Barbados’ Welcome Stamp program offers one-year visas to those who want to come and set up shop on the island — as long as they bring their work with them and aren’t looking for a job in Barbados. The program has received thousands of applications since it launched in July 2020. The special work visa costs $2,000.
Looking for a longer work stay? The Global Citizen program introduced by the Cayman Islands in October 2020 allows remote workers to decamp to the western Caribbean for up to two years. Like everything else in the Caymans, there’s a hefty price tag attached to the program: applications cost $1,500 minimum, plus $500 for any dependents tagging along. And, you’ll have to prove that you have an income over $100,000 annually (or $150,000 for couples or $180,000 for couples with dependents).
Remote workers can stay for up to six months — with a possible extension of an additional six months — under the @HOME in Curacao program. It’s a relative bargain: the application costs $294, but you’ll have to furnish proof of employment and international travel insurance to win approval.
If you prefer to get a little further off the beaten path to social distance and focus on your job, consider the Montserrat Remote Workers Stamp. The tiny island of Monserrat is best known for its active volcano, but with relatively few tourists it’s a great destination for immersing yourself in the rhythms of Caribbean life. Plus, you don’t have to be rich to get to work remotely on Monserrat: the program’s income threshold is just $70,000 annually, and the application fees are set at a reasonable $500 for individuals and $750 for those with (up to three) family members.
The Mexican Caribbean
You can live and work in Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or elsewhere in the Riviera Maya for at least a year (with a possible extension for three more, if you want) by applying for a Temporary Resident visa from the Mexican government. You’ll need a passport, a bank balance of over $27,000 or a monthly income of over $1,620 during the past six months … and that’s pretty much it. You can work remotely, but not for a Mexican business, and if you fall in love with the beaches, food and tequila you can apply for permanent residency after four years.
The island may not be in the Caribbean, but as an associate member of CARICOM, we’re always happy to include the Atlantic island when we can. So how does Bermuda’s remote work program function? It’s actually pretty flexible. Visitors can get a Work from Bermuda certificate for $263 and stay for up to a year, with the freedom to travel back and forth to their home country during that time. “No need to be trapped in your apartment in a densely populated city with the accompanying restrictions and high risk of infection; come spend the year with us working or coding on the water,” says Bermuda Premier David Burt.