The world has never been used to the remote working technique for months yet the pandemic COVID 19 has created the need for remote working. Corporates and offices all over the universe have been compelled to come out of their shell and allow remote working for safety issues.
Social distant modes of working have become the norm to eradicate the spread of Covid-19. Countries have taken vastly different measures to stop the spread of the virus. Some, such as India, mandated complete lock-downs. Some nations like Singapore, have been more measured in turning off face-to-face working. Countries like Brazil, have dismissed the need for remote working.
Most of the nations are not ready to be open to working from home. A lot of remote workers have migrated from Singapore and the Netherlands has pursued more measured paths to social distancing.
Sweden is yet another EU nation that has been the best positioned to do socially distant work in terms of the robustness of the key digital platforms and use of digital money. Norway is another nation that paved its way with an aggressive approach and has increased the remote working options.
During the pandemic countries like Estonia to Barbados, nations have launched visa regimes aimed at wooing digital nomads to bolster their economy. This is chasing the sort of people who mix work with travel and can set up shop any place with an internet connection. These countries have launched new visa regimes with a view that it would help to stimulate local economies.
The economy has gone for a total toll due to the pandemic. The nations have made this sort of arrangement so that it affects the employers as well as employees less across the globe. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, governments have implemented measures to address the economic impact of the pandemic, including job retention schemes and promoting remote work. Many employers have reconsidered the need for employees to return to the office at all. The government has initiated and taken a dynamic approach to these changes and have introduced digital nomad visas that allow individuals to live in the country while they work for a foreign employer.
Digital nomads are remote, location-independent individuals who either are employed by a foreign company or own their own foreign company. Digital nomads are not based in any one office or worksite and instead rely on information and communications technology to complete their work remotely. They may work out of cafes, on beaches or in hotel rooms – indeed, almost anywhere – because they have no set physical workplace. Hence it gives the employees to save on cost and help them to save during pandemic.
The Government of Barbados hopes that the initiative will revitalize its tourism-dependent economy. Various travel restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have all but halted international travel and tourism, impacting tourism-reliant economies, including Barbados. The Government of Barbados hopes that digital nomad visas can draw visitors that otherwise would remain in their home countries.
The visa lasts up to one year and grants 90 days of travel across Europe’s 26-country Schengen zone, depending upon travel restrictions. This is helping the residents to earn where ever they are and work remotely. Till the pandemic is not eradicated, traveling and tourism will be a fiasco. By easing travel restrictions, the country hopes to increase international collaboration and to encourage working from different places.