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Working remotely? Why not do it from Barbados, says PM of island nation

Government looking at special 12-month visitor visa to allow professionals to stay long-term


July 14, 2020
By Talent Canada Staff

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Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley of Barbados. Photo: Courtesy Barbados government

The island nation of Barbados is issuing a siren call to employees who have been working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic: Work from the island paradise for a year.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said the government is looking at a 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp that would allow visitors the option of staying, and working, for longer periods than a typical vacation.

It would allow “persons to come and work from here overseas, digitally so, so that persons don’t need to remain in the countries in which they are,” she said.

Short-term travel has become difficult because of testing and quarantine requirements, said Mottley.

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“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. But in order for those things to truly resonate, what does it mean? It means that what we offer has to be world-class and what we continue to offer is world-class,” she said. “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.”