More than 50 countries around the world now offer a specialized visa that caters to remote workers, and Peru is the latest country to join the list.
The recently introduced digital nomad visa is part of the Peruvian government’s decision to update its existing foreign immigration law to allow remote workers to live and travel within the country for an extended period of time — all while working remotely for a company located outside the country.
The initiative now adds Peru to a remote-friendly list that includes several other South American nations including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, and Uruguay — all of which offer similar visas. These programs are increasingly popular as they provide legal avenues for individuals to live and work remotely in different countries while benefiting from lower costs of living and unique cultural experiences.
This specialized visa is reported to be valid for one year and is renewable. While Peru allows individuals to reside in the country while working remotely for companies or clients based outside the country, digital nomad visa holders in Peru are not permitted to earn a salary for work performed within Peru or work for a company based in Peru, according to Newland Chase.
Applicants must meet certain criteria to qualify for this visa including having a valid passport, engaging in remote employment, meeting a minimum income requirement (yet to be announced), and possessing international health insurance.
The rise of digital nomadism, which is fueled in-part by advancements in technology and a rising demand for better work-life balance, is reshaping how and where people work. Countries like Peru, with their lower cost of living, affordable accommodation, and cultural attractions like Machu Picchu, are becoming hotspots for digital nomads.
As more countries recognize the economic benefits of attracting remote workers. The digital nomad visa and similar programs around the world are not just offering a new way of working; they are also contributing to a more interconnected and flexible global workforce.