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Traveling to the United States for Medical Treatment

Receiving medical treatment is a permissible activity on a regular tourist (B-1/B-2) visa.  If you want to travel to the United States for medical treatment and don’t already have a visa, you must

schedule an interview appointment by visiting U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s website: http://barbados.usembassy.gov/non-immigrant_visas.html.

On the off chance that no appointment is available prior to the date the applicant must travel you can either: send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; send a fax to (246) 431-0179:

or call the Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) unit at (246) 227-4000 (Monday-Friday 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.) to request an emergency appointment.

  Please include your full name, date of birth, proof of your medical appointment, and the date and time you wish to have your appointment.

In addition to the documents required of all B-1/B-2 applicants, we strongly recommend that applicants whose purpose of travel is to seek

medical treatment bring the following documents/information to the visa interview:

· Detailed information (issued by a hospital or the attending physician in your home country) concerning the nature of the illness or disability that requires medical treatment


· Evidence that a medical appointment has been scheduled in the United States

· Documentation from the U.S. hospital or physician concerning the projected cost of the medical treatment in the United States

· Documentation concerning how the medical treatment will be paid for

· A letter from your attending physician explaining why the proposed medical treatment is unavailable in your home country (if applicable)
Please remember that simply demonstrating that the medical treatment is necessary is insufficient to qualify for a visa; the applicant must also overcome the presumption of immigrant intent outlined in Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.


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Neesha79

#3 tenman » 2011-11-17 11:14

Neesha79 you are very much correct. A good example of what you speak is the child who the gate fell on, who had to be taken overseas for help. Another incident was that involving Marlon Hunte and Paula Jacob who were burn victims from an accident that occured at a Barbecue at English harbor.

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#2 Neesha79 » 2011-11-17 10:52

The article is there because Mount St. John is not fully equipped as yet. And when it is fully equipped, the next article Caribarena will run is all of the available treatments available there. These things take time, they wont happen overnight.
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Why is this in here??

#1 HTH Peppersauce » 2011-10-28 00:18

Didn't we spend $500 M for a state of the art hospital, with the intent of people flying to Antigua for healthcare. Now our local paper explains how to leave Antigua and take your healthcare dollars off island.

That makes as little sense as LIAT, based in Antigua, setting up special provisions, to make it easier for our residents to fly to SXM to spend money, money that our island desperately needs to have spent here.

Let's hope everyone understands the financial implications of all that money leaving the island.
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