Relations between Switzerland and Barbados are good but not very extensive. Barbados is a popular holiday destination, attracting thousands of Swiss tourists each year.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Barbados
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Switzerland and Barbados have signed agreements in areas such as double taxation, investment protection, the transfer of sentenced persons, air traffic and lifting mutual visa requirements. The Swiss embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, represents Switzerland's interests in Barbados.
In 2018 Switzerland imported goods worth CHF 19 million and exported goods amounting to CHF 4.5 million – mainly watches, jewellery and agricultural products.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Researchers in Barbados can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
Swiss nationals in Barbados
There were 37 Swiss nationals living in Barbados at the end of 2018.
History of bilateral relations
Switzerland and Barbados commenced diplomatic relations in 1980. Switzerland opened an honorary consulate on the island in 1993.