Ecuador provided only 116 visas to digital nomads in 16 months

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

The Ecuadorian government issued 113 nomadic visas between March 2022 and July 2023, Most of them are American citizens, As reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, December 4.

According to records, last year it issued 36 “temporary residence/rentier/Bedouin work” visas, and between January and July another 77.

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

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

Behind other countries

The result obtained in 16 months shows this Ecuador is not on the radar Of those who work remotely, despite the efforts made by the recent government.

There are about 35 million digital nomads worldwide. According to ThinkRemote media.

Among the countries they visit most frequently 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 came in 12th place (Brazil 2%), 18th place (Colombia 1%), and 26th place (Argentina 1%), according to the report. A specialized platform listing Bedouins.

Reform proposal

Ecuadorian Production Minister Sonsoles García reported on Monday that Ecuador is seeking to attract digital nomads through… urgent invoice, Which is currently being considered by the National Assembly (Parliament), which proposes, among other aspects, the establishment Temporary tax residency.

We seek this measure “In order to be able to attract these digital nomads, He pointed out that so far there are one hundred million in the world, and that they will reach one billion by 2050.

He reiterated that through the draft law, which should be analyzed this month, they seek “to be one of those countries that attracts digital nomads, who come to invest, who can come to buy goods, who can Come and make productive investments.”

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

“That’s why this system is interesting, it’s able to attract digital nomads, returning migrants, investors… who can get this over the five-year period.” special system, “They do not have to lose their residency in another country, but are taxed on what they produce in Ecuador.”

At the end of last November, Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa sent a draft law for urgent study to the National Assembly that seeks, among other goals, to generate job opportunities in the country, which The economy is in a “dangerous” situation.

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