Rohan Khaunte, the minister of tourism for Goa, has stated a desire for the federal government to make it easier to obtain a ‘Digital Nomad Visa’ in order to draw in overseas digital nomads who want to work while on vacation in Goa. Khaunte thinks that this provision would not only improve the financial standing of the coastal state, which primarily relies on tourism but would also generate jobs and offer up new homestay prospects.
In order to create co-working spaces in well-known beach communities like Benaulim in South Goa and Morjim and Ashwem in North Goa, the Goa government had previously published a tender worth Rs 11 crore. Working professionals, especially those in the tech and creative industries, would have the chance to work while taking part in leisure activities along Goa’s coast thanks to these ‘sea hubs.’
Khaunte emphasised that over 46 nations already provide visas for digital nomads. He emphasised that domestic visitors have been drawn to Goa because of its high quality of life and creative spaces, and that luring digital nomads for extended stays might improve the state’s ‘Home Stay’ scheme.
Goa hopes to increase its potential as a top place for balancing work and play by targeting digital nomads, in order to meet the rising demand for remote work and professionals who can work from anywhere. In order to expedite the digital nomad visa, the state has asked the Union External Affairs Ministry for assistance.