Passports are required. We strongly recommend that all guests travel with a passport validity date of at least six months past the date of departure from the island and check specific country of origin requirements. For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport please visit the US Department of State. For information on UK passports, visit the HM Passport Office. In our current times, passports are the most expeditious and reliable form of identification when traveling domestically or internationally.
When planning your Barbados vacation remember that the Barbados Dollar is converted at the rate of $1.98 BDS to $1.00 U.S. The Barbados Dollar is fixed to the U.S Dollar and does not fluctuate. Its rate to other currencies fluctuates daily based on their fluctuations relative to the U.S. Dollar. On your travels around Barbados you will find that US and UK currency is accepted across the island, and most stores and restaurants accept major credit cards and travellers cheques. Of course most Barbados hotels and other lodging also accept these various forms of payment.
Credit Cards and Travellers Cheques
Most Barbados hotels, restaurants and businesses will accept credit cards. Travelers cheques in U.S., U.K. and Canadian funds are also cashable at many outlets. There are many commercial banks in Barbados (mostly British and Canadian) and most have ATMs that will accept credit cards. They all dispense funds in Barbados Dollars at the current rate of exchange.
The major credit cards that are readily accepted are:
- Carte Blanche
- Diners Club
Please note that AMEX is NOT accepted for local payments at The Club, Barbados.
We strongly recommend travel insurance. We have a select partner with whom you can arrange insurance for your trip. Click here for more information.
Barbados Drivers License & Permit
You can obtain a Barbados drivers license on producing a valid National or International License. The cost for a visitors permit is US$5 for a 2-month permit and US$50 for a 1-year permit. All authorised car rental companies can issue you a drivers license if you have a valid license.
Barbados Suggested Dressing
Bring clothes for the tropics. Light cotton dresses and light jackets for formal wear. Casual slacks and lightweight shorts for the times when you are not in a bathing suit.Beachwear should also include sunglasses, sunblock and beach footwear.
Electricity in Barbados
110 volts/50 cycles.There is a reliable electricity supply, with only the occasional outage.
Standard plug types in Barbados are: (1) Flat blade (2 flat blades) and (2) Flat blades with round grounding pin. Most Barbados hotels can provide adapters and transformers for hair dryers and other appliances. Alternative energy: The island uses solar power mainly for hot-water systems.