Barbados Scraps Visa Requirements for Several African, Asian and Gulf States

Barbados, Tuesday May 21, 2019
– Barbados has removed visa requirements for several countries as
the government seeks to increase the number of tourist arrivals, and make it
easier for investors to do business with the island.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
Senator Dr Jerome Walcott, who made the disclosure during a post-Cabinet press
conference, said visas will no longer be required for nationals of the following
African countries to enter Barbados: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia,
Morocco, Senegal, Rwanda, and Burkina Faso.

Visa waivers have also been granted to the Gulf
States of Bahrain, Jordan, Oman and Qatar as well as the Asian countries of
Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and India.

In addition, Barbados has an honorary consul
present in Monaco and visa requirements have also been lifted for that nation.

Minister Walcott explained that it was important
for Barbados to strengthen relations with countries within the global sphere,
make new friends and attract more opportunities.

“We depend on tourism, investment and
opportunities for business. We recognize in terms of travel that the
stipulations for visas are sometimes a deterrent for tourists and those seeking
to establish business with the country, they find it fairly complicated. In
this regard, the Cabinet of Barbados agreed to remove the visa requirements for
several countries in different parts of the world,” he said.

“We recognize that Africa, a continent of 54
countries, many of them showing growth rates of five, six, and seven per cent,
in terms of Rwanda, it is time for us to look more closely at that
continent.  We have made a pledge, and we
are moving towards establishing a mission in Accra, Ghana before the end of
this year.”

The Foreign Affairs Minister said government was
also hoping to attract more tourists and investors from the Gulf States and
Asian nations.

“We are recognizing and certainly hoping that the removal of these visa requirements would encourage a number of persons from these countries, not only in terms of tourism, but for investment and business,” he said.

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