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Visa hoax

US embassy denies report of a no visa policy for Barbados

The United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean says contrary to rumours, its visa requirements for Barbadians seeking to enter the US have not changed.

Today, Barbados TODAY was alerted by one of its readers to a “breaking news alert” that has been circulating on social media under the headline: United States Announces “No Visa” Policy for Barbados.

A screenshot of the statement which the US Embassy says is a hoax.

A screenshot of the statement which the US Embassy says is a hoax.

The news item, which carried a Washington dateline, had by late this evening attracted 675 likes on Facebook.

It said: “The US State Department today updated the number of qualified Visa Waiver Program (VWP) designated countries from 38 to 39. The 39th country to have enjoyed the privilege is Barbados”.

It went on to state that: “Barbadian passport holders no longer require visas to travel to the United States”.

However, in a brief statement to Barbados TODAY this evening, the Bridgetown-based embassy advised the public that “contrary to rumours, the list of countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Programme has NOT changed”.

It also attached a URL link to the complete list of countries whose citizens are currently eligible to travel to the United States under its VWP which enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the US for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa, once they meet certain requirements.

Currently there are 38 countries, whose citizens can benefit from the VWP, none from the Caribbean.

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