Bermuda Is Inviting People To Work Remotely In The Country For A Year
If the idea of escaping as far away from the UK as possible sounds appealing to you right now, you may be interested in the following news.
Bermuda, the British-owned island hidden in the North Atlantic Ocean, has just launched a scheme offering year-long stays for remote workers.
The move is in a bid to protect the tourism industry and boost the economy on the island while protecting the jobs of residents.
Bermuda's minister of labour, Jason Hayward, said in a statement: "Remote working has been a growing trend for some time and is something the Bermuda Government has been examining as part of its technology-focused economic diversification strategy."
He added: "The trend towards remote working has been accelerated by Covid-19. These visitors can reside in Bermuda without seeking employment on the island and will promote economic activity for our country without displacing Bermudians in the workforce."
The Bermudan government is proposing residencies for those 18 and over who have health insurance and have proof of employment or are otherwise enrolled on higher education.
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Currently, visitors are usually granted entry for up to 90 days, but the new scheme will see tourists able to set up shop for quadruple that time if their application is accepted.
A certificate for year-long stay costs $263 (£207) with applications opening by 1st August. Hardly bad for a year, is it?!
As an alternative, Bermuda has extended its tourist visa from 90 days to 180 - perfect for those who don't want to stay for a whole year.
If you can do your job remotely - be it marketing, writing, designing or online teaching - then why not pack your laptop and head to the island known for its pink-sand beaches and water sports? Sounds dreamy if you ask us...
Bermuda's move echoes that of Barbados, who similarly set up the 'Barbados Welcome Stamp' scheme, encouraging international arrivals to come and work remotely on their island for up to a year.
We're running out of reasons to stay in the UK, tbh...
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