If you don’t mind a little sand in your laptop, Barbados has made it possible to take your home office to the beach.
Since many travel advisors are already working from home, Barbados says why not go one step further and soak up the sun by living on the island for up to a year?
A new initiative, which Open Jaw staff are very seriously considering, has been rolled out by the Government of Barbados. The Barbados Welcome Stamp, allows visitors to work remotely from the island a year at a time.
"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," Mottley said. "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."
Previously, Barbados typically granted work permits only to individuals who have special skills which are in short supply in Barbados, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbadoswebsite. This marks a significant policy change.
Rapid coronavirus testing is not readily available for the country, making short-term travel to Barbados difficult, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said. With this year-long invitation, Barbados is hoping to prop up its economy by encouraging long stays, and boost the island’s loss of tourism spending, which indirectly accounts for 40% of its GDP under normal travel circumstances.
Is a welcome martini included?
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.