Barbados to require passports for island entry


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 government.

"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 American travelers.

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 passport.

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