Travel Advice for The Barbados
Barbados
Capital: Bridgetown

Time Zone GMT - 4
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 1 246
IDD: International dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 011
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Police - 112, Ambulance - 115, Fire - 113. All services - 119.
Tourist
Information
Barbados Tourism Authority, PO Box 242, Harbour Road, Bridgetown, Barbados,
Tel: 427 2623/4 Fax: 426 4080.
Passport
Information
Passport must be valid for 6 months after date of entry by all except: Nationals of the USA and Canada, who hold a valid return ticket, who have embarked from their home country for stays not exceeding 3 months and who have a naturalisation certificate or original birth certificate accompanied by a driving licence with photograph or employment identification with photograph. Nationals of Commonwealth countries for stays up to 6 months (except nationals of India, Pakistan and South Africa where special conditions apply) for stays of up to 6 months Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa not required by nationals of EU countries for stays up to 6 months.
Health
Information
Seek Advice from GP before travel.
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate if required from passengers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.
Food
& Drink
Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food.
Currency Barbados Dollar (Bds$) = 100 cents.
All major credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques, preferably in US dollars and Pound sterling, are accepted.
ATM availability: 45 locations.
Cost of
Living
Generally expensive. Avoid the tourist centres if travelling on a budget, although prices throughout the island are quite expensive.
Languages English. Local Bajan dialect is also spoken.
Weather Subtropical climate cooled by sea breezes. Wet season - July till Nov when brief showers occur. Dry season - Dec till June.
Electricity 110 volts AC 50 Hz American style 2-pin plug are used.
Post Up to 1 week.
Transport FLIGHTS: Several operators run flights between neighbouring islands.
ROAD: A good network of roads run throughout the island.
BUS: Frequent comprehensive coverage of the island. Although cheap buses are crowded during the rush hour.
CAR HIRE: Various vehicles can be hired at the airport or large hotels.
DOCUMENTATION: A Barbados driving licence is required, a valid national or IDP should be held.
Special
Information
Attacks and thefts are rare although persistent salesmen are likely to continually approach you. Visitors should exercise common sense precautions such as not exhibiting conspicuous signs of wealth and not to visit deserted beaches at night.