- The government of Bermuda announced a new residency certificate policy on Friday that allows remote workers and students to spend a year on the island.
- Interested workers must be older than 18, have health insurance, and supply proof of employment or enrolment in an educational program.
- The visa will cost the equivalent of R4,300.
- The timezone difference could make it tricky to keep South African office hours, but not impossible.
- Barbados and Georgia have also been encouraging remote workers to come live and work from their countries.
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Bermuda's pink sand beaches are a dream work-from-home destination, and starting August 1, the dream could be a reality.
The Bermuda government is offering year-long residencies for people interested in working or studying remotely from the island.
In order to qualify, visitors must be older than 18 years old, have health insurance, and supply proof of employment or enrolment in higher education, according to the government's website.
Similar to other countries, the goal is to bring economic activity to the island and restart its tourism industry.
In an effort to not displace Bermudians currently working on the island, incoming visitors must demonstrate sufficient means or a continuous source of income.
"Remote working has been a growing trend for some time and is something the Bermuda Government has been examining as part of its technology-focused economic diversification strategy. The trend towards remote working has been accelerated by Covid-19," Bermuda's minister of labor, Jason Hayward, said in a statement.
The certificate will cost long-term visitors $263, currently just over R4,300.
Bermuda is five hours behind South Africa, which would make it tricky – but not impossible – to keep SA office hours; a 09:00 start in SA would mean being behind a computer by 04:00 in Bermuda, and working until 17:00 SA time would mean knocking off at noon local time in Bermuda.
Application are due to open on the government's website on or before August 1, and processing will be swift, the government has promised.
The country's tourist visa has also been extended from the typical 90 days to 180 days, according to the government's website.
Bermuda joins destinations like Georgia and Barbados in launching remote work programs
Georgia and Barbados are two of the most recent countries to launch similar programs for remote workers.
Georgia announced a new visa program targeted at self-employed, remote workers interested in living in the country for six months or longer.
Barbados also introduced a "12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp" that will allow visitors to work and live in the country for up to a year.
Whether it's beaches or mountains, remote workers now have a variety of destinations to choose from for their office.
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