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You Can Now Apply To Live And Work On Caribbean Island For A Year

You Can Now Apply To Live And Work On Caribbean Island For A Year

Listen up... this is not a drill.

You can now apply to live and work on a Caribbean island for a year - and what better time could there be to escape somewhere hot?!

Yep, the island of Anguilla boasts 33 stunning beaches and picturesque backdrops as far as the eye can see - and it is now open to online applications from people keen to live and work there, as part of its initiative to draw back tourists following the coronavirus pandemic.

Just think of the postcards you'll be able to send your friends and family back home in rainy England...

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The idea was dreamt up to draw long term visitors to the island, therefore those who plan to stay on the island for a year or more will be prioritised over those hoping for a short visit.

Who fancies life on a tropical island for a year? (Credit: Unsplash)
Who fancies life on a tropical island for a year? (Credit: Unsplash)

The island's tourist board are looking for visitors who can stay and work remotely on the island. So, if your work has a work from home policy that they're planning to extend, this could end up being an absolute dream for you...

If you fancy sunny beaches and blue skies while you do your work then you'll have to be speedy, as the island is hoping to welcome somebody to stay ahead of the 31st October.

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Those planning to arrive after the 1st November can then apply at the end of September.

The tourism board has even provided details on how to register kids to be homeschooled on the island, too, in case you want to travel there with your whole family.

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Plus, they've offered guides to the island's 30 food stores and information about the island's two internet providers ahead of your visit.

The island is looking for long term visitors (Credit: PA)
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If your application is approved, you'll have to pay a fee to the Anguillan government, which will cover two COVID-19 tests per person - each individual will be asked to take one test upon arrival and another during their stay.

You'll also be asked to pay for a digital work permit if you're staying for up to a year, and foot the bill for 'costs associated with additional public health presence'.

This means, in total, those staying for less than three months on their own will have to fork out $1,000 (around £762), while a family of four will be charged $1,500 ( £1,143).

If you plan to stay between three months and a year on your own you must pay $2,000 (£1,525), while the bill for a family of four is $3,000 (£2,287).

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We can think of worse places to work for a year... (Credit: PA)
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It might seem like a hefty price to pay, but the good news is that Anguilla is currently listed as having a 'very low' COVID-19 risk, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In fact, the country - which shut its borders early back in March - has had just three positive COVID-19 cases and zero reported deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Because, you know, the sun, sea and gorgeous weather wasn't enough of an incentive...

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

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