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Namibia’s digital nomad visa takes lead over South Africa’s

todayApril 9, 2024 18

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South Africa is following in Namibia’s footsteps. This as the country is planning a policy reform with new visa regulations. SA is introducing the digital nomad visa for remote work if earnings exceed R1 million. Bloomberg News reports that a point-based system will replace the critical skills list, with criteria set for publication by the end of April. Also, requirements for police clearance certificates and other documents are being relaxed.

When comparing South Africa’s intended reforms with Namibia’s digital nomad visa program, spearheaded by the Namibia Investment Promotion & Development Board, Namibia emerges as the more advantageous option in an era where remote work is paramount for a number of global enterprises.

Applicants interested in the Namibia Digital Nomad Visa will have to prove that they earn enough money to be self-sufficient. They will need to demonstrate proof of income/funds (Payslip/Employment Contract) to sustain themselves and their dependents (USD2000 – Applicant, USD1000 – Accompanying Spouse, USD500 – per accompanying child per month).

Furthermore, applicants must also have valid travel documents, and health or travel insurance covering risks while in Namibia. Approximately USD124 (NAD2200) will be required upon arrival as payment for the Visa.

Under the Namibia Digital Nomad Visa, applicants are granted a six-month stay, providing enough time to explore the diverse landscapes and communities of Namibia. It’s however important to note that the visa is non-renewable, and applicants must wait for 12 months after its expiration date before reapplying. Additionally, any alterations to visa conditions during the stay period are strictly prohibited, ensuring clarity and consistency in the program’s implementation.


Written by: Tonata Kadhila

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