In July 2020 Barbados launched the the world’s first visa for remote workers, the Barbados Welcome Stamp. Estonia followed suit about a month later, and then the floodgates opened; there are now over 50 countries around the world that offer some sort of visa for remote work visitors. So now that there is such a huge range of choices, how will you know whether Barbados is the right choice for your remote working life?
The pandemic is a paradox; on one hand it has destroyed our major industry in Barbados, but on the other it is giving us a once in a lifetime opportunity to rebuild a much more resilient economy around services that we provide digitally to the global marketplace.
Remote Work Barbados is made possible by Prime Minister Mia Mottley's political and economic master-stroke. Her 12-Month Barbados Welcome Stamp innovation has the potential to spur the evolution of the Barbados tourism industry into long term sustainability in the 21st century. This is the story of the memo I wrote to the Government of Barbados economic development team that proposed the idea.