Ecuador Retirement/Pensioner’s Visa

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.


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$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 here.

This visa takes 3+ months to process.


  • Filled out and notarized application form , completed in Spanish
  • Passport
  • Passport photos
  • Fingerprints
  • 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.