Rio de Janeiro: The New Home for Digital Nomads


| LAST UPDATE 04/25/2023

By Sydney Holder
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For all those digital nomads out there, this one's for you. The colorful urban city, situated right between beautiful coastlines, might be known for its fabulous nightlife, delicious food, and Carnival; but now the 'Marvellous City' is known for something else-the perfect working destination. Last year, the country implemented a Digital Nomad Visa, enticing travelers from all over the world to pack up their things and work abroad from the beautiful beaches of Brazil.

Starting last year, the Brazilian government introduced a Digital Nomad Visa that allows visitors to keep their current employment contract in their country while also staying in Brazil for one year, with an option to extend for 12 months. Under the rule, individuals must provide proof of work and earn at least $1,500 a month or $18,000 in savings. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right?

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Since implementing the visa program, local governments have been investing in improving local facilities that are suitable for remote workers. Starting with improving citywide 5G coverage and ending with the boost of coffee shops that have free Wi-Fi spots, Rio might be the most desirable spot to work abroad. Because of the influx of digital nomads and working from home in general, the cities' co-working spaces have doubled in size and are available for everyone to use. According to a local coffee shop owner, Dan Hobbs, they "get digital nomads every single day [in Aussie Coffee] because they feel comfortable working here," he said. "A lot of foreigners come to Rio by themselves. They might have friends, but they seek the community that they can find here."

The beautiful thing about working and living in Rio is being able to live in the bustling city! Although Rio is considered one of Brazil's most expensive cities, it's also considered affordable in comparison to other metropolitan cities. The city is walkable, with tons of bars, restaurants, shopping walls, and of course, the beach. For those that enjoy an outdoor lifestyle and have the capability to work abroad, it might be time to look into that Digital Nomad Visa!

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