Japan tipped to welcome digital nomads from end of March
Japan will welcome digital nomads in the next few months. Photo: Getty
Australians are now able to live in Japan for up to six months on a digital nomad visa.
Along with citizens from 49 other countries like Singapore and the US, Australians will soon be able to apply for the visa if they meet certain requirements.
According to The Japan Times, the program to welcome digital nomads into the country is expected to start by the end of March.
The Immigration Services Agency announced that visas for digital nomads will be issued to individuals who have an annual income of more than 10 million yen ($103,000).
Additionally, digital nomads are required to have private health insurance and after the six months are up, the visa is not automatically renewed.
As a bonus, spouses and children of a digital nomad are also able to live in Japan.
Already, Australians can benefit from visa-free travel to Japan, for short-term stay tourism and business travel.
Australians can travel to Japan for up to 90 days without needing to do the paperwork.
Japan has been considering for some time launching a visa that would allow people to travel to Japan and work remotely for an overseas company.
It was one of the policies the Prime Minister’s administration had to boost tourism after Japan reopened following the pandemic, The Japan Times reported.
Japan will allow digital nomads to work remotely for six months.
What does it mean to be a digital nomad?
A digital nomad is someone who travels freely, while still working their jobs remotely.
The lifestyle has existed for some time, but thanks to the pandemic and businesses going remote, it’s one many more people have been wanting to embrace.
Plenty of countries have embraced digital nomad visas and last year, Spain was ranked the best country to live such a life in, according to VisaGuide.World.
On the visa, travellers could stay in Spain for six months without needing to pay any taxes.
Argentina was ranked second on the list and was followed by Romania.
Currently, Australia does not have a visa specifically for remote work, though there are alternatives, such as the working holiday visa.
To work under a regular tourist visa is illegal, which is why many countries have filled the gap.