A Caribbean island has declared itself open to welcome digital nomads and work-from-home professionals to call it “home” for up to 12 months. Montserrat has joined the global destinations courting professionals who can work away from their home country.
The idea of the year-long Montserrat Remote Workers Stamp is to give professionals and entrepreneurs the opportunity to experience a work-life-vacation balance, trading in a routine at-home environment for exotic black-sand beaches and rich cultural offerings. With the current travel space toggling between changing protocols and fluctuating numbers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the initiative will provide an opportunity to change pace and contribute to the industry’s sustainability as the island’s newest residents.
Application fees for the program are $500 (€415) for individuals and $750 (€623) for individuals accompanied by a maximum of three family members. Candidates must show proof of full-time employment, an annual income of minimum $70,000 (€58,140) and up-to-date health insurance coverage for applicants and accompanying family members. Located in the Eastern Caribbean with a total area of just 39.5 square miles, the green mountainous Montserrat possesses a great network of hiking trails and dark-sand beaches. It is the only island in the Caribbean with an active volcano, the spectacular Soufriere Hills Volcano.
“The global pandemic has changed how we live and work, and as multinationals and leading startups across the world accelerate their rates of digital adoption, the need to be physically present to fulfil professional responsibilities has been redefined,” says Montserrat’s deputy premier, Dr. Hon. Samuel Joseph. “We know there are people in various parts of the world who now have the ability to work from home and are actively looking for a change of environment. The remote worker programme is not only inviting but encouraging them to come to Montserrat to work, and at the same time be more than a visitor but a part of the community on one of the world’s most unique destinations.”
For further information on the Remote Workers Stamp, please visit the website here.
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