1. Jonathan October 7, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Hello Nacho, thanks for this article and raising awareness of these issues. Hope this is a start in the right directions. I believe many companies you mentioned have their limitations with regards because of certain regulations : Banks and KYC, Amazon maybe only can pay commissions where it is established (France, UK,…), the only thing I do not understand is the non-controversial apps that cannot be downloaded in other countries (like the subway map of Madrid on the estonian app store). So isn’t the root of all the issues the government, and various regulations? And perhaps if majors like Amazon, Apple etc push it towards governments would that create a shift? I have been faced with some of the issues with Apple and PayPal myself, I had to use hacks etc but that is not the preferred way: Let´s spread the word on the list of shame 🙂 PS : I am “writing out loud” here 🙂

    1. nacho October 7, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Hello there Jonathan. Thanks for your comment, you made some good points there. I agree that, to some extent, some of these limitations (i.e: banks) may be due to governmental restrictions. However, I think that in other cases (like Paypal, or the App Store) it’s a different question. All in all, glad to know that my post helped, if we all raise awareness about these issues, perhaps companies and even institutions will acknowledge them and eventually do something. At least I hope so! 🙂

  2. Fab October 10, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Nacho,

    As for Apple, you can get a VAT invoice if you use the business online store, not the default online store. You’ll need to call them for ordering and invoicing. Physical Apple Stores will also produce VAT invoices if asked while ordering.

    1. nacho October 10, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Hi there Fab. Unfortunately, based on my experience, that’s not true. I tried the online store and, after not being able to do it by that channel, I contacted the Apple Store over the phone, talked to the business online store staff, and they confirmed me that they won’t sell me the laptop because my company was in Estonia instead of in Spain.

      1. Fab October 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm

        Oh I see, he should have forwarded your request to the Estonian business online store which should have shipped to wherever you want as long as your details were valid and invoiced through their proper subsidiary. As far as I my experience goes, they don’t evade any VAT but they make sure that they aren’t being used by others trying to run a scheme. Let me know if you need another sales contact there.

  3. José Galego October 23, 2018 at 2:08 pm


    They just closed a lot of accounts without previous notice.

    1. nacho October 23, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Hello José,
      Thanks for your comment, but this post is about companies that are not ready for digital nomads or make your life more difficult if you travel regularly… I don’t see how LeoPay closing accounts is related to that. Unless you can provide some information about these closures and why they are related to the fact that the customers were digital nomads. As far as I know, LeoPay has no problem with digital nomads.

      Best regards!

  4. Diego Haz October 11, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Have you found any solution for the Apple issue? I’m also trying to purchase a MacBook from the online store, but I can’t find out how I can get an invoice in the name of my Estonian company. I wonder if it would work if I bought it with my personal details and upload it as an out-of-pocket expense.

    1. nacho October 13, 2021 at 9:01 pm

      Hi Diego, unfortunately not, I use this trick of adding the company data in the billing section, and at least that can be added to the accounting ledger. Hope it helps.


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