Ecuador: Pensioner’s Visa/Retirement Visa (Remote Work)

Though not technically a remote work visa, people of any age with permanent passive income can receive a Retirement Visa (Pensioner’s Visa) in Ecuador, with the right to work (both remotely and in-country).



If you earn $400 per month in permanent passive income at any age, you qualify for Ecuador’s Pensioner’s/Retirement Visa. 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. This visa’s accessibility and flexibility make Ecuador one of the world’s best places to start your journey abroad.

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. 

Internet Speed

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 from a permanent source (like a pension or social security)


Application Process

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.

Documents Required

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.

Learn More

Official website 

Ecuadorean embassies and consulates

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