Submitted by islandgal246
The embassy of the United States of America here in Barbados is responsible for issuing visas to citizens of several of the Caribbean islands and this includes nationals of Haiti. Many of these Haitian nationals reside in the French Territories of Martinique and Guadeloupe must come here to apply for a US visa. They are required to obtain Barbados visas at the cost of $50.00 USD which was paid on arrival at the airport. They then have to stay in Barbados overnight depending on the appointment time at the US Embassy. I went to the Barbados Foreign Service website to get information on visas requirements. Recently I learned they were told that they could not travel to Barbados as usual because they must now obtain their Barbados visas at the British Consulate in their respective countries of residence.
There is nothing on the website stating this sudden change of venue. I am asking why? Why is the Barbados Government penalizing Haitians whom we so want to help? Why can’t Haitians be given a visa waiver when they come to get their US visas? Aren’t they not part of our Caribbean brothers and sisters? Don’t they observers status in Caricom? They have to pay the departure tax when they leave so they are contributing for the use of the airport. They use taxis and hotels when they come here so they are contributing to Barbados’ economy. Why are we doing this to them? Citizens from neighbouring countries can come freely without restrictions.
I am disappointed at the Government’s policy towards Haiti and its citizens.