Since the Coronavirus Pandemic hit the world in 2020, the virus “has caused social and economic disruption worldwide, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression” – Wikipedia.
Many people are now working remotely from their homes around the world.
Since June 30th, 2020, the Caribbean island of Barbados, is now offering international visitors the opportunity to work remotely in Barbados for a period of up to one (1) year.
The Barbados Government announced the introduction of the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp, which is a new remote work program that establishes a visa to allow people to work remotely in Barbados for a maximum of 12 months. The new visa is available to anyone who meets the visa requirements and whose work is location independent, whether individuals or families.
The new visa allows you to relocate and work alone or with family for up to 12 months.
With all the modern age facilities, Barbados is an ideal location from which to work or relax and stay safe.
Barbados is an ideal location to work remotely, with fiber-optic networks and supporting world-class services. Remote workers will stay in condos, villas, and hotels, and the country will provide workspaces. With most major international management companies, accounting firms, and banks operating in Barbados, it is a desirable setting and lifestyle to work, play, and stay.
Barbados offers all tech and modern conveniences, plus professional services and excellent schools in a safe and friendly environment – come live where you holiday – in Barbados.
An interview with Zoe Littlepage who lived in Houston, Texas, and now lives and works remotely in Barbados.
She is an attorney and head of a law firm, took a chance to work remotely in Barbados with the Barbados Welcome Stamp.
What was it like when you arrived in Barbados? – “Efficient and organized.”
The Ministry of Health called every two or three days to check-in, to see if there were any symptoms.
“Barbados is a country that is taking the pandemic seriously; had strong protocols in place and was effectively dealing with the pandemic.”
Did you have any reservations about moving to Barbados? “Grocery stores have everything you would ever need. Internet speed is faster than Houston!! I was worried about power outages, but there has not been any to worry about.
How easy is it to find the perfect rental home? “So much accommodation choices in Barbados, live in the neighborhood right now because the tourism trade is slow due to the pandemic. You can rent a house or a villa…you can live in a neighborhood or you can live on the beach. There is a wide range of price options to choose from – it is a buyers market and you have a lot of choice in Barbados.”
Would you recommend living (and working) in Barbados to your family and friends? Friends, family, and co-workers say “I can’t believe you are in Barbados.” – I just tell them to take the first step, book your flight, get online and it will change the way you feel about 2020.”
“Moving to Barbados is an easy experience and great for your mental health.”
Brett Callaghan is the founder and managing director of Totally Barbados. I specialize in writing content for the tourism industry for my island home of Barbados. I help companies build strategies to grow their businesses online with SMART marketing, advertising, and social media goals.