Ecuador only issued 116 visas to digital nomads in 16 months

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The result obtained in 16 months shows that Ecuador is not on the radar of those who work remotely, unlike others such as Mexico and Colombia.

The Government of Ecuador has delivered 113 nomadic visas between March 2022 and July 2023, most of them American citizens, as reported by the Foreign Ministry on Monday, December 4.

According to records, last year it delivered 36 “Temporary Resident/Rentier/Nomadic Work” visas, and between January and July another 77.

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Of the total number of visas of the above type issued, 47 went to US citizens, 17 to Canadians, seven to Spanish, and six to Russians.

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Nomadic visas are also issued to citizens of China, India, Germany, Austria, Cuba, France, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Venezuela, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Chile, Great Britain, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Namibia, Panama, Switzerland, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Behind other countries

The result obtained in 16 months shows that Ecuador is off the radar of those working remotely, despite the efforts of the previous government.

There are about 35 million digital nomads worldwide, according to ThinkRemote.

Among the countries they visit the most are the United States (15%), Spain (5%), Thailand (5%), the United Kingdom (5%), and Germany (4%).

Mexico occupies sixth place on the list (4%), while other Latin American countries are 12th (Brazil, 2%), 18th (Colombia, 1%), and 26th (Argentina, 1%), according to the special platform Nomad List.

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Reform proposal

The Ecuadorian Minister of Production, Sonsoles García, reported this Monday that Ecuador intends to attract digital nomads in an urgent bill that is currently being studied by the National Assembly (Parliament) and which, among other aspects, proposes the establishment of a temporary tax residence.

With this measure, we are looking “to attract digital nomads; so far, there are a hundred million in the world, and they will reach a billion in 2050,” he said.

He reiterated that with the bill, which should be analyzed this month, they intend to “be one of the countries that attract digital nomads, who come to invest, who can buy things, who can make productive investments.”

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In addition, they hope that these digital nomads can also contribute to the Ecuadorian Social Security Institute (IESS), he commented, emphasizing the importance of expanding the current membership base.

“So this regime is interesting to attract digital nomads, returning migrants, investors, and that in five years it will be possible. special regime, where they do not have to lose their residence in another country but are taxed on what they generate in Ecuador.”

At the end of November, the president of Ecuador, Daniel Noboa, sent a bill for urgent study to the National Assembly that, among other objectives, seeks to create jobs in the country, whose economy is in a “serious” situation.