Rapid tests are not readily available to the country in the coronavirus pandemic that has made short-term trips to Barbados difficult, Mottley said. The one-year invitation is Barbados’ response to the economic difficulties that tour operators and travel destinations are facing, as people around the world are encouraged to stay home and mitigate the spread of the virus.
Mottley hopes industry across the country will welcome long-term travelers.
Although slow and cautious, some Caribbean islands have started to open their borders again to international visitors this month.
Barbados started reopening its borders on July 12, but there are restrictions to prevent travelers from bringing the virus back into the country.
“Upon arrival in Barbados, travelers must provide evidence of a negative result of a PCR Covid-19 test and barcode to clarify immigration,” said a Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc. press release.
American Airlines, one of the largest airlines in the Caribbean, resumed operations between Miami and Antigua in early June.
The country, with nearly 300,000 inhabitants, has started to relax measures within its borders, including physical three-foot distance, social events with up to 500 guests, and sporting events with spectators. Barbados has reported 103 coronavirus cases since the pandemic started, according to Johns Hopkins University.
CNN’s Shivani Vora contributed to this report.