The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism has launched the Global Citizen Concierge Program (GCCP) to give digital nomads a visa for up to 2 years. The Cayman Islands joins other island nations like Antigua and Barbuda and Bermuda, and other places like Estonia in providing a place for people who do not need to be tied to an office for the career they have chosen. And what better place to work than on a white sandy Caribbean beach?
Like other programs, this visa is not for everyone. In fact, its restrictions make it even more exclusive than most.
Here’s an overview of what it offers and what you’ll need to apply.
The Global Citizen Concierge program will allow you to stay in the Cayman Islands for up to 2 years. The âconciergeâ part is not just a name. The program will help you “go through the application process to guarantee your chance to live in the Cayman Islands for up to 24 months”. And to indicate the type of person sought, the GCCP team “will also help you book with our national carrier, Cayman Airways, via Miami, or receive your contact details for confirmed private jet service.”
Once there, you have three islands and tons of beaches to explore at your leisure.
There are some quarantine restrictions with COVID, but once you get out there are currently no masks or distance restrictions as there are “near zero” cases on the island.
For some digital nomads
While all digital nomadic visas are, logically, restrictive, the GCCP is more so than most. You will need:
- A letter showing proof of employment with a company outside of the Cayman Islands.
- Earn a minimum of $ 100,000 or $ 150,000 if you are married and $ 180,000 if you are married with children.
- A notarized bank reference with an opinion on your solvency.
- Police clearance
- Proof of health insurance (but only for the first 30 days). After that, you can buy coverage locally if you don’t want to continue with your current plan.
The biggest is the minimum income of $ 100,000. They are certainly not looking for scruffy travel writers. It can also be difficult for freelancers, a large part of the digital nomad community, as they are typically not âemployedâ by the companies they work for. The other requirements are quite similar to those of other countries.
Personally, when I think of the Cayman Islands I think ‘high end’, so it shouldn’t be surprising that their digital nomad visa program is suitable for this end of the community.
The application fee is $ 1,469, plus $ 500 for each dependent. For more information, see the Global Citizen Concierge Program Website.