Barbados passport

A Barbados passport is a travel document issued to citizens of Barbados, in accordance with Citizenship Act (CAP. 186) from 1978, the Immigration Act (CAP. 190) from 1997, and the Barbados Constitution, for the purpose of facilitating international travel. It allows the bearer to travel to foreign countries in accordance with visa requirements, and facilitates the process of securing assistance from Barbados consular officials abroad, if necessary.

Barbados passport
Barbados passport front cover
Issued by Barbados
EligibilityBarbados citizenship
Expiration10 years after issuance for individuals aged 16 and above; 5 years for citizens from the age of 5 - 15[1]

A Barbados passport is a document for valid proof of citizenship. The passport is also a Caricom passport, as Barbados is a member of the Caribbean Community. There are three types of passport booklets: regular, service, or diplomatic passports. Despite the placement of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) logo at the top of the document's cover-page, Barbados passports are issued by the Immigration Department under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister,[2] and at the Diplomatic Missions and Honorary Consulates of Barbados abroad.[3]

Types of passports

Barbados citizens are eligible to apply for a passport.[4] A passport for a person under 16 years of age is valid for five years; a passport for persons 16 years and above is valid for ten years.[5]


All applicants aged 16 or above are entitled to apply for a standard Barbados passport. Minors aged 15 and below may remain on their parent's passport.

Passport fees (Effective 1 December 2010)[6]

  • Adult's passport, $150
  • Minor's passport, $100
  • Business persons' passport, $225

Barbados passports may also be issued outside Barbados, for which fees vary per country.



Barbados passports are dark blue in colour, with logo of CARICOM and the words CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY followed by BARBADOS inscribed on top of the booklet. The Barbados coat of arms is prominently emblazoned in the centre of the cover page, followed on the bottom by the inscription of the words PASSPORT on ordinary passports, and DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT on diplomatic passports. Underneath that is the international biometric symbol.

Identification page

The following information is printed on the identification page, in: English, French, and Spanish.

1. Photo of Passport Holder 2. Type (PR for passport)
3. Code of Issuing State (BRB) 4. Passport Number
5. Surname 6. Given name(s)
7. Nationality (Barbados citizenship) 8. Date of birth
9. National Identification Number 10. Sex
10. Place of birth 11. Holder's signature
12. Date of issue 13. Date of expiry
14. Issuing authority

Passport photographs

The standards are:

  • 5 cm × 5 cm (2.0 in × 2.0 in)
  • Front view, full face, open eyes, closed mouth, and natural expression
  • Full head from top of hair to shoulders
  • White background
  • No shadows on face or in background
  • No sunglasses; face obstructions, or hats
  • Normal contrast and lighting

Passport statement

Barbados passports contain on their inside cover the following words in English only:

Current version

In November 2021 the Barbados government transformed to a republican form of government.[7] Follow the change there were some changes made to the passport.

Commonwealth realm version

These are to request and require in the name of the Governor-General of Barbados all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford him or her every assistance and protection of which he or she may stand in need.

1960s colonial version

The Governor of Barbados requests and requires in the Name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance, and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.

Visa requirements for Barbadian citizens

Visa requirements for Barbadian citizens
  Visa free access
  Visa on arrival
  Visa available both on arrival or online
  Visa required

As of 19 July 2022, Barbadian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 163 countries and territories, ranking the Barbadian passport 23rd in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley visa restrictions index.[8] The Barbados passport ranks 1st among CARICOM passport holders that enjoy travel freedom and visa-free access.

Holders of a Barbados passport may travel without a visa, or receive a visa upon arrival, to many other countries. As of 28 May 2009, Barbados signed a short-stay visa waiver agreement with the European Union. The agreement allows citizens of Barbados to visit the countries of Europe who are members of the Schengen Area for up to three months in any six-month period without a visa. Similarly, citizens of Europe (who countries are members of the Schengen Area) will be able to visit Barbados for the same period without a visa.


See also


  1. "Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade :: Barbados". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  2. G.O.B. (2011). "Prime Minister's Office, National Security, Civil Service and Urban Development". Barbados Government Information Service B.G.I.S. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  3. G.O.B. (2011). "Government of Barbados". Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade B.G.I.S. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  4. How do I apply for a passport?, Barbados Immigration Department.
  5. FAQ, Barbados Immigration Department.
  6. Staff writer (22 November 2010). "Hike in passport, immigration fees". Nation Newspaper. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  7. "Barbados becomes a republic and parts ways with the Queen". BBC News. 30 November 2021.
  8. "The Henley Passport Index: Q3 2022 Global Ranking" (PDF). Henley & Partners. Retrieved 19 August 2022.

Further reading

E-passport implmented in 2018. Changes made in pages in 2020 Design colours of republic passport.

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