Curacao - the Emerging Digital Nomad Hot Spot
While most people are dreaming of traveling to Paris, Tokyo, or Cancun, digital nomads are constantly looking to explore the hidden spots. They are looking for sunshine, internet, and high standards of living, and are often able to get all of these at just a fraction of the cost back home.
Among these destinations, Curaçao is emerging as a new digital nomad hot spot. It has everything: warm climate year-round, fast internet (as the only place in the Caribbean with a tier-4 data center), fairly safe environment, and daily flights to both Europe and North America.
Curaçao is a Dutch Caribbean island known for its expansive beaches and coral reefs. Along with Aruba and Bonaire, it is one of the “ABC islands. The island is a paradise for people who’d love to indulge in scuba diving, snorkeling, and other water sports.
Although the island is relatively small, it’s packed with beautiful architecture, vibrant diversity, and rich culture. Its capital, Willemstad, is a metropolitan city in the middle of paradise, and is heavily influenced by Afro-Caribbean, Latin American, Dutch, French, and Asian cultures. Since it is multilingual and multicultural, visitors can blend in easily and feel right at home.
The best part? Curaçao is eager to share all that it has to offer with digital nomads. Why spend winters in overpriced California when you can have it all in Curaçao?
The government currently offers digital nomads an opportunity for working abroad while feeling at home. You can stay up to six months under its digital nomad visa with an opportunity to extend for another 6 months upon expiration.
There are few requirements for this visa, including proof that you make more than $1,600 USD per month or a bank statement showing you have sufficient funds. Citizens from most countries are eligible to apply, and citizens of a few countries don’t even need this visa. Finally, it costs just $295 to apply, which is significantly lower than visa applications for other Caribbean islands.
Not only can you work legally under this visa, you can also bring your business and work with locals. The professional community is full of warm and welcoming people who are eager to do business, and the real estate market is full of real estate deals.
Finally, the island has limited Covid cases, and therefore has relatively relaxed travel restrictions. Visitors from high-risk countries need to obtain a negative test 72 hours prior to arriving and fill out a passenger locator card for contact tracing. Visitors from low-risk countries can waive the test requirement and merely fill out the passenger locator card.
Curaçao is showing promising signs of becoming the next digital nomad destination. Not only does the island have a lot to offer, but the government is also welcoming visitors with open arms. When you are ready for some sunshine, beaches, and culture, get started on the application and begin your journey at this tropical paradise.
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