Island in the sun is a cool get-away.
Barbados has long enticed travelers with its soft and sandy shores, crystal clear waters, and a unique culture that blends British and Caribbean traditions. Now, the government is planning to up the ante with the new Barbados Welcome Stamp that would allow visitors to stay in the country for up to 12 months.
The recent announcement of the Welcome Stamp received an overwhelmingly positive response. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley notes that this plan could also address concerns about revamping the economy through tourism while avoiding the spread of COVID-19.
“COVID-19 has presented tremendous challenges to those countries that are tourism and travel dependent, and we have reached a position where we recognize that part of the challenge relates to short term travel,” Mottley says. “So, if we can have a mechanism that allows people who want to…take advantage of being in a different part of the world, of the sun, sea, and sand, and…a stable society; one that functions well, then Barbados is a perfect place for you to come.”
If approved, the Barbados Welcome Stamp will specifically encourage remote workers to bring their work-from-home job to the island. While hotel rooms will be available, travelers planning on an extended stay can also find accommodations in villas, condominiums, and rental homes. Mottley also points out that high-speed internet is available across the island, and communal workspaces would also be open for those interested.
Government officials have not announced when the 12-month Welcome Stamp may become available. For now, the country reopened to tourists on July 12. Visitors are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure, and bring the results with them. Starting July 15, travelers will be able to upload the results to an online embarkation/disembarkation form.
Since the pandemic began, Barbados has had a total of 98 confirmed coronavirus cases. Of those 98 people, 90 have fully recovered, seven have passed away, and one is currently in isolation.
Guest Writer: Jessica Poitevien
Jessica is a freelance journalist on a quest to see and experience everything our gorgeous planet has to offer and to share her experiences with her fellow travelers. Jessica has written for several world-class Travel Magazines. Email Jessica at email@example.com
Jessica is a freelance journalist on a quest to see and experience everything our gorgeous planet has to offer and to share her experiences with her fellow travelers. Jessica has written for several world-class Travel Magazines.