Buenos Aires, Argentina ( Associated Press) — Argentina on Tuesday joined a growing list of countries trying to woo remote workers by enforcing a temporary visa targeted at digital nomads who can work anywhere in the world. , as long as they have a good internet connection.
Interior Minister Vado de Pedro said the government hoped the new visa would help bring much-needed hard currency to the country by attracting people willing to work temporarily in Argentina.
Those workers will “live the experience of Argentina and return to their countries, being the main vendors of this beautiful country,” he said.
Florencia Carignano, national director of migration, said digital nomads typically have higher purchasing power and spend on average about $3,000 a month, which is more than double what a regular tourist would spend.
“We want to attract people who changed their mindset after the pandemic and now prioritize their freedom, want to go to new places and enjoy life in a different way,” she said. “The pandemic accelerated a trend that was already happening.”
Argentina will become the second country in South America to officially launch a visa targeting remote workers. Neighboring Brazil did so earlier this year.
“We know that around 40 million people around the world are digital nomads,” Carignano said.
The new visa will be valid for six months and can be renewed once as against the maximum stay of three months for a regular tourist visa. It will also offer several benefits, including discounts on flights with state-owned airline Aerolineas Argentina.
Only citizens of countries that do not require a tourist visa to enter Argentina will be eligible to apply. Applicants must submit a resume and a document that proves their working relationship with at least one employer.
Dozens of countries around the world, including several Caribbean islands, have launched programs to entice digital workers to meet the shortage in tourism as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were waiting for the government’s decision because it will undoubtedly have an impact on the city,” said Fernando Strafes, the international relations secretary for the city of Buenos Aires.
The Argentine capital has been particularly active in trying to relocate remote workers to Buenos Aires, explaining its solid infrastructure and weak value relative to the local currency.
“We are an ideal destination for digital nomads because of the quality and cost of living,” Strafes said. “Buenos Aires has cemented its global reputation as a leading city to live, study and work in the region.”