BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Beginning March 1, travelers from the U.S.
and Canada visiting Barbados will be required to carry a valid
passport, under new security rules issued by the island's
"Travelers from North America, like the rest of the world, are
aware of the higher security measures in all aspects of travel and
have adjusted accordingly," said Bill Silvermintz, Barbabos' vice
president of marketing for the Americas. "We are revising our
policy to ensure that visitors to Barbados are guaranteed the
utmost in safety and security."
Currently a photo identification and proof of citizenship are the
only requirements for entry. Silvermintz added that since most
travelers to Barbados typically carry valid passports, the new
require won't be "a major change, or an inconvenience to our North
The Barbados government noted that cruise passengers considered
to be "in-transit" and who are continuing on with their cruises are
not subject to immigration control and, therefore, not required to
carry a valid passport. It said "in-transit" cruise passengers are
permitted to go ashore and return to their ship without any
hindrance using their ship's magnetic identification card.
However, cruise passengers with trips beginning and ending in
Barbados or who are "in-transit" to join flights at Grantley Adams
International Airport are required to possess a valid passport.
At the present time, according to U.S. immigration officials,
less than 1% of visitors from the U.S. and Canada arrive without a
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