English is the official language of Dominica so carrying out business communications shouldn’t be an issue.
What’s more, the island is four hours behind GMT so you can keep relative pace with your clients back home. An average annual temperature of 27 degrees Celsius makes for a pleasant climate too.
Ranking #54 of 182 on Speedtest means that the internet will be pretty decent for those who work with video or other multimedia.
Non-working hours are made for adventuring around ‘nature island’. Explore the rainforests, hike up the mountains or plunge underwater to see the coral reefs.
Check out Boiling Lake – a flooded fumarole. It’s a bubbling cauldron of greyish blue water measuring 200-250ft across. Boiling Lake is the second largest hot lake in the world, behind New Zealand’s Frying Pan Lake.
Eastern Caribbean is the currency in Dominica, but some places may accept British pounds as well as euros.
Living costs are low (if you don’t drink milk, that is), so it could be a great destination to build up some savings. According to Numbeo:
- Three-course meal for two at mid-range restaurant: 162.15EC$ (£48.40)
- 1 litre regular milk: 13.50EC$ (£4)
- 500g loaf of fresh white bread: 6.88EC$ (£2)
- One-way ticket on public transport: 3.50EC$ (£1)
- Monthly rent for one-bedroom flat in city centre: 900.01EC$ (£268.50)
Callaloo is a big deal in the Caribbean, particularly in Dominica – in this case it’s used in a leafy green soup with coconut milk, salted meat, yams, onions, peppers, green bananas and dumplings. You could also sample Caribbean reef chicken (chicken, dark rum, ginger, mango chutney, hot pepper sauce, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, lime juice, brown sugar, salt and pepper). And for dessert, conconete, which are traditional cookies made with grated coconut, cinnamon and ginger.
The digital nomad visa
Name of visa: Work in Nature Extended Visa Stay programme
Visa fee: US$100 (£81) application fee (non-refundable)
- Single Applicant: US$800 (£650)
- Family Application: US$1,200 (£975)
- One Business, Multiple Applicants: US$800 plus US$500 for each additional employee for a business applying for four or more employees
Length of stay: Up to 18 months
Can I extend my stay? Not stated
- You are at least 18 years old
- You are of good character, without a criminal record
- You are able and willing to make the required financial contribution
- You can work remotely
- You can expect to earn an income of US$50,000 (£40,500) or more over the next 12 months and/or have the means to support yourself, your spouse/partner, and their other family members accompanying you during your extended stay in Dominica
If you’re self-employed, proof of income must be in the form of one or more the following documents:
- Bank letter and recent bank statement
- Certificate of good standing
Minimum salary: You’re expected to earn an income of US$50,000 (£40,729) or more over the next 12 months and/or have the means to support yourself, your spouse/partner and their other family members accompanying you during your extended stay in Dominica
How to apply: Online at https://apply.windominica.gov.dm/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2F