Remote work has become the new normal, and will be for the foreseeable future. Working from home might be a blessing in disguise for some not only by avoiding the usual Monday hassle but also by having a chance to set up their preferred working environment. In case you’re bored at home, here are some places to enjoy your remote work with easy visa requirements. So why stay at home when you can isolate yourself in a paradise?
On June 30, 2020, the Barbados Government introduced it’s 12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp. Aside from the prerequisite entry visa, you’ll need to submit two passport-sized photographs, the biodata page of your passport, and proof of the relationship of dependents online. Heads up! Once approved, you’ll have to pay a $2,000.00 non-refundable fee if you’re traveling solo or $3,000.00 for a family bundle. However, this work visa is valid for 12 months without requiring any income tax payments! A negative COVID-19 test taken in the last 72 hours prior to arrival is a requirement to isolate yourself in paradise.
Emulating Barbados, Bermuda has also initiated a “One Year Residential Certification” program on August 1, allowing foreign remote workers to live anywhere on the 21-square-mile island and the ability to leave and re-enter the country at any time within a year. Apply here! Of course, international travel during the pandemic has risks. Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 7 days before departure is a requirement. You must also adhere to the required COVID-19 PCR test on arrival on 4th, 8th, and 14th day of your visit (if you’re still on the island) as well as quarantine in your room at your accommodation until arrival test results are received.
Known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and low cost of living, Estonia holds its fame for remote workers as it is one of the least populated countries in Europe. As of August 1, eligible location-independent workers can apply for the Digital Nomad Visa - a chance to come to Estonia to live for up to a year with peace of mind knowing you work legally.
Georgia was known for being generous with visa laws even before the pandemic began this year. The Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia, announced on his Twitter post the launch of “Remotely from Georgia”. This program invites foreign remote workers earning a minimum monthly salary of $2,000 the ability to stay for at least 360 days. However local taxes are not exempt. Please note that you must have health insurance for your entire stay as well.
“Georgia has the image of an epidemiologically safe country in the world and we want to use this opportunity. We are talking about opening the border in a way to protect the health of our citizens, but, on the other hand, to bring to Georgia citizens of all countries who can work remotely", said Turnava.
The Czech Republic also has long had a longer-term business visa available to those looking to work remotely from countries with low risk of contagion listed here. Arriving persons are obliged to undergo a PCR test in the Czech Republic within 5 days from the arrival. You'll need to prove you'll have sufficient income, accommodations, and health insurance during your stay.
Mexico is one of the most visited countries in the world, and has become a haven for remote workers. This is a perfect chance to work on your laptop while enjoying the sunny beach of Cancun, or the bustling streets of old Mexico City. Did you know that quarantine is not even required when you arrive? Mexico offers a Temporary Residence Visa in which you can stay for a maximum of four (4) years.
Seychelles has a population of 98,498 and has recorded a total of 143 cases COVID-19 since the beginning, with 140 who have completely recovered, 3 active and no deaths. As of September 14, Seychelles are allowing visitors from these 32 countries. Visitors are not allowed to stay in more than two places of accommodation for the first seven days, and everyone must stay only at hotels and resorts approved by the Public Health Advisory. So, if you’re a citizen from the countries listed, Seychelles is a perfect place to stay while working remotely.
You may have heard in the news that Rome was heavily impacted by this pandemic. However, the Vatican, just 7 KM away, has been COVID-free since June 6, 2020 after all its 12 patients recovered. Now could be the perfect opportunity to tour the coveted historical site, while foot traffic is at all time lows!
Fiji reported its first COVID case on March 19. By April 20, the country declared itself COVID-free after all of its 18 cases recovered. Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, posted on Twitter on June 23, if you’re prosperous enough to pay for your private transportation (let’s say a yacht or a private jet) and of course, your accommodation when you get there, Fiji is all yours to enjoy! Just like most countries, a 15-day mandatory quarantine is required especially for those coming from infected countries. However, if you’re a cost conscious, Fiji could be a good place to stay in case your remote work is as-is by next year. Why next year? As of today, fights in December from the US are now being sold by Fiji Airways online.
It’s no doubt that this pandemic affects our mental state to some degree, and working from home can be quite suffocating as social interaction is a natural human need. Don’t let boredom eat your day! Head on to your next adventure while working - don’t forget to wear your mask and practice physical distancing. Should you need help with anything - we are here for you!