Barbados launched a tempting new offer for remote workers last year, offering a new visa for a 12-month stay so you could do your job while living on the island and enjoying those picture-perfect beaches.
Given the current pandemic and the British winter weather it's not surprising that the prospect appealed to Brits – and hundreds have already applied for the scheme.
According to Barbados Tourism Marketing, since the launch in June last year, 362 Brits successfully applied to become temporary residents for the year (433 had applied in total).
The authority says that applicants predominantly hailed from London, Surrey, Hertfordshire, West Midlands, Kent, Berkshire, West Yorkshire, Hampshire, Dorset, and Buckinghamshire.
The visa does come with certain criteria that applicants need to meet such as having your own medical insurance, sorting your own accommodation, and needing to earn at least £39,760 a year. Meanwhile the visa fees are £1,590 per individual, or £2,385 per family.
Since launching, over 2,000 people worldwide have applied for the chance to become a temporary resident, and so far the island says it has approved 1,622 applications, 67% of whom were aged between 26-45.
Cheryl Carter, Director of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. comments: "At a time of tough travel restrictions, the instant demand we've seen has been extremely encouraging. The Welcome Stamp is all about recognising changing working habits – if you can work from home, why not work in Barbados? The Welcome Stamp offers people in the UK the opportunity to enjoy a different way of life for a year and the chance to explore what our island has to offer."
One of the beautiful beaches in Barbados
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You can find out more about the Welcome Stamp on barbadoswelcomestamp.bb.
Barbados isn't the only country (nor the only Caribbean island) to offer a new visa for remote workers amidst the pandemic – we've got a guide to the best destinations with visas for remote workers that digital nomads may want to bookmark!
At the time of writing, travel restrictions apply. Always check the latest Foreign Office travel advice which provides information on domestic and international travel rules, as well as a destination's entry requirements and other important factors.
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