17 pristine destinations for remote workers or knowmads
From Barbados to Barcelona, a lot of countries have now designed brand-new visa programs to entice remote workers.
Some of the application processes often require providing proof of income and health insurance.
Be careful though, the CDC warns that “travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.”
People all around the world are dreaming about escaping their tiny urban apartments or suburban homes, and a lot of countries are making it a reality.
Like Barbados and Bermuda, some destinations have recently launched remote visa programs for incoming visitors, while other countries, like Portugal and Germany, have had similar arrangements in place for years.
Today, these programs are even more appealing for countries and prospective visitors.
Workers are learning that they can do their jobs from anywhere. Meanwhile, countries are hoping to support local economies that have been decimated due to closed borders and lockdowns. The hope is that these long-term visitors will support local economies without displacing any permanent residents’ jobs.
Here are 17 places with programs designed to welcome remote workers.
Montserrat, an island in the Caribbean, launched a new visa for remote workers that allows them to stay for up to a year.
1. Montserrat Caribbean
The British Overseas Territory says it’s been COVID-free since July 2020. Bob Oliver/Getty Images
The Montserrat Remote Workers Stamp is a new visa that invites remote workers to the picturesque Caribbean island for up to a year.
Applicants must provide proof of full-time employment in a foreign country with an annual income of at least $70,000 and health insurance coverage that includes COVID-19 coverage. The visa costs $500 for individuals and $750 for families of up to three, and another $250 for any additional family member.
The island is not currently allowing short-term tourists, only those with valid remote-work stamps, according to Visit Montserrat. Those travelers will have to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of their arrival and will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
2. Hawaii’s “Movers and Shakas” program asks participants to help a local nonprofit.
Hawaii launched a remote work program that offered free round-trip tickets to Honolulu for the first 50 people who were accepted to its first phase, as well as special discounts on accommodations and co-working spaces.
In return, however, participants must give back to the community by committing to help a local nonprofit.
The first phase of the “Movers and Shakas” program is now closed for applications, but, according to the site, a second phase will allow for new applications soon.
Participants must sign a “Pledge to Our Keiki,” which essentially asks people to respect Hawaii’s natural environment and abide by local health guidelines.
3. Iceland extended its Work in Iceland program, allowing remote workers to stay for up to six months.
Applicants must earn around $88,000 a year. Getty Images
Iceland, which previously only allowed residents of the European Schengen area to participate in its Work in Iceland program, has extended it to anyone who doesn’t need a visa to travel there, including US citizens.
The program allows people to live and work in the country for up to six months.
To apply, you must work for a non-Icelandic company or be self-employed, have appropriate health insurance, and make at least $88,000 annually, according to Bloomberg.
As of May 1, Iceland will allow vaccinated travelers to bypass current entry restrictions and quarantine measures.
4. Mauritius announced a new Premium Travel Visa.
Mauritius, an East African island nation, announced a Premium Travel Visa, which will allow non-citizens to stay and work remotely for up to one year.
According to Mauritius’ Economic Development Board website, the only requirements are that applicants must work for companies and clients outside of Mauritius (aka that their source of income is and remains outside of the island); that they provide proof of their long-term stay plans, such as a rental home; and that they have travel and health insurance.
The visa is free to applicants.
5. Remote workers can stay in the tax-free Cayman Islands for up to two years.
Grand Cayman Island work remote laptop beach
The Global Citizen Concierge Program allows travelers to work remotely from the Cayman Islands for up to 24 months.
According to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism’s website, to apply, workers must prove that they’re employed outside the Cayman Islands and make at least $100,000 a year. Couples must earn a combined minimum of $150,0000, and families with one or more children must make at least $180,000 a year.
Applicants also need a notarized bank reference, proof of current health insurance coverage, as well as proof of a clean criminal record, per the website. There’s also a non-refundable application fee of at least $1,469.
6. Antigua and Barbuda rolled out a residency program that will allow people to work from there for up to two years.
antigua and barbuda caribbean
To get this special resident status, workers must prove that they earn at least $50,000 a year. Roberto Moiola/Sysaworld/Getty Images
Antigua and Barbuda announced a Nomad Digital Residence program that will allow remote workers to live and work there for up to two years.
To get this special resident status, workers must prove that they earn at least $50,000 a year and that they can support themselves as well as any family members joining them, according to the program’s website. They must also prove that their employers are based outside of the Caribbean country, and must maintain health insurance throughout their stay.
According to the website, the cost for a single applicant is $1,500, $2,000 for a couple, and $3,000 for a family of three or more.
7. Dubai in the United Arab Emirates announced a new “one-year virtual working program.”
Applicants must prove that they earn a minimum of $5,000 a month. Shutterstock
Dubai’s visa allows remote workers and their families to stay in the city for up to a year while working for companies that are based overseas. If approved, they’ll be able to open a local bank account, get a local phone number and internet access, and enroll their kids in school. Best of all, Dubai doesn’t charge any income tax.
According to Visit Dubai, to apply workers must prove that they earn a minimum of $5,000 a month by submitting proof of employment, last month’s pay stub, and three months of bank statements.
The application costs $287, per the website, and applicants are required to have medical insurance that’s valid in the United Arab Emirates and a passport that’s valid for at least another six months.
8. Aruba announced a program that allows remote workers to live and work there for up to 90 days.
Flamingo beach Aruba
The program is open to anyone with a valid US passport, no special visa or paperwork required. Shutterstock
Aruba’s “One Happy Workation” program allows people to live and work on the Caribbean island for up to 90 days and offers them package deals and discounted rates at local hotels, chain resorts, and rental homes.
Aruba reopened to tourists from some places in June, and has been allowing visitors from more countries, including the US, on a rolling basis since then. The program’s website is open to anyone with a valid US passport. No special visa or paperwork is required.
To take part, visitors must book one of the packages available for at least one week, and no more than 90 days, though the website says that it may extend the maximum duration in the future.
Remote workers must be employed by a non-local company or be self-employed, per the website, and cannot work for an Aruban individual or company as that would require a work or business permit.
9. Barbados launched a 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp.
Bottom Bay, Barbados – Paradise beach on the Caribbean island of Barbados. Tropical coast with palms hanging over turquoise sea. Panoramic photo of beautiful landscape.
According to Barbados’ tourism chairman, the island has a fast internet connection. Shutterstock.com
Visitors could live and work on the island for up to a year with Barbados’ visa program.
The country officially launched the online application form in July. The form requires individuals to upload information, like pictures of passports and birth certificates.
The visa program is also open to families looking to relocate.
According to the website, approved applicants will have to pay $2,000 for an individual visa or $3,000 for a “family bundle,” according to the website.
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