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Barbados uses 115V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.
The languages that are typically spoken are English
Barbados uses the Barbadian dollar (symbol: $), code BBD.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 dollars. Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 1 dollar and 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines are common in Barbados. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Barbados is on average 6.1 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Barbados is moderate. It's relatively easy to find one when needed.
You can buy a SIM card for about 36.00 BBD, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Digicel, Flow or Ozone Wireless. Barbados uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Barbados upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Barbados, dial +, then 1 246 (the country code for Barbados), then the area code (without the initial 1) and the local number. For local calls within Barbados, start with the area code (with the initial 1). In the case above area code is 246 .
Import and export information
See prohibited import list.
Other items:Goods up to a value of BD$100.
Other items:60mL perfume and 300mL of other scented products.
Camouflage clothing and material.
Pets require an import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture. For further information, please visitImport Dogs and Cats.
Fresh fruit and vegetables require permission from the Ministry of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs.
Meat and meat products require a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended as travellers may contract hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Barbados, regardless of where they are eating or staying.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A typhoid vaccination is recommended for most travellers, especially those staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or for those that are adventurous eaters.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.
Zika outbreaks have been reported in Barbados. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant should not travel to Barbados. For further information on this recommendation, please visit the CDCZika Virus in Barbados.
Dengue and African tick-bite fever are diseases carried by insects that occur in Barbados. For information on disease prevention, please visit the CDCInsect Protection Advice.