You can apply to live and work on the Caribbean island of Anguilla for a year

If working from home for the past six months has made you desperate for a change of scenery, how do powdery white beaches and pristine blue waters sound?

The Caribbean island of Anguilla is now accepting online applications for visitors to live and work there, as part of its plans to welcome back tourists following the coronavirus pandemic.

The whole idea is to encourage people to come and stay on the island for a long period of time. This means that applicants who plan to stay on the island for up to a year will be prioritised over short-term travellers.

According to the island’s application system, visitors can stay and work remotely on the island for up to 12 months. Anguilla’s tourist board is currently looking for people to come to stay before 31 October, those planning to arrive after 1 November can apply at the end of September.

The tourism board is so keen to get people over, it’s even provided information on how to register kids to be homeschooled and offered guides to the island’s two internet providers and 30 food stores.

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However, there is a slight catch.

Successful applicants will have to pay a fee to the Anguillan government, which will cover two COVID-19 tests per person (which they will be required to take upon arrival and during their stay), a digital work permit for travelers who are staying for up to a year and ‘costs associated with additional public health presence.’

Those staying less than three months will have to pay $1,000 (around £762) and a family of four will be charged $1,500 ( £1,143). Whereas individuals who plan to stay between three months and a year must pay $2,000 (£1,525), and the fee for a family of four is $3,000 (£2,287).

If the island’s 33 stunning beaches weren’t enough of a selling point during these difficult times, Anguilla is also listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having a ‘very low’ COVID-19 risk.

Anguilla – which closed its borders back in March – has had just three positive COVID-19 cases and no reported deaths according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

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