Visa Requirements For Barbados: Passport and Entry Requirements

Written By: Laliq Schuman
Fact Checked By: Richard Nathan

Jun 21, 2022

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Live that Caribbean lifestyle when you travel to Barbados. Enjoy some of the mos beautiful beaches in the world. I loved my time in Barbados and would go back in a heartbeat. For US citizens, traveling to Barbados is super easy, but for other travelers it’s a bit more complicated because you need a Barbados Visa.

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What Is A Barbados Visa?

In short the Barbados Tourist Visa allows you to travel to Barbados for tourism or business purposes. The visa is usually valid for 6 months. If you apply for a Barbados Tourist Visa you’re not allowed to work while in Barbados.

Do US Citizens Need A Visa To Travel To Barbados?

U.S. citizens have visa exemptions, so you don't need a visa to travel to Barbados. Although there are some travel documents you need to enter Barbados, I'll discuss these documents later in the post. In addition, US citizens qualify for something called a Visa On Arrival. This means that you can receive a visa when you arrive at the International Airport in Barbados. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommend you keep a copy of your passport with you in case your original passport gets stolen.

Do Non-US Citizens Need A Visa To Travel To Barbados?

International travelers from other countries do require a visa. Nationals from the following countries must apply for a visa (entry permit) before traveling to Barbados:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic Of Korea, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Federated States Of Micronesia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, People's Republic Of Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Palau Islands, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Sao Tome & Principe, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Togo, and United Arab Emirates.

Although it sucks that you can’t just waltz into Barbados like US citizens, it’s still easy to get a Barbados Visa.

What Are The Required Documents For A Barbados Visa?

When you travel to Barbados, you need a few travel documents. The documents you require depend on your nationality.

What Are The Required Travel Documents For A US Citizen?

If you're a US citizen, you need to provide the following documents (entry requirements) when you arrive in Barbados:

  • A valid passport valid for at least 6 months after you return home.
  • A return flight ticket.

What Are The Required Documents For Non-US Citizens?

If you're from a country that needs a visa to enter Barbados there are certain visa requirements which include the following documents:

  • Application form, completed and signed (you can download the documents from the Barbados Immigration website).
  • A passport size photo.
  • Copies of the outer cover and biometric page of your passport.
  • Birth certificate or marriage certificate (where applicable).
  • A cover letter addressed to 'Chief Immigration Officer' bearing a return address, phone number, and email address outlining the purpose of visit, the proposed date of entry, and the duration of your visit.
  • An employment letter or a letter from your school, college, or university.
  • Proof that you paid your visa fee (payslip).

As the pandemic changes, the entry requirements also changes. Check to see what the covid-19 restrictions are in Barbados.Details of what the Barbadian authorities will accept as proof of vaccination can be found in the Barbados Travel Protocol. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

They accept visa applications embassies and consulates abroad. Offices are located in North America ( New York, Miami, Washington, Toronto and Ottawa) and Europe ( London, Brussels, Geneva). If you need any help with your application the embassy offers visa services.

How Can I Apply For A Barbados Visa?

If you're not a citizen of the US, you need to apply for a visa to visit Barbados. The visa application process can cause me to sweat so I made a guide for you. You can follow my step-by-step guide to apply for a Barbados Visa.

Step1: Access the website to apply

Go to the website you use to apply for your Barbados Visa. Choose which country your passport is from and your country of residence. You also need to choose which visa you are applying for (tourist or business).

Lastly, select how many times you want to enter the country.

Step2: Click to get your visa

Next, you need to click "Get my visa." This will take you to your next step which will start your application process.

Step3: Provide your personal information

After you click to get your visa, you need to provide information like your travel details, email, passport number, and passport expiration date.

Step4: Choose your additional services

Here you can add additional services. These services is that they keep a digital copy of your visa in case your passport gets stolen and they can schedule your Covid-19 test for you.

Step5: Confirm your order

Review all your details and confirm. The total price of your order will depend on the services you select, the number of travelers, and the number of business days they have to process your order, starting with the day they submit your application. Consular fees are subject to change without notice. You need to provide the required travel documents. They will tell you everything you need to know.

They will let you know via email if your application was successful.

How Long Does It Take To Process A Barbados Visa?

The processing time for a Barbados Visa is 3 weeks. Some people reported that they received their visa before that, but I recommend giving it 3 weeks before contacting them.

How Much Does A Barbados Visa Cost?

The visa fees are subject to change. So make sure you check the fees before you apply. The fees are BDS $ 200 for a single entry visa and BDS $ 400 for a multiple entry visa.

What Should I Do If My Trip Exceeds The Maximum Period Of Stay?

Visitors can stay in Barbados for a maximum of six months. Once you arrive, the immigration officer will stamp the time you can remain on the island on your passport. This is done at the discretion of the immigration officers. If you want to spend more time in Barbados, you can extend your trip via the local immigration office:

Careenage House Wharf Road Bridgetown BARBADOS St. Michael Telephone: (246) 4344100 Fax: (246) 4260819 Email: imm-dept@caribsurf.com

That’s all!

Now you can travel to Barbados and experience the beauty Barbados has to offer. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll be there during the Crop Over festival. It truly is something amazing.

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