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South Africa Joins Seychelles and Mauritius to Issue Remote Workers Digital Nomad Visas

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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The South African government has approved its digital nomad visa regulations. This approval marks a significant step towards issuing digital nomad visas to foreigners.

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The regulations will cater to foreign individuals earning an annual income above R1 million (approximately $53,665), thereby facilitating their relocation to the country. 

What is a Digital Nomad Visa? 

South Africa joins other African countries, such as Cape Verde, Namibia, Mauritius, and Seychelles, to offer digital nomad visas. This signals a shift towards adjusting to the global trend of digital nomadism and attracting foreign talent to bolster local economies.

A digital nomad visa is a visa that allows remote workers to lengthen their stay in a foreign country beyond standard tourist visas. 

In February 2024, the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) requested that the public provide feedback on proposed modifications to the country’s immigration regulations. 

The document proposes granting nomad visas and a point-based system for assessing work visas. Following the deadline of March 29, 2024, the government has now signed the regulations into law.

South Africans’ Response To The Regulation

The move caused mixed assertions among locals. Some believe the nomad visa will improve the country’s outlook, especially international tech talents. However, other locals have expressed their concerns that the regulations could increase living expenses and raise tax issues. 

Foreigners Eligible To The Digital Nomad Visa

Digital nomad applicants are eligible for the same benefits as residents. The benefits include health care and education. Remote workers in the technology sector are specifically eligible for the nomad visa. Most of these workers live in South Africa while working for foreign companies. 

Foreign companies are also required to register and align with the PAYE (pay as you earn) tax system. 

The initiative is predicted to drive the South African economy and increase its tech market. The regulation is a calculated plan to ensure the advancement of different sectors in the country. 

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Abdullahi Kafayat
Abdullahi Kafayat

Abdullahi Kafayat is an enthusiastic writer interested in the tech world. She's a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and has a BSc in Chemistry. You can reach her at Kafayatabdullahi17@gmail.com.

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