Everything Digital Nomads need to know
Mexico has become a very popular destination for digital nomads in recent years, with some truly excellent locations that offer an incredible amount in terms of culture, history and cuisine. There is now a Mexico Digital Nomad Visa that will allow you to live and work anywhere in Mexico for one up to four years and thereafter potentially apply for permanent residency.
If you are planning to stay in Mexico for fewer than 180 days, you will be able to apply for a Mexican tourist visa if you are from one of the countries that require one. The UK, US, Canada and the Schengen area do not require a tourist visa, so you can visit Mexico for fewer than 180 days visa-free.
You will need to prove that you have employment that yields a monthly income for the previous 100 days at $865 after taxes. You will need bank statements to this effect and a letter from your employer if you are employed.
The other option is to prove that you have had bank accounts with an ending balance of $2,500 for the past 300 days. The proof that will be accepted is electronic printouts of the statements for the last three months, certified by your bank.
If you are over 65 years of age, you are able to obtain a tourist visa by showing your intention of onward travel, i.e. an onward ticket.
You must be able to meet at least one of the following requirements in order to apply for the digital nomad visa. These requirements are significantly higher than in some other countries, including Spain and Portugal.
If you stay in Indonesia for more than 183 days, then you automatically become a tax resident and you need to pay Indonesia’s tax rates on your foreign earnings.
In order to apply for a digital nomad visa Mexico, you will need to visit your nearest Mexican Embassy in person. There are some documents that you will need to have in order before applying, and these include:
Once you have obtained all the documents you need, you should make an appointment at the Mexican Embassy with all the relevant documents, and you should get the visa stamp the same day. If this is not possible, it may take a few weeks, so factor this into your plans.
Once you reach Mexico, you will need to obtain the Temporary Residence Permit, which can be done by visiting the National Migration Institute and paying the fee, which will be somewhere between $150 and $350. You should fill out the application form online and bring two additional passport photos. You should then be given the Temporary Residency Card.
You should not be expected to pay tax in Mexico unless 50% or so of your earnings are derived from Mexican companies or customers. This is to avoid any double taxation situations. If you do earn 50% or more of your earnings inside Mexico, you will face between a 0% and a 30% taxation rate, depending on your income bracket. Most digital nomads will be making money from outside the country as freelancers or working remotely for a company based outside Mexico, so shouldn’t be bothered by the taxation system in Mexico.
For those who want to spend their days in sun-drenched, tropical locales by the beach, Playa del Carmen is a popular choice. It combines the fast internet of the big cities with chilled beach vibes and is the biggest digital nomad hotspot in Mexico. Prices for accommodation are higher than in Mexico City, but for many, the ambience and abundance of fellow digital nomads on-site make it more than worth a visit for a month or more.
Like Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Puerto Vallarta is perched on a beautiful beach, but seems to have more authentic Mexican charm and culture than some of the other places mentioned. It is popular with digital nomads but has not yet been completely overrun, in the way that some perceive Tulum and Playa del Carmen to be. It is a large, vibrant city which is set on a hill, so if you walk around the city every day you will be guaranteed some good exercise. Alternatively, there is extremely affordable public transport. There are also good co-working options here.
Travelers are regularly subject to police and immigration checks. Those who travel without a valid passport or with an irregular migration situation are sometimes detained and transferred to a closed migrant center. Travelers who have lost or had their necessary documents stolen should present a letter confirming the loss to the Mexican Ministerio Público.
While Mexican regulations do not require a minimum validity period for passports, immigration officials generally expect passports to be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into the country. Make sure that the expiration date of your passport is long enough.
Temporary resident visa allows you to stay in Mexico as long as you like, open a local bank account, enter and leave the country without restrictions.
No, you’re not required to have any extra tourist or health insurance, but you can get one, for the peace of mind it brings. Many remote workers purchase additional insurance for their own safety.
The visa interview fee at the Mexican Consulate depends on the country from which you wish to depart. Please read the information that is posted on the website of the Mexican embassy in your country. The same applies to fees for a temporary residence permit card.
If you actually need a visa, you may be asked to schedule a visa appointment (by phone or by their online booking system) at the embassy and provide documents proving your identity and a certificate of employment (a letter from your employer describing your position and monthly salary) if you wish to work in Mexico.
If you work remotely, choose a well-connected area for your residence – then the quality of the usual internet speed will be better. Statistically, mobile internet download speed in Mexico is around 24Mbps, while the median fixed broadband download speed is about 48Mbps.
To conclude, here is the full list of countries, where you can get a Digital Nomad Visa in 2023:
|Antigua and Barbuda||Dominica||Mexico|
|Cabo Verde||Indonesia||South Africa*|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Dominica||Montenegro*|
|Cabo Verde||India* (Goa)||South Africa*|
*Digital Nomad Visa introduced but not yet implemented