By James Guttridge
Are you a digital nomad looking for your next adventure? These 8 dream destinations have all created special visas for you.
There was 85% fewer international tourists in the first quarter of 2021 than the same period in 2019, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). “Millions and millions of people and businesses depend on it,” warned its secretary general, Zurab Pololikashvili. Authorities in countries heavily dependent on tourism had to react to compensate for this loss for their economies. Some have introduced new visas to attract remote workers.
After all, those who work from home are not workers, but managers with good wages. Authorities in tourist destinations around the world are well aware of this and are rubbing their hands at the idea of having them ‘digital nomads, “As they like to say, working from home in their country. Several states even have set an income threshold, for the most part quite high, for the granting of their visas, which must often be paid.
Here is a list of destinations that have created a special visa to attract remote workers since the start of the pandemic.
In 2019, tourism brought Thailand £ 46 billion in revenue and generated over 12% of the kingdom’s GDP. Since then, the health crisis has spoiled the party and has already destroyed 1.45 million jobs in the sector, according to the Tourism Council of Thailand.
To limit the damage, the country has announced the imminent implementation of a visa allowing remote workers to reside there for four years.
Island authorities have introduced a new visa called ‘Work in nature‘to attract remote workers aged 18 and over without criminal convictions. It is valid for 18 months.
The application costs £ 72, plus £ 577 if visa is granted, up to seven days later. A ‘family package’ is also available for £ 865.
Applicants must also show proof of £ 36,000 of income for the coming year.
The government launched the ‘Barbados welcome stampprogram to attract remote workers to the island. They are issued a one-year visa on condition that they can prove that they have earned £ 36,000 in the past year. The visa costs £ 1,444 for one person or £ 2,610 for a couple.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The ‘Virtual work programThe visa launched by Dubai offers remote workers (the better-off) to reside there for a year. You must have an employment contract or own a business and earn at least £ 3,610 per month. The administration fee is £ 207.
Bermuda offers a visa for remote workers and students over the age of 18 to reside in the country for one year. It costs £ 197 and applicants must provide proof of sufficient income, work and health insurance or a school certificate for students.
The Mauritian authorities have created a “premium” visa allowing remote workers to reside on the island for a year. The local tourist office says:
Visitors must have proof of their long-stay plans and sufficient travel and health insurance for the initial period of stay. The primary place of business and source of income for the visitor should be outside Mauritius. They will not be allowed to enter the Mauritian labor market.
Applicants must also book their return air ticket in advance and prove a minimum income of £ 1130 per month.
Antigua and Barbuda
The ‘Nomadic digital residenceThe program in Antigua and Barbuda, between the Atlantic and Caribbean Oceans, invites remote workers to reside there for two years. However, they must have an income of at least £ 36,500 per year. The pass costs £ 1,300 for a single person, £ 1,440 for a couple and £ 2,166 for a family of three or more.
the Global Citizen Concierge Program launched by the Cayman Islands in October 2020 allows foreigners to work there remotely for two years. However, you will need to prove that you earn at least £ 72,200 in annual income and pay the £ 1,078 application fee.