Japan Is Launching a Digital Nomad Program

The program is expected to roll out in March and last for 6 months.

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Japan is set to become the latest country to offer a digital nomad visa to travelers, allowing foreigners to travel the country and work at the same time in an effort to expand tourism.

The six month digital nomad visa is expected to roll out by the end of March, The Japan Times reported. It will be issued to travelers making at least 10 million yen ($67,308). The visa will be offered to visitors from 49 countries and territories, including the United States, Australia, and more.

In addition to the income requirement, applicants must have private health insurance since they will not receive a residence card or a residence certificate. Any spouses or children of those who are granted a visa will be able to stay in the country as well.

Digital visas allow travelers to stay and work from a country for an extended period of time, but do not allow them to be employed by the country they are traveling in.

It was not immediately clear when or how visitors could apply for the visa.

American travelers who plan on visiting Japan for less time can enter for up to 90 days visa-free, according to the U.S. Department of State. To take advantage of this option, travelers must have a valid passport and an onward or return ticket.

The new option to stay in the country longer comes as both United Airlines and American Airlines are planning to launch flights to Japan from both Houston and New York City. Upon arrival, Japan also has a robust train network to make getting around simple, but the country did recently increase the cost of its Japan Rail Pass.

Beyond Japan, there are several other destinations that offer the chance to live as a digital nomad, from Colombia to Turkey, Bali, Argentina, and beyond.

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