By Tony Winterburn • 10 July 2020 • 10:36
THE Caribbean island of Barbados, formerly Cilla Black’s favourite haunt, wants teleworkers to come to and live there for 12 months under a new scheme to revitalise its flagging tourist industry.
After nearly four months of working from home, it’s fair to say most people have a touch of cabin fever, the new scheme from the Barbados government could just be the perfect antidote. The Caribbean island offers it’s new ‘Barbados Welcome Stamp’ scheme to remote workers and the like who do not need a fixed base to work from.
Ms Mottley said: “You don’t need to work in Europe, or the US or Latin America if you can come here and work for a couple of months at a time; go back and come back.” Currently, British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Barbados but instead are granted a period of time to stay.
Barbados will officially reopen its borders to international travel on July 12 with the current guidance stating people travelling to the country must have had a Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to leaving.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley proposed the scheme as short-term travel to the island has been very difficult during the pandemic. Island Tourism makes up 40 per cent of its GDP and 30 per cent of its workforce, normally full of cruise ships and air passengers, this sector has all but come to a halt. Barbados has seen just 98 cases of coronavirus and seven deaths and will open its borders to international visitors again on July 12. The law now states that all incoming visitors will be required to wear a face mask as well as present a negative coronavirus test result.
A host of celebrities visit Barbados, including Royalty.
The luxurious villa where Prince Harry stayed in Barbados is now on the market – for a huge £19.7 million (approx €25 million). Cove Spring House is a 10-bedroom beachfront villa that has not only hosted British royalty, but also Hollywood royalty, with celebrities including Elton John, Hugh Grant, Rihanna, Nicole Kidman and Rod Stewart all reported to have stayed there.
That’s not all; the 20,000 square foot villa was also used by Simon Cowell as his Judges’ Houses base during the previous series of The X Factor, so it’s easy to see why this iconic retreat has such a big asking price.
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