The government of Barbados allows that travellers into the island can bring a certain amount of items free of normal customs duty charges. For locals, this allowance is limited to a yearly value of no more than $500 BBD. Please note that tobacco products are no longer allowed duty free.
Each individual over 18 years of age is allowed duty free:
These items are prohibited and may not be brought into the island:
Foreign rum and matches, pornography, fresh fruit and vegetables (unless grown in or conveyed through certain areas, and with requisite permission: contact the Ministry of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs for further information), and articles made of camouflage material.
A permit must be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs in order to import meat and meat products.
As a visitor to Barbados, please note that there are severe penalties for drug offences including possession and distribution of illegal narcotics.
Also, be aware that is against the law for anyone, even children, to dress in camouflage clothing or carry items made with camouflage material.
Grantley Adams International Airport is a partner in the “Totally Accessible” programme with the National Disabilities Programme. Airport bathrooms and other amenities at the airport are designed with such accommodation in mind. Pay phones and curbs are also provided for ease of use and there are lifts for accessing the first floor of the airport.
Your airline can provide you with a wheelchair if you need assistance to or from your flight. Service should be requested from the airline in advance, but if the need arises, you may also do so at the ticket counter when you check in.
Travel as light as possible. Remember many airlines have decreased the weight/size of the hand luggage you can take on board – just be mindful of the rules relating to what can actually be taken as hand luggage.
Let’s keep it simple. The best time to visit Barbados weather-wise is any time of the year! Temperatures average between 26C-29C/79F-84F year round. There are two seasons, wet and dry. It gets a little cooler in the night during dry season (winter and spring) and there are a few more tropical bursts of rain during the summer months. Just enough to keep you cool without spoiling your plans.
The Barbados Dollar is the currency of Barbados and it is pegged to the USA dollar at an exchange rate of USD$1 = BBD$1.98. (Please note that USD$1:BBD$2 is generally accepted). US$ dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted. Exchange money only at banks and approved change offices. ATMs are located throughout the country. Remember not to flash your cash.
The convenience of delivery services is available islandwide. From grocery shopping to meals to errands, there’s an option to suit your needs. Most businesses provide online ordering with full details on delivery fees and service areas.
It is very easy to get married in Barbados as there is no required waiting period or minimum length of stay. Application for a marriage licence must be made by both parties in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
We know it’s not what you want to think about, but just in case, we want you to be prepared. Should you need medical assistance, there are many private doctors and pharmacies readily available across the island. Sandy Crest Medical Centre, Coverley Medical Centre and Bayview Hospital are premier private facilities equipped to provide urgent care and emergency care. Urgent Care Barbados offers house calls to homes and hotel rooms 24/7.
Barbados allows pets to enter the island from all countries. Once an import permit from the Veterinary Services Department is completed and approved, it is valid for six months from the date of issue.
Barbados falls in the Atlantic time zone. Geographical Location: 13° 6′ N, 59° 37′ W Atlantic Standard Time is Greenwich Mean Time minus four hours (GMT -4). There is no daylight saving time in Barbados.