The tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat is trying to attract part of the growing number of digital nomads and remote workers in the world.
It is newly announced Montserrat Remote Workers Stamp allows successful applicants to live here for up to a year, with ongoing renewals also being considered.
Samuel Joseph, Deputy Prime Minister of Montserrat, added that this British Caribbean territory is looking for successful candidates to be “part of the community in one of the most exclusive destinations in the world”. Some of the natural features of this island that are likely to attract candidates include its impressive network of picturesque hiking trails, tranquil beaches and snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.
A characteristic of Montserrat that will be a pros or a con, depending on what the candidates are looking for, is its isolation. The only flights that operate to John A. Osborne Airport arrive from Antigua and Barbuda’s VC Bird International Airport, a 20-minute flight away. However, the last airport receives planes from a wide selection of cities, including Miami, New York, Toronto and London.
A significant advantage for many candidates is that Montserrat has been free of the COVID-19 virus in the past six months. Before that, only 13 people here had received positive test results.
Montserrat is an island of halves. Its southern portion was considered uninhabitable in the 1990s due to volcanic eruptions and, as a result, its population was reduced to a third of its previous number, from 13,000 to 5,000. However, its northern half remained green, lush and safe.
Interested applicants should note that an annual income of $ 70,000 or more is required. In addition, they must be employed and have a contract with a foreign employer, be a partner or shareholder of one for which they carry out a commercial activity or be self-employed or a consultant with contracts with several foreign clients. Health insurance with adequate COVID-19 coverage is also required.
An application fee will be charged. It will be $ 500 for a single applicant, $ 750 for those who bring a family of up to three dependents. Any additional family member in addition to this number will incur an additional cost of $ 250 per additional person. Processing an order should take about seven business days.
Those interested in Montserrat should also note that it is not currently open to tourism. However, during times without a pandemic, passport holders from much of the Americas and Europe and from many parts of the rest of the world can visit for up to six months without a visa.
Montserrat is just the latest place to offer a digital nomad visa. In the Caribbean, places like Aruba, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands have also announced the adoption of similar programs; in other countries, Estonia, Georgia and the Portuguese autonomous region of Madeira have also done so.
Remote work has become more popular in the past year, as employees and employers have begun to fully realize the benefits of it. For example, employees enjoyed greater flexibility, while both sides are satisfied that employees are generally just as productive while virtual as they were in physical environments.