Getting to Barbados Checklist
Passport, visa & health
customs - duty free
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 bds. Please note that tobacco products are no longer allowed duty free.
Each individual over 18 years of age is allowed duty free:
- 1 litre of spirits and 1 litre of wine.
- 60 ml of perfume and 300 ml of all other scents.
- Gifts up to a value of BD$100
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.
Travellers with Disabilities
Grantley Adams International Airport 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.
- Put your name clearly on the outside and inside of your bags. Remove extraneous tags and labels.
- Pack valuables in your carry-on bags.
- Be wise at check-in – make sure your bag is tagged with the correct destination label and ensure you keep your barcode sticker that normally gets tagged to your boarding pass. This is a unique number and matches you to your bag.