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Barbados – Visas

Visa Regulations for Entering Barbados

Visitors to Barbados must have a valid passport and an onward or return ticket. Some visitors may also need a visa, depending on their nationality and purpose of travel. Visitors from countries like the US, Canada, UK, and most countries in the European Union do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days.

Important rules to be aware of in relation to visas include:

-The length of stay cannot exceed the validity of the visitor’s passport or visa.
-Visitors who wish to stay longer than 90 days must apply for a visitor’s extension.
-Visitors who wish to work or conduct business in Barbados must apply for a work permit.

Visitors can successfully navigate visa regulations by checking the immigration requirements for their specific country on the official website of the Embassy of Barbados. They can also seek assistance from travel agents, embassies or consulates in their home country.

Types of Visas in Barbados


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  1. Tourist Visa: This type of visa is for visitors who are traveling to Barbados for tourism or leisure purposes. The length of stay is up to 90 days.

  2. Business Visa: This type of visa is for visitors who are traveling to Barbados for business purposes, such as attending meetings, conferences or exhibitions. The length of stay is up to 90 days.

  3. Student Visa: This type of visa is for visitors who are traveling to Barbados to study at a local educational institution. The length of stay is based on the duration of the course of study.

  4. Work Permit: This type of visa is for visitors who are traveling to Barbados to work, either as an employee or as a self-employed person. The length of stay is based on the validity of the work permit.

Visa Exemptions in Barbados

Visitors from countries such as the US, Canada, UK, and most countries in the European Union do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days. However, visitors from other countries may be required to apply for a visa. A full list of visa exemptions for Barbados can be found on the official website of the Embassy of Barbados.

Relationship Between Visas and Residency in Barbados

Visitors who wish to stay longer than 90 days must apply for a visitor’s extension. Visitors who wish to work or conduct business in Barbados must apply for a work permit. Visitors who wish to live and work in Barbados on a long-term basis must apply for residency. The process of obtaining residency involves a series of steps, including the submission of the appropriate documentation, medical examinations, and background checks.

Sources of Information on Visas for Entry into Barbados

-Official website of the Embassy of Barbados: https://www.barbados.org/visa/index.php
-Barbados Tourism Authority: https://www.visitbarbados.org/
-Barbados Immigration Department: https://www.immigration.gov.bb/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82&Itemid=67

Visitors to Barbados are required to have a valid visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to arrival. The best time to apply for a visa is at least 4 weeks before your planned travel date.

To apply for a visa, you must submit an online application through the Barbados Immigration and Citizenship Authority (BICA) website at https://immigration.gov.bb/. You will need to provide personal information, travel plans, and passport details.

Where to Apply

Visas can be obtained through the Barbados Immigration and Citizenship Authority or at a Barbadian Consulate

For US expats, the Barbadian Consulate General is located in New York and can be reached at +1 212 583 0621.

For UK expats, the Barbadian High Commission is located in London and can be reached at +44 20 7590 4466.

Documentation

Documents:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of financial means to support your stay in Barbados
  • Details of your travel plans and accommodation arrangements
  • A recent passport-sized photo
  • If necessary, a police certificate from your country of residence

Any necessary translations must be performed by a certified translator. More information on visa requirements can be found on the BICA website.

Application Processing Time

The processing time for a visa application can vary, but it typically takes 4-6 weeks.

Visa Costs for Barbados

The cost of a visa for Barbados is currently $75 USD. There may be additional fees for expedited processing or courier services. It is recommended to check the BICA website for the most up-to-date fee information.


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