With many companies announcing that they will now be operating as “remote-first” businesses, it’s more tempting than ever to pack your bags and relocate to another country — especially after over a year of being largely confined to our homes. Although you can’t work from just anywhere — many countries have visa requirements — several countries have implemented programs that make it less complicated for Americans to work while living abroad.
Antigua and Barbuda
If you dream of living and working on a warm, tropical island, you may consider applying to Antigua and Barbuda’s Nomad Digital Resident visa program. To qualify, you must currently be employed or self-employed and pay income taxes in the U.S. (or your native country), and be able to do your work from anywhere. Additionally, you must make $50,000 a year or more. The visa is good for two years.
Application fees range from $1,500 to $3,000.
Open to U.S. nationals only, Aruba’s One Happy Workation program allows you to work remotely on the island for up to three months. For this program, you don’t need to fill out any paperwork — and you actually don’t have to work, so you can just book an extended vacation if that’s what you prefer. To enroll in the program, simply book accommodations at one of the participating villas, condos, resorts or hotels. Purchasing Aruba Visitors Insurance is mandatory to participate.
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Barbados’ 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp visa allows you to relocate and work from the picturesque island nation. The visa is available to anyone whose work is location-independent.
The application fee is $2,000 for single applicants and $3,000 for families.
Bermuda’s One Year Residential Certificate is open to those who are currently employed and are able to work remotely. The application fee is $263.
The Cayman Islands offers a Global Citizen Concierge Program for professionals and digital nomads who make at least $100,000 a year. The program allows you to stay for up to two years.
There is a $1,469 fee to apply, and you must obtain local health insurance.
The @HOME in Curacao program welcomes remote workers to stay on the island for up to six months, with the option to extend for another six months if eligible. There is an approximately $294 fee to apply.
Currently, a negative PCR test is required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers entering Curacao from the U.S.
Dominica’s Work In Nature Extended Stay Visa invites remote workers to explore the natural beauty of the Caribbean island while enjoying a stay of up to 18 months.
Application fees start at $800.
Estonia recently launched a Digital Nomad Visa open to remote workers and the self-employed. To be eligible, you must have monthly earnings of €3,504 ($4,236).
Estonia is currently open to travelers who are fully vaccinated or fully recovered from COVID-19.
Last summer, Georgia launched the “Remotely from Georgia” program, which allows foreign citizens to work remotely from the Eastern European nation. The program is a long-term commitment — it’s intended for freelancers, full-time employees or business owners who are able to stay in Georgia for at least 360 days. You must earn $2,000 a month to be eligible.
Currently, vaccinated individuals are permitted to travel to Georgia with proof of their vaccination. Those who are not vaccinated are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of traveling and take an additional test three days after arrival.
Iceland offers a long-term visa for remote work for those with a monthly income of 1 million ISK ($7,817) or more. The visa is good for up to 180 days. There is a $95 fee to apply.
To enter Iceland, you must be vaccinated or have had a prior COVID-19 infection, and present a negative PCR or antigen test prior to boarding a vessel to Iceland.
Mauritius has introduced a Premium Travel Visa valid for a period of one year that is open to anyone who can carry out their business or work remotely from the island. There is no fee to apply to this visa program.
The Montserrat Remote Worker Stamp is a 12-month travel permit for remote workers making $70,000 or more per year. Application fees start at $500.
The country’s borders are now open to those who have been granted the remote worker stamp, but there are testing and quarantine requirements for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
Live and work by the beaches of Dubai via its one-year virtual work program. To be eligible, you must earn at least $5,000 a month and obtain health insurance with UAE coverage validity.
Note that all passengers arriving to Dubai must hold a negative PCR test certificate.