Ecuador: Rentista Visa (Remote Work)
People with rental income or a 2-year remote contract can receive a Rentista Visa in Ecuador, with the right to work (both remotely and in-country).
- Bring family
- Path to Permanent Residence
- Renewable after 2 years
- No physical residency requirements
- Includes right to work
- Low required income
If you earn just $400 per month in passive income for the next 2 years, you qualify for Ecuador’s Rentista Visa. Unlike most digital nomad and remote work visas, this visa also suits people who earn rental income.
With this visa, you can travel in and out of Ecuador as much as you want, you can work locally in Ecuador, and you have a path to permanent residency and citizenship. The Rentista Visa’s accessibility and flexibility make Ecuador one of the world’s best places to start your journey as a digital nomad.
With year-round tropical weather, beautiful nature from the coast to the rainforest and mountains, well-developed infrastructure, UNESCO recognized historical sites, and a low cost of living, Ecuador is an ideal long-term home. Its location also makes it a perfect base to explore Central and South America.
Direct flights connect Ecuador to North America and Europe, and Ecuador is in a convenient time zone for communication with the U.S.A.
Fixed broadband: 32.33 Mbps download/27.97 Mbps upload
Mobile: 25.98 Mbps download/10.79 Mbps upload
Cost of living
No. 89 globally
$400 per month in passive income (proven over past 6 months)
Evidence this income will continue for the next 2 years
- $450 ($50 to apply and $400 upon issuance)
Apply at your local Ecuadorean embassy or consulate. You can also apply from inside Ecuador.
You may be able to make an online appointment.
This visa takes 3+ months to process.
- Filled out and notarized application form, completed in Spanish
- Passport photos
- Police check (less than 6 months old), from every country in which you lived in the past 5 years
- Proof of relationship to dependents, such as marriage and birth certificates, apostilled in the past 6 months
- Proof of income of $400 per month in the next 2 years (such as work or rental contract)
- Past 6 months of bank statements showing a deposit of $400 per month
Many documents should be apostilled or legalized in the 6 months before you apply. It is much easier to gather these documents in your home country than after you arrive in Ecuador.