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The program launched by Barbados to welcome teleworkers has been met with great success. In November, the country had received almost 2,000 applications. A profitable strategy to compensate for the lack of tourists.

OFFICE WITH A SEA VIEW ~ According to the data available in November, the Barbadian “Welcome Stamp” program totaled 1,918 requests in November 2020, or 3,200 people taking into account everyone in the households. Launched in July to attract teleworkers from around the world, it seems to be reaching its goal. Barely five months after being launched, 1,495 applications had been approved. Barbados’ objective was to compensate for the lack of visitors, as tourism accounts for 12% of its gross domestic product. Clear water, white sand and tropical vegetation… This postcard landscape appears to be an ideal working environment healthwise, particularly to citizens of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Marina of Bridgetown, Barbados Photo credit : Shutterstock NAPA

A VISA FOR ONE YEAR ~ Given the growing number of teleworkers since the pandemic and the supposed longevity of the crisis, the “Welcome Stamp” visa lasts for twelve months. To get it, applicants must have health coverage. They must also have an income of at least US $ 50,000 during the year involved or have the means to support themselves and their family. This visa does not authorize working for a Barbadian company. Children can be enrolled in public school, an attractive argument as one third of requests come from families. Newcomers must present a negative test for Covid-19 a week or seventy-two hours before their arrival, depending on the country of origin. Visa fees are US $ 2000 for one person or US $ 3000 for a family. Bermuda and Anguilla have launched similar programs. Teleworking is on the way to becoming the providential godsend of Caribbean economies.

Author: Agnès Monlouis-Félicité

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