Quick Facts about Montserrat
Montserrat is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean, north of the French island Guadeloupe. The island is a beautiful island with a white sand beach and several other beaches with volcanic sand. Montserrat is picturesque and perfect for those looking for a slow-paced style of living. And now, there is a digital nomad visa for Montserrat available so you can work and live from this Caribbean island.
Living in Montserrat as a digital nomad
Montserrat is very different from any other place digital nomads usually gravitate towards. It is a rather small island, being only 102 km2. However, it is quickly gaining the attention of tourists. In 2020 alone they received 8.3 thousand visitors.
Montserrat has beautiful tropical landscapes and it offers a calm and slow-paced style of life. The tropical climate makes it hot and humid all year round, and the beaches are perfect for relaxing while working remotely.
This island attracts the attention of digital nomads that are tired of big, busy cities and are looking for something more laid back. If this is also something you’re looking for, then Montserrat is definitely the perfect place for you.
Attractions and best places to visit
Montserrat has several beaches, most of them made out of volcanic sands. However, there is one beautiful beach called Rendezvous Beach. A white sand beach may not sound too exciting to Americans, who are used to this type of sand. However, since Montserrat is a volcanic island, it has many black sand beaches, which is known as volcanic sand. What makes Rendezvous Beach unique is that it is the island’s only white sand beach, and it is a stunning place for photographs.
This beach also has a hiking trail called The Rendezvous Nature Trail. You can follow two paths, Via Little Bay and Via Drummonds. The Little Bay trail is around 1.3 miles and it takes two hours to complete. The Drummonds trail is 2.5 miles and it takes three hours to complete.
Montserrat has two capital cities, but one of them is buried under ash. Plymouth was evacuated in 1995, when the long-inactive Soufrière Hills volcano suddenly became active again. Now, tourists can take a tour around the buried city and explore its ruins.
Other popular activities in Montserrat include water sports, turtle and bird watching, and many more hiking trails.
Digital Nomad Hotspots
After the evacuation of Plymouth, Brades became the new capital city. This place is the biggest city in all of Montserrat. It is located in the north of the island and has an approximate population of 1,000.
The city is small and it has all the essentials. It has a bank, government offices, a post office, and a library. It also has many small shops, and bars and restaurants that offer local entertainment and food.
As you can see, this is very different from the big cities most digital nomads are used to. But the experience of Montserrat is amazing if you’re looking for something more reclusive and a life closer to nature.
Cost of Living
The local currency in Montserrat is the East Caribbean Dollar. It is fixed at 2.70EC$ to 1US dollar. There are a limited number of banks to exchange money, so the island widely accepts US dollars. Also, most major credit cards are accepted.
Food in Montserrat is delicious. The flavors are full of spices, fruits, and tea varieties. The best part is that prices for food are low. You can get a decent meal for $12US (32.43EC$)
Public transportation is easy to access and mostly affordable. A monthly pass for transportation costs $25 (67.56EC$). This may seem like a lot, so you can opt for a daily ticket that is just $0.50 (1.35EC$).
A one-bedroom apartment in the center of the city can cost you around $400 (1081EC$) per month. However, you can get a one-bedroom apartment on the outsides of the cities for $300 (810EC$) per month.
Utilities cost around $30 (81EC$). This sounds like an amazing deal, but it’s important to consider that it’s likely you will experience malfunctions during the month. So bear that in mind when budgeting.
For a more detailed list of the cost of living in Montserrat, check out this website.
Digital Nomad Essentials
Montserrat has a lot to offer, but there are some things that all digital nomads will find missing.
Starting with coworking spaces. Unfortunately, there aren’t any coworking spaces in Montserrat. The city of Brades provides many restaurants, bars, and cafes where you can work from. Montserrat is not famous for its fast-speed internet. In fact, the download/upload speed is around 20Mbps and the mobile data is just 3G.
Montserrat is not a place for those looking to connect with the community. In fact, most digital nomads opt to work from home. This only means the island has other charms to explore outside of your remote work.
The island offers a slow-paced style of life, perfect for those looking for a more reclusive style of nomad life. There are still many activities to explore around the area when you’re not working. You can practice yoga in the warm sand, enjoy peaceful row boat rides, or do some exercise while hiking.
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Montserrat introduced the Remote Workers Stamp in January 2021. They joined many other destinations in offering a paradise for those working remotely. The visa is available for 12 months, with the possibility of renewal. Plus, if you have the stamp you won’t need to pay for taxes in Montserrat.
This is what they pitched: “With a safe active volcano, year-round warm climate, beautiful scenery, idyllic beaches, good internet connectivity, and a wide range of accommodations from budget-friendly studios to luxury villas, Montserrat is definitely the perfect destination for professionals to achieve the sustainable work-life balance they crave.”
It sounds like a dream, right?
The best thing is that you don’t need a lot of things to apply for a Montserrat digital nomad visa. You can apply online and the process only takes around 15 minutes. The approval takes around 7 business days. You’ll get a confirmation letter that you have to show upon entry at Montserrat.
We can also help you submit your application for the Montserrat Remote Workers Stamp.
Current travel restrictions
Montserrat still has some travel protocols due to Covid-19. All travelers must follow the following protocols:
Ensure they have confirmed where they’re staying while on Montserrat.
Show a negative PCR Covid-19 test or an RNA Covid-19 test, taken no earlier than 5 days prior to traveling.
Complete and submit Access Declaration Form. This form is available on the government website and it must be submitted 72 hours before traveling.
Only air travel via Fly Montserrat or SVG Air is permitted.
There are more travel protocols to keep into account once you’ve arrived. However, these measures vary depending on your vaccination status.
Non-vaccinated travelers are allowed, but they must remain in quarantine for 14 days after their arrival. They must be kept in quarantine at their home, place of occupancy, or at a designated quarantine facility.
Non-vaccinated travelers must present a PCR Covid-19 test or RNA Covid-19 test taken within 24 hours of entry.
They also must take another PCR Covid-19 test or RNA Covid-19 test 12 and 14 days after entry. If the test is negative, then they can leave quarantine after 14 days.
If they’re planning on staying in Montserrat for less than 14 days, they will be allowed to leave.
Fully vaccinated travelers must also do quarantine, but only for 5 days. They must do the quarantine at their home, place of occupancy, or at a designated quarantine facility.
They must take a PCR Covid-19 test or RNA Covid-19 test between three and five days after entry. If the test is negative, they can leave quarantine on day 5.
If they’re planning on staying in Montserrat for less than 5 days, they will be allowed to leave.
For more information, check out this website.
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Who Can Apply for the Digital Nomad Visa for Montserrat?
The Montserrat Remote Workers Stamp is available for anyone that follows the one following criteria:
Works and has a contract with an employer registered in a foregin country.
Conducts a business and is a partner/shareholder for a company registered in a foreign country.
Offers freelance or consulting services to clients whose permanent establishment is in a foreign country.
How to Apply for the Montserrat Digital Nomad Visa
You can apply for the Montserrat Remote Workers Stamp through the portal online here.
First you must choose what type of application you’re filling out. There’s two options: A personal one and a family one.
Then you must fill out all your information following these steps:
- Applicants bio
- Which must include names, addresses, etc.
- You also upload your passport, birth certificate, and other documents here.
- Travel details
- You fill out the place where you’re staying.
- Also upload important documents here.
- Employment information
- Fill out the information from your contracts, employers, etc.
- Upload required files such as proof of employment here.
- Other information
- Submit & Finish.
Documents required to apply for the digital nomad visa in Montserrat
Anyone applying for the Montserrat Remote Workers Stamp must upload the following documents:
Annual income of $70,000
Health insurance with valid Montserrat and Covid-19 coverage
Passport size photograph
Copy of passport biographical page
Proof of employment/business incorporation certificate
List of items to import free of customs duties that are necessary for employment duties.
Proof of relationship to dependents (if traveling with family.)
How much does it cost?
If you’re applying as a single applicant, the fee is $500. If you’re applying as a family (up to 3 dependants), the fee is $750. For any additional family members you must pay $250 each.
Application fees are required for this visa. These fees are non-refundable.
Timeline for Applying
If you gather all the documents needed, filling out the application should not take you more than 15 minutes. Once your application has been submitted, they will process it. This should take up to 7 business days.
If you’re interested in other digital nomad visas in tropical locations why not check out Anguilla, Dominica or Barbados?
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