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Things to Know BEFORE You Go to Barbados

Essential Information

US, Canadian and EU visitors will not find any Caribbean island which requires an entry visa, although US visitors require special permission to visit Cuba. Travel insurance is recommended for any trip to the Caribbean, particularly emergency evacuation coverage in case airlift is required. Check also that insurance policies cover so-called dangerous activities such as scuba diving.


A low-lying island far removed from the Windward island chain, Barbados started out as the world’s Rum capital. Today, an upmarket tourist-based economy takes advantage of 70 miles of superb beaches.

Area: 166 sq miles

Population: 288,725

Capital: Bridgetown

Political: Independence in 1966

Official website: www.visitbarbados.org

Currency Barbados Dollar, but US dollars accepted.

Passport All visitors need valid passport.

Visa Needs No visa required

Health Care Queen Elizabeth Hospital in St. Michel (246-436-6450 or private Bayview Hospital (246-436-5446) plus private clinics.

Banks & ATMS. ATMs in Bridgetown.

Free WIFI Locations. Around hotels

Internet Cafes. In Bridgetown and St. Lawrence Gap

Cell Phones access/Dialing code +246

Safety Tips Very safe around tourist areas.

Departure Tax $27.50

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