I am in the Medical Services Supply sector and wish to travel to a European country on a regular basis to fulfill a contract that I am about to sign. What provisions are made under the EPA for me to enter Europe under the EPA?

February 09 2012 | Medical and Dental Services

Under the terms as you have described them in your question, you are considered a Contractual Service Supplier under the EPA.  That is, an employee of a Barbadian company that has no commercial presence in the EU, but which has a contract to supply services in the EU.

Generally, the person applying to supply the service from Barbados must be a self-employed person established in Barbados, and must have obtained a service contract for a period of not more than 12 months.

As a Barbadian professional, you must possess at least three years professional experience and have been an employee of your company for one year before you make an application for entry.

You must have a university degree or equivalent qualification and professional qualifications where required by law. The only remuneration you may receive during your European travel is that paid by your employer.

Your temporary entry, once approved, will be for a cumulative period not exceeding 6 months (or 25 weeks in Luxembourg) during a 12-month period or for the duration of the contract (whichever is less) and the visa will permit the Barbadian to work only on the contracted service activity – no other business activities will be permitted.

The entry opportunity is further governed by the following country-specific conditions:

Slovenia: There is no commitment to permit the provision of these services. 

Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Slovenia & United Kingdom: Economic needs test will be applied.

Austria: No commitment except for psychologists and dental services, where: Economic needs tests will be applied.

Belgium, Greece, Finland, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia & Slovakia: There is no commitment to permit the supply of these services via this mode.