Those looking for a new place to work from home may be interested in the new visa offering from the Caribbean island of Dominica. The Work in Nature visa allows digital nomads and remote workers to relocate there for up to 18 months to earn their living in the sunshine.

Nicknamed ‘the nature island,' Dominica is an English-speaking island located between Guadeloupe and Martinique, popular with independent travelers and eco-adventurers. It is known for its dramatic majesty, rainforest-shrouded volcanoes and sulfurous hot springs, as well as the Caribbean's first long-distance hiking trail. Among its major attractions are the Boiling Lake, which is filled with bubbling water that is usually enveloped in a cloud of vapor. With no large cruise terminal or an airport that can take even medium-haul flights, the island is popular with those looking for off-the-beaten-path travel. 

The volcanic Boiling Lake in Dominica
The Boiling Lake in Dominica is a huge attraction © Janos Rautonen/Shutterstock

Applicants for the island's new visa scheme must be at least 18 years of age, must expect to earn an income of $50,000 (€42,100) or more over the following 12 months or have a means of supporting themselves, their spouse/partner and any dependants. Families as well as individuals are encouraged to apply for the visa, with Dominica offering a family bundle programme that encourages children to attend school on the island.

In order to apply, applicants must make a non-refundable application fee of $100 (€84), while the visa itself is $800 (€673) for single applicants and $1200 (€1011) for families. "This is one of the initiatives which will help boost our tourism industry in our phased tourism recovery approach, while providing a safe environment for persons to work remotely in a tropical environment," says the island's minister of tourism, Denise Charles. Those interested in applying for the Work in Nature Visa should visit its website here.

Dominica is just one of the many destinations encouraging remote workers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Croatia, Iceland, the Cayman Islands, Anguilla and more have launched similar programs. 

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