Are you missing palm trees, white sands and the sound of the ocean? Well, there's a new possibility to have these back in your life once again thanks to the Prime Minister of Barbados! Earlier this month, she presented the 12-month program "Barbados Welcome Stamp", which will make working remotely on the island possible for a up to a year.
Barbados opened its borders to tourists on July 12th. The closure of the country as a result of a pandemic resulted in many losses to the native islanders without tourists bringing in revenue. Hence the government's idea to allow travelers to stay on the island for longer, not just for short journeys, which are now more limited due to quarantine.
The program is currently in the final stages of development. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said in her speech that the new visa "will allow people from the United States, Europe and Latin America to come and do digital work for several months and then return home if they feel they can work better in a more relaxing atmosphere, for example on the beach. " Details of obtaining a visa for a year are still being finalized by the Barbados government.
Traveling to Barbados from the US?
It is recommended that travelers from high-risk countries (over 10,000 new cases in the last seven days) do a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their departure. Travelers from low-risk countries (less than 100 cases last week) can do this test the week before departure. Those who did not take the test before arrival will have to do it after arriving on the island and quarantine until receiving the results, which can take about two days. If the test is positive, they will be placed in isolation, where they will receive care from the Ministry of Health.
Imagining a work-from-beach job sounds very tempting. After months of isolation, probably many people dream to move to some exotic place (especially where white sands and turquoise water are involved)