How to Move to Antigua – The 7th Heaven Properties Guide
With many countries facing a high level of political and economic uncertainty and severe public health concerns due to the global outbreak of Covid-19, increasing numbers of people are looking for a secure bolthole to escape to. In response to this surge in demand, several Caribbean destinations have launched new extended stay visas which allow applicants to enjoy a period of residency in comparatively safe and secure surroundings. What could be better than riding out the storm on a tranquil Caribbean island? Have you been thinking about relocating to the Caribbean? We put together this guide for people wondering how to move to the spectacular Eastern Caribbean island of Antigua.
This guide is a starting point for anyone thinking of making a move to Antigua, covering everything from why and how to move through to the best places to live on the island.
Relocating – Is Antigua a Good Place to Live?
Visas & Residency – Can I Move to Antigua?
Finding a Place to Live in Antigua – Where are the Best Places to Buy Property?
Find Out More About Moving to Antigua
With 365 beaches along 95 miles of coastline, Antigua boasts a beach for every day of the year. Wide expanses fine white sand, long stretches of powder soft pink sand and small sandy coves with outstanding views of the turquoise sea… Besides the beach, Antigua has much to offer: friendly and welcoming people, fascinating natural and historic sites such as to explore such as English and Falmouth Harbours and some of the best deep sea fishing and sailing waters in the world which have earned Antigua & Barbuda the nickname the “Sailing Capital of the Caribbean”. All in all, Antigua is a great place to live with fun for all the family whatever your interests and passions.
At the end of September 2020, Antigua announced a new way for people to move to Antigua: The new Nomad Digital Residence Visa (NDR).
This long-stay visa programme allows qualifying individuals and dependents to enjoy living and working remotely in Antigua for an extended period.
Targeted at professionals who normally work from home, Antigua’s new Nomad Digital Residence Visa is a new pathway to living and working in a safe and secure Caribbean destination that has achieved a high level of success in containing the spread of Covid-19.
The cost of the Antigua Nomad Digital Residence Visa is as follows:
- Single applicant: US $1,500
- Couple US $2,000
- Family of 3 and over: US $3,000
Duration of Stay in Antigua
Antigua’s Nomad Digital Residence Visa allows successful applicants to live in the country for a maximum of up to 2 years from the date of approval.
To qualify applicants must have medical insurance and a clean police record.
Individuals moving to Antigua with a Nomad Digital Residence Visa are not permitted to seek employment in Antigua. Applicants must also therefore be able to demonstrate that they are financially self-sufficient with an income of at least US $50,000 per year through self-employment with a business based in a country other than Antigua & Barbuda or employment by a company registered and operating outside of Antigua & Barbuda.
To apply for the Antigua Nomad Digital Residence Visa, applicants should submit a completed application form together with the below documents:
- Evidence that the non-refundable fee has been paid in respect of each applicant.
- A x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) passport photo of the head of each applicant.
- A copy of the biographical data of each passport.
- A certificate indicating medical insurance coverage for the period of the intended stay in Antigua
- Police clearance for each applicant aged over 16.
- Proof of relationship to the main applicant of each dependent included in the application.
- Evidence of employment / self-employment.
- A declaration by the main applicant certifying expected income of at least US $50,000 per year or its equivalent in other currencies.
- A declaration by the main applicant certifying that he/she has the means to support himself/herself and accompanying dependents during their intended stay in Antigua & Barbuda.
Other Ways to Move to Antigua
The Antigua Nomad Digital Residence Visa is not the only way you can live in Antigua.
For example, Persons of independent means (e.g. homeowners/retirees) can apply for a Residence Permit. This allows successful applicants to live in Antigua for 1 to 3 years and can be renewed.
Find out more about Residency in Antigua in our Guide to Buying Property in Antigua
Antigua Citizenship by Investment
Antigua & Barbuda also operates a Citizenship by Investment Program which allows eligible investors to acquire citizenship of the country in exchange for a significant financial contribution or an investment in approved Antigua real estate.
Find our more: Antigua Citizenship by Investment
Antigua is a beautiful island and there are fantastic places to live across the destination.
Traditionally the Jolly Harbour area is one of the most popular destinations for foreign nationals. With a large marina, beach, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and shops, Jolly Harbour is a fully self-contained gated community.
English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour are popular with boating and sailing enthusiasts.
Other popular destinations include resort developments across the island such as Nonsuch Bay, Carlisle Bay, Galley Bay Heights and Blue Waters.
Would you like to find out more about moving to Antigua? Would you like to browse property for sale which would be ideal for living on the island?
We would be delighted to help. Explore Antigua real estate on our website.
Alternatively, contact 7th Heaven Properties, the Luxury Caribbean Property Specialist, to begin your property search and to discuss your options in more detail.