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Now that digital nomads are taking over the scene, numerous countries around the world have begun to relax immigration rules to better accommodate them, either by treating them as long-term tourists and offering tax breaks or launching digital nomad visas ( DNV).
Europe is at the forefront of this exciting trend, with a growing list of nations announcing DNVs, but while this is great news for remote workers looking to relocate, increased visa availability doesn’t necessarily mean they’re easy to find. request.
With higher financial thresholds to meet, their DNVs are some of the most difficult to obtain, but not all European nations set strict eligibility requirements. In fact, 3 of them allow nomads to stay as tourists for extended periods of time without having to worry about visa rules absolutely.
If you’re a US passport holder and traveling full-time, all you need is a valid passport to move, just temporarily, to these destinations:
The United Kingdom
One of the top 4 European destinations that Americans most want to visit, the UK has a surprisingly relaxed border policygiven the country’s reputation for taking control of its own borders very seriously.
Unlike the confusing 90/180 day rule that applies to Americans entering the Schengen Area, the UK grants visitors permission to stay for up to six months after each new entry. This means that a US citizen is not expected to leave after only three months in the country.
Once the 6-month period is up, a US passport holder can, in theory, leave the territory, spend a day in a neighboring country like France, and return to Britain immediately afterward. As long as they never stay more than 180 days after each inputThey will follow the right side of the law.
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For example: Upon entering the UK on June 1, 2023, you will be granted permission to stay continually until December 1, 2023. However, if you take a day trip to France* on September 1, returning on September 2, a new six-month reference period will begin from that date, which will allow you to will allow you to remain in the country until March 2, 2024.
Non-residents are advised not to live permanently in the UK through several consecutive visitsas border authorities might be suspicious of your intentions, but it is possible to have a temporary base of operations in Britain while you explore Europe without worrying too much about complex visa rules.
The UK is a collective of four historic nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and there’s plenty to explore outside of London.
*Day trips to Ireland will not reset your clock as both Ireland and the UK form a single common travel area, where most border controls do not apply.
Georgia’s direct neighbor to the south, Armenia, is equally digital nomad-friendly, with some of the most spectacular natural scenery seen anywhere in the Caucasus and a rich cultural heritage to match.
Although not technically a European country, unlike intercontinental Georgia as it lies south of the Caucasus dividing line, Armenia is traditionally perceived as a geopolitically European nation.
Upon entering Armenia without having applied for long-term residency, Americans may stay up to six months in a calendar year, either continuously or through several successive visits within the fixed 12-month period.
With a sprawling Soviet-era capital, set against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Ararat, and a high concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other historically relevant structures, such as the Hellenic Temple of Garni, the only Greco-Roman building Surviving in the former USSR, Armenia is a beautiful hidden gem worth exploring.
Georgia has risen to prominence in recent years as Europe’s nomadic hub for a reason: like the UK, it grants tourists permission to stay longer than 3 months, but while the British limit it to six, Georgian authorities grant to the foreigners a whole year visa-free access.
You read well.
If you’re a digital nomad wary of overly complicated DNV procedures, you’ll have no problem moving to Georgia, the northernmost state in the Caucasus, at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
this little one, often overlooked nation it is home to an ancient capital, Tbilisi, with a history spanning several millennia. It is also where wine originated 6000 years ago and the birthplace of Stalin.
In addition to its friendly visa policy, Georgia is one of the cheapest countries for digital nomadswith a low cost of living compared to much of the western world and affordable housing, though rent has risen in recent months due to an influx of Russians and Ukrainians fleeing conflict in their home countries.
Upon entering Georgia at any checkpoint, both by land and by airport, you will be issued a one-year entry stamp, allowing you to obtain local residency with a minimum of hassle and explore the dozens of cobblestone cities and the picturesque unhurried countryside.
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