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).
- Bring family
- Path to Permanent Residence
- Renewable after 2 years
- No physical residency requirements
- Includes right to work
- Low required income
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.
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)
- $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
- Evidence of lifetime passive income of $400 per month (this may need to be notarized and apostilled)
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.
Ecuadorean embassies and consulates