Barbados might allow visitors to work remotely at jobs for a year

Jul 15 2020, 5:15 pm

The government of Barbados could soon introduce the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp to allow visitors the option to work remotely from Barbados for a year at a time, according to a release.

The concept, explained Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, would 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.”

In her announcement, Motley noted that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, short-term travel has been made more difficult because of testing and the requirements for rapid testing, neither of which were readily available.

“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,” she said. “But in order for those things to truly resonate, what does it mean? It means that what we offer has to be world-class and what we continue to offer is world-class.”

Barbados, said Motley, “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.”

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