You Can Work Remotely From Barbados For Up To A Year Under New Scheme
We've all seen working from home become our new reality as a result of the pandemic, but now those who are able to forgo the office life for good could be doing it from the Caribbean.
Sounds appealing, right? Let us explain.
The Barbados government has just introduced a new scheme encouraging international arrivals to come and work remotely on their island for up to a year.
Currently visitors from the UK can stay for six months without a VISA, but as part of the 'Barbados Welcome Stamp' scheme, visitors can set up shop for double the time.
The scheme has been laid out in response to the affects the pandemic has had on Bajan tourism.
Tourism makes up 40 per cent of Barbados' GDP and 30 per cent of it's workforce, but with flights and cruises unable to to bring tourists into the island, it's suffered.
Despite this, Barbados has only seen 98 cases of coronavirus and seven deaths to date.
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Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said the scheme will allow "persons to come and work from here overseas, digitally so, so that persons don't need to remain in the countries in which they are".
Speaking during the official reopening of Primo Bar and Bistro at St. Lawrence Gap, Christchurch, last week, Mottley told prospective visitors: "You don't need to work in Europe, or the US or Latin America if you can come here and work for a couple months at a time; go back and come back.
"The government is committed to working with you on the promotion of new concepts like the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp, being able to open our borders to persons travelling and making it as hospitable as ever for all of us, and making it available for Barbadians from every walk of life to believe that for special occasions, or just for so, that they can come out and be a part of this wonderful exercise."
Details on the scheme are vague for now, but we'll keep you posted.
But seriously, you won't be having to twist our arm on this one...
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