Airbnb partners with these top 20 destinations to make travel easier for digital nomads

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Despite being incredibly popular, digital nomadism is a concept that many national governments are still skeptical of. Since immigration regulations have traditionally been strict, nomads and long-term travelers are advocating that these barriers be removed and Simplified travel rules. Fortunately, Airbnb has your backholding conversations with different leaders around the world to promote remote work and partnering with as many as 20 destinations to support the movement.

Young man working from his computer while talking on the phone in the middle of a natural environment, digital nomad

Digital nomad visas are a novelty and, both in terms of availability and accessibility, nomads are nowhere near where they aspire to be. Although the number of countries offering these visas has been growing recently, especially after the pandemic subsided and borders reopened, they are still in the minority and/or have difficult criteria that must be met.

On the plus side, as AirBnB puts it, there are a few ‘remote worker-friendly destinations’ globally. There, nomads are not only welcome, but have the opportunity to grow and expand their business:

Airbnb wants to make visas for digital nomads less bureaucratic

Young Digital Nomad Working From His Computer On Top Of A Cliff Overlooking The Beach, Rugged Coast, Location Unspecified

The different digital nomad visas that have already been launched have a lot in common, but at the same time, can diverge drastically when it comes to financial requirements or just the bureaucracy in general. The Colombia visa, for example, is one of the easiest to obtain: applicants simply need to show that they earn a minimum of $684 per month.

The sum is well below the average national pay rate in the US, Canada, and most European countries, making Colombia an attractive destination for nomads, especially those who are younger and They travel on a limited budget. On the other hand, nations like Malta and Montserrat have much higher rates – the latter expects nomadic residents to demonstrate financial resources of at least $70,000 per year.

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It’s more, Costa Rica has launched an extremely simple visa process which is close to being completely digital. Does not subject applicants to extensive background checks; by contrast, the Eastern European nation of Latvia has a more extensive list of requirements that must be met, including being considered a “highly qualified” professional.

As you can see, there is hardly any consensus when it comes to establishing these rules, and there are currently no guidelines countries have to follow. Airbnb is, without a doubt, the most powerful ally for digital nomads. Last week, the vacation rental platform published a white paper proposing a set of policy changes that benefit the category.

Travelers waiting for their passport to be inspected at the border control of the international airport

In essence, Airbnb is urging countries and some major cities to ‘adapt’ and ‘improve’ the remote work experience. In addition to adapting to the new travel trend, he wants governments to:

  • Facilitate the visa application process
  • Encourage visitor support of the local economy.
  • Optimize tax compliance
  • Invest in ‘essential services’*

*These include internet connectivity and community support for workers and their families, if applicable

These 20 destinations are the official partners of AirBnB to promote remote work

Ocean view dining table in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Pacific Ocean, Mexico

According to Airbnb, these are the 20 destinations they will partner with to help support remote workers:

  1. Baja California Sur (State), Mexico
  2. Balinese, Indonesian
  3. Brindisi, Apulia, Italy
  4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  5. Caribbean*
  6. Canary Islands (Autonomous Community), Spain
  7. Cape Town, South Africa
  8. Colombia (Country)
  9. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  10. Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
  11. Lisbon Portugal
  12. Malta (Country)
  13. Mexico City, Mexico
  14. Palm Springs, California, United States
  15. Queensland (state), Australia
  16. Rural France**
  17. Salzkammergut, Austria
  18. Tampa Bay, Florida, United States
  19. Thailand (Country)
  20. Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

*Referring to numerous countries belonging to the geopolitical group

**AirBnB does not specify which parts of France are ‘rural’

Old french street in Dordogne, France

Airbnb has been actively working with the destinations listed above to improve the nomadic experience. This close collaboration will lead to the creation of ‘custom hubs’ for each countryas well as disclosing important information about entry requirements, other visa policies that may apply, and of course, taxes.

Nomads are known to favor destinations with looser tax regulations and where they won’t face a crippling financial burden, like Bali. When applying for the Indonesian nomad visa, where Bali is located, Americans and other travelers may be eligible to live in the province for 5 years without paying any local tax.

A couple enjoying the view at their luxury Jungle Resort in Bali, Indonesia, South East Asia

Airbnb also stated that they will find mutual solutions with these partners to promote “responsible hosting” and the acceptance of remote workers and long-term travel. These so-called ‘hubs’ will open later this year. The hubs will include all kinds of destinations, from entire countries, such as Colombia and Malta, to off road, smaller towns in Italy and France.

Not all partners have valid digital nomad visas

Of the 20 listed, sThe ix countries below have not launched a specific visa for nomads or announced plans to do so. This is despite being popular nomadic hotspots and/or having other immigration routes for long-term travelers:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. France
  4. Mexico
  5. Portugal
  6. USA
Young female traveler standing before temple gates in Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia

Mentioning Bali specifically, Airbnb claims this partnership will “reinvigorate” Indonesia’s tourism industry, offering a “new focus on longer, higher-quality stays.” The platform further praises the Indonesian province for its “extensive amenities, infrastructure, and a lifestyle connected to nature and the local community.”

According to Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder of AirBnB, the company doesn’t want to act like it has all the answers right now. However, they do believe they are ‘suitable’ for ‘information sharing’, considering their ‘large footprint’ when it comes to travel. Blecharczyk remained transparent, stating that “these things are not necessarily straightforward.”

Young digital nomad woman working from her computer in Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia

There may be an increase in digital nomad conversions in the post-Covid world. Nevertheless, not all destinations have shown receptivityyes Many simply don’t trust the process enough to open their doors to long-term travelers. After all, it almost always involves changing laws and relaxing restrictions on migration. This is something that Western nations, primarily Europe, have been reluctant to do.

Even then, digital nomadism has gradually carved out its own niche on the Old Continent. Croatia, Albania and the like are leading the charge.. Airbnb continues to push for a broader rollout globally. The company has set an example by allowing its own employees to work remotely from one of its 170 countries for up to 90 days a year.

To learn more about all of these Airbnb initiatives, check out their official news page.

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