Antigua and Barbuda joins the ranks of countries now offering long-term visas for digital nomads. Countries as diverse as Bermuda and Estonia have started to see the value of supporting successful people on extended stays, out spending money in their economies. Digital nomads may not spend as much per day as a tourist, but they make up for it in the number of days.
Having spent too short a stay in Antigua and Barbuda, I can attest to their claim of beautiful beaches (365 of them!) And friendly and welcoming locals.
Here is an overview of the visa details.
Digital Nomadic Residence Visa in Antigua and Barbuda
Like other similar programs, you must be a fairly successful digital nomad before you apply. It’s not a “hey, that would be cool” thing to try without a history of remote working. It’s not particularly cheap to apply, but if you’re making the kind of money needed to qualify, it’s not a big request. Here are the requirements:
- Proof that the non-refundable fees have been paid. It’s $ 1,500 for an individual, $ 2,000 for a couple and $ 3,000 for a family
- A passport photo of each applicant and a copy of the main passport page.
- A certificate indicating medical insurance coverage for the period of their intended stay in Antigua.
It’s an interesting question, but it makes sense. They want you to be completely self-sufficient while you are there, and not a drain on their social services. You have of course access to local medical care, but you will either have to pay in cash or through your own insurance. It should be noted that 1) medical costs are much lower in countries other than the United States, and 2) most US-based insurance policies will not cover you outside the country. This requirement is therefore a little more delicate than it seems at first glance.
- Police authorization for each applicant over 16 years of age.
- Proof of the relationship with the dependents for whom the request is made by the principal applicant
- Proof of employment, including self-employment
It is not particularly clear how you are required to prove this. Having had to convince several agencies during my freelance career that yes, I do have a job, I hope the government of Antigua and Barbuda understands that this may not be something that constitutes a “employee”.
- A statement from the principal applicant, certifying (a) an expected income of at least US $ 50,000 (US $ fifty thousand) or its equivalent in other currencies, for each year of the 2 years spent in Antigua, and (b) that ‘he / she has the means to provide for himself and for those who accompany them during their stay in Antigua and Barbuda.
This is the main point, of course. That you can comfortably support yourself during your stay and that you have already done so elsewhere. It is not drastically different from other nomadic digital visas.
“As a multicultural society, our people have welcomed visitors to our country for almost a hundred years. We know how to take care of customers and make them feel at home. This is why we are ranked among the best tourist destinations in the world, as confirmed by research. “ – Prime Minister Gaston Browne
The visa is valid for 2 years after your first arrival in the country. Unsurprisingly, this doesn’t give you the option of working for a local company. Like other digital nomadic visas, the idea is not to take jobs away from locals, but to bring foreign currency into the country.
A final logical requirement is that you will need to have secured accommodation prior to your arrival. Not for the entire two years, but at least to begin with.
For more information, see the government visa website, AntiguaNomadResidence.com.