Travel | July 24, 2020 1:28 pm

Barbados Is Inviting Remote Workers to Come and Stay for a Year

You can apply online. Yes, even Americans.

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While it feels like nobody wants us to visit — and for good pandemic reasons — one Caribbean island is actually enticing visitors to come in and stay for a year.

As reported by Insider, Barbados just launched its Barbados Welcome Stamp, a new year-long visa that would allow remote workers (including, yes, Americans) to live and work from the Caribbean country.

As Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley notes:

We recognise more people are working remotely, sometimes in very stressful conditions, with little option for vacation. Our new 12 month Barbados Welcome Stamp is a visa that allows you to relocate and work from one of the world’s most beloved tourism destinations. We believe we have something very special to offer on this little rock we call Barbados. Our friendly people, professional services, commitment to education and importantly safety and security, all make Barbados an ideal place to live for both singles and families.

A press release regarding the program touts not just the beautiful locale, but that Barbados has the “fastest fiber internet and mobile services in the Caribbean” and “a range of flexible office space locations.”

You’ll need to send some documents (copies of passport, birth certificate, etc.) and there’s a $2000 fee for individuals for the visa, which goes up to $3000 for a “family bundle.” Visitors will also have to either take a COVID-19 test before they leave or when they land, where they’ll need to quarantine at their own expense for up to 48 hours.

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