The UK Overseas Territory Montserrat launched its Remote Worker Programme. The 12-month remote working visa will give professionals and entrepreneurs the opportunity to experience a work-life-vacation balance, trading humdrum offices for turquoise beaches.
The Deputy Premier of Montserrat Dr. Samuel Joseph explained that the need for this type of programme was propelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Montserrat has been commended internationally for how it has handled the virus thus far, for having no active cases since June 2020, and also for having robust and effective contact tracing protocols that are still in place. With a population of just over 4,000 people, Montserrat has only had 13 cases of the novel coronavirus and 1 death to date.
The 12-month Remote Worker Programmer offers new opportunities for anyone whose work is location-independent, and the Government of Montserrat has been working to ensure that the process to apply is as simple as possible, to facilitate travel in the New Year. Fees are USD$500 (EC$1,350) for individuals and USD$750 (EC$2,025) for individuals accompanied by a maximum of 3 family members. The visa is valid for one year but may be re-applied for, and applicants will not be liable to pay Montserrat Income Tax.