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Dubai Offering Vaccine To Digital Nomads

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As vaccine tourism kicks off, Dubai has launched an appeal for digital nomads to live and work in the popular emirate, with the added perk of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.  As the pandemic-era workforce has seen a shift to remote work practices, emerging markets are looking to attract digital nomads through incentives and special visas. 

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Dubai initially launched its virtual work program in October to invite foreign professionals to move to Dubai and continue their work remotely for one year.

With a blend of cultures from around the globe, Dubai is a hyper-connect pro-business hub, delivering a fast-paced ecosystem for stimulated growth. 

“You’re offered a great quality of life and a range of attractions – with world-class safety and hygiene measures. You will also have access to convenient facilities and resources to help you further your career or grow your business. {…} so why stay at home when you can work from Dubai? You can come to Dubai on a tourism visa, get acquainted with the city and once you’re ready, you can apply to transfer to the one-year programme” says the Visit Dubai website. 

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In January, the government announced that all UAE citizens and residents are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination program.

Hence, the remote work program is now using this opportunity as grounds to attract travelers, as mentioned on the program's application page:

“All UAE citizens and residents are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in line with the government’s roll out programme.”

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The oil-rich nation began its rollout of vaccines administered by China’s Sinopharm, Pfizer and BioNTech, and has since carried out an aggressive vaccination campaign.

Second to Israel in number of vaccinated population globally, the UAE is on track to vaccinate half of its 10 million population by the end of this month.

The Emirates is offering free vaccination to all holders of a residence visa in the country, which aligns with the virtual work program granted the candidate meets the minimum $5,000 monthly salary condition. 

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About the program

The virtual work program is valid for one year.

It costs USD $287 plus processing fee and health insurance with valid UAE coverage.

The program grants access to all the standard services that are available to residents, including telecoms, utilities, and schooling.

Claimants connect to a global hub and a skilled workforce, composed of 200+ nationalities.

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What do I need to apply?

Applications require a passport with a minimum of six months validity.

Proof of employment from a current employer with a one-year contract is required, with a minimum of USD $5000 per month salary, last months’ pay slip, and three preceding months’ bank statements.

For entrepreneurs, proof of ownership of the company for one year or more, with an average monthly income of USD5000 per month and three preceding months’ bank statements.

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Who can apply?

There are no nationality restrictions. However, Immigration reserves the right to reject applicants for national security reasons.

What services/facilities will I be able to access while living in Dubai?

The remote work program allows applicants similar services as UAE residents, including access to phone lines, Emirates ID, banking facilities, and the ability to rent accommodations.  

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Can I leave the UAE and then return once I have been approved?

A multiple entry visa is permissible during the tenure of this program; however, you cannot be out of the country for more than six months consecutively or your visa will be automatically nullified.

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How To Apply

Travelers can apply for Dubai's digital nomad visa on the official website.

Covid-19 Vaccine Tourism Trending

The trend of offering up vaccines as a way to lure visitors has already started. Recently Cuba announced that they will offer the Covid-19 vaccine to visitors once their vaccine is finished trials and approved.

The Government of Barbados has also announced that they intend to offer Covid-19 vaccinations to visitors to beginning in May. With over 12.5% of the population receiving their first shot of the vaccine within two weeks, Barbados now leads the way for vaccinations in the Caribbean.

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