs were cashing in on it as well.
“Perhaps there are a few roles in an organization that allow work through such a mode, such as the ones that do not require regular face-to-face meetings,” he added.
Presently, over 50 countries worldwide now offer a digital nomad visa. Estonia, among the first, followed many countries in Europe, South America, and Asia.
Challenges of the digital nomad visa
Dhawan explains that digital nomad visas are beneficial for both individuals and countries.
Countries only needed a standardized infrastructure, such as an efficient transportation system, good internet, and sufficient accommodation providers that would qualify them to launch a digital nomad visa, thereby attracting the high-earning global community ashore.
However, Dhawan hinted that some challenges come with implementing digital nomad visas. For example, only countries with sufficient resources to implement such infrastructural development could board the wagon.
On the flipside, countries that implement these programs can benefit from the wave of skilled professionals, enhancing various sectors while boosting their economy at the same time.