The Cayman Islands’ Global Citizen Concierge programme allows people to work from paradise for up to two years. But only the rich will be accepted. Jenny Southan reports
Like many destinations, the Cayman Islands has suffered from a huge drop in tourism during the pandemic but now it is following the lead of other islands such as Dominica, Mauritius and Anguilla that have launched “digital nomad visas” in the last 18 months or so
For remote workers keen to take a workation, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism provides the Global Citizen Concierge Programme, an initiative for international visitors who want a longer-term change of scenery, while staying connected, inspired and professionally productive as they live and work remotely in the Cayman Islands for up to two years.
Global Citizen Certificate Fees are as follows:
- Global Citizen Concierge Certificate Fee up to Party of 2 persons: US$1,469 per annum
- Global Citizen Concierge Certificate Fee for each dependent: US$500 per dependent, per annum
- Credit Card Processing Fee: 7% of total application fee
There are also certain requirements that include earning a minimum salaray of US$100,000 a year (from US$150,000 if you have kids.) So it’s not for budget backpackers – only the rich are welcome. Successful applicants can find a long-term place to stay here.
With year-round temperatures of 28°C, it certainly sounds tempting. Adrian White, regional Manager UK at Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, says: “There’s nothing quite like starting the working day with a swim in the warm Caribbean waters, kayaking between Zoom meetings, or even taking the office to the beach to get the creative juices flowing, restore energy and increase productivity.
“What sets the Cayman Islands apart goes beyond its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Here you can watch dawn rise while at one with nature, explore accessible coral reefs, swim with friendly and inquisitive stingrays, relax in a hammock on famous Seven Mile Beach and eat at a five-star restaurant – all in a single day.”
Located 480 miles south of Miami, the three islands that make up the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman – each have their own distinctive vibe and identity, with a deep historical heritage that celebrates their unique cultures. Few other islands in the Caribbean can offer this diversity of experiences in one place.