QCOSTARICA – Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado today signed the Digital Nomad Law which aims to attract foreign workers who work remotely from anywhere in the world.
The legislation envisages the creation of a special non-resident visa for a period of up to two years, as a remote worker or service provider, in addition to a series of advantages.
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Among the attractions offered to digital nomads is exemption from paying income tax and import taxes on a basic personal computer, computer, telecommunications or similar equipment.
“Costa Rica is a world leader in this area. Even during a pandemic, we experience it. There were a lot of people who were tourists in the country and who, once the three month deadline had expired, asked the government to extend the deadline because they preferred to experience the pandemic in Costa Rica than in their country of origin ” , said the president. .
The bill promoted by legislator Carlos Ricardo Benavides, of the Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN), also allows foreigners to open accounts in banks, as well as the homologation of their driving license from the country of origin.
“This is a global event, a trend that has accelerated, and from which Costa Rica must take advantage. Our country has the natural conditions, the tourist infrastructures to be one of the best competitors on the planet. We are geographically located close to the hemisphere’s main source markets, with remarkable air connectivity and conditions of peace and legal certainty that many other countries would like, ”said Benavides.
According to estimates by the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), each digital nomad would inject income into the national economy, for example, payment for hotels, rentals, tours, services and other businesses which will result, believes the government, in new jobs for Costa Ricans.
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