Before You Travel
Here are some important things to note on planning your vacation in Barbados.
Before leaving to your Barbados vacation getaway, please ensure you have packed the required documents:
Every person entering Barbados, including all North American citizens (Americans and Canadians), should be in possession of a valid passport for return to their own country or for re-entry through another country. This applies to both adults and children or infants whether travelling alone or with guardians.
Visas are required for citizens from the following countries:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Monaco, Macau, Montenegro, Morocco, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City, Vietnam, People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, Yemen Arab Republic, Zaire
Applicants for visas must complete the form in duplicate. The form is to be accompanied by two (2) passport size photographs. Visas may be obtained from any of Barbados' Missions overseas.
Duration of Stay
Visitors coming to Barbados should provide proof of adequate means of support for the duration of their stay to the satisfaction of the Immigration Officer at the port of entry. They should be in possession of valid return tickets.
Extension of Stay
Visitors wishing to extend their stay should apply to:
The Chief Immigration Officer
Careenage House, The Wharf
Tel: (246) 434 4100
All visitors to the island should acquaint themselves with the customs regulations of Barbados and your home country, to minize any challenges or problems that may arise when taking items to and from Barbados.
General Duty Free Allowances
As a general practice, visitors to Barbados can obtain duty free allowances for the following personal effects: 1 litre of potable spirits or wine. All articles in excess of this exemption are subject to the applicable duties and taxes.
Note: Personal effects are designated as passengers' baggage containing apparel and articles for personal use which a traveler may reasonably require during his vacation e.g. clothing, cosmetics and accessories.
Restricted & Prohibited Items
The importation of certain articles into Barbados is restricted or prohibited in order to protect the community, maintain animal and plant life, among other reasons. Prohibited articles such as illegal drugs and pornography will be seized and persons may face penalties or prosecution. Restricted items may be released after inspection by the appropriate agency or detained until conditions of the restrictions are met. Receipts are issued for all articles detained by customs.
Among the restricted items are:
Fruits and Vegetables - All fruits, vegetables, plants, cuttings, seeds or unprocessed plant products must be declared to Customs and presented for inspection by a Plant Quarantine Officer. Fresh fruits from certain countries are prohibited in order to prevent the spreading of pest and plant diseases. Certain plant, seeds or cuttings may require an import permit and a photo-sanitary certificate. Request for import permits and further information should be addressed to:
Ministry of Agriculture
Tel (246) 434-5000
Barbados offers one of the highest standards of health care in the Eastern Caribbean. It is always advisable to travel with medical insurance, although not always needed it can still be useful and may be handy if the need arises.
Before you shop and enjoy all the products and services that Barbados has to offer, please note the following:
- Currency - The currency of Barbados is the Barbados Dollar (BBD), which is currently fixed to the U.S. Dollar at an exchange rate of $1.98 BBD to $1.00 U.S. US currency is generally accepted across the island in most stores, restaurants and hotels; however change is almost always given in Barbados dollars and coins. Barbados dollars are issued in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar notes. Barbados coins are issued as 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents and 1 Dollar.
Note: For more information on the currency conversion rate for your country please click here.
- Credit Cards & Travelers Cheques - Travelers cheques in U.S., U.K. and Canadian funds are cashable at most outlets in Barbados. The majority of hotels, restaurants and businesses will accept credit cards. There are many commercial banks in Barbados (mostly British and Canadian) and most have ABMs or ATMs that will accept credit cards, dispensing all funds in Barbados Dollars at the current exchange rate. Alternatively, banking hours are generally between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays; and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some banks offer later hours of service or are opened on Saturdays at select locations. The major credit cards that are readily accepted are: American Express, MasterCard and Visa.