Barbadian citizens with a valid national passport allow confirmed entry to all the Schengen areas without any visa. The situation will remain the same till the end of 2022. All the Barbadian nationals will enjoy the visa-free trips for 90 days having the following purposes: 

  • Business
  • Health
  • Tourism
  • Leisure
  • Transit

The visa-exempt policy is the result of the agreement between the European Union and Barbados. The Barbadian nationals can enter any of the states in Europe without the need for any visa. But in the last quarter of 2022, a new system will be in the implication that will require all the Barbadian nationals to get authorization from the online system that is the same as other visa waiver systems currently in use in Canada America.  

This system is called ETIAS. It is an electronic system that will require all the nationals from the list of 60 eligible countries to apply online and get travel authorization from the European system. 

The authorities will take the important and necessary information from the applicant. It will be screened from the various databases of the law enforcement agencies in the Schengen zone and working internationally. This system aims to improve the security and safety conditions in the Schengen zone to fight terrorism. 

A list of complementary systems will work together with ETIAS to make things smooth and streamlined. These systems are:

  • (SIS) Schengen Information System
  • The Entry-Exit System for Europe

These systems will work together and make things better and swift for the visa-exempt travelers who want to enter the Schengen area. This system will also stop the travelers who can be a threat to the citizens of European countries. This system will screen the travelers who are lagged or have some risk involved with them, and it will stop them right away by denying them the visa waiver to enter the Schengen zone. 

Benefits for Barbadian visitors and EU residents:

  • The border check will become more efficient as the authorities will not have to stop every traveler and run their information from the database to check whether the individual is safe to enter the Schengen zone or not. All Barbadian citizens can apply for the visa waiver from home, and at the time of entry, they have to show their passport imbued with a visa waiver, answer the simple questions, and they will be allowed to enter the Schengen zone. 
  • The Barbadian citizens will not need to go to any embassy or consulate to get a visa. 
  • This system will increase the security and safety of European citizens. 
  • The most important thing is that the refusal rate at the border will be decreased as all the security check has already been made by the ETIAS.

ETIAS BENEFITS

All the Barbadian citizens who will get the authorization from the ETIAS will have access to all the Schengen states, and they can stay there for 90 days. The stay must not exceed longer than that in the 180 days period.

ETIAS COUNTRIES FROM BARBADOS

The 22 ETIAS countries:
  • Slovenia
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Czech Republic
  • Malta
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Estonia
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • EU Schengen
  • Non-EU Schengen States
  • Non-Schengen EU States

ETIAS Required

Non-EU Member States:
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Switzerland
Micro-States of Schengen Area:
  • Monaco
  • Vatican City
  • San Marino

ETIAS Non-Required

Non-Schengen EU States
  • Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Croatia

Once a Barbadian national has acquired ETIAS authorization, it will grant access to all the Schengen states, and the holder can stay there for 90 days. The stay must not exceed more than 90 days in the 180 days period. The holder who has completed 90 days stay in the Schengen zone must stay out of Europe for 90 days to get access again to the Schengen zone.

Once the Barbadian citizen has received authorization, it will remain valid for three years. This three year time period is the surety for the holder to enter and exit any of the Schengen states as per requirement. If the passport that was used for the application in the ETIAS gets expired, the authorization will be void at once. And the holder must get a new passport and again get the authorization from the ETIAS. 

The process is entirely simple, and in most cases, the applicant gets the authorization within minutes. 

ETIAS REQUIREMENTS FOR BARBADIAN CITIZENS

This new system for all the 60 eligible countries doesn't provide visas; rather, it offers visa waivers to the nationals of eligible countries. Barbadian citizens are also eligible to get this visa waiver. That's why they don't need the same process for visas to get authorization from ETIAS. The requirement for the visa waiver is simple, and it requires the following:

  • A current Barbadian passport
  • Passport validity at least three months 
  • A valid email address 
  • A credit or debit card to pay for the ETIAS processing fee

The Barbadian citizen who has these things is allowed to apply for the ETIAS, and the process will take only 10 t 20 minutes.

OBTAINING ETIAS 

Applying for the visa waiver from ETIAS is extremely simple. The online portal will ask a simple question and current information from the applicant. This information will be screened through the databases, and the Barbadian citizen will get the visa waiver authorization on the email. The system will be in effect in the last quarter of 2022.

  • Country of passport issuance, in this case, Barbados.
  • Nationality
  • Passport issuance date
  • Passport expiration date
  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Travel itinerary
  • Intended arrival date
  • First Schengen country of arrival
  • Travel purpose

After providing above mentioned information, the application form will require the answer to the security question from all the applicants. The security information is of utmost importance as it will be screened through various local and international databases of law enforcement agencies. A citizen of Barbados with a criminal record can get ETIAS only if he is not a threat to European citizens. 

When the applicant has provided the information, the next thing is to proof read. The information is vital for the authorization, and if there is any discrepancy, the application will be rejected right away. 

Once all the information regarding security and travel is saved on the application form, the system will require the contact number and payment details. The debit or credit card is required to pay the processing fee, and the application will enter the online automatic screening system. The process will take only 10 to 15minutes, and the visa waiver will be sent to the provided email after authentication. 

If there is a discrepancy, the information will be turned to the manual, and the process might take 72 hours to complete. In case of rejection, the applicant will be informed through email with denial and the right to appeal.  

ETIAS FOR BARBADIAN MINORS

ETIAS authorization is compulsory for all the nationals of Barbados. Regardless of age and gender, all the citizens must apply for the ETIAS through the online portal before coming to the Schengen border. Sam is the case for the minors. The adults who are traveling with minors must also apply for their minors through ETIAS online portal and pay the processing fee from their debit or credit card. 

ETIAS application form will require the following data from the minors:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Passport issuance date
  • Passport expiration date
  • Country of passport issuance

The parents and legal guardians can apply for the minors to get the ETIAS visa waiver; the Barbadian citizens must keep the same passport all the time with them in the Schengen area. The visa waiver will be sent to the email provided at the time of the application form. 

ETIAS FOR BARBADIANS - FAQ

DUAL CITIZENSHIP NEED AN ETIAS FOR EUROPE?

The Barbadian citizens who wish to apply for the ETIAS must choose one passport to get access to the Schengen states. The Barbadian citizens with dual nationality can use any of the passports they want to use to get the ETIAS visa waiver and enter their country of choice and stay there for a period of 90 days. The ETIAS authorization is sent to the email address of the applicant provided at the time of application. It cannot be transferred from one passport to another. And the holder must have the passport which was used to apply for the ETIAS all the time with them during the stay and travel to the Schengen states. The passport validity is also important for the ETIAS authorization. The passport must be valid for a minimum of three months when a Barbadian citizen wants to apply for the ETIAS. Once the passport is expired, the ETIAS associated with it will also consider expired, and the citizen will have to apply for the new ETIAS on the new passport.

ETIAS TO ATTEND A CONFERENCE IN EUROPE?

All Barbadian nationals are allowed to enter the Schengen zone to attend seminars or conferences in any of the Schengen countries. The Barbadian nationals are just required to present their valid passport and reason to enter the country at the time of entry. But after the implication of this system in late 2022, all Barbadian nationals will have to apply for the visa waiver authorization from the ETIAS online portal before leaving their country. The visa waiver will be required to show before boarding the plane or vehicle to enter the Schengen area. All the students and business people who wish to attend any seminar or conference after 2022 must obtain authorization from ETIAS. This authorization will allow the holder to stay in any of the Schengen states to attend the seminar, business meetings, or conferences. The students and business people are not allowed to stay more than 90 days in the 18- day period.

BUSINESS OR WORK IN EUROPE ON ETIAS FOR BARBADIANS?

The businessmen and workers who have not decided the country of their choice can get great benefits from the ETIAS. This authorization allows the holder to stay for 90 days in any of the Schengen states. The holder can move to all the 26 Schengen member states and look for the possibilities which are feasible for their business or work. All they need to do is to provide proof of sufficient funds that will suffice for their 90 days stay. Once they have decided on the country for their business or work now, they need to apply for a long term visa in the consulate or embassy of the desired state in their country. The Barbadian citizens who wish to work in Europe must obtain a visa in their country from the consulate or embassy by providing the required documents and following the procedure. If the Barbadian citizens stay more than 90 days in the European states in 180 days period, there will be consequences that could result in revocation, or they could get deported and fined.