For those of you lucky enough to be able to work from literally anywhere in the world, Bermuda offers a great opportunity to share the uncrowded open spaces and coveted island lifestyle with international travellers from across the globe similarly working remotely.

Bermuda has created a ‘One Year Residential Certification’ program similar to that of Barbados that allows foreign remote workers to live on the island’s shores for up to a year.

Bermuda is a British island territory in the North Atlantic Ocean known for its pink-sand beaches such as Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay. Its massive Royal Naval Dockyard complex combines modern attractions like the interactive Dolphin Quest with maritime history at the National Museum of Bermuda. The island has a distinctive blend of British and American culture, which can be found in the capital, Hamilton.

“There are persons who are location-independent, using technology to perform their job no matter where they are.  Such persons work remotely, telecommuting rather than being physically present at a company’s headquarters or office. Remote working has been a growing trend for some time and is something the Bermuda Government has been examining as part of its technology-focused economic diversification strategy. The trend towards remote working has been accelerated by COVID-19. These visitors can reside in Bermuda without seeking employment on the island and will promote economic activity for our country without displacing Bermudians in the workforce”.

The Rt Hon Jason Hayward, JP, MP, Ministry for Labour

There are though a few caveats. You must…

  1. Demonstrate good character and not have conviction for an indictable offence;
  2. Possess valid health insurance
  3. Demonstrate employment with a legitimate firm or their own company registered and operating overseas, which does not operate in Bermuda, in the case of a remote worker
  4. Demonstrate sufficient means and/or continuous source of annual income without the need to engage in gainful employment in Bermuda.

“Remote working has been a growing trend for some time and is something the Bermuda Government has been examining as part of its technology-focused economic diversification strategy,” explains the Minister for Labour further. 

“The trend towards remote working has been accelerated by COVID-19. These visitors can reside in Bermuda without seeking employment on the island and will promote economic activity for our country without displacing Bermudians in the workforce.”

The Residential Certification requires an application fee of £250. Once approved, the remote workers can live anywhere on the 21-square-mile island and leave the country and re-enter at any time.

Bermuda has strict COVID rules for travellers, including testing before the trip, upon arrival and at regular intervals during their stay at pop-up rapid-result testing centres around the island. Visitors are also asked to take their temperature twice daily and report the results via an online portal and wear masks during their trip.

For more info, visit https://www.gov.bm/articles/one-1-year-residency-certificate-policy