Things to know before your trip.
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. Passports are the most expeditious and reliable form of identification when traveling domestically or internationally.
The official currency of Barbados is the Barbados Dollar, which is fixed to the US dollar and does not fluctuate.
US $1.00 = DBS $1.98
* US currency, travelers checks, and major credit cards (excluding AMEX) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and businesses.
Credit Cards & Travellers Checks
Most Barbados hotels, restaurants, and businesses accept credit cards including:
- Carte Blanche
- Diners Club
Travelers checks in US, UK, and Canadian funds are also cashable at many outlets. There are many commercial banks in Barbados (mostly British and Canadian) that offer ATMs. They all dispense funds in Barbados Dollars at the current rate of exchange.
* 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.