Today in Washington D.C., Barbados and the United Arab Emirates signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Mutual Exemption of Entry Visa Requirements.  His Excellency Mr. Selwin Hart, Ambassador of Barbados to the United States and His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States, signed on behalf of their respective countries.

The MOU provides for nationals of Barbados and the United Arab Emirates to enter, exit and transit each other’s territory without an entry visa, and free of charge, for stays up to ninety (90) days.  

On signing the MOU, Ambassador Hart expressed the commitment of the Government of Barbados to improving relations between Barbados and the UAE and indicated that visa-free travel between the two countries would increase people to people contacts and foster greater commercial and tourism links which would redound to the economic benefit of both Barbados and the UAE. 

He noted that the Government of Barbados is seeking to encourage greater engagement with the UAE in the areas of trade, investment, financial services and the development of the renewable energy sector.

The signing of the MOU follows the signature of an Air Services Agreement (ASA) between Barbados and the UAE on April 23, 2014 aimed at opening up the Barbados market to new opportunities in the aviation sector, as well as facilitate further cooperation between the two countries.

Barbados and the UAE established diplomatic relations on January 8, 1996 and enjoy very cordial relations.