South Africa has announced that it will update its visa laws to make the country more accessible to remote workers.
According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the country will focus on amending its work visas by introducing a startup and digital nomad visa that supports remote workers who want to visit South Africa and boost tourism in the area.
The digital nomad visa will allow remote workers to live in South Africa for longer than 90 days, with the aim to keep them there for at least a year. It will also feature arrangements for digital nomads that may travel with dependents or family members.
Like many other digital nomad visas, there will be a minimum salary requirement that has still not been confirmed. However, reports estimate that it will be around $3,000.
From there, applicants will need to show proof of work, medical insurance, and accommodations, as well as ensure that their clients or employer are not based in South Africa.
South Africa has been one of many countries greatly impacted by the pandemic, particularly after the Omicron variant was first found in the region.
In an effort to rebuild its tourism industry and boost revenue, South Africa is turning its sights on the growing number of digital nomads that have emerged from the last two years.
By doing so, it will be the first mainland country in Africa to offer this type of visa. Currently, the only countries in Africa that offer digital nomad visas are islands including Cabo Verde, Seychelles, and Mauritius.
Not only will these programs help enhance revenue in the country, but President Ramaphosa added that it can help bring top talent and labor into the region.