Capital: Nassau
Population: 266,100 (2016)
Official language: English
Local currency: Bahamian dollar

The Bahamas decided at the end of 2020 to launch a visa from telework named BEATS (Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay). This decision has helped to boost tourism on the island, which is the activity occupying 60% of the current GDP of the archipelago. This residence permit allows the holder to stay for 1 year while exercising his professional activity at a distance.

Composed of an archipelago of 16 islands, the Bahamas are located in the Caribbean Sea. Nassau, the capital and largest city of the archipelago, has 60% of the Bahamian population. The local currency is the Bahamian dollar (BSD) and has the same value as a US dollar (USD).

The climate is tropical.

What to do in the Bahamas?

The Ministry of Tourism website is full of ideas for activities. In 1 year, you will not have time to get bored. Take the opportunity to fly over the islands in a private plane. Swim with the pigs. Fly fish with a local guide in an idyllic setting. Visit the Exumas and its marine protected area, home to the second largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere Visit the Johnston Art Foundry, the last remaining bronze foundry on the island and a group of artists. Relax in the Ardastra Gardens and meet impressive flamingos. Admire the murals of the streets of Nassau. Celebrate Christmas in the Bahamian heat and attend the Junkanoo Festival the next day, a parade of colorful and elaborate costumes from the beginning of the year.

In the Bahamas, fish lovers will be served: many specialties are based on lobsters, crabs or conch. Bahamians are fond of rum.

Cost of living in the Bahamas

The cost of living is very high on this island. Indeed, the average monthly net salary (after taxes) is currently $1696.50. But everyday products are usually twice the usual price, because of their importation. Nassau, the capital, is the city with the highest cost of living index. For your information, a 3-bedroom apartment in downtown Nassau costs about $2,500 per month to rent.

Health and Safety in the Bahamian Islands

The islands where the greatest caution should be exercised are New Providence and Grand Bahama, despite the decrease in crime. Please always check the equipment you have on loan for activities. Local cabs are not metered, so be sure to negotiate the fare before boarding.

The Bahamas archipelago has more than 700 islands, 16 of which welcome travelers. This allows workers of the world to change islands regularly and explore the richness of the country and its seabed. So why not change islands every month?

How to work in the Bahamas?

Working in the Bahamas can be complicated if you have children. That's why there are coworking spaces that allow you to separate your personal life from your professional life. Currently, 8 coworking spaces have been set up in Nassau, on the island of New Providence. We advise you to rent your home near one of these spaces so that you don't waste time in local transportation and enjoy your free time. You can locate the coworking spaces in Nassau on the map below.

Depending on your usage, you will find the internet subscription that suits you. Prices range from $49.5 to $124.75/month. The main provider in the Bahamas is BTC (Bahamas Telecommunications Company) and is partly owned by the government. There are also wireless wifi boxes for digital nomads, allowing you to enjoy a good wifi connection in a hundred countries.

What is the time difference?

The time zone is UTC-5. Do not neglect the time difference depending on the work you do and your country of origin.The time zone is an important element: there is a psychological risk if the employee connects during the night outside the hours of his colleagues. In some cases, depending on the employee's field of expertise or personality, the time zone difference will not be a key element in the decision. To avoid loneliness, the Bahamas has set up a program called People to People, which matches local volunteers with telecommuters so that they can adapt and integrate as easily as possible.

To qualify for this visa, you must be able to teleworking abroad. There are no income or nationality requirements. There is no minimum length of stay in the country.

What are the deadlines?

Thanks to Nomamundiyou can get your visa in only 5 days. Unfortunately, this time frame varies depending on the occupation of the archipelago. That's why we advise you to make your request a few weeks in advance.

Can I come with my family?

If you want to develop your children's cultural awareness, what better way than to go abroad as a family. The learning process for school is different, but you can teach them a new way of life and develop their knowledge of the world. You can apply for a visa for your family, but the fees will be higher if you both work remotely.

Count 2 heads of household if both married people wish to work remotely.

Can I renew my visa at telework ?

You can stay up to 3 years on the islands of the Bahamas if you wish by making a new visa application. Indeed, 1 year is often not enough to discover the 16 islands. Moreover, if you decide to leave with your family, in order not to disturb your children, it is preferable not to change destination every year but to sometimes stay longer. This allows them to fully acclimatize to this new way of life. 

BEATS: consular rates according to status

Status of the applicantConsular fees
Principal Applicant1 025 $
Accompanying person (Spouse or dependent child)525 $

BEATS: documents to be provided

  • Valid passport
  • Proof of employment (employment letter from current employer or proof of self-employment)
  • Medical insurance for the principal applicant and any dependents

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Why use Nomamundi for my BEATS?

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