Do I require a visa to visit Barbados?
This depends on the purpose of your visit and your country of citizenship.
Persons who are not citizens of Barbados but are seeking to work or study in Barbados require the requisite visa. There are some exceptions for CARICOM nationals.
The visa application form for Barbaods can be downloaded here
Where can I obtain a visa?
The Immigration Department in Bridgetown is responsible for matters relating to the issuing (of all types) of visas for entry to Barbados by non nationals. The Department issues work permits, student visas, business visas and visitor visas. Visitor visas are also issued by Barbados' missions and consulates abroad.
The contact information for the Immigration Department in Barbados is:-
Address: Careenage House,
Telephone: (246) 4344100
Fax: (246) 4260819
Address: Grantley Adams International Airport
Telephone: (246) 4184180
Fax: (246) 4207180
The requisite application form should be completed in duplicate and must be accompanied by two (2) passport-size photographs.
How much does a visa cost?
The fees vary depending on the type of visa you require. The application fee for a student visa is US$300.00, while the fee for a single entry visitor visa is US$100.00 and a multiple entry visa is US200.00.
You should check with the relevant Barbados mission and consulate regarding the fee for a visitor visa.
Click here to see the Second Schedule to the Immigration (Forms and Fees) Regulations. The fees are denominated in Barbados dollars.
How long does it take to get a visa?
The processing period for visas varies. However, the average processing time for a work permit is six to eight weeks, for a student visa, four to six weeks, and for a visitor visa, two weeks.
Do I need to send my passport along with my application?
Yes. This is to allow the visa officer to affix the visa to your passport.
Can I obtain a visa at the point at entry?
No. You should apply for the visa before you leave for Barbados. .
Do I require a visa to study in Barbados?
All non-nationals require student visas to study or go to school in Barbados. Student visas are only issued by the Immigration Department in Barbados.
There is an application fee of US$100.00.
How do I apply for a student visa?
You will need to complete the appropriate form ( H1 and H2) stamped by the school principal and submit the form, along with a valid passport, and four (4) photographs to the Chief Immigration Officer. If the parent(s) reside(s) in Barbados, proof of (the parents) valid work permit should accompany the application.
The processing period for student visas is four to six weeks.
Click here to see information on procedures for renewal of student visas.
Do I require a visa to work in Barbados?
Yes. In limited instances, individuals who have special skills which are in short supply in Barbados may be granted a work permit for a specific post if there is no qualified Barbadian available for the post. Applications for work permits in these cases are processed by the employer and not the prospective employee.
Non-national participation in the retail sector is not encouraged, and similarly in the tourism sector every effort is made to restrict the operation of tourism ancillary services (restaurants, bars, ground transportation, water sports, etc.) to Barbadian nationals, except in cases where the operation is unique and the expertise is unavailable locally, or where the operation is likely to make a significant contribution to the local tourist product.
The application fee for a work permit is US$300.00. The cost upon granting of permision to 'reside and work' in Barbados is US$1,000.00.