Visa-free Travel between European Union and Caribbean Countries

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Short-stay visa waiver agreements were signed last week between representatives of the European Union (EU) and of four Caribbean countries – Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Other countries included in this agreement are Mauritius and Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

The agreements provide for visa-free travel for the citizens of the European Union and for the citizens of the six countries – holders of all passports (diplomatic, service and ordinary) – between their territories for stays not exceeding three months. The agreements cover all categories of travelers, except for the category of persons traveling for the purpose of carrying out a paid activity.

Vice-President Jacques Barrot, Commissioner responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security, declared that he hoped the visa-free travel will contribute to the improvement of people to people contacts between the citizens of these countries.

According to nevisblog.com, one European website sees the arrangement between St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, the Bahamas, and Antigua and Barbuda as helping Europeans to “escape to the sunny Caribbean with visa-free travel to exotic beaches.”

For full article, see http://www.caribbean360.com/News/Caribbean/Stories/2009/05/29/NEWS0000007605.html and http://www.nevisblog.com/?p=3157

9 thoughts on “Visa-free Travel between European Union and Caribbean Countries

  1. From May 28th 2009, citizens from Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, and Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mauritius, the Seychelles don’t need a visa to travel to Schengen area in the European Union.

    EC citizens as well don’t need a visa to travel to these . From June 1st 2009, French and Italian can travel to Mauritius with their identity card instead of passport.

    Visa waiver between EC and 6 islands (ecvisawaiver.wordpress.com) is the dedicated blog :
    -to learn about the requirement to benefit from visa waiver;
    -to share your experience with immigration control in EC;
    -to learn about others experiences with immigration control in EC;
    -to educate yourself about the legal remedies in case of refusal of entry in EC and to seek compensation if the refusal was illegal;
    -to learn about the police file SIS for Schengen area;

    You are welcome to visit the blog and leave your experience with EC borders in comment.

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