Sri Lanka Welcomes More Digital Nomads With a New Year-Long Visa

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As more countries attempt to inject tourism numbers through digital nomads, Sri Lanka has introduced a new year-long remote worker visa.

Following the announcement that Club Med ranked Sri Lanka number two on the list of best countries for digital nomads, the country is making it more attractive to stay long-term.

The visa allows for a year-long stay on the South Asian island, but the pricing, application, and specific details haven’t been released yet. However, some sources report the visa will cost $500. The visa could also come with the option to extend for an additional year for $600 or $50 per month.

Sri Lanka’s Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando said, “Sri Lanka is poised to be the perfect post-pandemic destination with its wide-open spaces and nature-based attractions. After experiencing prolonged lockdowns and travel restrictions, people are embracing the ‘work from anywhere’ concept with the requirements being a picturesque setting, cultural experiences, adventure, and good wifi connection.”

The tourism office also said they favor allowing digital nomads to stay year-round to help fill in gaps in income during the low tourism seasons. 


Lauren Allain
Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.