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First of all, Brazil is huge – you’ve got a lot of options as to where you can be a digital nomad! Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Florianopolis and Salvador are among the most popular.

You’ll notice that prices between November and March – this is because it’s high season. Low season is May-September. For the sporty among you, kitesurfing and surfing are popular between September and October.

Aside from visitor hotspots such as Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, there’s a lot of wildlife to see, especially during rainy season. In fact, Brazil is home to the largest wetland in the world, The Pantanal, which sustains local populations and wildlife.

There are plenty of co-working spaces around the country and with an average internet speed of 111.24mbps, it ranks 31st in the world. Free public healthcare is also available for all digital nomad visa holders, saving you from forking out on expensive health insurance –though you can do so if you wish.

Feast on feijoada (a traditional Brazilian stew), Brigadeiro (a dessert truffle), acaraje (black eyed pea fritter), pastel (filled pastry case) and pao de queijo (cheese bread).

Take a look at the living costs:

  • Three-course meal for two at mid-range restaurant – 140 R$ (£22.85)
  • 1 litre of regular milk – 5.25 R$ (85p)
  • 500g loaf of fresh white bread – 7.37 R$ (£1.20)
  • One way ticket on public transport – 4.84 R$ (78p)
  • Basics for 85m squared flat – 375.97 R$ (£61.36)
  • Rent for one-bed flat in the city centre – 1,576.30 R$ (£257.36)

The digital nomad visa


Name of visa: VITEM XIV

Fees: Not stated but around £200

Length of stay: Up to one year

Can I extend my stay? Yes, up to an additional year


  • Valid passport
  • Passport photo
  • Birth certificate
  • Valid health insurance for the entirety of stay
  • Documentation from employer
  • Criminal record checks

Minimum salary: Payslip showing monthly amount of at least $1,500 (£1,222) or bank statements for the last three months or a bank balance of at least $18,000 (£14,665).

How to apply: Online at https://formulario-mre.serpro.gov.br/sci/pages/web/ui/#/instrucoes-iniciais-visto

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Anna Jordan

Anna is Senior Reporter, covering topics affecting SMEs such as grant funding, managing employees and the day-to-day running of a business.

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