Barbados, China sign visa waiver agreement

The Barbados government has signed a reciprocal visa waiver agreement with China which will include holders of ordinary passports.

The agreement was signed by Barbados Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean and Ambassador to China, Wang Le recently.

The minister said there was also an agreement “on the establishment of Visa-Free Access to holders of passports issued by the office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.”

McClean also spoke about the excellent relations between the two countries, noting that in 2017 would mark 40 years of diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

The minister cited two examples of such activities as the recent arrival of a Chinese medical team in Barbados to assist with the provision of medical care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and the Sixth Round of consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs of some Caribbean countries and China’s foreign ministry, which took place in March.

She said the completion and signing of the treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and treaty on extradition between the two countries were also signed.

This year, the minister said also marked the beginning of the rehabilitation work on the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, which has been facilitated by a grant provided by China.

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