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Barbados introduces 12-month Visitors Stamp

Barbados introduces 12-month Visitors Stamp

The Barbados Government is considering implementing a 12-month entry stamp process, which will allow visitors the option to stay in Barbados and work remotely for a year at a time.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, made this disclosure while explaining exactly how the new entry stamp concept would work. The implementation is being refined for to  allow “persons to come and work from here overseas, digitally so, so that persons don’t need to remain in the countries in which they are” – said Prime Minister Mottley. This announcement was made last night during the official reopening of Primo Bar and Bistro, in St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church. The Prime Minister congratulated the new restaurant owners for reopening the restaurant. Prime Minister Mottley observed that while Barbados might be seen as, or while we build, an inclusive society, then Barbados has to make sure that there is something in it for everyone, and while the work done by Government was not only limited to the restaurant sector alone, but involved working with communities to be able to get the best out of them…“If the first tourist is a Bajan, then they must equally, also be the first promoter and the first protector” added Prime Minister Mottley. 

Additionally, the Prime Minister noted that one of the things impacted and shown as a result of the pandemic, is that short-term travel has become more difficult, because of the testing and the requirements for rapid testing, which were not reliably available. “You don’t need to work in Europe, or the US or Latin America if you can come here and work for a couple months at a time; go back and come back. But in order for those things to truly resonate, what does it mean?   It means that what we offer has to be world-class and what we continue to offer is world-class,” Ms. Mottley stated, “The Government is committed to working with you on the promotion of new concepts like the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp, being able to open our borders to persons travelling and making it as hospitable as ever for all of us, and making it available for Barbadians from every walk of life to believe that for special occasions, or just for so, that they can come out and be a part of this wonderful exercise.”

“On Friday, we walked through this entire [St. Lawrence Gap]. I go back this weekend to meet, not just the business people, but the residents in the environs of this Gap. We are doing the same with Baxters Road; we are going to do the same thing with Oistins; and we are going to do the same thing with Holetown and Speightstown. Why? The people who must keep these towns alive are not just those who come from overseas, as we are learning with COVID, but those who live here and who have a responsibility to make sure that this is the best that can be offered in this part of the world.” Stated PM Mottley.

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