Barbados to begin biometric entry and exit checks

Starts on 01 April, 2016

Barbados has announced that everyone entering or leaving Barbados will soon have to be fingerprinted, with facial recognition also planned.

The new measure comes into place from April 1.

Barbados Chief Immigration Officer Erine Griffith said this will be followed later in the year with a measure to facially scan passengers.

She said the only exemptions to these regulations will be holders of diplomatic passports and children under the age of 16.

Griffiths said these security measures will bring Barbados in line with international ports of entry and were mandatory under the Immigration (Biometrics) Regulation 2015.

She urged visitors to cooperate with the Immigration Department, saying it is seeking to ensure the safety of all who used Barbados’ ports of entry.

Barbados has one airport, Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI).

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Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI)