Fed up working from home in dreary locked down UK? Thought so. This is precisely why Antigua is trying to persuade digital nomads to move to the Caribbean island and work from one of its 365 glorious beaches.
The island has introduced a Nomad Digital Resident’s Visa which allows you to travel in and out of Antigua and neighbouring Barbuda for up to two years, no questions asked.
It says it has great wifi all across the island so you can just grab your laptop and go and, right now, there are plenty of hotel rooms or self-catering apartments empty. It says it also has excellent medical care including treatment for infectious diseases (i.e. Covid) and, of course, year-round sunshine.
There are usually regular flights to Antigua from the UK. At the moment, British Airways has two flights a week with fares from £300 one-way.
What’s not the like?
Here the boss of Antigua and Barbuda Tourism explains more, and below we cover some of the pros and cons.
The pros of WFH in Antigua:
- Almost year-round sunshine, obviously
- You can walk on a different beach every day of the year, which will make a change from jogging round your local (probably) muddy playing fields
- Good communications
- There’s no need to pay tax in Antigua if you pay tax in the UK
- They speak English, which always helps
- Driving is on the left, which helps too
- The scenery will provide a visual daily massage
The cons of WFH in Antigua:
- The Digital Nomad Resident’s visa application costs $1,500 (about £1,090) for a single person, $2,000 (about £1,500) for a couple and $3,000(£2,100) for a family of three or more. Alternatively, you can stay for up to six months without a visa, but must have proof of your onward travel when you arrive.
- You’ll need travel insurance,* including medical cover, which won’t be cheap for a 2-year stay
- You must have a minimum income/earnings of $50,000 (about £36,500)
- You can’t work for a local company in Antigua or Barbuda
- As island living goes, it’s not cheap – expect to pay upwards of £1,500 a month for an apartment
- Any accompanying children can’t attend the public schools, but there are private schools on the island
- It’s hurricane season in Antigua and Barbuda from June to September – Barbuda last took a battering in 2017 and rebuilding is still going on
- You’ll have to provide a negative Covid test, taken no more than seven days before you arrive in Antigua.
Closer places to WFH
If a temporary move to the Caribbean is a bit of stretch, then smallbusinessprices.co.uk has come up with a list of the best remote places in the UK to work from home. It took into consideration rental and Airbnb prices, number of green space the distance to the sea and the number of cafes with WIFI – though of course, they’re closed right now so the only way you’d get a connection would be if you sat outside in your car.
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