Barbados Visa From US: Costs, Visa Process, And Entry Requirements

Jan 13, 2023

6 min read

You can now live that Caribbean lifestyle when you travel to Barbados. Enjoy some of the most 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.


Everything You Need To Know About The Barbados Visa

In this blog, I will discuss the visa requirements and everything visa related about traveling to Barbados. So sit back, and let's get to it!

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?

US 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.

Can US Citizens Get A Visa On Arrival?

US citizens do not qualify for a Visa On Arrival. Instead, what happens is that you get an entry stamp at the airport.

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.

Waterfront in Barbados

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 216 BBD (Barbados Dollars) for a Single Entry Visa and 425 BBD for a Multiple Entry Visa.

How Can I Pay The Visa Fee?

You can pay the visa fee for the visa to Barbados by making a postal money order or by sending a bank draft to the Chief Immigration Officer with the address:

The Chief Immigration Officer "Careenage House" Wharf Road Bridgetown St. Michael BARBADOS

How Long Can I Stay In Barbados?

Since you do not need a visa for Barbados as a US citizen, you can stay in the country for a maximum of 6 months.

Can I Extend My Barbados Visa?

US citizens do not need to worry about this part. However, non-US citizens may get an extension for their Barbados Visa, which can be applied for at the Barbadian Immigration Department.

There are also requirements for this which are as follows:

  • An application fee of 100 USD
  • A valid passport
  • A passport photo
  • The biometric page of your passport
  • A ticket that is valid for the duration of your stay in Barbados
  • A document that supports your application (for example, a doctor’s letter)

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:

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 the 'Chief Immigration Officer' bearing a return address, phone number, and email address outlining the purpose of the 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).

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.

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: Choose Your Additional Services

Here you can add additional services. These services are 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.

Step 5: Confirm Your Application

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.

Immigration would let you know via email if your application was successful.


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.

Barbados Beach
Written By: Laliq Schuman
Fact Checked By: Richard Nathan

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Do U.S. Citizens Need A Visa For Barbados?

No. Fortunately, US Citizens can enjoy visa-free travel to Barbados but only for a certain amount of time unless they extend their visa. You also will have to have a passport and proof of a return ticket.

What Barbados Embassies Are Available In The US?

Barbados Embassies and Consulates are located in North America in New York, Miami, and Washington, DC. Otherwise, you can also make use of visa services to apply.

Does Barbados Have Any Covid Entry Requirements?

No. Barbados does not have any entry requirements for the pandemic at the moment since the situation is under control, or any other strict Barbados Travel Protocols, apart from maybe showing negative test results for COVID and showing proof of receiving vaccinations. However, it is always a good idea to check with any travel advisory for information and be safe when traveling.

What Is Emergency Travel?

Emergency Travel is typically when important travel documents have been misplaced or stolen while you’re in a foreign country, and you require “emergency documents” to travel back to your home country. You can get emergency documents at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Barbados.

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