Is working from home suddenly incredibly dull? Are you eager to start traveling again? We hear you, Pirates! Last year we saw Barbados, Dubai, and Mauritius offer visas to remote workers and we are excited to tell you that Montserrat is joining the list of countries welcoming digital nomads with the launch of their Remote Workers Stamp.
The island of Montserrat is located in the Caribbean and is a British territory, so you won't have to worry about communication issues because the official language is English. Nicknamed "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean" because the island's coast resembles Ireland, Montserrat features soaring peaks and rainforest-covered hillsides. It is also home to the Soufrière Hills Volcano, which erupted in the late 1990s and has since become a tourist destination, with visitors coming from all over the world to see the modern-day Pompeii city of Plymouth which was buried by the eruption. Due to the terrain, however, Montserrat is not as touristy as some of the other islands of the Carribbean, and visitors can enjoy all the island has to offer including friendly locals, unspoiled forests, black sand beaches, and the tranquil ambiance of how the Caribbean used to be.
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The Montserrat Remote Stamp is a one-year residency stamp designed to allow professionals overseas to work remotely from Montserrat for up to twelve months. The application fee is $500 for an individual applicant and $750 for a family. The processing time is only seven days, so you could be working by the beach by the end of the month!
Who Can Qualify for the Program?
- You must be fully employed by an employer that is registered in a foreign country or offers freelance or consulting services remotely to clients
- You must have a minimum annual income of $70,000
- You must have health insurance coverage for you and your accompanying family members
Cost of Living
The cost of living is relatively low compared to most major US cities. You can find a one-bedroom apartment in the city center for under $400 a month and a three-bedroom apartment for around $500-600 a month. However, the costs of goods — such as clothing, furniture, alcohol, and some food items — are considerably higher due to import taxes.
Montserrat is currently COVID-free since July 2020 and remains committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of all citizens, residents, and visitors. There are specific travel protocols and preventative measures to help curb the spread of COVID.