For many of us, being forced to work from home this year was certainly an adjustment. The freedom to work in sweatpants without the commute is a pretty sweet deal, but even the views from a makeshift home office can become dull. Not to mention more free time to dream about traveling, while being forced to stay home.
Today we're excited to present you ten change-of-scenery countries that are currently welcoming remote workers. The goal of these countries is to help support local economies that have been impacted hard by lockdowns and closed borders. Visit any of the 14 below, and you might have to switch out your "office" pajamas to something more suitable like hiking gear or a a swimsuit, but we promise it will be worth the change up.
1. Antigua and Barbuda
With a new Digital Nomad Residence Program up and running, Antigua and Barbuda is offering a special resident status up to two years to any remote worker who can prove they earn at least $50,000. You must also provide proof that you can support yourself fully, have health insurance, and are employed from a business outside of the Caribbean country.
As previously mentioned on our blog, the "One Happy Workstation" program currently being offered by Aruba will allow remote workers to stay up to 90 days without hassle. The program includes offers for discounts at hotels, resorts, and rental homes, and is valid for any US resident with a passport.
Also featured on our blog previously, the Prime Minister of Barbados launched a 12-month program "Barbados Welcome Stamp", which will make working remotely on the island possible for a up to a year. After months of isolation, working on the beach sounds pretty ideal.
Another beach–enthusiast destination, Bermuda is offering a new residency program that will allow remote workers and students to live and work on the Caribbean island for up to one year. In order to qualify, applicants must be at least 18 years old and provide proof of employment and health insurance.
5. Czech Republic
Czech Republic's residency program has actually been around for several years now, and is definitely still worth checking out. The visa is provided for freelance workers who are looking to live abroad for an extended period of time, open to US residents. In order to qualify, applicants must fill out a form, provide proof of employment, travel insurance, and housing.
Dubai is offering a special visa (up to one year) for individuals who want to work remotely overseas. The applicants must provide proof that they earn at least $5,000 a month, have valid health insurance in the United Arab Emirates, and a valid passport.
Estonia, quite possibly one of the most underrated European countries, is now offering a digital nomad program for nonresidents up to one year. In order to qualify, you must provide proof that you earn at least $4,130 and own a valid passport. Unfortunately, Americans are currently unable to enter, but it is a country certainly worth checking out once the borders reopen.
Thanks to the Georgian government, this picturesque destination is now offering long-term visitors to work remotely within the country as part of their reopening plan. The idea is to help Georgia boost their tourist industry again after taking a detrimental hit due to the pandemic.
Another program geared towards remote workers, Germany's freelance visa is valid for up to three months but can potentially be extended further. In order to qualify, applicants must show proof of employment, travel insurance, and letters of recommendation from previous employers.
Potentially one of the longest residency visas being offered, Mexico's program allows visitors to stay for up to four years. In order to qualify for this visa, applicants must provide proof of income over $1,620 and a valid passport.
The island of Mauritius in Africa has recently joined the list of places issuing visas for remote workers. Their Premium Travel Visa welcomes digital nomads from all over the world to live in Mauritius for one year (with the possibility to extend).
12. Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands introduced their Global Citizen Concierge program this year in order to ramp up tourism on the island. The program allows digital nomads to work from the Cayman Islands for up to two years. The only downside to the visa is that you have to make at least $100,000 a year to qualify.
It might be colder than some of the other tropical destinations on this list, but the views are just as breathtaking on this island. Iceland announced last month that they will open their regular long term working visa to workers outside of the EU, which is great news for Americans who are interested in staying in the country a little longer. Self-employed and workers employed by a foreign company can apply. Because the cost of living in Iceland doesn't come cheap, the government needs to know that visa holders can afford their stay so there is a minimum yearly salary requirement of $88,000.
For those looking for something a bit more familiar or who don't have a passport, Hawaii is offering free flights to remote workers who relocate to Hawaii for a month or longer. Check out the details here to learn more.