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Barbados PM Mia Mottley said the government is considering allowing foreigners to stay on the island and work remotely for a year, CNBC reported.

According to her, lawmakers expect to introduce a 12-month “Barbados Welcome Stamp,” as restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have complicated the short-term journey amid the need for testing.

“You don’t need to work in Europe, or the U.S. or Latin America if you can come here and work for a couple months at a time; go back and come back,” she said noting it would 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.”

Barbados will reopen for travelers from July 12.

Tourism directly accounts for 12% of Barbados' gross domestic product, and indirectly 40% of its economic activity, based on the data compiled by the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Barbados confirmed 98 COVID-19 cases. The death toll has reached seven.

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