Travel may be curtailed thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is still a way for those from the US to get to grips with another culture. The Caribbean island of Aruba is offering remote workers the opportunity to live and work there for up to 90 days.
The "One Happy Workation" program allows visitors to stay for a maximum of 90 days, and offers a series of deals and discounted rates at local accommodations, as well as discounts on experiences and local activities. Remote workers are free to work anywhere on the island, but must be employed or self-employed in their home country. They will not be permitted to work for an Aruban company or individual, as this requires a work or business permit. Wi-Fi will be available at all participating accommodations, plus there are designated free Wi-Fi zones around Aruba.
However, working is not mandatory and those who choose to stay for an extended period can spend their time as they like. Aruba was chosen in Lonely Planet's Best In Travel list for 2020, and aside from its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters, its extreme ends have rugged, windswept vistas and uncrowded beaches that are perfect for hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and kiteboarding. The cultural hub of San Nicolas, known as Sunrise City, is relishing a colourful and creative revival, with international and local artists adorning its street walls.
There is no need for those interested in taking up the offer to obtain a visa or any type of official documentation from the Aruban government prior to arrival. However, they must have a valid US passport. Visitors must comply with all entry and testing requirements and requisite insurance coverage, and must also adhere to all regulations on island for social distancing and mask usage, etc.
Further information is available on the official website of the Aruban government here.
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