You could work remotely in the Caribbean with a new 2 year visa - here’s how to get one
Homeworking is now the norm for many due to the coronavirus pandemic, but for those dreaming of the beach, there may be a way you can do both at once.
The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has launched a new visa, which is specifically for remote workers.
Work and live in Antigua and Barbuda
The Nomad Digital Residence Programme allows remote workers to go and live on the island for up to two years. You can still work for a company back home, but also enjoy the same benefits as residents in the Caribbean country.
This exciting offer is open to solo travellers, couples and families, so whatever your situation, you could soon find yourself working from the tranquil setting of a Caribbean beach.
Visa holders will be able to travel in and out of the country as they wish for the period of the visa, but they will have to maintain accommodation in the country, unless they advise the Chief Immigration Officer that they are ending their stay in Antigua and no longer require the NDR visa.
In a statement, the country’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, said, "You can work in any part of the world from Antigua as if you were in your office or home.”
Mr Browne added that those who go will be close to “supermarkets, restaurants, 365 beaches (no exaggeration), historic sites, fine dining restaurants, magnificent landscapes, gyms, water sports, fishing, deep sea diving.”
Anguilla and Barbados have also launched similar visas for remote workers, with stays of up to a year available.
How do I apply and what are the requirements?
To apply for the Nomad Digital Residence visa (NDR), you can do so on the NDR visa page.
The cost of the visa depends on how many people in one family are applying for it.
Single visa applications cost $1,500 (approximately £1,161), while couples visas are priced at $2,000 (approx £1,548), and family visas for three people or more cost from $3,000 (approx £2,323).
You will also need to provide proof of employment or self-employment when you apply, and you will also need to be earning at least $50,000 a year (approx £38,719).
If you're planning on heading there with the whole family, then you will need to prove that you can support both yourself and your dependents.
Anyone who goes to Antigua and Barbuda under the digital nomad programme will also need to maintain health insurance and pay market rates for health care during their stay.