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.”