US Embassy in Barbados resumes VISA services

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Persons desirous of applying for a US entry VISA may now do so as the US Embassy in Barbados has resumed operations.

“The U.S. Embassy Consular Section in Barbados has announced the resumption of routine tourist and business visa services in the B1/B2 visa category beginning Monday November 16, 2020, with next available open appointments starting December 01, 2020,” a notice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.

The notice said appointments will only be available for applicants residing within the Embassy’s consular district, which encompasses Antigua and Barbuda, countries within the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, and the French and United Kingdom jurisdictions in the Eastern Caribbean.

It added that applicants residing outside of Barbados who wish to schedule an in-person interview must strictly adhere to all immigration restrictions imposed by the Government of Barbados. Furthermore, all applicants are expected to strictly adhere to Barbadian Ministry of Health protocols. 

“A visa appointment at the US Embassy does not allow for a breakage of required quarantine or isolation. All applicants must wear a facial covering while inside the embassy, and adhere to posted instructions about health safety, including social distancing and the application of hand sanitizer. Any applicant experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever should not come for his/her interview,” the notice emphasised.  

In addition, United States entry bans from designated global hotspots of COVID-19 remain in effect. Therefore, the overwhelming majority of travelers from the United Kingdom, Ireland, the European Union (Schengen Zone), Brazil, China and Iran, even with a valid nonimmigrant visa, will not be permitted to enter the United States if they have been to one of the listed geographic zones within fourteen days. 

The US Embassy Consular Section in Barbados has also continued to process student visas.