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This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.
As useful as remote working has been in dealing with the pandemic among businesses and workers, it is indisputable that some of the benefits of remote working – like the ability to live the life of a digital nomad – have been severely limited in the global health crisis.
Fortunately, several countries are opening their borders to remote workers, so you can work from a new home – in paradise.
Welcome to the Cayman Islands
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If you want to work in a different location than your current location, head to a warm weather destination where you can swim with stingrays on your days off and spend your lunch break on the beach.
That's exactly the kind of work-life balance you can find when working remotely in the Cayman Islands for up to two years with the new remote working program.
Located 480 miles south of Miami, Florida, in the western Caribbean, the Cayman Islands offer numerous opportunities for sun-drenched relaxation and the opportunity to experience the spirit of the islands “Caymankind”.
The Global Citizen Concierge Program
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The Global Citizen Concierge (GCCP) program, launched on October 21, enables digital nomads to live and work from one of the three islands (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac or Little Cayman) when it is very difficult due to the British territory to visit travel restrictions on tourists.
While this program gives you unprecedented access to a beautiful island paradise, it does come with some strict requirements and guidelines.
The program is aimed at a fairly wealthy audience for this remote working program, with income requirements as evidenced by this.
You must earn a minimum of $ 100,000 per year to apply as an individual applicant for the program.
If you want to bring a spouse or partner, your household must be able to earn at least $ 150,000. If you bring loved ones with you, the number climbs to $ 180,000.
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The Cayman Islands have managed to successfully control COVID-19 in that there are no social distancing requirements and masks are only required in healthcare facilities, home care facilities, prisons, airports and taxis.
However, the Cayman Islands have strict quarantine policies for all arriving travelers who:
- Get tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport.
- Remain in quarantine for 14 days after your arrival.
- Get tested again on day 15.
- Have the Medical Officer of Health sign a negative test result.
Additionally, travelers must be quarantined in either a government sponsored facility, privately owned facility (valued at several thousand dollars!), Or in a dormitory while wearing a surveillance device.
How do I apply?
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If this sounds like your type of "home" office environment, here's what you need to provide:
- A photo of your passport
- Proof of income
- Legal proof that your employer exists
- A bank reference
- Criminal background sharing
- Proof of health insurance coverage
Are you planning to bring loved ones? You'll also need a marriage or life partner certificate, as well as birth certificates, proof of identity, background checks, and proof of health insurance.
As soon as you have all the documents at hand, you can apply for a Global Citizen Certificate! Annual registration fees are $ 1,469 for two people plus $ 500 per dependent.
How the program works
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Once approved, you have 12 months to begin your stay. The certificate is valid for two years from arrival in the Cayman Islands. However, if your employment relationship is terminated, the Global Citizen Certificate will expire on your termination date. (More detailed GCCP provisions explain other possible reasons for revoking the certificate.)
After you've started your Cayman Islands stay, you can come and go as you like and travel anywhere, as long as you spend a total of 90 days there every 12 months.
However, when you return, you must comply with the applicable quarantine regulations.
The GCCP can help you book travel arrangements for the Cayman Islands and provide information on choosing accommodation for your stay.
Things to consider
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Before getting too involved in your Caribbean dreams, check with your employer to see if your remote position is location-specific or if you can really work from anywhere. Up to 95% of jobs require employees to work in a specific location for various reasons. So make sure you know this before you go.
Since your certificate will expire immediately after you finish your job, it also makes sense to assess the stability of your position. If your company has seen layoffs or vacation days and the future seems uncertain, it may not be time to embark on a remote work adventure in the Cayman Islands.
The GCCP also requires that dependent children be enrolled in either a local private school in the islands or a home schooling program.
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