September 19


This Lesser-Known Asian Country Introduces The Long-Expected Digital Nomad Visa

By Daniela

September 19, 2023

Thanks to beautiful beaches, lush nature, and affordable cost of living, Sri Lanka has been a digital nomad hotspot for years. However, there was no special visa in place for them until now.

The Sri Lankan government already proposed such a visa years ago. But it was waiting for the cabinet’s approval. To boost the tourism sector and attract skilled remote workers, freelancers, and digital nomads, the Cabinet of Ministers finally authorized it.

How does it work?

It works similarly to other visa programs from around the world. Digital nomads need to demonstrate a monthly income. In this case, it must be over USD$ 2,000 and has to be channeled through the Sri Lankan banking system. 

Moreover, applicants have to pay a one-time fee of USD$ 500, which also covers the visa holder’s spouse and dependents.

Other things you need to be granted the newly introduced visa are:

  • A passport that is valid for at least another 6 months from your date of entry.
  • Documents proving the purpose of your trip, such as work contract, accommodation, etc.
  • Proof of funds.

The visa is valid for one year and can be renewed annually.

Why live and work in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is located in South Asia and therefore boasts warm weather throughout the whole year. It’s budget-friendly – you can spend less than USD$ 30 a day – and offers various activities. 

Visit one of its 26 national parks and see the iconic elephants, hike famous trails, or head to Koggala Beach to surf. Life also passes by slowly in Sri Lanka, which is perfect if you seek a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Don’t take it too far, though. Sri Lanka doesn’t have the best internet connection. So better to stay in bigger cities like Colombo or Merissa to be able to work online – the most stable Wi-Fi can be found in co-working spots. 


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A realistic dreamer and discoverer with Czech artistic roots. She's an MA Creative Writing graduate and a writer and editor at WebWorkTravel.

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