Do we require a work permit for working online in a foreign country?
“Most digital nomads are either freelancers or entrepreneurs that are registered in their home countries for tax purposes, meaning they are not technically working in the countries they are visiting. As long as they only stay for the legal amount of time and don’t work for, or employ, locals, they can enter any country and work online with just a tourist visa.”
Here is an interesting article: How to Work Your Way Around the World Without the Visa Hassle.
Whatever the legal ins and outs, the answer is not to talk about it and carry on working. I would not dream of telling touchy countries such as the US or Canada when I visited them, that I worked as a freelancer, and that I intended working on projects for which I would be paid in my own country.
The bureaucratic mindset would not be able to take this concept on board.
Setting aside ALL legal and bureaucratic matters... ignoring all issues relating to visas, citizenship, taxes, etc., let me speak for the countries that tourist freelancers visit:
You (the freelancer) have come to our country...
You are not taking away any jobs from anybody here.
You are not doing any work that otherwise would have been done by our citizens.
You are not staying here permanently.
You are not a burden on our social services.
You are spending money (foreign capital) here for lodging, food, entertainment, etc.
You help provide work for our citizens.
I work from the US except for a month or 6 weeks every year when I work from Spain. As the bulk of my income is earned when in the US, I pay taxes as stipulated by the IRS (curse their little souls).
Clients always know when I'm in Spain > nobody else needs to.
Margarete, yes - each freelancer must deal w/ their individual country tax laws ... but that is not the gist of the thread.
We can be digital nomads or not; it's an individual preference. Basic rules do apply as per the article Wassim shared and the comments of some others in this thread.