U.S. Embassy and Barbados Security Forces Conduct Joint Anti-Fraud Training

From October 19 to 22, the U.S. Embassy to Barbados conducted a fraud prevention and detection training with members of the Royal Barbados Police Force, Customs Department, Immigration Department, and the Barbados Defense Force at the Regional Police Training Centre Christ Church. The course, which was facilitated by the U.S.  Diplomatic Security Services Overseas Criminal ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Barbados Celebrate Completions of Flood Management Project in Holetown/Trents

The U.S. Embassy and the Barbados Ministry of Environment and National Beautification celebrated the completion of the 7-year Water Resource Management and Flood Resilience Project. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contributed US$5.3 million to the project, while the Government of Barbados invested US$1.7 million to the initiative. The project is a part ... Read More»

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ Independence Day

On behalf of the government and people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the 41st anniversary of your independence. The United States is committed to helping make the Caribbean safer and more prosperous while upholding democratic values and human rights.  The U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Online Auction

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown will be auctioning one truck bed, computer equipment, toners, household furniture & appliances, etc… “PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION FOR EACH ITEM BEFORE YOU BID”. Note that all bids (local currency BBD) must be placed exclusively online. https://www.32auctions.com/NOV-03-2020 VIEWING:All items can be viewed on Friday October 30 between the hours of 9:00 ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Provides US$6 million for Emergency Ops Centres in Grenada, Carriacou

On Monday, October 19, U.S. Ambassador to Grenada Linda Taglialatela joined Minister of Finance Gregory Bowen, Minister of State with responsibility for Disaster Management Winston Garraway, and Permanent Secretary Rhonda Jones to commission a new emergency operations centre and warehouse in Morne Jaloux. This centre will serve as the headquarters for the National Disaster Management ... Read More»

Travel Advisory Update for Dominica – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

The Department of State has raised the Travel Advisory Level for Dominica to Level 3 – Reconsider travel to Dominica due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.     Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Dominica due ... Read More»

Travel Advisory Update for St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

The Department of State has lowered the Travel Advisory Level for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to Level 2 – Exercise increased caution in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.     Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued ... Read More»

U.S. Support Continues Extraordinary Work of the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela toured the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory on Friday, October 2, to gain firsthand insight into its lifesaving work.  The laboratory, completed in 2018 through a US$6 million investment by the U.S. Government, conducts all of Barbados’ COVID-19 testing. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth George and Laboratory Director Songee ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy, BIDC and BYBT launch Training Program for Women Entrepreneurs

On Tuesday September 29, the U.S. Embassy in Barbados in partnership with the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) and the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) launched the U.S. Department of State’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program. The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program, which is in its second year, is part of the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Online Auction

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown invites you to participate in our online auction:- All bids must be placed exclusively online at https://www.32auctions.com/OCT-10-2020   Once the auction Closes, Winners MUST pay via the bank ONLY!  NO cash/in person payments will be accepted.  Successful bidders should deposit/transfer the total amount into the Embassy’s bank account and provide a receipt ... Read More»

St. Kitts and Nevis Independence Day

On behalf of the United States Government and the American people, I congratulate the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis on its 37th year of independence. Our strong relationship is rooted in deep historical and social ties based on democratic values, human rights, and prosperity.  The U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership strengthens our preparedness for hurricanes and ... Read More»

US Embassy Sealed Bid Auto Auction

October 17, 2020 at our Embassy Parking Lot 9:00am until 1:00pm The U.S. Embassy will be holding a sealed-bid auction at the U.S. Embassy parking lot in Wildey Business Park, Wildey, St. Michael. Viewing begins at 9:00am and all bids must be in by 1:00pm. The following vehicle will be offered: 2013 Honda CRV 4WD ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy, CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Reach Thousands with Virtual Professional Development Workshop

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Last week, more than 5,000 persons across the Caribbean and as far away as the UK tuned into the virtual Professional Development Series, hosted by the U.S. Embassy and the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYA). The three-part series, which was streamed on the Embassy’s Facebook Live platform, provided aspiring professionals across the region ... Read More»

The U.S., OECS Chart the Future for Early Grade Reading through the Early Learners Program

September 11, 2020 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – To promote high achievement in literacy, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), partnered with the Organization of Eastern and Caribbean States (OECS) since 2015 through the Early Learners Program (ELP) to improve reading achievements of learners in Grades K through 3 in Antigua and ... Read More»

U.S. Donates Hurricane Shelter Equipment to Saint Lucia

September 10, 2020 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The United States Embassy recently donated $30,000 USD worth of hurricane shelter equipment to Saint Lucia’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) to aid in preparation efforts for future hurricane seasons. “This U.S. funded project will support the local purchase of 230 foam covered mattresses that will be pre-positioned at ... Read More»

Renewal Interview Waiver Updates

Due to the effects of COVID-19 routine B1/B2 in-person interviews remain suspended. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-bb/niv , or 246-623-9832 or 246-6239833 to request an emergency appointment. For more information visit the  Nonimmigrant Visas page . The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is responsible for ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown and Caribbean Youth Ambassadors to host Professional Development Series

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown and the Caribbean Youth Ambassadors Barbados will host a three-part virtual professional development series in response to rising unemployment due to the suspension of global travel and the subsequent impact on the Eastern Caribbean tourism sector as a result of COVID-19. This week-long “Lunchtime Lecture” seminar will provide aspiring professionals with ... Read More»

COVID Information – Grenada

Country-Specific Information: Since the beginning of the pandemic, Grenada has had a total of 24 confirmed COVID cases, but currently no cases are active. Entry and Exit Requirements: There is currently no announced date for continuation of commercial passenger flights to and from the United States, and all travelers coming from the United States to ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Laura August 21, 2020

Location: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin   The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens that the National Hurricane Center is advising that Tropical Storm Laura is headed towards the Eastern Caribbean.  Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) ... Read More»

Alert – ** Your Vote Matters; Make Your Vote Count**

2020 is a Presidential Election Year. All Americans, regardless of where you reside, can vote in this election. However, if you do not plan to return to the United States to vote in person, you will need to pay careful attention to registration, absentee request, and ballot receipt deadlines. Such deadlines vary by state and many have been adjusted ... Read More»

Barbadian heads to United States under Fulbright LASPAU Program

The U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is pleased to announce that Xavier Caddle is the Fulbright LASPAU recipient for this academic year. Xavier has been accepted to pursue a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Central Florida beginning in the Fall of 2020. The Fulbright LASPAU program is affiliated with ... Read More»

US provides Masks, PPE to Assist in COVID Control in Dominica

August 19, 2020 US provides Masks, PPE to Assist in COVID Control in Dominica The United States Embassy recently donated $US30,000 worth of personal protective equipment COVID-19 related supplies to Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management to assist Dominica’s efforts to combat and control the COVID-19 pandemic. “These supplies will support national efforts to contain the ... Read More»

Christ Church Foundation School Student-Athletes Get Send-Off from U.S. Ambassador

Five Christ Church Foundation School (CCFS) student-athletes and two coaches met with U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela at the U.S. Embassy before the students depart to study in the United States. Selena Johnson (Northern Michigan University – track and field), Nathan Crawford-Wallis (Prairie View A&M University – track and field), Chanté Moore (Dakota College at Bottineau ... Read More»

Emancipation Day celebrates our shared humanity

This is my first Emancipation Day in Grenada. It is well worth celebrating that in 1833, across the British Caribbean, nearly a million people were freed from slavery. Although we don’t have a national holiday in the United States to mark the emancipation from slavery, many states and cities have their own holiday. The District ... Read More»

US Delivers Five Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Students and Families

On Saturday, July 25, the United States government and U.S. non-profit, Source Relief, delivered 10,665lbs of humanitarian aid to charities in St. Kitts and Nevis.  The delivery was made possible with the help of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Air Force, which provided an airlift to transport the private U.S. charity ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Tropical Cyclone

Location: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin Event: The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens that the National Hurricane Center is advising that Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 is headed towards the Eastern Caribbean. Maximum sustained winds ... Read More»

Weather Alert: Tropical Storm Gonzalo (Update #2)

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Gonzalo (Update #2) July 24, 2020 This is an update to our previous messages regarding Tropical Storm Gonzalo. The government of Barbados has canceled the Hurricane Watches for Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Gonzalo (Update #1)

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Gonzalo (Update #1) July 23, 2020 This is an update to our previous message regarding Tropical Storm Gonzalo. Hurricane Warnings are now in effect for Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. At 200 PM AST today, the center of Tropical ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Gonzalo

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Tropical Storm Gonzalo July 22, 2020 The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens that Tropical Storm Gonzalo has formed and is headed towards the Eastern Caribbean. According to the  National Hurricane Center , Gonzalo is expected to move near or over the ... Read More»

Inter-American Foundation and USAID Launch Joint Initiative to Foster Caribbean Disaster Resilience

At a meeting of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Working Group on Friday, July 10, the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) announced a $5 million initiative to strengthen community-led disaster preparedness, for which U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $1 million. Frequent and intensifying natural disasters over the past decade have disrupted small island nations’ infrastructure ... Read More»

Alert – Resumption of Additional Consular Services

U.S. Citizen Services Effective July 22, 2020, the United States Embassy in Barbados will provide routine passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and notarial services on a limited and  by appointment only  basis.  If you need to renew an adult passport, please follow the instructions  here . Visas As of July 22, the United States Embassy in Barbados is resuming certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including: F1, ... Read More»

Alert: Flight from Sint Maarten to Fort Lauderdale, FL on Saturday, July 18

Location: Sint Maarten Event: Flight to Ft. Lauderdale on July 18 Operated by Spirit Airlines The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados has been advised of a flight being offered by Spirit Airlines on July 18, 2020.  The flight will depart from Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in Sint Maarten and proceed to Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Leads Straight Talk on Rhythm and Rights of Songwriting 

U.S. songwriters Tim Kubart and Diana Lawrence joined Kittitian media personality Michelle “Sweet Sister Sensia” Stokes for a virtual discussion about intellectual property rights and the creative music process.  More than 100 viewers joined an animated discussion about registration, royalties, and resources to support creative artists in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. Sweet Sister Sensia ... Read More»

U.S. Contributes $40k of Parts and Equipment to Regional Security System

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The United States Embassy recently furnished the Regional Security System with nearly $US40,000 worth of maritime equipment and upgrades, to assist in the maintenance and longevity of the RSS Maritime Training Center’s patrol boats. The patrol boats are used to train police and coast guard forces throughout the Caribbean. “Our US partners ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, July 8 at 2pm

U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela invites you to join a virtual U.S. Citizen Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, July 8, at 2:00 p.m. The Ambassador and consular officers will provide information regarding emergency preparedness during the 2020 hurricane season and how to register, receive, complete, and mail absentee ballots to vote in the November Presidential Election. Meeting information: Topic: Embassy ... Read More»

Celebrating July 4th

Statement by United States Ambassador, Linda S Taglialatela Over the last 5 years, I have had the great honour to celebrate July 4th, the United States’ Independence Day, throughout the Eastern Caribbean. As an American, I see July 4th as a day to not only appreciate the great ideals and accomplishments of my country, but ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert Location:  U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados – Wildey Business Park Event:  A demonstration by a group of protesters is planned for Saturday, July 4 at 11:00 a.m. in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy.  Demonstrations may also occur elsewhere in the Eastern Caribbean region.  Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests; ... Read More»

U.S Citizen Virtual Town Hall

U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela invites you to join a virtual U.S. Citizen Town Hall meeting on Thursday, July 9, at 2:00pm.  The Ambassador and consular officers will provide information regarding emergency preparedness during the 2020 hurricane season and how to register, receive, complete and mail absentee ballots to vote in the November Presidential election. Login information will ... Read More»

Alert: Update on Flight from Barbados (BGI) to New York (JFK) on Saturday, July 4, 2020

Location:  Barbados The commercial carrier – JetBlue – has informed the Embassy in Bridgetown that it is intending to offer seats to U.S. citizens and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents on a July 4 flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City departing in the late afternoon.  Details of the flight including planned departure time and cost ... Read More»

Alert: Potential Flight from Barbados (BGI) to New York (JFK) on Thursday, July 2, 2020

Alert:  Potential Flight from Barbados (BGI) to New York (JFK) on Thursday, July 2, 2020 Location:  Barbados The commercial carrier – JetBlue – has informed the Embassy in Bridgetown that it is intending to offer seats to U.S. citizens and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents on a July 2 flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York ... Read More»

U.S. passport and travel information for U.S. citizens following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

We recommend that all U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad enroll in the Department of State’s  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) , a free service protected by U.S. privacy law. Once you register with STEP you will receive important updates from the Embassy to help you make informed decisions, and it can help the Embassy and your family and friends ... Read More»

U.S. Visa and Travel FAQs for non-U.S. citizens following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Consular Affairs LAST UPDATED: June 23, 2020 at 12:15 EDT Due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus/COVID-19, we ask that you check this information before deciding whether to contact us. Due to reduced staffing, we will be unable to reply to any questions submitted through our contact forms if they are answered here, ... Read More»

State Department releases 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report

Now in it’s 20th year,  the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. The theme ... Read More»

Alert: Flight from Saint Vincent to San Juan, Puerto Rico Scheduled for Friday, June 26, 2020

Location:  Saint Vincent Event:  The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines (Silver Airways) – to facilitate a private charter flight departing from Saint Vincent (SVD) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10:00am for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Donates PPE to CDEMA and the Regional Security System

June 10, 2020 U.S. Embassy Donates PPE to CDEMA and the Regional Security System U.S. Coast Guard Commander Steve Charnon, Senior Defense Official at the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, formally handed over US$104,000 of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Regional Security System during a ... Read More»

BDF Coast Guard Commander Graduates from 10-month U.S. Military Training

Lieutenant Commander Mark Peterson, Commander of the Barbados Coast Guard recently graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, after undergoing 10-months of intensive study as part of the U.S. International Military Education and Training (IMET) program. The Command and General Staff College stands as the lead U.S. Army leadership ... Read More»

Alert: Potential Repatriation Flight from St. Vincent to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Location: St. Vincent Event: The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is exploring the possibility of another flight with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways –from St. Vincent to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens who are interested in this potential flight opportunity should contact the Embassy ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bridgetown

Location:  Kensington Oval to Independence Square in Bridgetown, Barbados Event:  A demonstration march by a group of protesters is planned for Saturday, June 13 beginning at 11:00 a.m. from Kensington Oval to Independence Square.  Demonstrations may also occur elsewhere in the Eastern Caribbean region.  Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests; even peaceful protests can ... Read More»

Alert: Flight from Bridgetown, Barbados to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Fort Lauderdale, Florida Scheduled for Friday, June 12, 2020

Location:  Barbados Event:  The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados has been advised of a flight with the commercial carrier -Silver Airways- departing from Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) and continuing on with a final destination of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL) on Friday, June 12 for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  The flight will Depart BGI at 10:00am ... Read More»

World Oceans Day

We All Have a Duty to Protect Our Oceans U.S. Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott wrote, “The sea is history.”  Scientific theory holds that life on earth began shortly after the formation of the world’s oceans 4.4 billion years ago and may have started there.  Today our oceans remain a lifeline, covering ... Read More»

United States Congratulates St. Kitts and Nevis on Successful Elections

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 8, 2020 The United States congratulates the people of St. Kitts and Nevis on their free and fair elections and looks forward to deepening our partnership with Prime Minister Timothy Harris and his government. We will continue to work together to promote security, economic prosperity, and democratic rights for the citizens of ... Read More»

Alert – Flight from Barbados to New York City Scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Location:  Barbados Event:  The commercial carrier – JetBlue – has informed the Embassy in Bridgetown that it is intending to offer seats to U.S. citizens and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents on a June 9 flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City on Tuesday. The June 9 flight would depart at 5:30 pm with a ... Read More»

Alert – Flight from St. Lucia to New York City scheduled for Wednesday, June 10

Location:  St. Lucia Event: The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados has been advised of a flight with the commercial carrier – JetBlue –from St. Lucia to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City on Wednesday, June 10 for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents) ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados – Wildey Business Park

Location:  U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados – Wildey Business Park Event:  A demonstration by a group of protesters is planned for Saturday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy.  Demonstrations may also occur elsewhere in the Eastern Caribbean region.  Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests; even peaceful ... Read More»

Call for Application for the Women in Politics Leadership Institute

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown will host its inaugural Women in Politics Leadership Institute from July 29 to August 26, 2020. The free five-week online program will gather 25 aspiring female leaders from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to gain knowledge on the importance ... Read More»

June 2020 – National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America From America’s earliest days, Caribbean Americans have contributed to the success, spirit, and character of our Nation.  For generations, their skills, knowledge, innovation, and initiative have enhanced and advanced many aspects of our society.  During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the rich history ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Taglialatela’s Call with St. Lucia Prime Minister Chastanet

On May 27, U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela spoke by phone with St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic response and preparations for the upcoming hurricane season.  The Ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for his government’s support for the repatriation of U.S. citizens from St. Lucia during the pandemic.  They discussed healthcare protocols and economic ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Taglialatela’s Call with Dominica Prime Minister Skerrit

May 28, 2020   On May 27, U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela spoke by phone with Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to discuss Dominica’s COVID-19 response and hurricane preparedness.  The Ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for his government’s support for the repatriation of U.S. citizens from Dominica during the pandemic.  They discussed the testing kits and medical equipment made available ... Read More»

Former U.S. Ambassador Advocates for Unified Caribbean Voice on Human Rights in Venezuela

May 29, 2020 The United States Embassy in Barbados hosted an online discussion on May 28 ahead of the one-year anniversary of the UN human rights report on Venezuela.  The program featured former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Patrick Duddy, a retired diplomat, who currently serves as the director of Duke University’s Center for Latin American ... Read More»

Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity of the American people, our foreign assistance is saving lives and helping to mitigate economic devastation around the ... Read More»

Alert – Flight from Anguilla to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Location:  Anguilla Event: The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados has been advised of a flight from Anguilla (AXA) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Saturday, May 23 with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents) wishing to travel to the U.S. to contact this airline directly and immediately ... Read More»

Alert – Flights from St. Kitts to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Location:  Saint Kitts Event: The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways – to facilitate flights from Saint Kitts (SKB) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22 for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents) ... Read More»

Additional Flight from Barbados to San Juan, Puerto Rico Scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020

Location:  Barbados Event:  The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados has coordinated a second flight with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines (Silver Airways) – to facilitate a private charter flight departing from Bridgetown (BGI) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:00am for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  A limited number of seats remain available.  ... Read More»

Alert – Flight from Barbados to San Juan, Puerto Rico Scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2020

Location:  Barbados Event:  The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines (Silver Airways) – to facilitate a private charter flight departing from Bridgetown (BGI) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 10:00am for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents) wishing ... Read More»

Alert – Potential Repatriation Flight from Saint Kitts to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Location:  Saint Kitts Event: The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is exploring the possibility of additional flights with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways –from Saint Kitts (SKB) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens who are interested in this potential flight opportunity should contact the Embassy by emailing ... Read More»

Alert – Potential Repatriation Flight from Barbados (BGI) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Location:  Barbados Event: The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is exploring the possibility of another flight with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways –from Barbados (BGI) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens who are interested in this potential flight opportunity should contact the Embassy by emailing us ... Read More»

World Press Freedom Day – May 3

World Press Freedom Day Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On World Press Freedom Day, recognized around the world on May 3, we highlight the critical role of independent media in facilitating the open exchange of information and ideas so vital to free, prosperous, and secure democratic societies. This year, as the world faces the ... Read More»

Alert – Additional Flight from Anguilla to San Juan, Puerto Rico Scheduled on Friday, May 1, 2020

Alert: Additional Flight from Anguilla to San Juan, Puerto Rico Scheduled on Friday, May 1, 2020 Location:  Anguilla Event:  The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados has coordinated with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines (Silver Airways) – to facilitate an additional commercial flight from Anguilla (AXA) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Friday, May 1, 2020 (scheduled departure 10:10am – arrival ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

Location: Grenada Event: Additional transportation from Carriacou to catch the Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways flight on Thursday, April 30 Ferry from Carriacou The Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs along with the Grenada Tourism Authority has kindly offered ferry service from Carriacou for U.S. citizens wishing to catch the flight on Thursday.  Please find the ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

Location: Grenada Event: Flight full:  Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways flight on Thursday, April 30 Flights Commercial carrier Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways has sold all available seats for its flight from Grenada to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday, April 30.  The Embassy is working with the airline for another flight in the near future, and we will ... Read More»

Alert – Flights from Anguilla to San Juan, Puerto Rico Scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2020

Location:  Anguilla Event:  The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines (Silver Airways) – to facilitate commercial flights from Anguilla (AXA) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Thursday, April 30, 2020 for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents) wishing to travel to ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

Location: Grenada Event: Update:  Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways flight on Thursday, April 30 Flights Commercial carrier Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways is ready to accept reservations for a flight from Grenada to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday, April 30, for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  Customers should call them at +1 (801) 401-9103.  This flight will ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

Location: Grenada Event: Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways flight on Thursday, April 30 Flights U.S. Embassy Grenada is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways – to facilitate a flight from Grenada to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday, April 30, for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  Reservations will start tomorrow, and we will ... Read More»

U.S. Increases Global COVID-19 Contribution; CDC Responds in the Caribbean

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced on April 21 more than US$270 million in additional foreign assistance to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. This new funding will provide approximately US$170 million in humanitarian aid to allow communities in some of the most at-risk countries to prepare for and respond to the pandemic. At the ... Read More»

COSCAP, U.S. Embassy Partner to Protect Caribbean Creativity

On April 23, the Barbados Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Incorporated (COSCAP) and the U.S. Embassy in Barbados hosted a free online program entitled “Intellectual Property Rights – Protecting Caribbean Creativity.”  Convened ahead of World Intellectual Property Day, April 26, the hour-long lecture and discussion featured Erica Smith, CEO of COSCAP Barbados, and Kevin ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados

Location: Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean – Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Barthélemy (St. Barts), St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Event: There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, and most of the jurisdictions in our district ... Read More»

On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Today, the United States observes the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day.  The United States is proud of its record as a world leader in promoting clean water and air, conserving natural resources, and protecting nature while driving economic growth and fostering resilience to natural disasters at home and abroad.  The United States is ... Read More»

Alert – Correction Regarding Repatriation Flight from Martinique and Guadeloupe to San Juan, Puerto Rice (U.S.A.)

Location: Martinique and Guadeloupe Event: Please note the corrected airport codes for the repatriation flight on Thursday, April 23 from Martinique (FDF) and Guadeloupe (PTP) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.). • U.S. citizens in possession of valid U.S. passports who are interested and prepared to travel should contact  BridgetownACS@state.gov  immediately with the information below. Please do ... Read More»

Alert: Information Regarding Repatriation Flight from Martinique and Guadeloupe to San Juan, Puerto Rice (U.S.A.)

Location: Martinique and Guadeloupe Event: The Department of State is preparing potential evacuation flights with capacity for private U.S. citizens on a reimbursable basis, leaving Aimé Césaire International Airport (FSF) and Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (GUAD) on April 23, 2020 to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.). • Please note that all passengers will need to reimburse the U.S. ... Read More»

Ambassador Taglialatela’s Call with Barbadian Foreign Minister Jerome Walcott

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS Linda Taglialatela spoke by phone with Barbadian Foreign Minister Jerome Walcott on April 16.  Ambassador Taglialatela and Minister Walcott discussed ongoing U.S. assistance to Barbados during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the planned delivery of U.S.-funded COVID-19 testing materials and supplies for health programs paid for ... Read More»

Flights from Dominica, Saint Vincent, and Saint Lucia to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Location: DOMINICA Event: The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways – to facilitate a flight from Dominica to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents) wishing to travel to the U.S. to ... Read More»

Alert – Update on Flight from Saint Lucia to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Location:  Saint Lucia Event:  Due to logistical issues, the flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico on Seabourne Airlines/Silver Airways scheduled from Saint Lucia on Friday, April 17 is cancelled.  U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is working to reschedule this flight. U.S. citizens should enroll in step.state.gov to receive the latest updates regarding travel options to depart St. Lucia. ... Read More»

Alert: Information Regarding Flight from Saint Lucia to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Location:  Saint Lucia Event: The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways – to facilitate a flight from Saint Lucia to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Friday, April 17, 2020, for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents) wishing to travel ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on U.S. Medical Supply Chains

No country can fight COVID-19 alone.  Governments around the world are grappling with unprecedented challenges as they tackle the COVID-19 global pandemic.  The United States is significantly increasing production of materials domestically while working through appropriate channels to purchase excess supplies from other nations to meet our needs.  We are working in solidarity with our ... Read More»

Alert: Information Regarding Flight from Antigua to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Location:  Antigua Event:  The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados continues to coordinate with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways – and is facilitating a THIRD flight from Antigua (ANU) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 10:30am for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents) ... Read More»

Update Regarding Flights from St. Kitts to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Alert: Update Regarding Flights from St. Kitts to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) Location:  Saint Kitts and Nevis Event:  The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados continues to coordinate with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways – and is facilitating a third flight from Saint Kitts (SKB) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Saturday, ... Read More»

Information Regarding Flights from St. Kitts to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Location:  Saint Kitts and Nevis Event:  The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways – to facilitate two flights from Saint Kitts (SKB) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Saturday, April 11, 2020, for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent ... Read More»

United States Nearly Doubles COVID-19 International Assistance with Announcement of Additional US$225 Million

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced Wednesday, April 8, US$225 million in health, humanitarian, and economic assistance to boost COVID-19 response efforts worldwide. This assistance follows an initial investment of nearly US$274 million in emergency health and humanitarian from the State Department and USAID announced March 26. COVID-19 aid from the United States is ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada (April 7, 2020) Location: Grenada Event: State of emergency extended Flight 38 U.S. citizens flew to Puerto Rico yesterday on the Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways flight.  At this time, there are no additional flight options from Grenada to the United States.  U.S. citizens who did not take the flight yesterday should ... Read More»

Evacuation Information 

Evacuation Information  Dominica has imposed significant restrictions on movement and travel due to the confirmed cases of COVID-19. If you are a U.S. citizen in Dominica attempting to return the United States, please  click here  and complete the information request form.  A form must be completed for each person wishing to return to the United States.  We thank you for ... Read More»

US$6 Million from United States Helps Fund 2,000 COVID-19 Tests for Barbados

The United States has quickly mobilized US$6 million to provide test kits to Barbados and more than 60 other countries to fight the spread of COVID-19.  Each test kit contains supplies for 2,000 testing samples, including non-consumable equipment that can be used to conduct additional testing.  This emergency assistance is part of an International Atomic ... Read More»

Alert – Reminder on Flights from Barbados to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados has coordinated with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways – to facilitate a flight from Bridgetown (BGI) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7 to repatriate U.S. citizens and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents.  We urge those wishing to travel to the U.S. to email this ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada (April 5, 2020)

Location: Grenada Event: Additional details on Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways flights on Monday, April 6 Flights U.S. Embassy Grenada is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways – to facilitate two flights from Grenada to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday, April 6, for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens. We talked to the ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada (April 4, 2020) Location: Grenada Event: Additional details on Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways flights on Monday, April 6 Flights U.S. Embassy Grenada is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways – to facilitate two flights from Grenada to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday, April 6, for the purpose ... Read More»

Alert – Update on Flights from St. Kitts to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Alert – Update on Flights from St. Kitts to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) Location:  Saint Kitts Event:  Due to logistical issues, the flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico on Seabourne Airlines/Silver Airways scheduled from St. Kitts on Sunday, April 5 must be rescheduled.  These flights may be rescheduled to Tuesday, April 7.  We urge ... Read More»

Alert – Update on Flights from Antigua to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Alert – Update on Flights from Antigua to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) Location:  Antigua Event:  Due to logistical issues, the flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico on Seabourne Airlines/Silver Airways scheduled from Antigua on Monday, April 6 must be rescheduled.  This flight may be rescheduled to Wednesday, April 8.  We urge U.S. citizens (and ... Read More»

Health Alert – Grenada

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada Location: Grenada Event: Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways announces two flights from Grenada on Monday, April 6 Flights Thanks to everyone who joined our virtual town hall. As discussed during that event, U.S. Embassy Grenada is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways – to facilitate two flights from Grenada ... Read More»

Alert:  Flights from St. Kitts, Antigua, and Barbados to San Juan, Puerto Rico (U.S.A.)

Location:  Saint Kitts Event: The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines/Silver Airways – to facilitate two flights from Saint Kitts (SKB) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Sunday, April 5, 2020 for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents) ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

Location: Grenada Event: Additional COVID case and information request form for those who want to return to the United States COVID-19 The Government of Grenada announced on April 1 an additional confirmed case of COVID-19 in Grenada, bringing the total to 10. Flights Action request:  If you are a U.S. citizen attempting to return the ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

Location: Grenada Event: Information request form for those who want to return to the United States COVID-19 The Government of Grenada announced on March 28 two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grenada, bringing the total to nine. Flights Action request:  If you are a U.S. citizen attempting to return the United States from Grenada ... Read More»

Flights from Anguilla to U.S. Scheduled for April 4, 2020

Location:  Anguilla Event:  The Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is coordinating with the commercial carrier – Seaborne Airlines (Silver Airways) – to facilitate additional commercial flights from Anguilla (AXA) to San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (U.S.A.) on Saturday, April 4, 2020 for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents) wishing to travel ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

Location: Grenada Event: 24-hour curfew until April 6 and Delta’s April 4 flight canceled Delta Flight Delta airlines has canceled the flight from Grenada to Atlanta on April 4. U.S. Embassy Grenada continues to work with U.S. airlines to request flights out of Grenada to assist U.S. citizens.  If scheduled, we’ll announce on social media ... Read More»

Health  Alert: Evacuation Information – U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados

Location: Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean – Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Barthélemy (St. Barts), St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Event:  Evacuation Information There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, and most of the jurisdictions in ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

Location: Grenada Event: Delta announces April 4 flight from Grenada to Atlanta Delta Flight Scheduled U.S. Embassy Grenada worked with Delta airlines to arrange a commercial U.S. repatriation flight from Grenada to Atlanta on April 4 to return U.S. citizens in Grenada to the United States.  To reserve and pay for seats on this flight, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada 

Location: Grenada Event: Grenada reports six additional cases of COVID-19 COVID-19 The Government of Grenada announced today six additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grenada, bringing the total to seven. State of Emergency The Grenadian Prime Minister announced a 21-day limited state of emergency that went into effect at 6 p.m. March 25.  The government ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bridgetown

Location:  Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Barthélemy (St. Barts), St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Event: Please visit the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown COVID-19 Information Page for the March 25, 2020 update for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. The Department of State ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

Location: Grenada Event: Grenada declares limited state of emergency COVID-19 There is at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 reported in Grenada. State of Emergency The Grenadian Prime Minister announced a 21-day limited state of emergency to go into effect at 6 p.m. tonight.  The government enacted numerous regulations under the state of emergency, including ... Read More»

American Citizen Services Emergency Appointments Update

Due to Embassy Bridgetown’s ongoing response to the global pandemic COVID-19, effective March 23, Embassy Bridgetown will only accept emergency American Citizen Services (ACS) appointments.  If your situation constitutes an emergency, please send an email to  BridgetownACS@state.gov .  Please arrive to the Embassy only at your appointment time as we seek to keep the number of ... Read More»

Suspension of Visa Interview Waiver Process Effective March 23

Due to Embassy Bridgetown’s ongoing response to the global pandemic COVID-19, effective March 23, Embassy Bridgetown will no longer process visa interview waiver (IW) or renewal interview waiver (RIW) applications.  Please do not send your passports and visa applications as they will be returned to you without processing.  If you have already sent in your ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

Location: Grenada Event: COVID confirmed and Air Canada flights available There is at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 reported in Grenada. The Government of Grenada has stopped all routine commercial passenger airline traffic to and from Grenada.   However, Air Canada has flights from Grenada to Toronto on March 24, 26, 28 and 31.  Passengers ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bridgetown

Location: Barbados Event: The Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness confirmed four cases of COVID-19 within its borders and one confirmed case aboard a cruise ship in Barbadian waters. On March 20, American Airlines announced that it would cease flights to and from Barbados effective Monday, March 23.  On March 20, JetBlue announced that it would ... Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Grenada

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Grenada. Effective Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 23:59 p.m. the Government of Grenada will refuse entry into the country for travelers who have been to the United States in the last 14 days, unless the traveler is a Grenadian national or has permanent resident status.  Grenadian ... Read More»

Grenada Alert

Passengers are not allowed to disembark from any cruise ship in Grenada until further notice. Starting at midnight on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all international travelers to Grenada will be quarantined for 14 days.  All non-Grenadian nationals who have been to China, Iran, South Korea, or anywhere in Europe in the last 14 days will ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados

Location: Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Barthélemy (St. Barts), St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Event:  On March 17, 2020, the Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness announced two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Barbados.  Confirmed cases have ... Read More»

Visa Appointments Canceled Until Further Notice

Effective March 18, 2020, the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is cancelling all routine non-immigrant and immigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.   Please note that the MRV fee remains valid and may be used for a non-immigrant visa ... Read More»

Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel ... Read More»

Black History Lime

U.S. Embassy marks Black History Month with lime and screening of a documentary “Apollo” On Friday, February 28, 2020, in honor of Black History Month, the U.S. Embassy in Barbados hosted a “Black History Lime” and movie screening of the documentary “Apollo” at the George Washington House. The event was a unique celebration of black ... Read More»

St. Kitts and Nevis Foreign Service Officer participates in U.S. Sponsored Leadership Program

March 2, 2020 For Immediate Release St. Kitts and Nevis Foreign Service Officer participates in U.S. Sponsored Leadership Program Sheldon Henry, a Foreign Service Officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  The ... Read More»

United States Government Hands Over Data Gathering Equipment to St Lucia

The United States Agency for International Development’s Eastern and Southern Caribbean Office (USAID/ESC) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) on Friday, February 21, 2020, handed over one Automatic Weather Station (AWS) and one Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) valued at over US$100,000 to the government of St Lucia under the USAID Climate Change Adaptation ... Read More»

Christ Church Foundation wins U.S. Embassy’s Third Annual Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition

Six secondary schools from across Barbados participated in the U.S. Embassy’s Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition. Students delivered outstanding speeches on a variety of topics related to issues surrounding race, African American film and sport from the Liberal Arts Auditorium at the Barbados Community College. Fourth-form student from the Christ Church Foundation School, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts First Regional Alumni Program to Further Regional Security Coordination

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados collaborated with the International Law Enforcement Academy in Roswell, New Mexico to gather regional Eastern Caribbean law enforcement officials for the first alumni program. The workshop brought together 30 law enforcement and criminal justice executives from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and ... Read More»

Civil Society Celebrates Greater Efficiency and Effectiveness with Support from the United States

Twenty-one NGOs across seven Caribbean countries joined USAID Regional Representative Clinton White and implementor RTI International to celebrate the success of the Local Capacity for Local Solutions (LC4LS) project at the Barbados Courtyard Marriott hotel on February 12.  The NGOs were among the more than 160 organizations that now operate more efficiently, effectively, and sustainably ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Visit to St. Lucia Highlights Success of OECS/USAID Early Learners Program

USAID Regional Representative Clinton White met with students and teachers at the Bishop Charles Gachet RC Primary School February 6 in Marchand to see firsthand the benefits of the OECS/USAID Early Learners Program (ELP), an $8.9 million initiative improve the reading skills of primary grade children.  Mr. White also discussed USAID funded programs with St. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Online Auction

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown will hold online auctions starting Friday, January 31 and ending Monday, February 17. A wide variety of household furniture, office furniture, appliances, office supplies, printer cartridges, monitors, CPUs etc. will be auctioned. www.32auctions.com/EmbassyAuctionFeb2020 All bids must be placed exclusively online. Once the auction closes, successful bidders may deposit the total amount into ... Read More»

U.S. Contributes $1 million to Grenada Coast Guard Ship Upgrade

Today, U.S. Ambassador to Grenada Linda Taglialatela observed the upgrade of two Grenadian Coast Guard drug interceptor vessels as part of a $1 million USD contribution from US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).  This project, called the SAFE Boat Mid-Life Upgrade, includes a complete vessel overhaul, new engines, and a spare parts package to support the vessel.  ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown says “What’s Up” on WhatsApp!

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS can now be contacted via our  WhatsApp for Business  account ( https://wa.me/12462305097 ). The US Embassy Bridgetown launched this platform on Monday, February 3, 2020, as a critical addition to our social media channels of  Facebook  ,  InstagramYouTube  and  Flickr . We will be using US Embassy Bridgetown  WhatsApp for Business  to share information ... Read More»

Opening of U.S. Embassy’s 2020 Youth Ambassadors Program Applications

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the opening of the application process for the 2020 Youth Ambassadors program. The program brings together motivated secondary school students between 15 and 18 years of age and adult mentors committed to public service and improving community. The selected students will engage in workshops, community service activities, team ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Contributes $1.7 million USD for New BDF Field Hospital

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela, Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic, and members of the Barbados Defense Force (BDF) participated in an official handover ceremony of a new field hospital at the Garrison Savannah in Bridgetown.  The United States, through U.S. Southern Command, invested $1.7 million USD to develop the Emergency Medical Team, ... Read More»

NOAA Research to Help Caribbean Prepare for Natural Disasters

The United States and Barbados celebrated the launch of the Atlantic Tradewind Ocean Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMIC), a scientific initiative to better understand the weather and climate patterns in the Caribbean. U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Linda Taglialatela, Deputy U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator RDML Tim Gallaudet, USN ... Read More»

United States Reaffirms Partnership with Dominica

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Cynthia Kierscht of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela, visited Dominica January 15 and 16 to meet with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his new cabinet members to discuss opportunities for continued partnership.  DAS ... Read More»

Expanding America’s Commitment to the Caribbean

Expanding America’s Commitment to the Caribbean 01/22/2020 04:49 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Kingston, Jamaica SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. I was standing back there; I heard a “amen.” What better way to be welcomed to the stage? Thank you, Madam Foreign Minister, for that kind introduction. I’m delighted to be here. My ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy seeks proposals for the 2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund

The Embassy of the United States to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS (U.S. Embassy Bridgetown) announces an open call for past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to submit applications to the 2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2020).   We seek proposals from teams of at least two alumni ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Pulls Out the Red Carpet for BIFF

January 15, 2020   Over 90 Barbadian and American filmmakers, actors, and film enthusiasts mixed and mingled at the lively reception for the Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF), hosted by the U.S. Embassy on Monday evening.  The embassy has been an ardent sponsor of BIFF since its creation four years ago, providing funding for filmmaker ... Read More»

Three participate in U.S. State Department Sponsored Program on Volunteerism and Civic Action

Recognized as emerging leaders in civil society and for their work in the field of volunteerism, Dominican Loftus Durand, St. Lucian Ekiema Yarde, and St. Kitts and Nevis national P’Della’P Stanley, are currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State sponsored International Visitor Leader Program (IVLP), themed “Volunteerism and Civic Action.” ... Read More»

Upcoming Auction: Sealed bids Vehicle Auction

The U.S. Embassy will be holding a sealed-bid auction on Saturday, February 1 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 13:00p.m. at the US Embassy in Wildey, Business Park. The following vehicles will be offered: 2010 Honda Accord, PW, PL, PS, CD, Remote Entry, 42K kilometers 2012 Toyota Hilux 4 x 4, PW, PL, PS, CD, USB, ... Read More»

U.S. Caribbean 2020 Multi-Year Strategy

Caribbean 2020: A Multi-Year Strategy To Increase the Security, Prosperity, and Well-Being of the People of the United States and the Caribbean  [1] The Caribbean region is the United States’ “third border,” characterized by common interests and societal ties that yield daily, tangible benefits for U.S. citizens. The United States is the primary trading partner for the ... Read More»

USAID ADMINISTRATOR MARK GREEN ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION TO INCREASE DISASTER RESILIENCE IN THE CARIBBEAN

Today in Bridgetown, Barbados, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced $10 million to improve local resilience to disasters in priority countries in the Caribbean.  With this new funding, USAID will support community-level organizations, host-country governments, regional institutions, and the private sector to strengthen local, national, and regional planning and preparation ... Read More»

Security Alert for French Saint Martin – Issued by U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados (December 14, 2019)

Location: French Saint Martin Event: Roads connecting Dutch and French Saint Martin may be potentially impassable due to road blocks and protest activity. Dutch Saint Martin (Sint Maarten) authorities are prepared to receive tourists transported from French Saint Martin.  Travelers at Princess Juliana International Airport in Dutch Saint Martin (Sint Maarten) may not be able ... Read More»

Ambassador Taglialatela and U.S. Marines Deliver “Toys to Tots”

In 1947 the United States Marine Corps started the time-honored “Toys for Tots” program, collecting and delivering toys to less fortunate children over the holiday season. In keeping with this tradition, Ambassador Linda Taglialatela joined members of the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the OECS, and the Eastern Caribbean U.S. Marine Detachment to deliver toys to ... Read More»

United States Congratulates Dominica on Successful Elections

The United States congratulates the people of Dominica on their election and stands ready to continue working with Prime Minister Skerrit.  The United States and Dominica enjoy a long-standing partnership, based on respect and trust, which benefits both nations. We will continue to work with the Skerrit Administration to promote regional security, economic prosperity, and ... Read More»

Op-Ed by Ambassador Linda Taglialatela: Democracy Demands Peaceful Citizen Participation

The reports of political violence in Dominica in recent weeks are incongruent with the history of stable parliamentary democracy in the Eastern Caribbean.  Free, fair, and transparent elections are hallmarks of any good democracy and an indication of good governance and leadership.  Equally so, the conduct of peaceful campaigns, rallies, and demonstrations beforehand and the ... Read More»

Ministry of Education Commends Effectiveness of Peace Corps Literacy Project

December 2, 2019 For Immediate Release Ministry of Education officials on Thursday commended a Peace Corps primary school literacy project that is coming to an end and expressed strong support for another one to be developed. “The Primary English Literacy Project has been quite effective through the years,” said Mrs. Aldia Gumbs-Dyers, a Senior Education ... Read More»

Barbados Independence Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State November 29, 2019 On behalf of the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Barbados on the 53rd anniversary of your independence tomorrow. The United States is proud of our strong history as neighbors and partners.  Our collaboration on key challenges such as border ... Read More»

Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean Meets with Stakeholders of the Primary English Literacy Project

St. George’s, Grenada – Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean (Peace Corps EC) continued its series of stakeholder meetings with a session in Grenada on Monday, November 19thth at the Marryshow House UWI Centre. The meetings bring together senior members of the Ministry of Education, along with District Officers, Principals, Teachers, Peace Corps Volunteers and members of ... Read More»

United States Working with St. Vincent and the Grenadines by Digitizing Crime and Violence Data

November 25, 2019 United States Working with St. Vincent and the Grenadines by Digitizing Crime and Violence Data On November 25, the United States Government, in support of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, launched a Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS).  The PRMIS will help the Police Force to improve data management ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Lucia on Monday, December 09, Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12, 2019 to ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in The British Virgin Islands December 4th, 5th & 6th, 2019

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit the British Virgin Islands to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Unfortunately, we are not able to ... Read More»

Travel Advisory Dominica – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Travel Advisory November 21, 2019 Dominica – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Exercise increased caution in Dominica due to civil unrest.                                     Country Summary:  Demonstrations and protests can take place with little or no notice.  Local authorities have used tear gas to disrupt protests. Read the Safety and Security section on the  country information page. If you decide to travel ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for Dominica – Issued by U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados

Travel Advisory November 21, 2019 Dominica – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Exercise increased caution in Dominica due to civil unrest.                                     Country Summary:  Demonstrations and protests can take place with little or no notice.  Local authorities have used tear gas to disrupt protests. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel ... Read More»

Barbados, Apply for the One Beat Exchange Program

Are you a Hip-Hop artist, jazz ensemble, classical musician, sound designer, beat maker, multimedia artist, DJ, audio engineer, or any combination of these? Then we invite you to apply for the 2020 One Beat program, a month-long, all expenses paid musical exchange in the United States. This program is an opportunity for musicians from around the world to collaborate in the creation ... Read More»

Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean Meets with Stakeholders of the Primary English Literacy Project

Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean (Peace Corps EC) began its series of stakeholder meetings in Saint Lucia on Thursday, November 7th at the Finance Administrative Centre at Pointe Seraphine. The meeting brought together senior members of the Ministry of Education, along with District Officers, Principals, Teachers, Peace Corps Volunteers and members of the advisory committee, to ... Read More»

Visit to Barbados and Eastern Caribbean by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Cynthia Kierscht

Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State (DOS), Cynthia Kierscht, visited Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) between October 22-25, 2019. During her visit, DAS Kierscht highlighted the many ways in which the United States and the Caribbean work together in sustainable economic ... Read More»

Girl Guides Association of Barbados receives grant from U.S. Embassy

On Friday, November 1, 2019 the U.S. Embassy in Barbados presented a grant of US$24,921 to the Girl Guides Association of Barbados (GGAB), in support of a soon to be executed program entitled: “Girl Guides Strong: Towards 100% Renewables.”  The program will enable members of the GGAB, aged 7-25, to learn and improve their technical ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Dominica November 04 – 05, 2019

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Dominica to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Unfortunately, we are not able to discuss visa cases ... Read More»

Register to Learn about Business Opportunities for US Companies

Business Opportunities in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Webinar Financing your Export deals in the Caribbean Overview The US maintains a robust trade surplus with the Eastern Caribbean region and continues to be the largest trading partner with about 35% of total imports. Strong cultural and historical ties and tourist visits reinforce common values. Objectives ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Combats Gender-Based Violence

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS was pleased to host National Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the U.S. Victim Rights Law Center, Jessica Mindlin, in Barbados as she delivered a free public lecture on “Justice Is More Than Jail: An Integrated and Collaborative Response to Gender-based Violence.” on ... Read More»

Successful U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Working Group in Barbados Concludes with $9.5 Million in Disaster Resilience Funding

Working together to build resilience in the Caribbean, representatives from the United States, eighteen Caribbean countries, the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency, the eastern Caribbean’s Regional Security System, universities, and other non-governmental partners gathered for the first working group of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership on October 23-24 in Barbados. The Partnership employed a whole-of-society approach, involving ... Read More»

United States Announces US$1.5 Million to Advance Resilience and Energy Initiatives in the Caribbean

Under U.S.-Caribbean 2020, the United States is committed to advancing security, diplomacy, prosperity, energy, education, and health in the Caribbean. As part of this ongoing effort the United States is providing $1.5 million to increase disaster preparedness and resilience under the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership. This partnership aims to strengthen U.S.-Caribbean cooperation and advance greater resilience ... Read More»

The 2020 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Now Open

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown seeks proposals for 2020 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to issue a call for project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for 2020. The small grants applications (PDF 137 KB) close on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at ... Read More»

Working Group Meeting DAS Kierscht Opening Remarks (Open Press)

U.S. Caribbean Resilience Partnership DAS Kierscht Remarks Good morning.  Thank you for traveling from across the Caribbean to participate today.  A special thanks to Minister Hinkson for hosting us in Barbados for this first ever working group to inaugurate our U.S. Caribbean Resilience Partnership. On behalf of the United States Government and the State Department ... Read More»

United States Embassy Donates New Equipment to American Corner in Dominica

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, Public Affairs Officer, Larry Socha visited the American Corner at the Dominica Public Library in Roseau. The purpose of the visit was to hand over new multimedia and computer equipment, purchased by the U.S. Embassy for the American Corner at the Roseau Public Library. Receiving the donation on behalf of ... Read More»

United States Government and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda Join Forces to Digitize Crime and Violence Data

The United States Government, in collaboration with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, today launched a Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS). The PRMIS is designed to help the Police Force to improve data management and analysis and will be piloted in two police stations – the Dockyard, and St. Johns Police Stations.  It will ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Kitts and Nevis October 14 – 17, 2019

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Kitts on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, October 14, 15 and 17, and Nevis on Wednesday, October 16 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Vincent and the Grenadines 29-30 October, 2019

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Tuesday October 29 & Wednesday October 30, 2019, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. Unfortunately, we ... Read More»

Barbadian participates in U.S. Sponsored Security Program

Richmark Deane, the Acting Sub-Lieutenant at the Barbados Defense Force (Reserves), is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He is taking part in an exchange focused on “Global Threat Cooperation” from September 28 to October 19. Mr. Deane is also the Digital Forensic Lab ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Celebrates First Class of the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

Ambassador Linda Taglialatela hosted a reception in honor of the participants of the U.S. Department of State’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program. During the event, the thirty (30) female entrepreneurs discussed their experience and future business plans with government and business leaders, non-governmental organization representatives, and alumni of the embassy’s international exchange programs.  The ... Read More»

Free Public Lecture on Gender Based Violence

The U.S. Embassy proudly hosts Jessica Mindlin in a FREE public presentation entitled, “Justice Is More Than Jail: An Integrated and Collaborative Response to Gender-based Violence.” The lecture takes place on Monday, October 21, at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Barbados Resort. Hear from the National Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the U.S. ... Read More»

United States Government and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis  Join Forces to Digitize Crime and Violence Data

On September 18, the United States Government, in collaboration with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, launched a Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS). The PRMIS will help the Police Force to improve data management and analysis and will be piloted at the Stapleton and Frigate Bay Police Stations in St. Kitts, and at ... Read More»

Comfort Begins Medical Services in Grenada Following Opening Ceremony

St. George’s, GRENADA – Senior leadership from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) alongside partner and host nation representatives attended an opening ceremony to mark the beginning of the ship’s seventh medical mission stop in Grenada, September 15. The purpose of this mission is for U.S. service members and medical professionals to work alongside ... Read More»

Antiguan Journalist participates in U.S. Sponsored Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists

Theresa Gordon-Goodwin, a senior journalist and radio news producer at NewsCo Limited (OBSERVER) in Antigua and Barbuda, is currently in the United States participating on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists” from August 26 to September ... Read More»

Grenada National Disaster Management Agency staff participates in U.S. Sponsored “Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management” Program

 Oslyn Crosby, Public Relations and Education Officer with the National Disaster Management Agency in Grenada (NaDMA), is currently in the United States participating on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management” from August 26 to September 13. The ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown hosts NGO Grant Proposal Writing Workshops in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

On Monday August 26, the U.S. Embassy hosted a Grant Proposal Writing Workshop for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Luisa Boyarski, the Associate Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership (CPNL) and Assistant Research Professor at the McCourt ... Read More»

Fulbright Scholarship Participants Head to the United States for Studies

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to announce the Fulbright Foreign Student and Fulbright LASPAU scholarship recipients for the academic year 2019-2020. In August, Barbadian Matthew St. Bernard, and Dominican, Nutrice Francis will travel to the United States, where they will have their ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Tropical Storm Dorian August 26, 2019

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens that a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Additional islands under a Tropical Storm Watch are Dominica, Martinique, Grenada and its dependencies, and Saba and St. Eustatius.  According to the  National Hurricane Center  , Dorian ... Read More»

Notice: Embassy Closure due to Tropical Storm

The Government of Barbados has directed businesses to shut down at 10:00am August 26 in advance of the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian. The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados will be closed as a result and will only reopen once the all clear is given by the Barbados government.  Please monitor the Barbados government’s messages regarding ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to participate in Leadership Program

On August 8, 2019, eight Youth Ambassadors from the Eastern Caribbean traveled to the United States to participate on the 2019 Youth Ambassadors Program. Sierra Letlow and Esquire Henry of Antigua and Barbuda; Joshua Desir of Barbados; Shawnalee Gordon of Dominica; Kenya Louison of Grenada; Sephra Serieux and Sherwin Alexander of St. Lucia; and Nikita ... Read More»

Upcoming Auction: US Embassy Bridgetown

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown will hold our next auction on Saturday, September 7 at our warehouse located at Webster’s Industrial Estates. Viewing beings at 9:00am Auction begins at 10:00am Items to be auctioned: Household furniture Appliances Patio furniture Computers, printers etc. And much, much more! For more information email: bridgetownauctions@state.gov Please note: Cash only. There ... Read More»

United States Government and the Caribbean Development Bank Join Forces to Support Saint Lucian Youth

The United States Government and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are working together to improve opportunities for vulnerable youth in Castries, Saint Lucia. The two entities today formalized their commitment to this collaboration, signing a Letter of Agreement that reaffirms their joint partnership with the Government of Saint Lucia on comprehensive violence prevention projects being ... Read More»

Barbuda Council Representative Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program

Kendra Beazer is currently in the United States participating on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He is taking part in a three-week project on “Transparency and Accountability in Government” from August 5 to August 23. Beazer was elected as an Elected Representative of the Barbuda Council in March 2017 and ... Read More»

USNS Comfort Hospital Ship to visit Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will offer free medical services in Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis from September 15-20, September 25-30 and October 5-10 respectively. The ship will conduct approximately 100 onboard surgeries, provide basic medical services at two medical walk-in sites as well as host health fairs/community ... Read More»

Antiguan Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Partners of the Americas’ Education and Culture Exchange Program

Vincent Aldin Pryce from Antigua and Barbuda will travel to Florida on a cultural exchange to attend PATH’s summer Academy of Music and Art. The exchange is a part of Partners of the Américas’ Education and Culture program, which provides exchanges and small grants for communities across the Americas. The Education and Culture Program is ... Read More»

United States Government and the Government of Grenada Join Forces to Digitize Crime and Violence Data

On July 24, the United States Government, in collaboration with the Government of Grenada, launched a Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS) that will help the Grenada Police Force to improve data management and analysis. The PRMIS system, will be piloted in three police stations – St Paul’s, St George’s Central and St George’s South ... Read More»

Infrastructural Work Launched to address Flood Management and Drainage Control in the Holetown/Trents Area

On July 15, the Barbados Ministry of Environment and National Beautification in cooperation with the United States Government broke ground on infrastructure repair work to address flood management and drainage control in the Holetown / Trents area. The ground breaking, represents the start of phase two of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s ... Read More»

United States Government and the Government of Barbados Join Forces to Digitize Crime and Violence Data

On June 27, the United States Government, in collaboration with the Government of Barbados, launched a Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS) that will help the Royal Barbados Police Force to improve citizen security data management, analysis, and monitoring. The PRMIS system, which will initially be piloted at two police stations and at the Central ... Read More»

United States Government and Ministry of Health and Wellness Launch Package of HIV Health Services to mark Regional Testing Day

The United States Government, in collaboration with the Government of Barbados, observed Regional HIV Testing Day on June 27, with the launch of an essential package of HIV prevention and treatment services and a corresponding service directory. Five hundred copies will be distributed to health and social service providers and members of the public to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Participates in Pinelands Creative Workshop: CALM Program 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Barbados conducted a series of seminars during the Pinelands Creative Workshop’s annual 10-day Career and Life Management (CALM) Program. The seminars, which focused on Professional Social Media Etiquette, Interview Skills, and U.S. Higher Education Opportunities available through EducationUSA, took place on June 21, June 24 and June 25. Embassy staff, including ... Read More»

Antiguan Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program

June 13, 2019 For Immediate Release Stacey Bascus is currently in the United States participating on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “The Digital Economy – Transformative Technology for the Social Good” from June 10 to June 28. Bascus has 15 years’ ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy’s Diplomatic Security Service, Regional Security Office Conducts Firearms Training with Barbadian Security Forces

During the period May 22 – 29, 2019, the Diplomatic Security Service, Regional Security Office of the U.S. Embassy, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean conducted two High Risk Environment Firearms Courses (HREFC) with members of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) and the Barbados Defense Force (BDF) at Paragon Range, Christ Church, Barbados. The Diplomatic ... Read More»

Op-Ed by Ambassador Linda Taglialatela: “Working Together In Preparation for Hurricane Season”

As we begin hurricane season, all of us in the Eastern Caribbean must work together to prepare our families and fellow citizens for the potential destruction these storms can unleash.  The devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria are constant reminders that these storms are the biggest threats to the region.  One category four or five ... Read More»

NASA promotes STEM Education for Barbadian students

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS was pleased to host Shanna McClain, PhD on Friday, May 31, 2019 for an educational presentation on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  Dr. McClain is the Program Lead for Risk Reduction and Resilience with NASA’s Disasters Program.  Her work involves developing resilience-based programs ... Read More»

Ashton Lagoon Restored After 24 Years of Severe Degradation

Environmental leaders worked in partnership to restore St. Vincent and Grenadines largest mangrove system. On May 31, international and national environmental leaders and representatives from the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the government of Grenada celebrated the long-awaited restoration of Ashton Lagoon at Sustainable Grenadines’ (SusGren) office located in Jerome Village on ... Read More»

Upcoming Auction: US Embassy Bridgetown

The U.S. Embassy will hold a sealed bid auction on June 13th at our Warehouse located at Webster’s Industrial Estates. Auction begins at 9:00am Auction ends at 2:00pm Partial list of Items that will be auctioned: Office cubicles Occasional chairs Pastry warmer Portable AC unit Bistro patio set Accessory tables Table lamps Office chairs Queen ... Read More»

Juvenile Justice Reform Project MOU Signing

Acknowledgements: Honorable Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell Hon. Delma Thomas, Minister of Social Development, Housing and Community Empowerment Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules Mrs. Veronica Charles, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development, Housing and Community Empowerment Other Government representatives Representatives of the justice sector Media representatives Ladies and gentlemen Good morning. It’s ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Hosts Caribbean Startup Summit Compeition Reception

Ambassador Linda Taglialatela hosted a reception in honor of the winners of the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition.  During the event, the twenty (20) entrepreneurs from the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, were given the opportunity to interact ... Read More»

OPIC Acting President and CEO Bohigian Leads Delegation to St. Lucia

David Bohigian, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, visited St. Lucia, where he met with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and other senior government officials to discuss opportunities for U.S. investment in infrastructure, energy, water, and women’s empowerment as well as strengthen security ... Read More»

USAID Zika Maternal and Child Survival Program Lauded

May 21, 2019  USAID ZIKA MATERNAL AND CHILD SURVIVAL PROGRAM LAUDED Thanks to a meaningful partnership between the government of St. Lucia and the United States Government, St. Lucia has seen a reduction in Zika cases.  Addressing a close-out ceremony for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported, Zika Maternal and Child Survival ... Read More»

Apply for our NGO Management Workshop

NGO Management Workshop Overview The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS invites non-governmental organizations to participate in our NGO Management Workshop. The NGO Management Workshop will be held within the last week of August in Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines only. Country Date ... Read More»

Isaiah Thomas Secondary School wins U.S. Embassy’s STEM Video Competition

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce that the winner of its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Video Competition is the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School in St. Joseph, Dominica. In 2017, the U.S. Embassy launched the STEM video competition as part of its ongoing efforts to highlight the importance of STEM education and increase ... Read More»

USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Visit to St. Lucia

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green visited Castries, Saint Lucia on May 11, 2019.  The Administrator met with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to discuss shared challenges and opportunities to strengthen the bilateral relationship with St. Lucia on topics such as economic prosperity, youth development, education, and resiliency.  Both leaders expressed their mutual ... Read More»

America can’t take its Caribbean neighbors for granted. Under Trump, it doesn’t | Opinion by John J. Sullivan

You can choose your friends, but not your neighbors. Fortunately the United States is blessed with many neighbors in the Caribbean whom we also consider our friends. Bound by not only geographic proximity, our economic and people-to-people ties are vast. The United States is the Caribbean’s primary trade partner, resulting in a $12.2 billion trade ... Read More»

CARICOM IMPACS AND THE UNITED STATES CO-HOST TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP ON STRENGHTEING REGIONAL MARITIME OPERATIONS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT COOPERATION

April 30, 2019 For Immediate Release    On April 30 and May 1, 2019, the United States and the Caribbean Community Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) will co-host a Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting in Barbados to discuss efforts to increase public safety and security in the Caribbean. The Caribbean-United States Security ... Read More»

Barbadian Attorney Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Janelle Clarke is currently in the United Sates participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Volunteerism and Civic Action” from April 22 to May 10. Ms. Clarke is an Associate Attorney with Barbados’ leading international business law firm, Chancery Chambers. In ... Read More»

Barbados Female Entrepreneurs, register for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

The U.S. Embassy in Barbados has partnered with the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) to implement the U.S. Department of State’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program. The Academy of Women Entrepreneurs course will begin in early July 2019 and will run for thirteen (13) weeks. Sessions will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 5:30pm ... Read More»

Earth Day 2019 Poster Competition Winners

The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS wishes to announce the winners of the Earth Day “Protect Our Species” poster competition. Keanna Payne from Antigua and Barbuda won with her submission depicting the importance of trees on earth. Dominic Chapman-Hunte of Barbados placed second and Nathlyn Matthew from Dominica and Clydawna ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy will hold a sealed bid auction on April 26th  at our Warehouse Located at Webster’s Industrial Estates.

The U.S. Embassy will hold a sealed bid auction on April 26th  at our Warehouse Located at Webster’s Industrial Estates.    Auction begins at 8:30am Auction ends at  2:30pm    Items that will be auctioned: 2010 Nissan Urvan panel van, MT, Diesel Commercial fridge Commercial Kitchen sink with counter top Commercial microwave Two burner hotplate ... Read More»

Vincentian Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Program to Combat Transnational Crime

April 15, 2019 Vincentian Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Program to Combat Transnational Crime Carla James is currently in the United States participating on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  She is taking part in a multi-regional project “Towards a More Safe and Secure World – Cooperative Efforts in Combating Transnational Crime” ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy partners with Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) to launch Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program

April 15, 2019 U.S. Embassy partners with Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) to launch Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program The U.S. Embassy in Barbados will partner with the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) to implement the U.S. Department of State’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program. The partnership was officially launched on April 12, ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Kitts and Nevis May 6-9, 2019

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Nevis on Tuesday, May 7 and St. Kitts on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 6, 8 and 9, 2019, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Announces the Winners of its Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition

The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS wishes to announce the winners of its Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition. The competition had offered entrepreneurs in the Eastern Caribbean a chance to attend TEN Habitat’s Caribbean StartUp Summit in Barbados on May 24 and 25. The Embassy will fund the entrepreneurs’ participation ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit St. Lucia from Tuesday, April 9, to Friday, April 12, 2019.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1-2 April, 2019

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Monday, April 1 & Tuesday April 2, 2019, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Unfortunately, we ... Read More»

Permanent Secretary Careen Provost participates in “Sustainable Development – Tourism and Economics” Program

Careen Prevost, Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and in the Ministry of Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management, and Urban Renewal of Dominica, is currently in the United States participating on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Sustainable ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador hosts Women’s Leadership Discussion at Springer Memorial Secondary School

On Monday, March 11, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, Linda S. Taglialatela, hosted a Women’s Leadership Discussion with students at the Springer Memorial Secondary School, Government Hill, St. Michael. The one-hour presentation entitled, “Unlock Your Power: Fostering the Next Generation of Female Leaders,” was held in honor of Women’s History ... Read More»

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung Visits Barbados

March 6, 2019 For Immediate Release  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung Visits Barbados Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS), Julie Chung of the U.S. Department of State visited Barbados from March 5 to 6. PDAS Chung’s visit sought to promote the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 Strategy – a multi-year strategy to increase ... Read More»

Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition

Competition Sponsors The “TEN Habitat – The Caribbean Summit” is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Description of Contest Objectives The Caribbean Startup Summit is TEN Habitat’s flagship annual event. The summit will be held in Barbados on May ... Read More»

Upcoming US Caribbean Business Conference

Please join us for the U.S. Caribbean Business Conference 2019 in Miami, Florida. The Caribbean represents a large $23 billion export market for U.S. Firms. The U.S. Commercial Service, the Florida District Export Council (DEC), and Enterprise Florida are organizing the conference to help your company access opportunities across this important region. Overview U.S. Caribbean ... Read More»

USAID, Barbadian and Regional Officials Trained in Aggression Replacement Therapy

With the support of the United States Government, over 30 social service providers from across the region are currently participating in a training exercise in Barbados from February 11-15 on Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART). ART equips at-risk youth with coping skills to manage aggressive impulses that can precede violent behavior. This is a key component ... Read More»

Queen’s College wins U.S. Embassy’s Second Annual Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition

Twelve schools participated in the U.S. Embassy’s Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition. Students delivered outstanding speeches on a variety of topics related to issues surrounding race and African American culture and history. Queen’s College Fifth-form student, Khaleel Kothdiwala took the top prize with his speech discussing whether literary classics containing racist tones and/or ... Read More»

How Bad Does Venezuela Have to Get (Until We Say ‘Enough’)?

Op-ed by Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela The people of Venezuela are suffering from man-made political and economic crises that have transformed a once thriving and prosperous democracy into a place beset by poverty, corruption, and repression.  More than three million Venezuelans have fled and sought refuge in other countries.  Maduro and his cronies have bled ... Read More»

Apply for Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is the preeminent annual gathering that convenes entrepreneurs, investors, and their supporters globally. An estimated 20,000 emerging leaders have participated in Global Entrepreneurship Summits since 2010. At previous GES summits, governments and the private sector have committed to provide over $1 billion in new capital to entrepreneurs worldwide. On November ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Signs MOU with Government of Antigua and Barbuda to Support Juvenile Justice Reform

The United States Agency for International Development, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding signaling their continued commitment to the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of at-risk youth and those in conflict with the law across the region. The agreement falls under the ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Dominica February 11-13, 2019

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Dominica from Monday, February 11 to Wednesday, February 13, 2019, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  ... Read More»

Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition February 2019 Barbados

The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS invites applications for its second annual Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition taking place on Friday, February 22, 2019. Competition Background: Each February, Black History Month celebrates the contributions made by persons of African descent, and celebrates the defining moments in their ... Read More»

Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2019

Do you have a great public service project in mind, but need funding to get it off the ground? Are you ready to use the skills and knowledge you gained during your exchange experience? If you answered yes, then you and your team of alumni could apply for – and win! – up to $25,000 ... Read More»

Earth Day 2019 Poster Competition

Official Contest Rules  “Protect Our Species – Earth Day 2019 Poster Competition” Competition Sponsors [1] The “Protect Our Species – Earth Day 2019 Poster Competition” is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Description of Contest Objectives Earth Day is an ... Read More»

United States and St.Vincent Support Juvenile Justice Reform

The United States Government, the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding today signaling their continued commitment to the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of youth in trouble with the law.  The agreement falls under the United States Agency for International Development‘s ... Read More»

United States Government Continues to Support the Caribbean in Managing Impacts of Natural Disasters

In keeping with efforts to strengthen the region’s capacity to mitigate the impact of natural hazards, the United States Government delivered a US$2 million Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) System to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) for use throughout the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. This initiative is part of the U.S. Agency for ... Read More»

United States Government Increases Region’s Ability to Generate Improved Climate Data and Information

On Monday, December 3, the United States Government handed over approximately US$500,000 in equipment, including a state-of-the-art server; computer work stations; relevant software, and other equipment, to the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (5Cs). The information systems store and process climate related data will be used by decision makers; government policy makers; members of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in observance of a National Day of Mourning for former President George H. W. Bush

President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation appointing December 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States. The U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS will observe this day of homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush, and, therefore, the Embassy will be closed. All appointments ... Read More»

Barbadian Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Women in Entrepreneurship Program

Jameela Hollingsworth is currently in the United Sates participating on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Women in Entrepreneurship” from December 2 to December 22. Jameela is the owner of HR Boss, a Caribbean millennial career consultancy firm, based in Barbados. Hollingsworth founded ... Read More»

U.S. Government Makes Donation of U.S. $ 1 Million Computer Equipment to CARICOM IMPACS

On November 28, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, through its Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), participated in an official handover ceremony to commemorate the Government of the United States of America’s U.S. $1 million computer equipment donation to the CARICOM IMPACS/Joint Regional Communication Centre (JRCC). The support received from INL included technical assistance ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown hosts Inspiring Women Collage Competition

The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS recently concluded its Dream Big: Inspiring Women Collage Competition. Using Mattel’s® “Inspiring Women” Barbie Doll series as the inspiration, the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown invited Girl Guides and Brownies from Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines ... Read More»

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Better Able to Manage Impacts of Changing Weather Patterns

As part of ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact of natural hazards in the region, the United States Government has procured US$105,000 worth of climate and marine monitoring equipment for the Government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The initiative is part of a US$10 million United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ... Read More»

U.S. Government Supports Opening of Regional Zika Project Headquarters in Barbados

As part of ongoing efforts in the Caribbean region to combat the spread of the Zika virus, the United States Government is supporting the opening of a Barbados-based Regional Headquarters for the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP). The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported initiative focuses on vector control to strengthen the region’s capacity to ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Vincent

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Vincent from Tuesday, November 13 to Friday, November 16, 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth ... Read More»

Apply for the 2019 GIST Initiative Technology Idea Competition

Young Science and Technology Innovators and Entrepreneurs invited to apply for the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition The application process is currently open for the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition.  The GIST Tech-I ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit St. Lucia from Tuesday, November 6, to Thursday, November 8, 2018.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services ... Read More»

The 2019 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Now Open

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown seeks proposals for 2019 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to issue a call for project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for 2019. Proposals must be submitted by November 30, 2018, for projects that ... Read More»

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Hosts Advanced Mutual Legal Assistance Workshop for Regional Attorneys

On 16 and 17 October, 2018, the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), hosted an advanced Mutual Legal Assistance Workshop for regional attorneys in Barbados. This workshop follows the first Mutual Legal Assistance Seminar, held in Barbados in April 2018. Building effective central authorities for mutual legal ... Read More»

U.S. Social Security Services and other Federal Benefits St. John – October 23-24, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Barbados is pleased to announce that Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Antigua to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. We remind you that beneficiaries residing in Antigua and Barbuda must complete their annual report to the Social ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St Kitts and Nevis October 29 – November 01, 2018

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Kitts and Nevis on Monday, October 29 to Thursday, November 02, 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports ... Read More»

Alumni Outreach Sessions

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS invites past and present participants of Department of State Exchange programs to participate in our Alumni Outreach sessions. The Alumni Outreach Sessions will be held within the last quarter of 2018 in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. ... Read More»

Hackathon Displays St. Lucian Students’ Robotics skills

St. Lucian students from four schools participated in a two-day hackathon event to showcase their new skills as part of a United States Government-supported Robotics and Coding pilot program. The program relates to a branch of engineering and science that allows students to design and use robots through computer programming. The Robotics and Coding initiative ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown donates supplies to I AM A GIRL BARBADOS

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown celebrated International Day of the Girl Child by joining the global drive to empower and invest in girls. The Embassy donated over USD$4,400 to the Non-Governmental Organization, I AM A GIRL BARBADOS. Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, James Rodriguez, presented the ... Read More»

Ambassador Taglialatela’s Children’s Book Project

History & Visual Arts enthusiasts, have we got a challenge for you! U.S. Embassy Bridgetown invites Fourth and Fifth Form secondary school students in Barbados and Dominica to submit entries for U.S. Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela’s Children’s Book Project. Competition Background: During her three year tour, Ambassador Taglialatela has visited primary and secondary schools throughout ... Read More»

Dream Big: Inspiring Women Collage Competition

“Little girls with dreams become women with vision!” U.S. Embassy Bridgetown encourages all girls to be creative, and show us how they dream big! Calling all Brownies! The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS invites Girl Guides in Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Donates Books to the Barbados National Library for International Literacy Day

On Saturday, September 8, in honor of International Literacy Day, the Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, James Rodriguez, along with the Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché, Commander Elizabeth Booker, visited the Barbados National Library Service for a “Saturday Story Hour” and book donation. This outreach stemmed from the Embassy’s goal of reducing youth ... Read More»

United States funds project for Improving Surge Capacity for Health Emergency and Disaster Response in the Eastern Caribbean

September 18, 2018 The United States Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, will partially fund the development of an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Level 2 Capability Project within the Barbados Defense Force as part of a Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization proposal. EMT Level 2 Capability will afford the Barbados Defense Force ... Read More»

United States Marine Forces South Marksmanship Training with Regional Security System

September 13, 2018 United States Marine Forces South Marksmanship Training with Regional Security System United States Ambassador Taglialatela visited the Regional Security System firing range where a Mobile Training Team of eight Marines from Marine Forces-South conducted a ten- day marksmanship instruction course for 45 participants from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. The event familiarized ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St Martin and Anguilla September 17-19, 2018

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St Martin on Monday, September 17, and Anguilla on Tuesday, September 18, & Wednesday September 19, 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. ... Read More»

Barbadian NGO Founder Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

September 11, 2018   Corey Lane is currently in the United Sates participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He is taking part in a three-week project on “Non-governmental Organizations (NGO) Management” from September 10 to September 28.   Corey is the founder of the NGO, Nature Fun Ranch, which ... Read More»

Antiguan Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Farmala Jacobs is currently in the United Sates participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “U.S. State and Local Government” from September 10 to September 28. Farmala is the Executive Director of the Directorate of Gender Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda. ... Read More»

Regional Workshop On International Classification Of Crime

With the support of the United States Government, eastern and southern Caribbean countries are aligning with international standards for reporting crime. This is a key component of a larger effort to better track and reduce crime in the region. Today, in Barbados, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) CariSECURE Project launched a three-day ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Announces Interview Waiver Process for Qualifying Visa Renewals in Saint Kitts and Nevis

As part of the United States Government’s continuing efforts to improve customer service and streamline the visa process, the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the implementation of interview visa waivers in Barbados for qualified applicants wishing to renew their U.S. visas, effective September 10. Saint Kitts and Nevis passport holders, with the exception of ... Read More»

A Longstanding Partnership in Pursuit of Shared Goals and Prosperity

Thursday, September 6, 2018 “A Longstanding Partnership in Pursuit of Shared Goals and Prosperity” By: Linda S. Taglialatela, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States I remember the first time I walked down along the Waterfront in Castries.  I was struck not just by the beauty of the ... Read More»

US Government Denton Shipment Supports Autism Project in St. Kitts and Nevis

August 30, 2018 The United States Government is supporting the opening of an Early Identification Centre for Children with Autism in St. Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday September 4, 2018. A US military flight containing supplies, worth approximately US$4,245.00, arrived today in St. Kitts under the Denton program. The USG program delivers humanitarian goods to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Change to Office Hours for American Citizen Services

Effective 01 September, 2018, the U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services (ACS) will implement new office hours. The new hours will be: Monday: 08:30-11:30 am Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 08:30-11:30 am Thursday: 08:30-11:30 am Friday: Closed Appointments can be made at: U.S Citizens Services Appointment System Additional information regarding ACS Bridgetown services and contact information can be found at: https://bb.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/ Additional information on ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Donates Supplies to the American Corner in Antigua

August 29, 2018 U.S. Embassy Bridgetown donates supplies to the American Corner in Antigua On August 23, Acting Public Affairs Officer of the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Gaïna Dávila, presented more than $8,000 in supplies and materials to the National Public Library. The donation included books, games, iPads, desktop computers and other educational materials, ... Read More»

Police Prosecutors From Around the Region Participate in Trial Prep Workshop

On August 25-26, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown hosted a two-day workshop for police prosecutors and inspectors on case management and trial preparation.  The National Center for State Courts and MetroStar organized the workshop.  The U.S. law enforcement and prosecutorial advisors leading the course used CBSI-Connect, a virtual learning platform developed by MetroStar and funded by the ... Read More»

Barbados Judiciary Takes a New Approach to Case Backlog

On August 24 and 27, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown began the next phase of the Barbados Goodyear Hearings/Maximum Sentence Indication (MSI) initiative.  The Embassy’s support of MSI, a procedure intended to reduce court backlog in criminal cases with voluntary guilty pleas, began with a workshop on November 24-25, 2017.  The workshop presented U.S. and regional best ... Read More»

USAID/OFDA Provides Plastic Sheeting Training In The Caribbean

As part of hurricane and general disaster preparedness efforts in the Caribbean, the United States Agency of International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is training national disaster managers in the effective use of the Agency’s reinforced plastic sheeting for temporary roofs and shelters. On August 24, USAID/OFDA, in collaboration with the Barbados ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown donates sporting equipment to Pinelands Sports Club

Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives. As such, the United States Embassy has donated sporting equipment to the Pinelands Sports Club. The donation included basketballs, soccer balls, nets, a scoreboard, countdown timer, t-shirts and trophies. This equipment will be used by ... Read More»

Antiguan Heads to United States on the Prestigious U.S. Fulbright Program

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to announce that Antiguan, Sarah-Anne Gresham, will head to the United States to complete her graduate studies, funded by the U.S. Government. Gresham is part of the Fulbright Foreign Student scholarship cohort for the academic year 2018-19. ... Read More»

Barbadian Renewable Energy Practitioner Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Meshia Clarke, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Renewable Energy and Sustainability,” from August 13 to August 31. Meshia, is the Executive Director of the Barbados Renewable Energy Association. In this role, which she ... Read More»

The Sixth Multilateral Maritime Interdiction and Prosecution Summit

The sixth iteration of the Multilateral Maritime Interdiction & Prosecution Summit (MMIPS) was held August 7th-8th, 2018 in Nassau, Bahamas.  Facilitated by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and funded by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the MMIPS is a continuing dialogue between maritime and justice sectors of Central and Eastern Caribbean transit zone countries.  ... Read More»

United States Military Special Operations Forces exchange with Royal Grenada Police Force Special Services Unit

The United Stated Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, recently coordinated a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) subject matter expert exchange between members of the United States Special Operations Forces and Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) Special Services Unit (SSU) personnel. The week-long professional engagement was focused on exchanging tactics, techniques, and procedures for countering ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to participate in U.S. Government-sponsored Leadership Program

August 8, 2018 U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to participate in U.S. Government-sponsored Leadership Program Seven Youth Ambassadors from the Eastern Caribbean will travel to the United States in August for the 2018 Youth Ambassadors Program in the Caribbean.  During their exchange, participants will focus on the program’s themes of civic education, leadership, and community service.  ... Read More»

Grenadian Heads to United States on the Prestigious U.S. Fulbright Program

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to announce that Grenadian,Walt Williams, will travel to the United States to compzletehis graduate studies in Public Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia,funded by the U.S. Government. Williams is part of the Fulbright Foreign Student scholarship cohort ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Dominica

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit Dominica from Tuesday, August 14th, h, to Wednesday, August 15th.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad ... Read More»

Barbados Defense Force Attends Distinguished Visitor Program at Regional Special Forces Military Exercise in Panama

Members of the Barbados Defense Force attended the Distinguished Visitors Program at Fuerzas Commando 2018 held in Panama in July. The annual exercise, sponsored by United States Southern Command,consists of a skills competition between military and police Special Operations teams from around the Western Hemisphere. The event was hosted by Panama July 16 – 26. About 700 ... Read More»

Barbadian Attorney-At-Law Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Shane Thompson, Attorney-at-Law, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He is taking part in a three-week project on “The U.S. Justice System – Protecting Women and Children II,” from July 28 to August 17. Shane, who is presently in private practice, is a ... Read More»

St. Kitts and Nevis Launches National Task Force to Drive Evidence-based Crime Prevention

Three weeks after Antigua and Barbuda took similar steps, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, in collaboration with the United States Government, launched its own National Task Force and endorsed the Caribbean Citizen Security Toolkit to strengthen evidence-based programming and policy-making for crime prevention under the aegis of the United States Agency for International ... Read More»

Bolstering Disaster Preparedness in the Caribbean

July 12, 2018 On July 10 and 11, the United States William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies co-hosted a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Seminar with U.S. Southern Command and the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) at the Hilton Barbados. The event brought together participants from 18 Caribbean and South American ... Read More»

  USAID LAUNCHES PROJECT TO SUPPORT REGIONAL NGOs     

July 10, 2018 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions (LC4LS) Project was launched today in Guyana’s capital city of Georgetown. The project builds the capacity of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in critical sectors in ten Eastern and Southern Caribbean countries.   The project is being implemented in Antigua ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Bridgetown

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Bridgetown July 6, 2018 Location: Eastern Caribbean – hurricane alert Event:  The National Hurricane Center (NHC)  has issued alerts for a hurricane system that is currently located in the Atlantic Ocean.  The National Hurricane Center reports Beryl is now expected to be a hurricane when it moves through the Lesser Antilles Sunday night or Monday, ... Read More»

GRENADA LAUNCHES NATIONAL TASK FORCE TO DRIVE CariSECURE PROJECT

June 19, 2018 Today, Grenada became the sixth country in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean to establish a National Task Force to drive implementation of the United States Government-supported CariSECURE Project.  Since 2016, CariSECURE, which is being implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been promoting the use of evidence-based decision-making and fosters a ... Read More»

Tradewinds 2018 Forges U.S., Caribbean Partnerships for Regional Prosperity

U.S. forces, along with more than 20 Caribbean nation partners, took part in Exercise Tradewinds 2018, which kicked off in St. Kitts on June 4, 2018, to conduct joint, combined, and interagency partner-nation capacity building. The international exercise has been taking place in the Caribbean for over 30 years. U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Cherrington, ... Read More»

Barbadian Police Officer Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Alicia Brewster, sergeant in the Royal Barbados Police Force, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Promoting Cyber-Security” from June 4 to June 22. Alicia, an experienced officer, has been employed by the Government of ... Read More»

Countries Request USAID/OFDA Shelter Management Training ahead of Hurricane Season

June 1, 2018 For Immediate Release Countries Request USAID/OFDA Shelter Management Training ahead of Hurricane Season As Caribbean countries prepare for the 2018 hurricane season, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), is supporting the region’s response capacity as it relates to effective ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Guadeloupe

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Guadeloupe on Monday, June 11 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Unfortunately, we are not ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines from Tuesday, May 29th to Friday, June 1st, 2018.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Kitts and Nevis May 14-17, 2018

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Nevis on Monday, May 14 and St. Kitts from Tuesday, May 15, to Thursday, May 17, 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. ... Read More»

Ongoing Political Meetings/Rallies in Barbados May Cause Traffic Congestion – U. S. Embassy Bridgetown

Location: Barbados (see below for exact areas) Event:  The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens of the below political party meetings scheduled for tonight, May 14, 2018 at the times indicated.  There may be additional vehicular and pedestrian congestion in and around these areas during this time.  The US Embassy does not anticipate any non-traffic ... Read More»

Antiguan Civil Society Leader Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Michael Joseph, president of the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He is taking part in a three-week project on “Foreign Policy and Human Rights” from April 23 to May 12. Michael, a trained pharmacist, has been ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Celebrates Earth Day 2018

Image: Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy, Gaina Davila (kneeling) prepares to start the Educational Garden at the Gordon Walters Primary, surrounded by some of the Class 2 and 3 students, and Julie Hooper-McNeel of Slow Food Barbados. (standing third left) To celebrate Earth Day 2018, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown partnered with Slow Food ... Read More»

An Ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of Cure: Hurricane Subject Matter Expert Exchange in Barbados

The U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, facilitated a ground level disaster management subject matter expert exchange between Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) personnel and Barbados Defense Force (BDF) members from April 10-13. Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Montserrat

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Montserrat on Thursday, May 03, 2018 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Read More»

Save the date for the National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show® May 19-22, 2018!

The National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show® Chicago, Illinois The 2018 National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show® is the annual cutting-edge marketplace for discovering the latest innovations in food and beverage, as well as for networking with over 66,000 foodservice professionals from around the world. This preeminent industry exposition is open to professionals involved in the restaurant, ... Read More»

Barbadian Civil Society Leader Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Lisa Gale, Managing Director/Lead Consultant of Lisa Gale Consulting, which is an international trade and management consulting firm, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Women and Entrepreneurship II” from April 9 to 27. Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Lucia from Monday, April 16 to Thursday, April 19, 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth ... Read More»

United States Government Supports Reopening of Liberty Lodge Boys Training Center

At-risk youth in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are poised to benefit from improved services at the newly-renovated Liberty Lodge Boys Training Center. With the support of the United States Government, the facility, which had been closed since 2015, re-opened on Thursday, March 1, offering services in fully upgraded facilities. On Monday, March 19, the ... Read More»

Announcement for U.S. Citizens: increase in passport execution fee

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in the British Virgin Islands

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29.  The officer will provide notarial services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth ... Read More»

The U.S. Regional Federal Benefits Officer (RFBO) and a U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Anguilla

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that the Regional Federal Benefits Officer will visit Anguilla Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 March, 2018, and a Consular Officer will visit Anguilla from Monday March 12 and Tuesday March 13, 2018.   Read More»

The Alleyne School is the Winner of U.S. Embassy’s Inaugural Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce that the winner of its inaugural Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition is the Alleyne School. Fourth-form student Shamera King-Charles brought it home for her school, as she spoke about the value in continuing to observe the achievements of various ethnic groups in prescribed months. Second place ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Hosts Subject Matter Expert Exchange in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, facilitated a medical first responder subject matter expert exchange between Florida National Guard personnel and Royal St. Vincent Police Force (RSVPF) members from February 20-23. The purpose of this exchange was to enhance the Florida National Guard and RSVPF’s medical response capabilities through discussion and demonstration of ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Dominica

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit Dominica from Tuesday, February 27th, toThursday, March 1st.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Unfortunately, we are not able ... Read More»

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Bridgetown (January 25, 2018)

Recent tests at several U.S. Embassy residences revealed bacteria at elevated levels in the tap water. As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Embassy recommended to its staff to boil their drinking water or use bottled water. The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates accordingly. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Continues to Support Entrepreneurship and Innovation

As it continues to support and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation across the Eastern Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce, that through its Federal Assistance Program, it provided a grant of USD$5,000 to Barbadian entrepreneur Gregory Skeete for Phase 1 of his “Pilly Pelican Presents 50” educational project. Read More»

More than 100 more youth Graduate from A Ganar Barbados Program

After receiving training from the A Ganar Barbados Program, a program supported by the United States Government, more than 100 additional at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24 years graduated equipped with the requisite academic, technical, and life skills to successfully navigate the job market, pursue further studies, or start their own businesses. ... Read More»

Grenadian Police, Prison and Probation Officers Trained in Restorative Juvenile Justice

As a result of a series of three-day training workshops, Police, Prison, and Probation Officers in Grenada are better able to support restorative and rehabilitative approaches to juvenile justice reform and understand their unique responsibilities in providing service to children and their families. The workshops were hosted by the United States Agency for International Development’s ... Read More»

Barbadian Kevin Devonish to Attend the Global Entrepreneurs Summit in Hyderabad, India

Barbadian Kevin Devonish is in Hyderabad, India to attend the prestigious eighth annual Global Entrepreneurs Summit. Barbadian Kevin Devonish has been selected to attend the Global Entrepreneurs Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India from November 28-30, 2017. Kevin, a social and civil society entrepreneur, left the island on November 25 for the Summit. His company, AES ... Read More»

U.S. Government Supports Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Dominica

The United States Government team members offload supplies in Dominica. The U.S. Government provided nearly $18.7 million to date in humanitarian assistance to Caribbean countries devastated by hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). The office remains focused on supporting national governments ... Read More»

Regional Magistrates and Judges Trained in Juvenile Justice Reform

Front row (l-r) : Gloria Augustus, Technical Specialist, JJRP2, OECS Commission; Simone Brown, Education Development Officer, USAID ESC; Her Ladyship Honorable Gertel Thom, Justice of Appeal and Chairman of Judicial Education Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Also pictured are High Court Judges, and administrative representatives of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Magistrates of ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Kitts and Nevis

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit St. Kitts and Nevis from Monday, October 30, to Thursday, November 2.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Unfortunately, we ... Read More»

Fourteen Young Entrepreneurs Participate in U.S. Government-Sponsored Program

Candidates pose with U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS Linda S. Taglialatela Deputy before departing on the U.S. Department of State’s YLAI program. Pictured from left to right: Elijah James, Michelle Samuel, Carlene Perryman, Sacha Harris, Tamara Prosper, Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela, Paul Husbands, Janese Henderson, Jeneille Lewis. YLAI empowers entrepreneurs ... Read More»

Press tour and U.S. Assistance to Dominica

Embassy Bridgetown arranged a press tour to Dominica for three prominent regional TV stations (Antigua’s ABS, Barbados’s CBC, and St Lucia’s HTS). The journalists had the opportunity to see firsthand the range of USG efforts. They were given a briefing by USAID regarding their work on the ground in Dominica, which highlighted how they coordinated ... Read More»

Meeting Urgent Shelter Needs in Dominica

On the night of September 18, Hurricane Maria struck the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm.  Maria’s relentless rains and winds devastated the country, killing at least 27 people and affecting all 71,000 island residents. In the northern village of Calibishie, winds exceeding 160 miles per hour ripped the roof off ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts American Classical Quartet the Ibis Ensemble

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to host American classical quartet the Ibis Ensemble, in a two-country traveling tour of classical music. The program traveled to Grenada, and Barbados. These gifted musicians, all of whom live in Trinidad and Tobago, performed original works which ... Read More»

USAID Airlifts critical relief items for Caribbean Hurricane Response

Statement by Clayton M. McCleskey, Acting Spokesperson Four flights are delivering relief supplies from USAID’s emergency warehouse in Miami, Florida, to the Caribbean. Two flights landed yesterday, and another two flights are scheduled to arrive today. USAID previously delivered relief supplies to hard-hit Antigua and Barbuda, as well as The Bahamas. With this week’s flights, ... Read More»

Hurricane Maria TSG

We urge U.S. citizens in the impacted areas who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their social media status.  If you are in the affected area and need immediate emergency services, please contact local authorities.  For U.S. citizens wishing to depart Dominica, please review the following options: Ferries: Commercial ferries are ... Read More»

U.S. Relief Flight Lands in Dominica

A United States Government (USG) relief flight containing vital commodities, including plastic sheeting, collapsible water containers, blankets, and related items, landed in storm-ravaged Dominica today, with another being planned for early next week. The U.S. $397,000 relief flight, that signals solidarity and commitment to the Government and people of Dominica, comes as the USG, through ... Read More»

Message of Solidarity

The United States has always been a friend of Dominica and we will not abandon you in your time of greatest need.  We stand in solidarity with you during this time of loss and tragedy. However, I want to take this moment to express how personally heartbroken I am as I watch the news and ... Read More»

A Message of Solidarity for Dominica and the Caribbean

Press Statement by Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Dominica and all those across the Caribbean region affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. The United States stands ready to work with you and our international partners to provide immediate disaster relief. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts American Classical Quartet the Ibis Ensemble

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to host American classical quartet the Ibis Ensemble, in a two-country traveling tour of classical music. The program traveled to Grenada, and Barbados. These gifted musicians, all of whom live in Trinidad and Tobago, performed original works which ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Maria

This is an update to our previous messages regarding Tropical Storm Maria. Additional watches are now in effect: A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Dominica. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for St. Lucia. Hurricane Watches are in effect for Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, French St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, St. Barthelemy, and St. ... Read More»

TUESDAY 9/12/2017 UPDATE: Hurricane Irma Response Efforts

The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to continue evacuation flights on September 11. U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport to arrive by noon on Monday carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed to carry on one small ... Read More»

The TIP Office Annual Programming Application Process

The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announces an open competition each year for projects to combat human trafficking outside of the United States. The first stage of competition begins with the TIP Office posting a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) requesting applicants to submit Statements of Interest ... Read More»

MONDAY 9/11/2017 UPDATE: Hurricane Irma Response Efforts

The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to continue evacuation flights on September 11. U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport to arrive by noon on Monday carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed to carry on one small ... Read More»

Statement from Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Updated Hurricane Irma Response # 2

The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to continue evacuation flights on September 11. U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport to arrive by noon on Monday carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed to carry on one small ... Read More»

USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Call with The Honorable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister, Antigua and Barbuda

The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey: USAID Administrator Mark Green called Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda this afternoon to convey the condolences and support of the United States to the people of that island nation following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma. Administrator Green and Prime Minister Browne ... Read More»

USAID Lending Assistance To Storm-Ravaged Barbuda

September 8, 2017 The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), is providing assistance to the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda following the recent passage of Hurricane Irma. Working in partnership with Antigua and Barbuda’s Red Cross, the United States Government  will ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #4

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #4   The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean continues to receive a high volume of inquiries regarding U.S. citizens affected by Hurricane Irma, particularly those on the islands of the Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, French St. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #3

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #3   The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean continues to receive a high volume of inquiries regarding U.S. citizens affected by Hurricane Irma, particularly those on the islands of the Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, French St. ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Jose September 7, 2017

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens to the presence of Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic Ocean.  The government of Antigua has issued a hurricane watch for the islands of Antigua and Barbuda.   A tropical storm watch is in effect for the islands of Anguilla, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #2

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #2 September 4, 2017 This is an update to our previous emergency messages.  The hurricane watches for the islands of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts & Nevis, and St. Martin have been upgraded to hurricane warnings. ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens to the presence of Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean.  Although there are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect, the National Hurricane Center forecasts that Irma will remain a powerful storm throughout the weekend.  Depending on the path the hurricane takes, it has the potential ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia September 11-13, 2017

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Lucia from Monday, September 11 to Wednesday, September, 13 2017, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth ... Read More»

Maritime Asset Engineering Officer Conference

Recently, the U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, hosted a professional exchange on maritime asset engineering and maintenance with Eastern Caribbean police and military forces. The workshop was held in Miami, Florida, and discussions centered around maintenance, logistics, and procurement systems that support maritime operational readiness. Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Visits Barbados A Ganar Program in Barbados

U.S. Ambassador Taglialatela (second left) listens to the A Ganar participants during a visit to a bar and restaurant training session for A Ganar participants at the Barbados Vocational Training Board’s All Saints Training Center in Speightstown, St. Peter. The United States Ambassador to Barbados the Eastern Caribbean and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States ... Read More»

Royal Barbados Police Force and Regional Security Office (RSO), Overseas Criminal Investigations Division (OCI) Joint Investigation

The Diplomatic Security Service’s Regional Security Office at the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados collaborated with the Royal Barbados Police Force in a two-year joint investigation of Barbadian fugitive Hainsley Browne, accused of defrauding elderly victims in Barbados of approximately USD$130,000. Browne was arrested last weekend in South Carolina and will be seen at ... Read More»

Youth Ambassador Gary Telesford

Following his three week exchange experience in the United States, Youth Ambassador, Gary Telesford of Woburn St. George’s met with U.S. Embassy St. George’s Principal Officer, Stephen Frahm. Gary was afforded this opportunity through the United States Exchange Program and had the opportunity to visit New York, Vermont, Oklahoma and Washington DC as part of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to participate in U.S. Government-sponsored Leadership Program

Seven Youth Ambassadors from the Eastern Caribbean will travel to the United States in August for the 2017 Youth Ambassadors Program for the Caribbean exchange program. Reon King of Antigua and Barbuda; Adero Daniel, of Barbados; Nakiya Toussaint of Dominica; Gary Telesford of Grenada; Nathan Francis of St. Lucia; Jahnika Francis of St. Kitts and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports Security Personnel at the Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, facilitated the attendance of a number of security personnel from the Eastern Caribbean at the Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies for a two-week phase of the Caribbean Defense and Security Course. Participants from 14 Caribbean countries traveled to Washington, D.C. to engage with regional partners and ... Read More»

Two Barbadians Attend U.S. Government-sponsored Fuerzas Commando Distinguished Visitors Program

The U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, recently sent Commander Aquinas Clarke, and Sub-Lieutenant Elvis King, both of the Barbados Defense Force, on the Fuerzas Commando Distinguished Visitor Program, in Asuncion, Paraguay. Read More»

“U.S. Official finds common ground with CARICOM leaders” by the Grenada Advocate

Friday, July 21, 2017 Journalist Linda Straker writes: “THOMAS Shannon, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, says that during his recent visit to the Caribbean, he found leadership within CARICOM that understands the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. “There is a real willingness and interest to build on the positive ... Read More»

Vincentian Librarian Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Jeon Adams-Julien, librarian at the National Public Library in St. Vincent, is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She will take part in a two-week project on “American Libraries” from July 15 until July 28. Read More»

St. Mary’s College wins U.S. Embassy’s STEM Video Competition for St. Lucia

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce that the winner of its STEM Video Competition in St. Lucia is St. Mary’s College. The contest, which was open to all secondary school students in St. Lucia over the age of 13, required students to produce a short video explaining why STEM — science, technology, engineering and ... Read More»

Active Shooter Training takes place in Grenada

The U.S. Embassy recently conducted two training sessions on how to prepare for an active shooter attack. At a June 16 session held at the Embassy, participants included members of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the American Chamber of Commerce for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, representatives of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, and ... Read More»

United States Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean

The U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), submitted a multi-year Caribbean strategy to Congress on June 19 that establishes a framework for enhancing the security and prosperity of the United States and its Caribbean partners. Considered the “third border” of the United States, the Caribbean is a ... Read More»

Active Shooter Training held in Barbados

The U.S. Embassy recently conducted two training sessions on how to prepare for an active shooter attack. At a June 16 session held at the Embassy, participants included members of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the American Chamber of Commerce for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, representatives of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, and ... Read More»

Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2017 Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2017, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in ... Read More»

Exercise Tradewinds 2017 to begin in Barbados on June 6

  Exercise Tradewinds 2017 to begin in Barbados on June 6  Exercise Tradewinds 2017, a multi-national maritime security and disaster response exercise in the Caribbean, kicks off with an opening ceremony in Barbados, June 6, 2017, welcoming 18 partner nations and nearly 2,500 participants. This annual Caribbean-focused exercise includes executive level leadership and provides an ... Read More»

USAID conducts energy efficiency training in Antigua

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP), conducted an Energy Efficiency Workshop in Antigua as part of its ongoing training program to support hotels across the region with reducing their energy load and costs to become more efficient. Read More»

IRS Conducts Financial Investigative Techniques Course in Grenada

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Criminal Investigation hosted a financial investigative techniques workshop in Grenada from May 22-26 to assist police and financial intelligence units from across the Eastern Caribbean to better identify, assess and pursue financial investigations. Read More»

Intellectual Property: The Key to an Innovation Economy

This year the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is celebrating its 17th World Intellectual Property Day with the theme: “Innovation – Improving Lives.” Every year, the U.S. government highlights, celebrates, and accelerates the patent review process for game-changing innovations through our Patents for Humanity award program. Past award recipients include InBios International, inventors of a ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Anguilla and St. Martin May 2-5, 2017

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Anguilla from Tuesday, May 2 to Thursday, May 4 and St. Martin on Friday, May 5 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports ... Read More»

Housing Search

The U.S. Embassy is looking for 3 and 4 bedroom residences, fenced yard with grass area and parking space for at least two vehicles (driveway and/or garage). Landlord should be amenable to provide the following at a minimum: security grating at all windows and exterior doors 500 (minimum) gallon water tank a/c coverage in all ... Read More»

United States and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sign Open Skies Agreement

We welcome the signing of the new Open Skies Agreement between the United States and St. Vincent and the Grenadines which occurred on April 7, 2017. The agreement entered into force on April 7, 2017 by signature of both governments. This agreement replaces a more restrictive air transport agreement. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Entrepreneurship Program in the Eastern Caribbean

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is promoting entrepreneurship across the region through a traveling film program taking place in Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, and Barbados. The Embassy is screening the award-winning documentary film “Generation Startup” for audiences made up of business students and young entrepreneurs. American entrepreneur Dextina Booker, ... Read More»

Research Assistant participates in IVLP

Kristy Shortte, administrative and research assistant at Sustainable Grenadines Inc., which is located on Union Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She will take part in a three-week project on “Our Oceans” from March 14 ... Read More»

Antiguan Law Enforcement Manager to Participate in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

The manager of the Counter Narcotics Operational Team in the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) in Antigua and Barbuda, Marcia Edwards, is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Read More»

Dominican Fire Officer to Participate in U.S. government-Sponsored Leadership Program

A Dominican fire officer is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Donalson Frederick, an officer with the Dominica Fire and Ambulance Service, will take part in a three-week project on “Disaster Preparedness” from February 11 until March 4. Read More»

Solicitation for concept papers to strengthen and promote the human rights of LGBTI persons.

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown invites local civil society organizations (including academic institutions and coalitions/networks) from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and Grenadines to submit concept papers to strengthen and promote the human rights of LGBTI persons. Read More»

Barbadian special education teacher to participate in U.S. government-sponsored leadership program

A Barbadian special education teacher is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Shantel Lynch, a graduate teacher employed by the Barbados Ministry of Education, and will take part in a three-week project on “Education and Activism for Young Women” from January 29 until ... Read More»

Check Out Our New Site!

Welcome message from Ambassador Taglialatela “Welcome to our new website!  I invite you to browse, learn more about what our Embassy does, and discover the ways the United States and the nations of the Eastern Caribbean are working together to promote peace and prosperity. The new website has a wealth of resources, including information about applying ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Email Scams

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean advises U.S. citizens in Barbados of a high volume of complaints regarding a variety of e-mail fraud schemes.  Most of the complaints fall into the categories of “Spearphishing”, “Business Email Compromise” or “Email Account Compromise” schemes.  Victims typically receive e-mails which appear to be from their financial institutions ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts American Bluegrass Band Della Mae

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States was pleased to host American bluegrass band Della Mae, in a three-country traveling tour of American bluegrass music. The program traveled to St. Kitts, Barbados, and Antigua. In Antigua, Della Mae performed on December 1-3 for an enthusiastic audience at ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Lucia from Tuesday, December 20 to Friday, December 23, 2016 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Unfortunately, we are not able ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry Barbados National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Barbados on your Independence Golden Jubilee.   On this special day in this special year, my government joins with all of you in celebrating Barbados’ 50 years of independence and your beautiful country’s many accomplishments in democratic governance, environmental ... Read More»

Social Security Regional Benefits Officer to Visit St. Martin December 7-8

We are pleased to announce that a Regional Benefits Officer from the U.S. Social Security Administration will visit St. Martin on Wednesday and Thursday, December 7 and 8 to assist Social Security benefit recipients and to provide general information on Social Security procedures and benefits. Individuals wishing to meet with the Regional Benefits Officer should ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Social Security Benefits Town Hall Meeting

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States will host a Town Hall Meeting for Social Security beneficiaries on December 6. This meeting will provide information on Social Security procedures and benefits, and allow participants to ask questions.  Regional Benefits Officer Vivian Adebayo from the U.S. Social Security ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to hold office for U.S. Citizens in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines from Monday , November 7, to Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA). ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Kitts and Nevis

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Nevis on October 31 and St. Kitts on November 1, 2 and 3, 2016 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy seeks proposals for 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to issue a call for project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for 2017. Proposals must be submitted by February 2, 2017, for projects to preserve cultural heritage in Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Dominica; Grenada; St. Kitts and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy donates “Run for the Coast” proceeds to Future Centre Trust

Presenting the check on behalf of the Embassy was (from left to right) Bill Wommack, Regional Security Officer, and Ambassador Taglialatela, while Vivian-Anne Gittens, Tracey Edwards, and Katecia Thompson accepted the donation for the Future Centre Trust The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, has donated proceeds from its “Run for ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Citizen Science and Climate Change Program

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States was pleased to host Dr. Gillian Bowser, research scientist at Colorado State University, in a three-country traveling program to promote ways ordinary “citizen scientists” can help observe and promote awareness of climate change in their communities. The program traveled to ... Read More»

Applicants Must Not Wear Eyeglasses in their U.S. Passport and Visa Photos

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) advises that, effective November 1, 2016, applicants for U.S. passports and visas must remove their eyeglasses for U.S. passport and visa photos.  The U.S. Department of State is implementing this policy to enhance the security of the application process and ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika in St. Kitts & Nevis

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for St. Kitts and Nevis  regarding the Zika virus . The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S.Citizens: Tropical Weather Alert

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens to the potential development of a tropical depression or storm in the Caribbean.  The  National Hurricane Center  (NHC) has forecast that this weather system may potentially impact a number of islands in the Eastern Caribbean. There are currently no watches or warnings in effect for any islands, although that is expected to ... Read More»

USAID/OFDA meets with Barbados surge team

As the current hurricane season moves into high gear, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is ensuring that regional response teams are prepared for any eventuality USAID/OFDA Senior Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Tim Callahan, recently met with the Barbados surge team, ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Dominica

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit Dominica from Monday, September 12, to Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Unfortunately, we are not able to discuss visa ... Read More»

Vincentians Benefit From Two major USAID Projects

Vincentians are benefitting from a modernized juvenile justice system and are better equipped to adapt to climate change as a result of two major projects supported by the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). USAID Mission Director for the ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika in Antigua

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Antigua  regarding the Zika virus . The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. This conclusion was ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy presents “Adventures in STEM”

As part of its commitment to promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown was pleased to host Dr. Cardinal Warde, professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for two engagements with teachers and students on Barbados on July 26. The events, ... Read More»

USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program Helps Green the Grid

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP) is assisting Caribbean nations to become more energy efficient through policies and incentives that promote low emission growth and greater public-private sector investment in clean energy development. More than 40 representatives and experts from the Caribbean energy sector met in Barbados last ... Read More»

Media Statement on Information Regarding Deportees

The United States government only deports convicted criminals back to their country of origin in consultation with that country’s government. In the case of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown sends a letter to local police or other relevant local authorities informing them of the crime for which the individual is being deported, ... Read More»

Regional Police Officers Graduate from Identification and Seizure of Digital Evidence Training Course

Ambassador Taglialatela spoke to graduates of a week-long course on Identification and Seizure of Digital Evidence on July 5 at the Regional Police Training Center. The course, which was sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, pulled in police officers from across Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. “In ... Read More»

Regional Delegation Attends U.S. Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

As the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), continues to support regional governments to reduce youth crime and violence across the Eastern Caribbean, two Kittitian officials working with at-risk youth have benefitted significantly from participation in the Fifth National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence held from June 27-29, in ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika in Anguilla

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Anguilla regarding the Zika virus . The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. This conclusion was ... Read More»

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter visits Barbados

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Winslow Griesser will pay a visit to Barbados to conduct operations in conjunction with the Barbados Coast Guard. The cutter’s mission is to conduct interdictions against illicit maritime trafficking activities throughout the Eastern Caribbean during June. The cutter was met in Barbados on June 25 by the Senior ... Read More»

Security Awareness for U.S. Citizens Summer Festival Season

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean advises U.S. citizens in Barbados of the need to exercise security awareness as we approach the summer festival season. With recent increases in firearms-related crimes and gang violence, and  press reports  of social media posts referencing gun violence at the upcoming Fore-Day Morning Jam festival, the Embassy wants to ensure ... Read More»

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Guadeloupe

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Agent from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Guadeloupe on Thursday, 7 July and Friday, 8 July, 2016, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy hosts interactive program to prevent LGBTI hate crimes

On June 14, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown hosted an interactive program aimed at promoting tolerance and preventing hate crimes against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. The program featured a screening of the award-winning documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, followed by an interactive webchat featuring the U.S. Department of State’s ... Read More»

Librarians and Archivists Participate in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

A group of librarians and archivists from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will travel to the United States as participants in a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) running from June 13 to July 1.  The 21-day program is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of policies, best practices, and challenges ... Read More»

IRS Webinar for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. To register and attend this webinar, use the Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers or https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/15416 webinar link.  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time.  The session will be recorded and made available at a ... Read More»

ROP 2016 for the PEPFAR Caribbean Region Approved!

The team of the PEPFAR Caribbean Regional program recently met in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to review the proposed Regional Operational Plan (ROP) for 2016. As PEPFAR works towards the goal of an AIDS free generation, this plan outlines the objectives for the year through program areas of Prevention and Care, Laboratory Strengthening, Strategic Information and ... Read More»

Dominican Youth to Benefit From Juvenile Justice Reforms

At-risk youth in Dominica who have suffered abuse, neglect, or been in conflict with the law have benefitted from juvenile justice reforms including alternative sentencing, rehabilitation, and reintegration. These reforms took place under the $5.8 million Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJRP) in the Eastern Caribbean funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ... Read More»

USAID Climate Change Project Bolsters Dominica’s Resilience

A United States Government-funded climate change project in the Eastern Caribbean helped one community avoid major flooding during last year’s passage of Tropical Storm Erika and also provided Dominican farmers with access to climate-smart technology to increase food and energy security during times of scarcity. United States Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the ... Read More»

Exercise Tradewinds 2016 Starts Sunday

Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016. This year’s Exercise Tradewinds will be conducted in three phases: Phase I will include maritime and ... Read More»

USAID Supports Reforestation Exercise in Grenada

As part of a regional climate change initiative, the United States Government supported a major reforestation effort on the island of Grenada on Friday, May 20. Students from the McDonald College Secondary School, forestry officials, and members of the St. Patrick’s Environmental Community Tourism Organization (SPECTO) planted over 100 trees on Mount Rodney Beach in ... Read More»

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Visits Antigua

he United States Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Richard Dixon paid a visit to Antigua and Barbuda to conduct operations in conjunction with the Antigua and Barbuda Coast Guard. The cutter’s mission is to conduct interdiction against illicit maritime trafficking activities throughout the Eastern Caribbean during May, and lead the way for future operations. The cutter ... Read More»

USAID-Funded Project Helps St. Kitts Withstand Climate Change Impacts

Farmers and residents in St. Kitts and Nevis are better equipped to withstand climate change-related impacts including extreme droughts and flooding following the implementation of climate-smart technologies under the USD$9.5 million “Rallying the Region to Action on Climate Change” (RRACC) Project in the OECS. The program was funded by the United States Agency for International ... Read More»

Project Strengthens Juvenile Justice Sector in St. Kitts and Nevis

A United States Government program on St. Kitts and Nevis has assisted that nation in strengthening its juvenile justice sector. U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Laura Griesmer, praised the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJRP) in the OECS during a close-out ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Announces Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Program signifies important step in White House’s Commitment to Fostering the Development of an Entrepreneurship Network in the Americas Entrepreneurs! We are looking for you! The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is looking for 250 young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to ... Read More»

U.S. Marines Conduct Marksmanship Training With Barbados Defense Force

A Mobile Training Team of eight U.S. Marines from U.S. Marine Corps Forces South in Miami, Florida, visited Barbados from May 2-13 to serve as marksmanship instructors for 43 soldiers of the Barbados Defense Force (BDF). The training familiarized the BDF soldiers with the U.S. Marine Corps’ program of instruction on rifle marksmanship, building on ... Read More»

Civil Asset Recovery Advocacy Workshop Held in Grenada

On May 9-10, the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS partnered with the Judicial Education Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to provide training on Grenada to regional attorneys and financial investigators on civil asset recovery. The purpose of the training was to improve regional attorneys and financial investigators’ knowledge ... Read More»

Antiguan Farmers Benefit From Climate-Smart Technology

Farmers and communities in Antigua and Barbuda are better equipped to withstand drought, improve food production, and enhance the country’s resilience to climate change following completion of the Antigua part of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States’ (OECS) Rallying the Region to Action on Climate Change (RRACC) project, a US$9.5 million project funded through the ...