The COVID-19 pandemic has turned a lot of people into remote workers and someone has noticed that many of them may want to escape the confines of their homes and make the most of their newly found freedom. According to Barbados Today, Barbados is looking to introduce a “Welcome Stamp” designed to encourage remote workers to visit, work, and stay on the island on a long-term basis.
The stamp would reportedly allow people to remain on the island for up to a year. According to Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, “We came up with a concept and it is being refined now as ‘12-Month Barbados Welcome Stamp.’ This will allow people from the United States, Europe and Latin America to come and do their jobs digitally for a couple of months and then go back home, if they feel they can work better in a more relaxed atmosphere such as next to a beach.”
The Welcome Stamp program is also designed to bring in tourism dollars to local businesses and boost the economy. This is particularly important in the COVID-19 era, when tourism and the economy have been dealt a serious blow.