Top Countries Where Digital Nomads Can Work From the Beach

Digital nomads are looking to the Caribbean for the perfect work from the beach opportunity.


The pandemic has changed the ways businesses are conducted in many ways. It forced millions of people across the globe out of their offices to work from home. Some have even decided to escape their urban apartments or suburban homes in return for workations in exotic countries.

While working remotely, travelling the world may have been a dream for most. But it is becoming a reality for many who are up for the adventure.

Several countries have leapt at this new trend and introduced new “remote work visas” or “digital nomad visas”. These specifically target foreigners to come work and contribute to their economies.

Many of these destinations hope the remote work visas will help generate income and make up for lost tourism revenue due to the pandemic.

Antigua & Barbuda Nomad Digital Residence Visa

Antigua and Barbuda recently launched their new Nomad Digital Residence Programme to allow remote works to live and work on the island for up to 24 months.

Conditions

  • You own a location independent business (and/or)
  • You work remotely for a company based outside of Antigua & Barbuda
  • You earn at least $50,000 per year
  • You have your own travel/health insurance plan

How To Apply

  • Apply on their online application form
  • Provide proof of employment and a police background check.
  • Pay the visa fee: $1,500 for one person, $2,000 for a couple, $3000 for a family of three or more.

One Happy Workation in Aruba

Aruba’s new “One Happy Workation” programme allows individuals to live and work on the island for up to 90 days, and offers remote workers package deals and discounted rates at local resorts, hotels and rental homes.

Conditions

  • The programme is available to all US Nationals with a valid passport
  • Visitors must book one of the packages available for at least one week and no more than 90 days
  • Remote workers must be employed by a non-local company or be self-employed, and cannot work for an Aruban individual or company as that would require a work or business permitHow to Apply
  • There are no forms needed to apply. One can simply book one of the package deals

The Barbados Welcome Stamp

Barbados entices digital nomads and remote workers looking to escape the pandemic with the Barbados Welcome Stamp. This special 12-month visa allows one to relocate and work from one of the world’s most beloved tourism destinations.

Conditions

  • A location independent business (and/or)
  • Work remotely for a company based outside of Barbados
  • Earn at least $50,000 per year
  • Mandatory COVID-19 test and 48-hour quarantine
  • Valid medical insurance is a prerequisite for approval

How to Apply

  • Fill out the online application form
  • Submit all required paperwork and pay the $2,000 visa fee for individuals, or $3,000 visa fee for families

Work from Bermuda

Bermuda’s new Work from Bermuda certificate invites digital nomads to spend up to a year working from the island. The programme is aimed at professionals who normally work from home. They hope the new visa will attract long-term travellers who want to base themselves from an island destination.

Conditions

  • Location independent business (and/or)
  • Work remotely for a company based outside of Bermuda
  • Provide evidence of enrollment in a Research, Undergraduate, Graduate or Doctorate Programme, in the case of a student
  • Have substantial means and/or have a continuous source of annual income
  • You must undergo mandatory COVID-19 test
  • Show proof of travel insurance
  • Valid health insurance coverage

How to Apply

The Cayman Islands Global Citizen Concierge Programme

The Global Citizen Concierge Program (GCCP) is a new initiative launched by the Cayman Islands. It allows persons employed outside of the Cayman Islands with the financial independence to work remotely, relocate, and live in the Cayman Islands for up to 24 months.

Conditions

  • An entity must employ on outside of the Cayman Islands
  • A notarized bank reference letter
  • Applicants are subject to background checks
  • Show proof of health insurance coverage
  • Individuals must provide proof of an annual salary of at least $100,000, or $150,000 for couples

How To Apply

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Remote workers looking for a more permanent move can also begin researching their second citizenship options through Citizenship by Investment Programmes.

What is Citizenship by Investment?

Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programmes offer the opportunity to legally acquire a new nationality in return for an investment in the host country’s economy. Such programmes provide citizenship status without causing any major disruptions to an investor’s life, given they pass all the due diligence checks first, make a qualifying investment and deliver all the correct documentation.

Just over a dozen countries in the world currently offer economic citizenship. There is a higher concentration of CBI programmes in the Caribbean – a region considered the cradle of second citizenship by investment.

Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment

Those who pass the due diligence checks can obtain Dominica’s citizenship by either making a minimum contribution of US$100,000 to the Economic Diversification Fund or investing at least US$200,000 in pre-approved real estate. The latter includes branded and boutique hotels and resorts that establish a burgeoning ecotourism sector in Dominica.

St Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment

St Kitts and Nevis’ CBI Programme is the oldest globally and one of the industry’s most successful. Second citizenship in the dual-island nation is an excellent solution for large families to gain mobility, secure their future, and build their legacy.

There are two ways to invest in St Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment Programme. The fastest way is to invest a minimum of USD 150,000 to the Sustainable Growth Fund.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment

The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme offers a huge range of benefits. Established in 2013, the scheme grants you citizenship in exchange for an economic contribution to this celestial Caribbean country. There is also the opportunity to apply for an Antigua and Barbuda passport, some of the benefits include citizenship for life, with the right to live and work in the country, entitlement to dual citizenship, ability to pass on citizenship to future generations, and visa-free travel to around 150 countries and territories.

Antigua and Barbuda’s investment options include a minimum investment of $100,00 into the National Development Fund or $150,000 into the University of the West Indies Fund. Investors can also invest in qualifying real estate options or choose to invest in a business that has been pre-approved by the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda.

Grenada Citizenship by Investment

Grenada most appeals to large families and is the first Citizenship by Investment jurisdiction to allow siblings in the application. However, in Grenada, siblings must be adults. They must also be single and have no children of their own. Spouses, children up to 30, parents and grandparents can even form part of Grenada’s application.

Citizenship by Investment in Grenada is available through two options: a contribution to the National Transformation Fund (NTF), or an investment in a Government-approved real estate project, which itself presents two choices. Applicants can invest US$350,000 in any pre-approved project. Alternatively, applicants can jointly invest $220,000 in pre-approved tourism developments to which the developer have already committed 20 percent of the total expected cost. All applicants who purchase real estate from previous economic citizens must hold their real estate for five years.

Choosing the right citizenship by investment programme is vital and requires careful consideration by the individual regarding what they want from their investment. We recommended speaking to an expert at CS Global Partners before starting your journey to a second citizenship.