If you are tired of being quarantined at home, I have good news for you. Pack your suitcase (with bikinis and swim trunks) and jump on a plane, because Barbados is offering 12 month visas so you can work remotely from paradise.
This initiative is called the “Barbados Welcome Stamp” program, and it’s launching this August. To apply, all you need is an income of over $50,000. The good news is that you would not only be in an ideal setting that is almost COVID-19 free (there have been just 104 cases and 7 deaths), you will also be giving Barbados a much-needed boost to their economy. According to the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, the country heavily relies on the tourism industry, making up 40 percent of its economy and employing over 26,000 people. Obviously, the pandemic has nearly eliminated travel, bruising their financial situation quite a bit.
However, with the new remote working model that a lot of us have been experiencing, the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, saw an opportunity to bring some tourism back. “We felt that perhaps the better thing for us to do is to open up our travel opportunities for people who wanted to stay longer, and wanted to be able to work from elsewhere, particularly with the technological platforms that afford that opportunity to us now,” she told NBC news.
I’m sold, aren’t you? Here comes the fine print, which isn’t too bad: You need to have a visa, which will cost $2,000 for an individual and $3,000 for a family – regardless of how many children you have – and you will need to have health insurance. Also, upon arrival, you will need to prove you are corona-free with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before your arrival. If you don’t, once you land you’ll be required to take a test and quarantine for two days until the results come back. There will also be temperature checks upon arrival and all visitors will be required to mask up at the airport, which isn’t a big deal unless you are a Kevin or a Karen – then this is probably a deal-breaker for you.
Barbados, here I come!