The Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao is known for its beautiful beaches and its coral reefs teeming with marine life. The country with a population of 155,000 part of the lesser Antilles is located 100 kilometres north of Venezuela. Its location is outside the hurricane belt, which affects the rest of the Caribbean from the start of June till the end of November. The capital Willemstad is famous for its pastel-coloured colonial architecture and the floating Queen Emma Bridge.
Curaçao initiated a Digital Nomad Visa called @Home in Curaçao, to offset the decline in tourism with longer staying remote workers and digital nomads, as well as snowbirds (people that migrate from winter climates to warmer climates fora season) and investors. Here we have a closer look at the program and the requirements.
What Are the Requirements For the Curaçao Digital Nomad Visa?
- Filled out an application form – https://athomeincuracao.com/remote-workers/application-remote-workers/
- Employer statement of assignment or statement of assignment by own company.
- Proof of payments of fees & charges
- Residential address in Curaçao
- Copy of bio page of passport
- Clean criminal record
- Return plane ticket is needed
- Health insurance with coverage for Curaçao included.
Applications can be done in Dutch, English and Spanish.
What are The Income Requirements For The Curaçao Digital Nomad Visa?
There are no minimum income requirements. When it comes to the cost of living, Curaçao is one of the cheaper islands in the Caribbean.
What Are the Covid-19 regulations with Regards to Curaçao?
You do not have to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel to Curaçao. If you travel from a high-risk country you will need to have done a PCR test within 72 hours of departure and have a Passenger Locator Card at www.dicardcuraçao.com.
What Are the Fees for The Curaçao Digital Nomad Visa?
The fee for the remote worker part of the @Home in Curaçao program is ANG 535 or USD 294. This is per applicant.
How Long Will It Take to Get the Curaçao Digital Nomad Visa?
The application form takes about 2 weeks to process.
How Long Can I Stay With The Curaçao Digital Nomad Visa?
The remote workers permit is valid for 6 months of stay. You can apply for an extension of another 6 months, It has to be noted that even if you stay one year you will not be classified as a resident.
Are There Any Tax Benefits with the Curaçao Digital Nomad Visa?
You will not be classified as a tax resident if you stay up to 1 year and therefore you will not fall under the taxation system of Curaçao.
What is Life Like As A Digital Nomad In Curaçao?
Curaçao has a high-speed fibre network for its fixed internet. The cheapest bundle is the 100 Mbps package which has a monthly cost of ANG 109 which is around USD 60. Mobile data seems to be a bit more expensive, a prepaid sim with 10GB 4G data allowance seems to be about ANG 135 per month which is about USD 75.
For those that are looking for coworking spaces, coworker.com has listed 3 in the capital Willemstad on its site.
So what is life like in Curaçao? You will have to like beaches, the island has a total of 35 spectacular beaches, with the best one Cas Abou Beach. If you like snorkelling or diving then Playa Grandi also known as Playa Piscado is your pick. Here you can swim with the turtles in shallow water. If you want the best coffee and food on the island then you have to head to the upmarket Blue Bay Beach. This is a private beach where you have to pay an entry fee unless you stay at the resort.
If you want to get away from it all take a boat to uninhabited klein (small) Curaçao, here you find the longest and whitest sand beach.
Curaçao is famous for scuba diving and snorkelling with plenty of reefs surrounding the island, you can start your dives from some of the beaches. For more info check this extensive list www.curacao.com/en/category/scuba-diving-and-snorkeling.
When it comes to food Curaçao offers a unique blend of Dutch and Caribbean inspired dishes. You can eat Dutch oliebollen, bitterballen, poffertjes and stroopwafels. Or you can eat Keshi Yena which is a combination of Dutch cheese stuffed with spiced meat, olives, onions, capers and tomatoes and then oven-baked. Funchi and Tutu are both side dishes that represent the African roots of Curaçao. Stobo is a hearty stew and is a common dish you’ll find all over the Caribbean. Arepas, a traditional Venezuelan dish, is also very popular.
For culture loves there is the capital Willemstad with its Dutch colonial buildings overlooking st. Anna Bay. Some parts of the capital are now designated as Unesco World heritage sites. There is also the Mikve Israel-Emanuel synagogue, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere.
Other Caribbean Islands with Digital Nomad Visas
Curaçao is not alone with a Digital Nomad visa. It all started with Barbados and a few other islands followed quickly with their Digital Nomad visas. Most Caribbean islands are heavily dependent on tourism and saw a new niche market appear of offering Digital Nomads extended long term visas and the possibility to do work remotely.
These are the other Caribbean destinations offering remote work visas:
- Montserrat – Montserrat Remote Workers Stamp
- Barbados – The Barbados Welcome Stamp.
- Dominica – Work in Nature
- Antigua & Barbuda – Antigua Nomad Digital Residence
- Anguilla – Work From Anguilla
- Cayman Islands – Global Citizen Concierge Program
- Bermuda – Work From Bermuda
- The Bahamas – Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay
- St Lucia – Live It
- Grenada – Grenada Digital Nomad Visa
Some other nearby countries with Digital Nomad Visas that offer long stay beach access to the Caribbean Sea are:
- Panama – Short Stay Visa for Remote Workers
- Costa Rica – Rentista & Digital Nomad Visa
- Mexico – Temporary Resident Visa
Alternative Tropical Islands With Digital Nomad Visas
If you fancy tropical island life there are a few alternatives not in the Caribbean that offer a Digital Nomad Visa:
- Sri Lanka
- Malta – Malta Digital Nomad Residence Permit
- Cape Verde – Remote Working Cabo Verde
- Mauritius – Premium Travel Visa
- Seychelles – Seychelles Workcation Program
Nomad Girl has created an extensive list of Digital Nomad visas that is updated regularly.