Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth country comprising its 2 namesake islands and several smaller ones. Positioned where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet, it’s known for reef-lined beaches, rainforests and resorts. Its English Harbor is a yachting hub and the site of historic Nelson’s Dockyard. In the capital, St. John’s, the national museum displays indigenous and colonial artefacts.
In keeping with the current trend of providing people remote-work visas, Caribbean country Antigua and Barbuda has become the latest nation to open its doors for people looking for a change of scene. According to The Independent, the country is willing to welcome digital nomads amid the pandemic — which has made it clear that for many jobs, one does not need a designated office space, but instead they can work remotely from any part of the world and still get the work done.
The outlet reports that the island nation is launching a ‘Nomad Digital Residence scheme’, allowing eligible applicants to stay for up to two years. Its Prime Minister Gaston Browne said in a statement: “You can work in any part of the world from Antigua as if you were in your office or home”.
But, you are only eligible if your earnings fall in a certain bracket. Antigua and Barbuda is the latest country offering digital nomads a visa to work remotely. The Caribbean island announced that it would allow remote workers earning at least $50,000 a year to live and work there for up to two years through its Nomad Digital Residence Program
In order to avail the benefits of the programme, the applicants will need to provide proof of health insurance and “pay local market rates for access to any healthcare during their time on the islands”.
The outlet further reports that the country has remained largely safe from the coronavirus, with only a few scattered cases since the beginning of the pandemic. “We have learned how to detect infected persons quickly, how to treat them rapidly, and how to contain community spread,” Browne was quoted as saying.
With this, Antigua and Barbuda joins the ranks of many other nations that have offered remote-work visa in the pandemic. Previously, Barbados had introduced the ‘Barbados Welcome Stamp’ under a new government scheme, and had started taking applications for international tourists, tempting them with the opportunity to work remotely on the island’s beautiful beaches for up to one year.