KAL KENNARD, MANAGING PARTNER
If you’re ready to take your remote job or business on the road, the next step is finding the best visas and countries for digital nomads. Finding a long term visa can be difficult, but during this ‘time of Covid’, we are seeing a few countries open their doors to attract nomads to ride out the pandemic in their respective countries.
Travelling the world while working online from your laptop has been a dream for millions of self-proclaimed digital nomads, and as highly mobile international citizens ourselves, our team understands the appeal as well as the practicality.
A few years ago, we reduced our business travel considerably as we have found Zoom and other video communication tools allow us to perfectly service our clients and grow our business more efficiently with less time-consuming travel.
And of course it allows us to spend more of our time in the places that serve us best for tax and lifestyle. Luckily our head quarters are in Antigua and that is where we most of us love to spend as much of our time as possible.
Antigua & Barbuda’s digital nomad visa (NDR) is a world-beater. Once issued the Nomad Digital Residence (NDR) Visa gives the successful applicant and dependents (if any), the right to reside in Antigua and Barbuda for up to two years.Visa holders will be able to travel into and out of the country as they wish for the period of the visa, but will have to maintain accommodation in the country. The visa is intended for non-nationals who are employed or self-employed in a country other than Antigua and Barbuda and who are resident and employed by a company registered and operating outside of Antigua and Barbuda.
Will I be liable for any taxes if I reside in Antigua with the digital nomad visa?
Successful applicants and their dependents (if any) will be expected to pay Income Taxes in the countries in which they are normally resident. No personal income tax is payable to Antigua and Barbuda. However, applicants are not allowed to derive any income from any entity in Antigua and Barbuda.
Applications are to be made to the Chief Immigration Officer, submitting the following documents:
- Evidence that the non-refundable fee was paid in respect of each applicant
- A passport photo of each applicant: 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 – 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
- A copy of the biographical data of passport
- A certificate indicating medical insurance coverage for the period of their intended stay in Antigua
- Police clearance for each applicant over the age of 16.
- Proof of relationship to dependents for whom application is made by main applicant
- Evidence of employment, including self-employment
- A declaration by the main applicant, certifying (a) expected income of no less than US$50,000 (Fifty thousand US dollars) or its equivalent in other currencies, for each year of the 2 years in Antigua, and (b) that he/she has the means to support himself/herself and accompanying dependants during their stay in Antigua and Barbuda.
The application form is available on a the visa website. Non-refundable fees are to be paid when the application is made, and proof of payment must accompany the application. The application is to be submitted by e-mail to: [email protected]
Why is Antigua & Barbuda a top choice for remote working?
For many years now, since 2005 to be precise, we have been championing the Eastern Caribbean as one of the most desirable destinations in the world. Antigua & Barbuda in particular offers one of the most comfortable homes you can find anywhere. Having lived here with my family for ten years I can attest to the quality of the destination as a second or future main home base. Antigua is a safe and growing destination with good schools and a sophisticated multicultural population, and many daily international flights, being the flight hub of the region with a brand new international airport.
Residents and citizens here can enjoy fast fibre optic internet connections, peace of mind for Antigua & Barbuda is statistically one of the safest islands in the Caribbean, and an idyllic place for people of all ages to enjoy a healthy, fun and productive lifestyle.
Antigua & Barbuda is also home to the region’s second largest banking sector and is a major freight hub. Over one million visitors came to Antigua in 2018 which was more than a 10% increase from the previous year. 2018 saw the largest number of arrivals by air and the island is home to almost 10,000 expats predominantly from Europe and North America, but increasingly from all corners of the planet making for a wonderful mix of interesting people and one of the factors driving Antigua’s economic power and continued growth.