Work from Home? Or Work From Barbados?? | Mix 99.9 | Mary

Daniel Fowler
July 11, 2020

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.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley said: "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".

Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced the year-long visa will allow people to relocate to the stunning Caribbean island for 12 months while they work remotely. "It means that what we offer has to be world-class and what we continue to offer is world-class".

Now visitors from the United Kingdom can stay for six months without a VISA, but as part of the "Barbados Welcome Stamp" scheme, visitors can set up shop for double the time.

Speaking during the official reopening of Primo Bar and Bistro, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, the Prime Minister said one of the things the pandemic has shown is that it made short-term travel more hard because of the testing and the requirements for rapid testing, which were not reliably available.

The "Barbados Welcome Stamp" aims to bring more tourism to the island. It is also excluded from the Foreign Office warning against all but essential overseas travel.

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British Airways will offer direct flights once-a-week to the country on July 18, with Virgin Atlantic set to offer direct flights from Heathrow on August 18 - also initially once a week.

Barbados is included on the British Government'slist of countries exempt from United Kingdom quarantine.

Arrivals to Barbados are required to take a PCR antigen test for Covid-19 within 72 hours of their visit and to present a certificate confirming that they are Covid-19 negative (passengers from CARICOM countries - 20 states in the Caribbean region - can take the test up to one week prior to travel).

The island has reopened hotels, restaurants, bars and shops, and lifted its remaining curfew restrictions on July 1.

Barbados has largely been able to keep Covid-19 from spreading on the island, with 98 confirmed cases and seven deaths relating to the disease, placing it among the 40 least affected countries in the world.

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