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Why not WORK from Cape Town?

3 January 2024

Cape Town is already one of the world’s most popular destinations for remote workers to set up camp, and it is about to get even better. With South Africa on the verge of launching a remote work visa, digital nomads can look forward to extended stays in Cape Town, allowing them to enjoy all the city has to offer while staying productive and earning an income.

What does the remote work visa entail? 

The visa aims to attract long-stay travellers while fostering innovation within local businesses. The proposal for the remote work visa will extend digital nomads’ stay beyond the standard 90 days. The amended act would require applicants to provide evidence of employment and sufficient income, and allow for the inclusion of dependants.

The City consistently focuses on integrating remote workers into the local community to ensure they feel welcome. This entails providing a well-functioning city that offers essential services, including medical facilities, educational institutions, and reliable transportation.

Collaboration between various tourism bodies, such as Cape Town Tourism and Fedhasa (Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa), as well as a partnership with Airbnb, plays a crucial role in marketing Cape Town as an ideal destination for remote work.

Cape Town’s appeal to digital nomads 

One of the many advantages to working remotely in Cape Town is the myriad of picturesque outdoor work spots in and around the city — the ultimate balance between work and relaxation!

For fresh air, stunning views and great coffee, head to the Company’s Garden in the heart of the city, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden situated at the foot of Table Mountain, the beautifully landscaped Green Point Park, or one of the many cafes and restaurants dotted along the scenic Sea Point Promenade.

Although the splendour of Cape Town’s natural wonders adds to the appeal of spending time in the city as a digital nomad, there are several other contributing factors. The affordable cost of living, ease of navigating, world-class education, variety of leisure activities, cultural and language diversity, and inviting local culture paint an enticing picture to remote workers to choose Cape Town as a temporary home.

Embracing the remote work movement 

Enhancing its offering to the new generation of digital nomads is proof of Cape Town’s commitment to adapting to evolving trends. By aligning the visa regulations with the needs of remote workers, Cape Town aims to attract more international visitors, who are considered investors due to their significant contributions to the local economy through spending.

As the city embraces the remote work movement, it positions itself as a leading destination for remote workers worldwide, offering a unique blend of work, adventure, and an unrivalled quality of life. Cape Town’s stunning natural landscapes, affordable cost of living, and vibrant culture make it an irresistible choice for digital nomads seeking a fulfilling work-life balance.