This story was initially published on 7/13/2020. It has been updated to reflect new information,
Earlier this month, Barbados officially re-opened its borders to tourists—and yes, that includes United States citizens. While you may not have Barbados on your travel agenda (or anywhere, for that matter, right now), this new incentive might make you reconsider. To all the digital nomads, bold entrepreneurs, and those able to operate their business entirely online, how does switching up your current work from home situation for an office with an island view sound? Barbados is calling.
The 12-Month Barbados Welcome Stamp, announced in early July, has just released its official application. If you're approved, this special visa program would allow you to legally stay in the Caribbean country for up to a year and work remotely for your employer, no matter where your company is based.
In order to be considered, you must submit copies of your legal documents, such as your passport and birth certificate, electronically. Any individuals whom you claim as dependents would also be entitled to tag along. Solo travelers who are approved would be subject to a $2,000 USD fee; meanwhile, an approved "family bundle," would be charged a $3,000 USD fee.
The visa will be valid for one year with opportunity for renewal. Those selected for the program will not be liable for Barbados Income Tax.
"We recognize more people are working remotely, sometimes in very stressful conditions, with little option for vacation," Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley writes on the application’s website. "Our new 12 month Barbados Welcome Stamp, a visa that allows you to relocate and work from one of the world’s most beloved tourism destinations."
According to the country's Government Information Service, updated on July 9, Barbados has conducted 8,617 tests for COVID-19, with 98 cases reported. Of that number, seven cases resulted in deaths, while 90 recovered. One resident is currently in isolation.
The 12-Month Barbados Welcome Stamp would not only bring tourist dollars to the island but allow outsiders to experience day-to-day life firsthand. If you're trying to leave the States for a while and embrace the Caribbean life, now's your chance. You can start your application here!
Follow House Beautiful on Instagram.
You Might Also Like