The COVID-19 crisis has sent those of us who are fortunate enough to still be employed into remote work back into our homes. Nowadays, you can work any where you want so long as they have access to an internet connection.
So why not live in the beautiful island of Barbados while you work remotely?
Barbados has opened up applications for 12 month work visas for this new generation of nomadic digital employee. All travelers arriving into Barbados are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result and must wear a face mask at the airport. Those arriving from high-risk countries must take their test within 72 hours before departure, while visitors from low-risk countries can take it a week before traveling.
People who feel that travel itch while locked down in quarantine can spend time immersing themselves in the cuisine, culture, and natural beauty of the island. From the
For action-packed beach time, there's surfing, scuba diving, and jet-skiing. Or since that can be thirsty work, you could tour the local rum distilleries.
Bajans like to "fête" or party at any time of the day with music and food at organised events.
An area in the southern part of the island, Oistins, is popular among locals and visitors alike, especially for Friday night dancing. You can sample the local dishes, including fish fresh from the sea, or take your pick of the bars.
Businesses got the all-clear to reopen in mid-June, and people are allowed to gather again if they wear face masks and practise social distancing of 1 metre (3ft).
As with every place touched by coronavirus, some aspects of social life have taken a hit - especially large events. Fans have missed out on first-class cricket at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.
“COVID-19 has changed the global business landscape as a larger number of people continue to work from home. With this new visa, we can provide workers with an opportunity to spend the next 12-months working remotely from paradise, here in Barbados,” said Barbados’ prime minister, Mia Amor Mottley, in a statement. The three-part application can be filled out online here .