Pack Your Bags: These 4 Countries Have Remote Work Abroad Programs

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For many people, working from home has become the new normal in a COVID-19 world. Several countries are seizing the opportunity that comes with that: They’re inviting workers to come to their country and work from there.

Over the last few weeks, Barbados, Bermuda, Estonia, and Georgia have all rolled out invitations to encourage remote workers to move their remote offices to their respective countries.

Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Amore Mottley announced a 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp for visitors who want to live in Barbados and work remotely for a year. The stamp would allow “persons to come and work from here overseas, digitally, so that persons don’t need to remain in the countries in which they are.”

Similar to Barbados, Bermuda launched a One-Year Residential Certification program that allows remote workers and post-secondary students to live there for a one-time fee of $263. The country hopes to “increase the residential population; increase economic activity; provide greater job security for Bermudians; and to enhance the marketability of Bermuda as a place to reside, visit, or do business,” according to the government website. To be eligible, applicants must be able to prove their employment or enrollment in an academic program.

Estonia’s Digital Nomad Visa allows for remote workers to live in Estonia for up to a year and acts as an extension of the country’s existing e-Residency program. (Their website compares the differences in programs.) While eligibility depends on employment and monthly income threshold, you have some time to get your affairs in check before the application even officially opens.

Lastly, Georgia’s program — which is focused on freelancers and those who are self-employed — allows foreigners to come work in the country for an indeterminate period of time. The Economy Minister of Georgia Natia Turnava called the country “epidemiologically safe” and wants to open “the border in a way to protect the health of our citizens, but, on the other hand, to bring to Georgia citizens of all countries who can work remotely.” Turnava says the online platform for applications has been developed, but it does not appear to have been rolled out publicly yet.

We don’t know about you, but we’re suddenly thinking of dusting off our suitcases after all.

Tags: Navigating the Pandemic, Travel, Travel

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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