A theoretical that I am curious about.
Many people work remotely whilst on travel visas. I know that in many countries this is fine. If you’re in the US and working for a German company on the internet then you’re technically not working in the US. Remain otherwise within the bounds of your tourist visa and there will be no issues.
This all makes sense really, afterall, if there was a strict absolutely no work of any kind on a tourist visa rule in place then what would be to happen if you answer an email from your colleague whilst you’re taking your two weeks on the beach?
However…. This brings a situation to mind.
What if your remote company… is based in the country you travel to?
Say I’m an Irish programmer and I want to travel to Australia for a month. I’m doing a bit of entirely internet based work whilst I’m travelling.
Situation A: My client is German (or based in almost any other country in the world)… There is no issue. No work whatsoever in Australia.
Situation B: …my client is Australian. Here I have the one country where the line has been crossed and the law is being broken. Whilst I remain in Ireland it doesn’t matter that my work is technically based in Australia. But when I come to Sydney I’m in trouble.
Am I correct in this analysis?
How strict would this be?
What if you have just finished work for an Australian client?
What if you absolutely are not planning to work whilst you’re visiting but are still contracted by the Australian company?
Would the line only be crossed if I take my work outside my computer and actually go to visit my client?