Barbados to offer long-term stays to remote workers

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2020

Prime Minister Mia Mottley is considering introducing a "Barbados Welcome Stamp" which would allow worldwide arrivals to live on the island while working remotely for up to a year.

Tourism makes up around 40 percent of the country's gross domestic product, while around 30 percent of its workforce is reportedly employed by the industry.

The island's tourism industry has been hard hit during the pandemic with flights grounded and the cruise industry at a standstill - no major lines are returning to the Caribbean until August at the earliest.

Health and safety continue to be of utmost priority for the Caribbean country and those wishing to visit the island will have to comply to a new travel protocol once flights start again.

People could 'come and work from here overseas, digitally, so that persons don't need to remain in the countries in which they are, ' she said.

Barbados officials recently announced it would be reopening its borders to global tourism starting on July 12 after having reached the milestone of zero COVID-19 cases.

Outlining the vision, Mottley said: "You don't need to work in Europe, or the U.S. or Latin America if you can come here and work for a couple months at a time; go back and come back".

Barbados is included on the British Government'slist of countries exempt from United Kingdom quarantine.

With all of the above being said, it is worth noting that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office now advises British nationals against all but essential worldwide travel. If visitors arrive without a negative test result in hand, they'll be required to take one and will be sent into quarantine they'll have to pay for until the results come back (usually within two days).

Barbados is on the list of the UK's air bridge countries - 59 nations that people entering the United Kingdom from are not required to quarantine. "Because we know that this is one of the best places on earth to be and to remain because of the care we will take to protect the people of this nation and those who are here on the island with us".

Hotels, bars, restaurants and shops have reopened on the island, while final curfew restrictions were lifted on July 1.

The nation has recorded just 98 cases of coronavirus, with seven people dying after contracting the virus.

It is not yet known when the measures could be introduced or what the costs might be.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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