Antigua and Barbuda, the majestic Caribbean state with its famous 365 beaches on a 95-mile coastline, offers a serene respite from the increasing uncontrollable negative conditions of the globe. The country, one of the safest in the world, was able to contain the spread of COVID-19 and re-opened its borders in June 2020. H.E Dr. Dario Item, the country’s ambassador to Spain, Monaco, and Liechtenstein, has been at the forefront of emergency programs of Antigua and Barbuda to help reinvigorate its tourism industry.
Helping the country with its recovery
The year 2020 has presented never-before-seen situations across the globe. The interlocking factors that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic all boil down to the issue of security. Security to do the basic and most mundane activities in our everyday lives was suddenly compromised. Suddenly, the routine of work-home-work was not as automatic as it was.
Recognising the dreadful economic effects that the pandemic brought to Antigua and Barbuda, Ambassador Dario Item, has since participated in an ongoing COVID-19 emergency fundraising effort to help raise funds for the country’s recovery.
Best base for remote workers and entrepreneurs
Due to the conditions set by health experts to control the spread of COVID-19, social distancing measures and health protocols were established in all private and public sectors. This included lesser workforces and favoring virtual platforms. It also requires a larger chunk of employees and owners to work from home. Antigua and Barbuda is one of the most successful countries in the region in curbing the COVID-19 infection with virtually low active cases.
Working from home, or from outside an office, also requires certain conditions for one to be effective. One is a steady and reliable internet connection. Since working from home would involve virtual platforms, stable internet connectivity is a must.
Another thing is that working from the comfort of home would only be true if your home is comfortable indeed. Lastly, it would be extremely beneficial if the area you work in actually gives perks for people who work from home. Antigua and Barbuda, the magnificent Southern American tourist destination, is the ideal place for both digital nomad workers and entrepreneurs to enjoy all these whilst working from home.
The majestic white sand beaches of Antigua and Barbuda can rival the most beautiful islands of the Earth. This is supplemented by a network of hotels and restaurants that are all easily accessible. Imagine working from a tropical beachfront paradise.
Dr. Dario Item lauds the country’s Nomad Digital Residency (NDR) and Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). These stimulators of tourism and progress are tailor-fitted to those who want to effectively work or run a company from home and enjoy the pristine beaches in Antigua and Barbuda.
The Nomad Digital Residency Programme allows eligible persons a special resident authorisation that will be valid for two years in the first instance. The applicant will be allowed to rent or lease suitable accommodations.
Meanwhile, the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) grants individual secondary citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda. Investments may be made to either the National Development Fund ($100,000-$125,000), a real estate option ($400,000), through commercial operations in a new market ($1.5 million), or the University of West Indies Fund ($150,000).
H.E. Dr. Dario Item loves the fine white sand of Antigua and Barbuda. The security and conditions it presents in working from its resorts or having investments in the country far outweighs the amount of capital an applicant is required. Security and peace nowadays can be hard to find, especially with the uncertainties brought by COVID-19. The good thing is, such is ever-present in Antigua and Barbuda.