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Work from home from paradise as Barbados offers YEAR-long visa to remote workers who want to live there – The Sun

BARBADOS is offering people the chance to relocate to the Caribbean so they can work from a new sunny home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has laid out plans to introduce the “Barbados Welcome Stamp” that would allow international arrivals to stay on island for a whole year.

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Would you trade in working from home for life in Barbados?

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Would you trade in working from home for life in Barbados?Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Workers bored of having to sit on their laptops in their bedrooms will have the chance to instead work remotely from the Caribbean paradise.

Ms Mottley proposed the scheme as short-term travel has become more difficult due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many wanting to travel abroad face navigating a web of quarantines and restrictions, effectively ending any chance of short stays in some locations.

Barbados however hopes by offering workers the chance to trade in their makeshift offices for a beach that they can lure back visitors.

Tourism makes up 40 per cent of Barbados’ GDP – and some 30 per cent of its work force is employed by sector.

Coronavirus has been a hammer blow to the travel industry as it has left airlines grounded and cruise ships stuck in port.

Ms Mottley proposed the year-long stay visa for workers when Barbados opens its borders again on July 12.

And it may also be a way to escape the virus, with Barbados only have 98 confirmed cases and seven deaths.

Ms 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.

“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.”

The Barbados Welcome Stamp scheme could be rolled out after July 12

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The Barbados Welcome Stamp scheme could be rolled out after July 12Credit: Getty – Contributor

More than 2.4million people normally travel to Barbados every year, and spend around £872million.

Beaches, resorts and restaurants on the island are all feeling the pinch due to the lack of visitors.

Ms Mottley hopes the offer of a more long-term stay can help kick-start the island’s economy as the world eases out of lockdown.

She added: “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.”

Everyone arriving on the island would be required to present a negative coronavirus test result.

And they also have to wear face mask when entering many premises and being subject to temperature checks.

It is unclear when the Welcome Stamp scheme will be introduced, and what criteria any hopefuls will need to meet to secure themselves a slice of paradise in Barbados.

Mia Mottley laid out her plans for the scheme

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Mia Mottley laid out her plans for the schemeCredit: AFP – Getty

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to advise Brits against all but essential international travel.

It is however hoped nations reliant on tourists will be able to get back to some kind of normality as the first phase of the pandemic eases.

Barbados remains in a state of emergency until at least August 31 as they continue to suppress the virus.

Social distancing guidelines also remain in place, with people urged to stay one metre apart from each other.

Brits looking to return home will be subject to a new traffic-light system that allows them to come back from some countries without quarantine.

You will not have to quarantine when you return from a country marked green.

And if you come back from a country marked red then you will have to isolate for two weeks at one location.

Barbados is currently marked green, so the possibility of hopping back and forth for work could be a promising one for lockdown-weary Brits.

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