Barbados is offering people working from home the chance to work from a tropical island

Why not mix work and play?

Australians have been working from home for a long time - and for some, there is no end in sight.

You might have your office set up just how you like it, or maybe you're someone who Zooms from bed, but either way, there is a better option: Paradise.

According to a statement made by Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley, the government will soon offer a 12-month visa for foreigners stuck working from home. That's right; you could trade in your business shirt and pyjama bottoms for a bikini and a cocktail!

Barbados, like many other countries, has suffered great economic losses during the pandemic, due to lack of tourist activity. The small nation also lacks rapid COVID testing capabilities, and therefore cannot host short-term guests.

To answer this problem, the Prime Minister announced - during the reopening of a local bar - that the long-term tourism option will be offered to those working from home.

As stated by CNN, the Barbados leader 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 months at a time; go back and come back," Mottley said. "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."

Slowly, the islands of the Caribbean are reopening to foreign tourists. Barbados opened its borders on July 12, but there are strict regulations for those hoping to enter.

"On arrival in Barbados, travelers will be required to present evidence of a negative result of a PCR Covid-19 test and bar code to clear immigration," explained a release from Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc., according to CNN.

The small tropical island was not hit particularly hard by Coronavirus, reporting just over 100 cases since the original outbreak,  as recorded by Johns Hopkins University. With its reopening, Barbados has started to ease restrictions, allowing gatherings of up to 500 people and crowds to spectate sports games.

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