Antigua and Barbuda’s non-resident High Commissioner to Canada, Sir Ronald Sanders, says that he has been informed by the Canadian Government that with effect from today, nationals of Antigua and Barbuda can submit biometric data for visas at the Canadian High Commission in Barbados in addition to Trinidad and Tobago.
The Antigua and Barbuda diplomat said: “This is a welcome development for Antiguans and Barbudans who can now travel to Barbados, incurring less costs than going to Trinidad. We thank the Canadian authorities for responding favourably to our requests to ease the burden on our people”.
He noted that, “The inclusion of Barbados as a location at which biometric data for visas can be delivered, gives Antigua and Barbuda nationals two locations in the region. For business people, this is a better option since, while in Trinidad or Barbados on business, they can call at a Canadian High Commission”. Ambassador Sanders said this decision by the Canadian authorities also makes it easier for regular travellers and visitors to see both the US and Canadian visa issuing offices in one location.
While welcoming the Canadian decision to include Barbados as a location to provide biometric data and to apply for visas, Ambassador Sanders added that diplomatic efforts are continuing to reach an even better solution, particularly one where there can be mobile collection of biometric data collection, thus reducing the costs even further.
He stressed that the option of going to Barbados to deliver biometric data is effective from today.