PANAJI: Exploring the state economic expansion on the back of digitisation, the Goa government has initiated talks with the Prime Minister’s Office, the Union Ministry of External Affairs and other ministries to launch the digital nomad visa programme for individuals who work remotely and look to stay in the state furthering the economic possibilities.
The aim is to boost the local economy, attracting more diverse types of tourists. Goa has always been a popular destination for travelers. Now, it may also become a top destination for digital nomads.
“We are talking to the PMO, the Union tourism minister and the Union IT minister. I believe the issue has been taken up with the minister for external affairs also. If we are able to open up the digital nomad concept, Goa has a lot to offer.” said Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte
The government is evaluating how to implement practical solutions for remote workers, following the example of other countries. The idea is to attract high-income remote workers working abroad and willing to visit India for an extended time. With several co-working spaces and amenities, Goa will be ideal for a digital nomad visa.
Meanwhile, the Union government is evaluating the digital nomad visa programmes and join the ranks with 43 countries that offer special visas to individuals who have flexible, location- independent and technology-enabled jobs.
“The digital fraternity can contribute to Goa’s economy and I have been talking about it for a long time. A digital nomad roughly earns around Rs 70 to Rs 75 lakh per annum and their contribution to the local economy is roughly 35%. If they can come to Goa, then we have to give them a place,” Khaunte had said