Barbados and Bermuda are offering remote workers and students the chance to move there for up to a year without a visa.
Written by José Luis Robledo
If you’ve spent most part of 2020 working from home and sitting at the same desk day in and day out, there are a couple of tropical islands opening their doors to remote workers who are in desperate need of a little change in scenery. Barbados and Bermuda are inviting students and professionals whose return-to-office plan is yet to be determined, to log on from their sandy beaches with a one-year residency program. If a whole year is too much for you, you can choose to stay in Bermuda for up to six months without a resident visa.
- All applicants must be over the age of 18 and have health insurance.
- You have to prove you’re formally employed or enrolled in a school outside Bermuda.
- You’ll have to prove that your income is enough to sustain you for the entire time of your stay without seeking employment on the island. (This is in order to look after the local residents who need those jobs.)
- In order to enter Bermuda or Barbados, you must present the negative results of a COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of your departure.
- You also must agree to wear a face mask while in public spaces, and “demonstrate good character.” Remember, you will be there to work and enjoy the weather, not party it up like a spring breaker.
Although these islands have very few positive Covid-19 cases, they have been affected economically by the pandemic, as they are heavily dependent on the tourism industry. Their governments hope that, with this extended-stay program, they’ll be able to increase the island’s residential population and give their economy a much-needed boost.
So, if you’re ready to bury your toes in soft, white sand and look at the turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea, while working on your laptop, then definitely check these programs out. Have you packed your bags yet?
Cover picture: @visitbarbados