Barbados’s Prime Minister, The Hon. Mia Mottley, has just made it easier for remote workers to live and work digitally for up to a year in sunny, COVID-19 contained Barbados with the new Barbados Welcome Stamp. This 12-month special visa enables you to come stay, work or play, or all three, and live like a local on our idyllic island home.
The Barbados Welcome Stamp was created after short-term travel became more difficult due to COVID-19 testing restrictions and quarantine protocols.
The Barbados remote work visa is open to applicants worldwide but is especially popular in the US, UK and Canada.
Obtaining the visa has proved remarkably easy as long as you earn a minimum of US$50,000 per year and have health insurance in place, although obtaining local health insurance is available for visitors. There are also some routine security questions. The fee is US$2,000 per person or US$3,000 per family.
Once applications are submitted electronically, applicants will receive a response within a week.
Visitors can now get assistance applying for the Barbados Welcome Stamp 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A new toll free hotline, as well as an instant chat feature on www.BarbadosWelcomeStamp.bb have been launched.
BarbadosBarbados has already placed numerous extended stay and year long stays for individuals and families in their new home away from home. We have worked hand in hand with our clients and are happy to report a smooth application process with swift electronic approvals. We have also worked with the Barbados Veterinary Services to secure import permits for their dogs. And working alongside our travel partners in the rental car business we have achieved great success in negotiating very attractive extended term car rental rates.
Our client placements have ranged from the extreme high end luxury properties at US$8,000 per night for a 60+ night stay, to a more budget friendly one bedroom apartment at US$1,800 per month for a six month stay. We have also negotiated a 12-month lease in a large property in the exclusive Royal Westmoreland Estate at US$12,500 per month. While the interest and inquiries are increasing and ongoing, we still have a fine portfolio of properties available that run the gamut.
Barbados Welcome Stamp visa-holders will not be subject to Barbados Income Tax. The island offers excellent health care, good schools, boasts the fastest fibre internet and mobile services in the Caribbean and is one of the world’s most wired countries. Visitors are expected to bring a negative COVID-19 test, taken by an accredited medical facility within 72 hours of their departure. Strict travel protocols are in place both for your arrival in Barbados as well as while enjoying your time on the island. These protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of both visitors and citizens.
So if working from a home where it’s always summer, where waking up to sunshine and blue skies every day is expected and not merely a dream, where safety and tranquility define your daily existence ….. Barbados awaits!