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Barbados guide


General Information for Visitors to Barbados


All UK Nationals need a Full passport, valid for at least 6 months after the return date. Children who are British citizens are now required to travel on their own passport.



There are no visas required for UK Nationals. Other nationalities will need to check with the Embassy/Consulate for full visa/entry requirements.


Health Requirements

There are no compulsory vaccinations required. Please consult your local GP for latest information and advice.



The climate in Barbados is tropical with lovely average temperatures of between 24C and 30C. In the very hot periods, the northeast trade winds temper the heat so it never feels unbearably hot. Hurricanes usually miss Barbados but are possible between June and October.



English is the official language although a local Bajan dialect is also spoken.



Time Zone


GMT – 4


What Clothes to Take

As Barbados is in the tropics, we suggest you pack light cotton dresses and light jackets for formal wear. Casual slacks and lightweight sports clothes for when you are not wearing a bathing costume. Don’t forget sunglasses, sun block and beach footwear.


Food and Drink

Most hotels cater for European tastes however, local dishes such as flying fish and Cou Cou are delicious

and well worth trying. Bajan food is made with a variety of ingredients, most of which will be familiar to you,

but are enhanced with local herbs and spices to create a distinct Bajan flavour. Barbados produces its own

beer and rum and you will notice rum bars throughout the island.


First Aid Kit

A small first aid kit is useful and could contain plasters, antiseptic cream, anti-insect cream (before and after) and sunburn lotion. Stomach upsets are not common in Barbados but it is wise to carry preparations to combat diarrhoea, just in case!



Most hotels on Barbados add a service charge to the final bill, so do not be surprised to see the extra charge when you check out. It is generally 10 percent. Maids should be tipped $2(USD) per room per day, and bellhops $1(USD) per bag.

If staying in an all-inclusive resort, check with your resort's policies. Although many resorts encourage you to tip their staff, most all-inclusives strictly prohibit it.



It is advisable to avoid bringing items of great value such as jewellery. Observe sensible precautions – use safety deposit boxes in hotels for passports and money and take care of your handbag or wallet when in crowded areas.


Getting About

Travel by public transport is easy and convenient and saves on taxi fares. Taxis are not metered in Barbados, but the government regulates fixed rates, which tend to hover around $20(USD) per hour. Visitors are advised to settle on a fare before taking a taxi and should also negotiate with the driver to determine whether the quoted price is in Barbadian or U. S. dollars. Many visitors hire cars and explore this beautiful island on their own and at their own pace. Your hotel will advise you on car hire.


Best Buys

Shopping in Barbados ranging from modern air-conditioned malls to chattel villages and you will always find the sales staff in the shops to be friendly and helpful. The cities of Bridgetown, Holetown and Speightstown are all good for shopping and you should look out for locally produced items such as clothing, mahogany carvings, jewellery and basket ware, and obviously Barbados rum, a must gift to take back home with you!


 Useful Addresses


Barbados, Bridgetown, British High Commission  

British High Commission, Bridgetown, Barbados
British High Commission
Lower Collymore Rock
PO Box 676

Fax:(1) (246) 430 7851 Chancery
(1) (246) 430 7860 Management/Consular
(1) (246) 430 7826 Trade & Investment/Information

Mon-Thurs: 1200-2000;Fri: 1200-1700 GMT
Mon-Thurs: 0800-1600; Fri: 0800-1300 Local Time


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