Barbados Has an Offer for Foreigners

Island creating yearlong work visa—to lure remote workers during pandemic
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2020 2:12 PM CDT
Updated Jul 12, 2020 2:20 PM CDT
Sick of Working at Home? This Island Beckons
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If you've been working from home during the pandemic, you may feel lucky to have a job, but maybe not as lucky to be staring at the same four walls every day without much human interaction. Conde Nast Traveler reports on a possible remedy, if you're willing to travel. To boost its economy, Barbados is creating a work visa for foreigners that would allow them to work on the island country for up to a year at a time. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley made the announcement about the 12-month "Welcome Stamp" last week, noting that it would "allow people from the United States, Europe, and Latin America to come and do their jobs digitally for a couple of months and then go back home, if they feel they can work better in a more relaxed atmosphere such as next to a beach." She added that this was a way for tourists to get around some of the hurdles of short-term travel, per a government website.

CNBC notes that safety measures in Barbados have been relaxed in recent weeks, including cutting down social distancing to just 3 feet and permitting sporting events to take place (with fans), as well as other social events of up to 500 patrons. There have been fewer than 100 COVID-19 cases overall in Barbados as of last Friday, with just seven deaths, per Johns Hopkins University. Insider cites a Barbados Tourism Marketing release that says all travelers from high-risk countries—those with at least 10,000 new virus cases in the previous week, along with community transmission—are "strongly encouraged" to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their trip to the island. 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).

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