So you landed a job as a digital nomad and you were hoping that 2020 would be spent working and traveling your way across the world? Well if this year was a little too much work and not enough travel for you, we’ve got good news! Many countries are now loosening restrictions. So if you’re an eager traveller, we’d like to share with you our 6 top destinations still accessible to *most* digital nomads.
Note that this article was written on July 9th, 2020. The world’s travel restrictions are currently changing fast. We highly recommend you check travel restrictions ahead of travel. For up to date information Tripsguard is a useful source to see in real-time which countries are accepting travellers.
“But I’m from the US, no one is letting us escape right now”
Don’t worry Americans, we haven’t forgotten you! We’ve included two countries that you can still travel to, even as an American!
Our digital nomad list for July 2020: pandemic edition
Croatia, and particularly the cities of Dubrovnik and Zagreb have been gaining popularity amongst digital nomads in recent years. The country is famed for both nature and culture. On the Croatian coast, you’re guaranteed stunning beaches. In the cities, expect plenty of history. The scenes of the mythical “King’s Landing” from Game Of Thrones were filmed in Dubrovnik. So expect 7th century ruins, UNESCO World heritage sites, and perhaps a stirring of some memories from the show!
There has been a rise in co-working spaces in Croatia in recent years. This means there are plenty of hubs from which to meet other digital nomads. Additionally the country offers fantastic value for money, making it easy to set yourself up in a comfortable apartment or Airbnb whilst you work.
Who can get in? Right now, everyone! You’ll need proof of being a tourist, such as bookings at a hotel or Airbnb ahead of time.
This little Carribean island is a slightly unusual one for digital nomads, perhaps not making the usual top ten list. But the English-speaking tropical island nation is currently one of the world’s most accessible destinations for those looking to work and travel. With lively cities, white sandy beaches, impressive Carribean sunsets, and a heady culture, Jamaica offers a great work-life balance. This is the country that is home to Reggae music, so expect a creative and vibrant music scene, and plenty of nightlife.
Jamaica is one of the few countries currently open to citizens from the USA. But be aware that there may be mandatory Covid testing on arrival. Visitors are also currently only allowed to travel within the ‘tourist belt’
Who can get in? Everyone
An often overlooked island on the Mediterranean ocean, Malta has become a hotspot for digital nomads in recent years. It is a compact and convenient destination: English is widely spoken there and it’s small enough to easily travel around. It’s also stunningly beautiful, with a laid-back vibe and 300 days of sun a year.
Internet connections can be a bit unpredictable outside of the major cities in Malta, which may be off-putting for some digital nomads. However, most people looking to work and travel in Malta end up in Sliema. This waterfront resort town has much better access to fast and reliable internet. It also offers great value on short-term apartments, with a lively – albeit touristy – buzz.
Who can get in? Malta is open to citizens from Italy Germany, Austria, Cyprus, Switzerland, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Israel, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic. However, it is also rumoured to be loosening travel restrictions for additional visitors from July 15th onwards.
Greece is a country that packs a real punch of history and natural beauty. It’s rich and resilient culture dates back almost 3000 years. This has been greatly documented through mythology and literature, earning it the monika ‘the cradle of the Western civilization’. The islands of Mykonos and Santorini make rounds on social media as some of the most insta-worthy destinations in the country. They are therefore ideal for trend-setting digital nomads to mingle with other creatives. The capital, Athens, is steeped in legend, and is home to many important archeological sites. It also has a fantastic culinary scene and great nightlife. So, if you’ve been cooped up in lockdown for a while and you’re ready to come out of your shell, Greece is calling! You can expect the best local wine, delicious seafood, and a lively evening buzz.
hot tip: Greece officially opened up to tourism in June. To encourage visitors, Aegean Airlines is offering a promotion to buy one, get one half price on tickets within Greece.
Who can get in? Citizens of all EU countries, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland. Also residents from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay
Whilst the scandinavian countries tend to have arctic winters, summer in Denmark is really something to be seen! You can expect mostly cloudless days of pure sun, with warm days and cool nights. The tiny Nordic country is compact enough to easily travel around and the cities are scattered with colorful buildings, impressive castles and princely palaces.
The Danish culinary scene is also highly innovative. 16 restaurants in Copenhagen hold a Michelin star. The Danish cuisine draws on influences from all over the world. But there are also some quintessentially Danish dishes that all visitors should try, such as Smørrebrød (open-face sandwiches).
Denmark was among the first of the European nations to re-open after lockdown. They’ve had children back in school and businesses opened back up since way back in April. If you’re seeking out a calm and relaxed environment and relaxed restrictions, Denmark is a great option!
Who can get in? Citizens of all EU countries (including UK) Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Thailand. To enter you will need proof of where you are staying for at least six nights, but will not be required to quarantine.
With some of Europe’s most incredible food, relatively low cost of living, laid back attitude and fantastic weather, Spain is an established digital nomad hotspot. The culture is vibrant, the sun is always shining, and tapas and cervezas are never too far away! Join a lively international milieu of digital nomads in one of Spain’s larger cities. Alternatively, retreat to the mountains, coast or countryside – you can expect excellent internet all over the country.
Spain was mostly shut down in the early stages of the pandemic. In the last month, however, it has seen a huge reduction in the number of COVID cases. It has now re-opened its borders just in time for the summer! Restaurants and bars are currently able to seat diners both indoors and outside again. So if you like to work from coffee shops, or don’t have the amenities to cook from home, you’ll have no problems dining out in Spain.
Who can get in? Citizens of all EU countries (including UK), plus legal residents from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.