The island of Dominica has a reputation as the ‘natural island of the Caribbean’ and very soon it will be open to digital nomads who want to live and work in a place where sperm whale migration is a major visual feature. everyday. – daily life.
The government has launched a way to attract tourists who work in its mountainous terrain, in order to share some of its wonderful spoils. It is also a win-win situation, as it will help local actors and fuel the country’s sustainable development campaign.
The Work in Nature (WIN) visa will work according to the following criteria:
- Tourists will be able to move for up to 18 months to work and live remotely on the island.
- Families are also encouraged to apply – children will be allowed access to local schools, as part of a ‘family package’.
- The cost of the application is $ 100 and the visa costs $ 800 for singles and $ 1,200 for a family.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old, without any criminal conviction.
- The key requirement – and the most difficult to meet for most people – would be to expect to earn at least $ 50,000 in income in the coming year, for themselves and to support themselves. their family.
- Once the request is made, a response must be sent within seven days.
One of the key aspects of the visa system is that it will support tourism stakeholders who have been affected by the pandemic. The island has strong environmental credentials – since the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria in 2017, it’s committed to becoming the world’s first climate-resilient country. Each station must source locally. The island has implemented a plastic ban that has been described as the most “comprehensive” in the world by National Geographic, primarily to save the tons of plastic threatening precious local sperm whales. And in 2022, its first geothermal power station will provide cheaper energy not only to residents but also to the neighboring islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Tourism Minister Denise Charles said: “This is one of the initiatives that will help boost our tourism industry in our approach to reviving tourism in stages, while providing a safe environment for people to work. remote in a tropical environment. Island stakeholders and partners have all collaborated to deliver an engaging agenda that also helps create an opportunity for economic recovery. “
Dominica has a habit of welcoming foreign investors to become citizens through its Citizenship by Investment program, where people can become citizens with full rights after making an economic contribution to a government fund. or to selected real estate options – this citizenship can also be passed on to future generations.