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Living A Dream Vacation In Curaçao With A Digital Nomad Visa

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Living A Dream Vacation In Curaçao With A Digital Nomad Visa

Curaçao is located in the Southern Caribbean Sea, about 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela. It makes up the ABC Islands, together with Aruba and Bonaire. Thanks to its location just outside the storm zone, the island experiences warm and tranquil weather all year round. Curaçao’s unique nature and long-standing reputation as a warm vacation spot attract visitors, tourists and remote workers. It also features amazing marine life with coral reefs and stunning beaches while serving as both thrilling and an extremely calm destination.

 

Curaçao, Mambo Beach - Living the dream of a vacation in Curaçao becomes a tangible reality for digital nomads with the introduction of a specialized visa, designed to cater to the needs of remote workers. This Caribbean paradise, often associated with the allure of South America, has opened its doors wider to travelers seeking to blend work with an idyllic lifestyle. The application process for this digital nomad visa is straightforward and involves several key steps, including the submission of relevant documents and a contract of employment or proof of steady income. This initiative aims to attract a diverse variety of professionals, offering them an opportunity to join a thriving community of like-minded individuals. The application fee is a small price to pay for the chance to experience Curaçao's vibrant culture and breathtaking scenery, all while maintaining a professional career.

Curaçao, Mambo Beach

WHAT IS THE LIFE OF A DIGITAL NOMAD LIKE?

A digital nomad is a person who isn’t tied down to any single country. You work from your home office while enjoying the benefits of a vacation. It’s a unique experience and lifestyle. It offers you much freedom and a chance to explore the world. Sometimes it can be lucrative, like with Curaçao, where you don’t have to pay income taxes, so you get to keep more of your hard-earned money. Then there is the benefit of being able to live like you're on vacation to counter the stress from work.

 

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Many people choose this lifestyle as more countries create digital nomad visas. It is a unique and very liberating lifestyle. Imagine you stay three months in Aruba, then travel to Bermuda for another three months, and settle in Curaçao for six months. Who wouldn’t enjoy travelling all over the Caribbean islands, living and working in vacation spots? You can even go as far as saying that a digital nomad lives an eternal vacation. If this sounds appealing to you, keep reading to find out how to make this your lifestyle.

 

Map of Caribbian Sea - The cost of living in Curaçao, a crucial factor for many digital nomads, is balanced by the array of benefits that come with the permit. The island offers a unique blend of cultural richness and modern amenities, making it an attractive destination for those who wish to work in a tropical setting. Additionally, the community of expatriates and remote workers in Curaçao is growing, providing ample opportunities for networking and socializing. This aspect of community building is invaluable for digital nomads who often seek connections and collaborations that transcend geographical boundaries. The digital nomad visa not only facilitates a seamless transition to island life but also ensures that visitors can legally work and contribute to the local economy.

Map of Caribbian Sea

CURAÇAO’S DIGITAL NOMAD VISA PROGRAM

A couple of years back, the government of Curaçao established the Home in Curaçao program, often known as the digital nomad visa, to attract remote workers. This visa allows digital nomads to work remotely and enjoy the unique lifestyle on the island for six months with an option of an additional six-month extension.

 

Related article: The Basics of How To Get a Second Passport Or a Second Residency.

 

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A DIGITAL NOMAD VISA IN CURAÇAO?

The application procedures and requirements are pretty simple, and it's all done online via the official website, making it one of the few digital nomad visas widely accessible to many remote workers. You should be able to finish and submit your application within a short period of time.

 

The following documents are required to apply for a digital nomad visa for Curaçao.

  • You need a valid passport for the duration of your stay.
  • You will require proof of accommodations, which can be a hotel reservation, lease, or rental agreement.
  • You need health insurance for digital nomads or travel health insurance, depending on the duration of your stay.
  • You must prove that you will have sufficient income to cover your expenses during your stay.
  • Proof of a clean criminal record. You can obtain it from any of your local police departments.

The next step is to start an online application, fill in all the required information fields and pay the fees. The Curaçao digital nomad visa costs $294 USD per applicant and is non-refundable. You can pay via bank transfer, and you must include your full name as it appears on your passport. After payment, ensure you keep your receipt and payment confirmation safe because you will have to submit them with your application as evidence of payment. You are also allowed to apply along with your spouse and dependents, and there are no fees for family bundles. However, you should include their details in your application. The processing time for a digital nomad visa will take approximately two weeks, and you will be approved automatically by email.

You might need an entry visa into Curaçao, depending on your nationality, and you should apply at least one month before visiting any consulate or embassy of the Netherlands.

 

Colorful houses in Willemstad, Curaçao - Finally, the impact of this visa extends beyond the individual benefits to the recipients. By encouraging skilled professionals to reside temporarily in Curaçao, there's a mutual benefit for both the travelers and the local community. The influx of global perspectives and professional expertise enriches the cultural tapestry of the island. In turn, digital nomads gain the invaluable experience of living in a vibrant, diverse setting that combines the allure of South America with the serene beauty of the Caribbean. This reciprocal relationship highlights the progressive vision of Curaçao in embracing the future of work and travel, making it a top destination for those seeking a dream vacation while continuing their professional pursuits.

Colorful houses in Willemstad, Curaçao

BENEFITS OF WORKING AS A DIGITAL NOMAD IN CURAÇAO

As a digital nomad in Curaçao, you can enjoy many benefits, from not paying income tax to enjoying delicious foods. In Curaçao, you will not be considered a tax resident with a digital nomad visa for up to 1 year. After one year of residency in Curaçao, you will be recognized as a tax resident and will have to pay the country’s progressive taxes. Another benefit in Curaçao is the internet. Being a remote worker reliable internet connection with good speeds is a must, and Curaçao offers you just that.

You will also never run out of recreational activities. Snorkelling and scuba diving are very popular, especially in Playa Piskadó, located in Sabana Westpunt. Once you have explored the seas, you can enjoy a nice horseback ride, or if you enjoy other sports, you can stop by a tennis court or a golf course for some social downtime with family and friends. As with most Caribbean islands, hiking is always an amazing experience as you will be able to explore beautiful places and enjoy the peace and quiet that only nature can bring us. You can do all this reasonably cheap as an individuals average living cost is only around $950 USD (not including rent), so you can enjoy more while paying less, a true paradise to be a remote worker.

 

Welcome to Curacao sign in downtown Willemstad - Finally, the impact of this visa extends beyond the individual benefits to the recipients. By encouraging skilled professionals to reside temporarily in Curaçao, there's a mutual benefit for both the travelers and the local community. The influx of global perspectives and professional expertise enriches the cultural tapestry of the island. In turn, digital nomads gain the invaluable experience of living in a vibrant, diverse setting that combines the allure of South America with the serene beauty of the Caribbean. This reciprocal relationship highlights the progressive vision of Curaçao in embracing the future of work and travel, making it a top destination for those seeking a dream vacation while continuing their professional pursuits.

Welcome to Curacao sign in downtown Willemstad

CONCLUSION

If you desire an island lifestyle, you should think about requesting a Curaçao digital nomad visa. You'll be eager to take advantage of all that Curaçao has to offer. You'll immediately fall in love with this island nation due to its perfect weather, welcoming population, distinctive blend of Dutch and Caribbean culture, colourful buildings, beautiful architecture, and breathtaking Caribbean beaches. You may even decide to become a permanent resident there, and we are here to help you. The Island will undoubtedly meet your expectations, and you will enjoy the best of your time spent.

 


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Mikkel Thorup

Written by Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup is the world’s most sought-after expat consultant. He focuses on helping high-net-worth private clients to legally mitigate tax liabilities, obtain a second residency and citizenship, and assemble a portfolio of foreign investments including international real estate, timber plantations, agricultural land and other hard-money tangible assets. Mikkel is the Founder and CEO at Expat Money®, a private consulting firm started in 2017. He hosts the popular weekly podcast, the Expat Money Show, and wrote the definitive #1-Best Selling book Expat Secrets - How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas And Make Giant Piles Of Money, and his second book: Expats Guide On Moving To Mexico.

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