Curacao, an idyllic Dutch Caribbean island just off the coast of Venezuela, has joined the list of paradises courting digital nomads with foreign income sources and the freedom to work from anywhere. By Meena Thiruvengadam
Curacao is welcoming non-residents to live and work on the island, which offers a year-round temperature around 84 degrees Fahrenheit (28.8 degrees Celsius) and widely available 4G connectivity, for up to six months. They’ll be able to come and go as they please during that period, and won’t be subject to local income taxes.
Officials said they will allow visitors to request a six-month extension should they want to dig their toes in the sand a bit longer.
To qualify to work from Curacao, applicants will need to provide evidence of a remote job or that they have the financial resources to support themselves. They’ll also need to pick up an insurance policy, pay a USD 294 fee (INR 21,850), and have a flight booked back home. On top of that, they must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of their departure and carry proof of their negative results.
Applicants from all countries are eligible, though people holding Dutch and US passports can already stay in Curacao as a tourist for up to six months. Those applying can expect a turnaround time of two weeks, the government of Curacao said.
Curacao’s program is shorter than the two years offered to remote workers in Antigua and Barbuda, the one-year digital nomad visa in Barbados, and the one-year remote work visa in Dubai, but it’s twice as long as Aruba’s three-month One Happy Workation program.
Meena Thiruvengadam is a Travel + Leisure contributor who has visited 50 countries on six continents and 47 US states. She loves historic plaques, wandering new streets and walking on beaches. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.