Work From Holiday

Costa Rica
Usually smart city initiatives are associated with hardware: pedestrian boulevards, parks, gardens and trees, new mobility, green buildings etc. It can be software-based too as in Costa Rica. Last week (Aug 8th, 2021), it signed a law to offer digital nomads a base with the objectives of promoting tourism, local employment and foreign investments. The law grants digital nomads:
  • Residence of 1 year, extendable by 1 year
  • Exemption from local taxes
  • Able to open local bank accounts
  • Can drive using foreign license
Requirements for a digital nomad are:
  • Does remote work (ie not local employment)
  • Continuing income of $3,000 or more from home country
  • Buys medical insurance for duration of stay
  • Makes one-off payment for visa

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