Corona shock for Digital Nomads?

Corona shock for Digital Nomads?

When the corona shock wave went around the world in March, all countries in the world closed their borders within a week and virtually all airlines ceased operations, not only tourists were affected on their vacation. Digital nomads were hit in their essence – travel.
Unlike tourists who might spend their annual vacation in exotic regions of the world, digital nomads are more used to living in foreign countries and cultures for longer periods of time. As a result, many digital nomads did not find it difficult to survive the first lockdown in foreign countries.

The often annoying topic of the necessary monthly VISA extensions (especially in Asia) was eliminated, as the VISA was automatically extended in most countries due to the extraordinary situation. For many digital nomads who e.g. stayed in Thailand or Bali, fantastic conditions!

But unfortunately the world did not come back to normal after the first lockdown. Most countries in the world are still closed to tourists, are now experiencing the 2nd wave like in Europe or have extreme conditions to enter a country. International flights are operating again, but certainly at a level well below what was before the Corona outbreak.


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An epidemiological corona traffic light has been introduced in many countries. The red the traffic light, the more restrictions are issued. In some cases there are massive restrictions on freedom of movement and travel. If you go to another country, which is classified as a risk country, there can be problems with the health insurance. If you want to return to your country, there is often a 14-days quarantine and the corona test.
You can no longer rely on booked flights, short-term cancellations, problems with refunding flights that have already been paid for. If you planned a trip or vacation in former times, you could assume with 99.9% probability that the journey actually takes place. Today you have to be very flexible. If corona restrictions change you are not willing to give up a certain quality of life, there is certainly another country where this is still possible. A permanent apartment, a permanent job that ties you to the office or short-term availability are suboptimal in this case.


Digital nomads are best prepared for the current dynamic changes in global travel. Location-independent income, no permanent apartment and the right mindset: “I go where I’m best treated!”
The current situation in the world does not give many opportunities to travel, but some still exist. Popular nomad destinations such as Thailand or Bali are closed to tourists until further notice. Nevertheless, there are options for entry in both countries, even if you have to commit yourself for a longer stay. But that is exactly what has always been the wish of many digital nomads, not to be able to stay in one country for just two weeks.


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Both Mexico and Costa Rica are currently open to all countries in the world. There are no entry restrictions based on nationality or travel history. There are no quarantine regulations, neither the requirement to submit a negative corona test.
So an ideal world? Not quite a hundred percent! To enter Costa Rica, a confirmation of health insurance must be presented, as well as additional Covid insurance, which also includes costs for any quarantine. The health insurance must be valid for the entire stay in Costa Rica, cover at least  50.000 US$ in medical costs in the event of COVID-19 and at least 2.000 US$ in accommodation costs (in case of quarantine in the event of illness).
Furthermore, a health form must be filled out, which can be done at least 48 hours before departure. The corona test is no longer mandatory since October 26, 2020.


Mexico has no entry restrictions apart from filling out a health form, but depending on the federal state there may be more or less restrictive restrictions. Mexico has introduced a traffic light system in which public life (shops / restaurants etc.) almost comes to a standstill in the red area.


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Mexico City is characterized by a high level of diversity in the cultural as well as in the culinary area. Despite the fact that Mexico City is currently close to the red light area, public life is still in full swing. Many museums are open, bars/restaurants only close a little earlier now. There are also a lot of meetups and language exchange events on offer, some of which are organized by locals or expats/digital nomads. With a bit of luck, you will find a cool group that will still find a private space for further cultural exchange even after bars and restaurants have closed.


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The most popular nomad destinations, however, are in QUINTANA ROO, which is currently in the yellow traffic light area and thus allows everything else except for wearing a mask in closed public spaces.
QUINTANA ROO is located on the Caribbean and has a top climate all year round. We’re talking about PLAYA DEL CARMEN UND TULUM. There are currently many digital nomads and expats in both places and the number is growing. Which place suits you best is best checked out for yourself. PLAYA DEL CARMEN is larger and much more touristy, but has a much better infrastructure, which is e.g. noticeable in significantly better internet stability. TULUM, on the other hand, is smaller and certainly has the much nicer beach, even if it is not within walking distance. However, one hears again and again that digital nomads have problems with the Internet and ultimately come to PLAYA DEL CARMEN.
Mexico offers numerous other places worth seeing such as pyramids, cenotes, snow-capped volcanoes and numerous beaches on the Caribbean and Pacific.

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