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Move over, Bali! Bermuda is welcoming remote workers with open arms.

The Royal Gazette reports that the island will give remote workers the right to stay in the country for 12 months on a special visa for remote workers.

The visa amounts to approximately ZAR4,300 per person and will be approved if you’re 18 years or older, you can prove that you have the necessary medical benefits as well as a steady income from contracts or a permanent position that allows you to work from anywhere in the world.

Full-time students will also be allowed to study remotely while living on the island.

Members of Parliament have been told that the one-year residential certificate will come into effect during the first week of August.

In a statement released by the Minister of Employment, remote working is a trend that has been examined by the Bermuda Government as part of its technology-focused economic diversification strategy.

Bermuda is known for its pink-sand beaches, tropical weather, and interesting mix of cultures as the British owned island is located just off the coast of America.

While the Southeast Asian island of Bali has been a favourite among remote workers for years, Bermuda has joined the likes of Georgia and Barbados who have launched similar programmes.

Remote working has become popular over the years as freelancers and even big corporates realise the benefit of a flexible work environment. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of remote workers drastically as social distancing has forced companies to send their employees home.

The Barbados government has ensured aspiring applicants that the applications will be available on the government’s website before or on 1 August 2020.

Image credits: Meon Valley Travel and Google Maps.

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