Barbados Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import for personal use only and by persons of 18 years and over:
- 1 liter of spirits or wine;
- 1/4 pint perfume or 1/2 pint of other scent;
- souvenirs up to a value of BBD 100.-.
Meat and meat products: permit obtainable from the Ministry of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

An import or an export license must be obtained prior to arrival or departure from Barbados. Passengers must also have a firearm permit issued by their country of residence.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
For further details please refer to CITES:

Additional Information on regulations:

All fruits, vegetables, plants and products may require an import permit and a phytosanitary certificate issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Plant Quarantine.

Export regulations:

Free export of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages for personal use.


An Import Permit must be obtained from the Veterinary Services Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Barbados.
Application forms can be downloaded from Upon arrival, pets are subject to examination by a Government Veterinary Officer.
At least 3 working days' notice prior to arrival of the animal is required by local veterinary authorities. For more information contact Veterinary Services at tel: 1 246 535 0220 or 1 246 535 0221, email: [email protected] .
For more details please see: .

All pets must clear customs and veterinary checks upon arrival. Passengers will need to employ the services of a customs broker to facilitate customs clearance.
Airlines must issue a "Pre-Alert" notifying the relevant parties in Barbados of the pets on board the aircraft.

Dogs and cats:
- can be transported either in the cabin or in the hold of the aircraft. Upon arrival, pets are not allowed to accompany the passenger into the immigration and customs arrival hall. They must be taken directly from the plane to the airport's Animal Reception Centre (ARC). This process also applies to passengers traveling with service animals;
- must be accompanied by an Official Export Health Certificate, signed and stamped by the Official Veterinary Services of the country of origin;
- must be permanently identified with a microchip (ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to standard 11785);
- must be vaccinated against rabies after microchip implantation and at least 35 days prior to arrival in Barbados;
- for countries where the following diseases are endemic, must be tested for heartworm, leishmaniasis, nipah virus and/or hendra virus and found to be negative.
Within 7 days of travel, dogs must be treated against ticks and tapeworms.

For the importation of dogs and cats, countries have been divided into two categories, i.e.:
Category 1. - rabies free or low risk countries:
Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, BES Islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius & Saba), British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Curacao, Dominica, European Union Member Countries, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Greenland, Guam, Guadeloupe, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Martinique, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Russian Federation, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Pierre & Miquelon, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Isl., United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, US Virgin Isl., Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Wallis and Futuna Isl.
35 days must pass after the rabies vaccination before the pets may enter Barbados.
The pets must have been resident in the country for at least 3 months prior to entry.
Category 2. - all other countries.
30 days after rabies vaccination, the pets must have a blood test (FAVN rabies antibody titre test) carried out by an approved laboratory, with a result of at least 0,5 IU/ml.
90 days must pass after the successful blood sample was taken before the pets may enter Barbados.
Pets resident in a Category 1. country for less than 3 months and pets traveling by sea must comply with the same regulations as pets from Category 2. countries.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at Bridgetown-Barbados (BGI).
Exempt: baggage of transit passengers traveling onwards with LIAT (LI) or Carib Express (IM).


Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Barbadian Dollar-BBD): no restrictions, if declared on arrival.
Foreign currencies: no restrictions if declared on arrival.

Currency Export regulations:

1. Residents:
a. Local currency (Barbadian Dollar-BBD): up to BBD 200.-.
b. Foreign currencies: up to the equivalent of BBD 1,500.-.
2. Non-residents:
a. Local currency (Barbadian Dollar-BBD): prohibited.
b. Foreign currencies: up to the amount imported and declared.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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