Announcements

Important Information for Visiting U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados for your Visa Appointment

22 November, 2019

Please be aware that there is extremely limited standing and sitting space available for the public outside the Embassy to wait for their scheduled appointment.

Only visa applicants with scheduled appointments and parents of minor children will be allowed onto Embassy grounds and into the Consular Section waiting room. Those who are simply accompanying applicants and do not have their own individual appointment will be denied entry into the Embassy and will be without a public waiting area.

Arriving early for your visa appointment does not mean faster service. We do not operate on a “first come, first served” basis; instead, each visa applicant has a scheduled appointment time to allow for time and space constraints within the Embassy. Therefore, visa applicants will be allowed entry into the Embassy no more than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment. If you arrive earlier than 15 minutes before your appointment time, you will be asked to leave and return closer to your appointment time.

Applicants should not bring electronics with them for their appointments if possible. Mobile phones, laptops, or tablets are not allowed into the Consular Section. All applicants must turn off their cell phones and go through security screening before entering the Embassy, similar to entering an airport. If an applicant must bring a mobile phone, then it must be checked with Embassy security personnel and retrieved upon departing the Embassy. Embassy security personnel will not secure items larger than a mobile phone. In order to speed up security checks and reduce time spent in lines, applicants should not bring suitcases, large bags, backpacks, or any other large or bulky objects, as there is no storage space available at the Embassy and these items will not be allowed into the Consular Section.

Extension of Validity for Venezuelan Passports

12 June, 2019

As of June 7, 2019 the Department of State recognizes that previously issued Venezuelan passports and “prorrogas” have been extended by decree of interim Venezuelan President Guaido for an additional five years past their printed date of expiration. Passports rendered valid by this decree will be accepted for visa and other consular services.

Supreme Court Order on Presidential Proclamation on Visas (December 4, 2017)

11 December, 2017

On December 4, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Government’s motions for emergency stays of preliminary injunctions issued by the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Hawaii and Maryland, which prohibited the enforcement of certain sections of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (P.P). Nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Venezuela are subject to the restrictions and limitations. More information is available at this link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/presidential-proclamation-archive/2017-12-04-Presidential-Proclamation.html.