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Barbados Scheme Invites People To Work Remotely In The Country For A Year

Barbados Scheme Invites People To Work Remotely In The Country For A Year

Certainly beats the makeshift home offices we've been confined to these past few months

Jake Massey

Jake Massey

For most of us who have had to adapt to working from home recently, the same four walls have become all too familiar.

But if you're well and truly sick of it and ready for a new start, then a beach in Barbados may very well have your name written all over it.

This could be your new home office.

The Caribbean island is looking to attract visitors and boost its economy with a new 'Barbados Welcome Stamp' scheme.

The initiative will see the country open its doors to visitors for a 12-month period, during which people will be able to work remotely on the picturesque island, coming and going as they please.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has proposed the scheme as the coronavirus pandemic has prevented people from travelling to the country - which has had an extremely damaging impact, given the nation's heavy reliance on the tourism industry.

Outlining the vision, Mottley said: "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.

"The government 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."

The scheme hasn't been completely finalised yet and Mottley didn't say when it should be up and running, so keep your eyes peeled.

You on your lunch break?

Barbados is opening up its borders to international visitors from Sunday 12 July, and as it stands, people can travel from the country to the UK without having to quarantine.

The nation has recorded just 98 cases of coronavirus, with seven people dying after contracting the virus. Visitors arriving in the country will be required to wear a face mask and provide a negative Covid-19 test result.

Currently, British passport holders do not need a visa to visit Barbados, but it is unclear whether people will have to pay to make use of the Welcome Stamp scheme.

With all of the above being said, it is worth noting that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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