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Countries Introduce Global Nomad Visas During Pandemic

By Betsy Burlingame

Summary: Many people are escaping their routines and temporarily moving overseas during the pandemic. These countries are welcoming them with open arms by making it easy for visitors to stay and work remotely for months or even a year. The most recent addition to the list is the Cayman Islands.

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One way to turn 2020 on its head is to look at this time as an opportunity to escape your normal life and venture abroad. A number of countries such as Barbados, Bermuda, Estonia, Anguilla, Aruba, Cayman Islands and Georgia have quickly established new temporary residency visas for global nomads that enable them to live and work for several months or even years. Check back regularly, because we'll be updating this list as other countries follow in their footsteps:

Anguilla

Anguilla

Program: Anguilla is Home Program
Length of Stay: "A Breath of Fresh Air" program is for stays up to 90 days. "Bask in the Sun" is for stays from 91 to 365 days.
Fees: Breath of Fresh Air: $1,000 for an Individual, $3,000 for a Family; Bask in the Sun: $2,000 for an Individual, $3,000 for a Family.
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents: Valid Passport, PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 Test Certificate (negative result) taken within 3-5 days from date of travel, Health Insurance that provides medical coverage in Anguilla for COVID-19 is required.
Covid-19 Testing Required: Yes
Application Timing: Apply for the pre-travel authorization 3-5 days from travel date (requires uploading negative PCR COVID-19 Test Certificate), health insurance information, passport details and answering medical questions.
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Apply for Anguilla from Home Program

Anguilla is an Overseas British Territory in the Caribbean that neighbors St. Martin. It has a population of over 15,000. Anguilla introduced the Anguilla is Home Program in August of 2020. Anguilla has only had a handful of cases and has plans in place to rigorously test visitors to prevent the pandemic from spreading on the island. They require pre-travel COVID-19 testing, testing upon arrival, a 10 day quarantine upon arrival and periodic testing while in Anguilla. Additionally, travelers who apply to one of these programs need to purchase health insurance that covers them in Anguilla and provides coverage for COVID-19 treatment. According to the US State Department, "Medical facilities in Anguilla do not meet U.S. standards." For that reason, we recommend that your health insurance coverage also include medical evacuation, especially evacuation for COVID-19.

Aruba

Aruba

Program: One Happy Workstation Stays
Length of Stay: Up to 3 Months
Online Application Available: Yes
Requirements & Documents: Valid Passport, Valid E-mail Address, Aruba Visitors Insurance
Covid-19 Testing Required: Yes
Application: You'll Need to apply for an Embarkations and Disembarkation (ED) Card Online
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Apply for Aruba's ED Card

On September 17, 2020 Aruba launched the One Happy Workstation program, which allows eligible visitors to stay and work remotely for up to 3 months. The program includes discounted hotel and villa stays (at participating hotels). Many packages include complimentary breakfast, free wi-fi and other perks. The program is currently open to US nationals with a valid US passport who are employed by a company in their home country or self employed.

COVID-19 testing is required and the guidelines are very specific. Depending upon which US State you are traveling from, you may be subject to additional testing requirements.

Currently, visitors to Aruba are required to purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance which covers local medical care (hospital, ICU, testing, doctors visits) and costs of isolation ($125/day) should you get COVID-19. The cost of the insurance is very low. It is advised that you also purchase travel health insurance that covers medical evacuation for COVID-19 and other medical emergencies in the event that you need a higher level of care. The US State Department wrote, "Access to quality medical care is limited in Aruba, and facilities may not offer the health and service standards typically expected in the United States. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. Critically ill patients requiring services unavailable in Aruba are transferred to neighboring countries, such as Colombia, at the patient's expense. If medical evacuation is authorized by the patient's insurance carrier or funded privately (approximately $15,000 - 25,000), patients can be transferred to the United States."

Barbados

Barbados

Visa: 12 month Barbados Welcome Stamp
Length of Stay: Maximum 12 months from date of approval
Fees: $2,000 for an Individual, $3,000 for a Family
Online Application Available: Yes
Documents Needed: Passport (Bio data page of passport), Photograph, Proof of Relationship to Dependents (for Family Applicants)
Visa Processing Time: Application begins processing in 48 hours and will be confirmed or denied in 5 working days.
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Apply for Barbados Welcome Stamp

Barbados introduced the 12 month Barbados Welcome Stamp in July of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are looking for a beautiful island escape where you can work and relax, Barbados may be the perfect spot. Barbados re-opened their airport on July 12, 2020 and has established official travel protocols to, "protect, both locals and visitors while on island".

According to the Welcome Stamp FAQs, "Valid medical insurance is a prerequisite for approval of your Welcome Stamp application."

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How long does it take for your application to be processed? According to the FAQ page , "Your application will begin processing within 48 hours of receiving a complete application. A visa will be processed and confirmed or denied in 5 working days or less."

"Life is lived at a very different pace in Barbados. Do not expect things to be done too quickly or you will just become frustrated at the natural pace of things there. It is better to accept it and learn to slow down and go with their pace. It becomes much less stressful. Also once they see you are not so uptight they tend to help you out more as they are now not afraid to be around the foreigner who wants them to work faster," wrote one expat in Barbados.

When asked about access to quality medical care, one expat living in Clapham Ridge, Barbados replied, "Yes, they have both a government hospital as well as private hospital. These are located in the south east part of the island near Bridgetown. They also have many clinics around the island and an ambulance service. As in most places healthcare for major issues can be quite expensive. Make sure you have private healthcare insurance and understand your coverage before needing it."

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Bermuda

Bermuda

Visa: Work from Bermuda Certificate
Length of Stay: 12 months from date the certificate is issued, may be renewable on case-by-case basis
Fees: $263 per Individual (each family member must file an application)
Online Application Available: Yes
Documents Needed: Passport (Photo Page), Proof of Employment or Student Status
Visa Processing Time: Application will be processed in 5 business days. You will receive a response via e-mail.
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Apply for Work from Bermuda Certificate

As of August 1, 2020, Bermuda's Ministry of Labour through the Department of Immigration began a program similar to Barbados' program which offers a 1-Year Residential Certificate to allow temporary residents, such as Global Nomads, to work remotely from Bermuda. Non-Bermudan Post-Secondary students are also allowed to complete their higher education from Bermuda. "If you are working remotely from home, please take the opportunity to explore the option of working remotely from Bermuda for the next year. Bermuda is safe, Bermuda is friendly, Bermuda is close and Bermuda is beautiful," wrote E. David Burt, JP, MP, Premier of Bermuda.

Applicants must be 18+ (unless dependents), not have been convicted of a crime, possess health insurance coverage, proof of employment or proof of student status and sufficient income. It's important to know that the cost of living in Bermuda is high and expats always caution people considering a move to Bermuda about it. One expat said, "don't [move], unless you have... a housing allowance of at least $2500. You will not be able to rent ANYTHING for less than that, and a decent apartment will cost $5000 up. Everything is VERY expensive, especially food." Another expat said, "you will need up to $2500 per month for housing if living alone, $400 for mobile, internet and TV, $500 per month for gas, electricity, which leaves you with enough for food and clothes. Plus capital outlay of $3K for moped or twice that for car."

"King Edward Memorial Hospital is the only general hospital on the island. It has the usual departments one would expect and most basic problems can be managed on island. Many people however choose or are advised to go overseas for surgery or complex problems. All medical care on island is private, bar a minority of local people with just the basic government health cover. The hospital is on the outskirts of Hamilton city and within 12 miles of any part on the island," wrote one expat in a report about healthcare in Bermuda

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If you escape to Bermuda, bring a set of golf clubs. "Golf is a major way of meeting new people on this island as there an abundance of clubs, but be warned, they are expensive if you plan on making yourself a member of one. Otherwise, there is beach volleyball on Elbow Beach, or various other sports like running clubs etc. If you're not into sport, and are male, or a brave female, just turn up at The Hamilton Princess on Friday evenings in summer and get yourself a drink at Happy Hour prices and join the drunken crowds that populate that place. You'll soon meet new friends,

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Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman

Visa: Global Citizen Concierge
Length of Stay: 2 years from date the certificate is issued, may be renewable on case-by-case basis
Fees: Yearly Fee of $1,469 per Party of 2 Persons ($500 additional per dependent per year)
Online Application Available: Yes
Salary Requirements: $100,000/year for Individual, $150,000/year for Couple, $180,000/year for Family Documents Needed: Passport (Photo Page), Visa (See Up-to-Date Visa Info), Notarized Bank Reference, Federal Criminal Record Check, Proof of Health Insurance
Visa Processing Time: Application will be processed in 5 business days. You will receive a response via e-mail.
More Information & FAQs

Apply for Global Citizen Concierge Program

On October 21, 2020, the Cayman Islands announced the introduction of the Global Citizen Concierge Program which allows qualified applicants to stay in the Cayman Islands for up to 2 years. Restrictions on inbound international travel are still in place. See COVID-19 Inbound Travel & Tourism for current details.

"As Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism, it is my pleasure to invite you to the Cayman Islands as part of our Global Citizen Concierge Program which allows for approved digital nomads to live and work remotely in our beautiful island paradise for up to two years. Having reduced the threat of COVID-19 to near zero, the Cayman Islands offers the perfect oasis for persons with a remote working lifestyle to experience the Caymankind way of life," said Hon. Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism, Moses I. Kirkconnell, JP, MLA.

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Estonia

Estonia

Visa: Estonia's Digital Nomad Visa
Length of Stay: 12 months
Fees: ?80-100
Online Application Available: No, you will need to visit your nearest Estonian Embassy or Consulate to apply.
Documents Needed: Passport (Photo Page), Proof of Employment or Student Status
Visa Processing Time: Process takes 15-30 days.
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Interested in spending a year working remotely from Estonia? Estonia launched their Digital Nomad Visa on August 1, 2020 -- inviting digital nomads to spend up to 12 months in Estonia. If you are not allowed to travel to Estonia, wait to apply until you are able or your application will be denied. Current travel restrictions are listed on this page. You will need to have a monthly income of at least ?3504.

"Medical care in Estonia falls short of Western standards outside the larger cities such as Tallinn, Tartu, and P?rnu. Many medical professionals in Estonia are highly-trained, but some hospitals and clinics still suffer from a lack of equipment and resources. Many doctors speak at least some English. Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage," wrote the US State Department.

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"Come here first and meet the people, and see how you like it. For winter, bring heaps of extremely warm clothes. Culturally it is a dream, with the concert hall and opera house performing 9 mos of the year, and best seats at only 11 dollars. You can join the Academic Library and check out books in English and many other languages," advised one expat in Tallinn.

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Georgia

Georgia

Visa: Remotely from Georgia Program
Length of Stay: 180 Days (Applicants Should Intend to Stay at Least 180 Days)
Online Application Available: Yes
Documents Needed: Passport/Residency Copy, Health Insurance for Length of Stay
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Apply for Remotely from Georgia Program

Georgia's "Remotely from Georgia" application launched on August 27, 2020. Freelancers, business owners or full-time employees from 95 countries, who are able to stay at least 180 days, are invited to apply. They must be able to prove that they are able to pay taxes and have a monthly income of at least $2,000.

If your application is approved and you go to Georgia, you will be required to quarantine for 12 days in a hotel (at your own expense). After quarantine, the applicant will undergo PCR Testing (Polymerise Chain Reaction test, which is a COVID-19 diagnostic test - not an antibody test) and if no signs on coronavirus are apparent, the applicant may stay in Georgia.

It's important to note that applicants must have health insurance coverage while in Georgia. "a foreigner must have health insurance for the period of time that he/she is going to spend in Georgia," stated the government publication on Agenda.ge. In terms of the quality of medical care in Georgia, the US State Department wrote, "Outside major cities, medical facilities in Georgia are limited. The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of English-speaking doctors. Elderly travelers and those with existing health problems may be at risk due to inadequate medical facilities. Ensure food is cooked thoroughly to reduce the risk of food-borne illness."

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We asked an expat in Georgia, "What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?" He replied, "The hospitality; the fact that complete strangers invite you for lunch, or a meal. The fact that if people offer to show you around, because they are born and raised in the town you're currently visiting, the only do it because they're proud of their country and want to show you its splendour. There are no ulterior motives."

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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