Last updated: 17 May 2021



Barbados is famed for its easy-going calypso culture, where a strong sense of history and culture fuses with a laid-back vibe.

On land with music as one of its societal bedrocks, Barbados revels in a vibrant nightlife.
At sea from the little-developed rugged coastline of the Atlantic eastern flank to the attractive resorts of the Caribbean shoreline, Barbados offers world-class, warm waters for diving and snorkelling. Underwater caves teem with colourful fish amidst vibrant coral reefs.

Barbados’s rainbow of coral reefs offers a pristine watery home to seahorses, sponges and giant sand eels.

Barbados is the birthplace of rum, and, understandably, rum is the island’s favourite tipple. A thousand rum bars offer plenty of choice while Mount Gay Rum, the oldest rum producer, on the island’s west coast offers tours - and tastings.
Capital:  Bridgetown (BGI)
Currency:  Barbados Dollar (BBD)
Language:  English
Dialling code from SA:  + 246
Time Zones: UTC / GMT -4 (6 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1, 21; Apr 2, 5, 28; May 1, 24; Aug 1-3; Nov 30; Dec 25-27

Side of the Road: Left
Best Time to go: February to May
Best For: Island Relaxation , Historical Sites
Plugs: 110-115 volts AC, 50Hz. American-style two-pin plugs are in use.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. 
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services and usually in cash. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.
Customs: Smart-casual attire is customary for dinner. Normal social courtesies.
Local Offences / Laws: It is illegal for civilians to wear camouflage clothing. Nude sunbathing is illegal. 
Duty Free: The following items may be brought into Barbados by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 1L of spirits or wine.
All other articles are subject to import duty, other than personal effects required during your visit.
Prohibited Imports:

Prohibited imports include illegal drugs and pornography. Restricted imports include fruit, vegetables, plants and seeds, which may require a permit.

Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Advisory: 

Travellers from South Africa, Brazil and India must have a negative PCR Test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel. On arrival, a PCR Test will be conducted. Travellers must quarantine for 7 days, whereafter another PCR Test must be taken.  

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This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Visa Requirements

No visas are required by South African passport holders for tourism purposes and the length of stay is determined at the point of entry by the Immigration Officials.

Ensure passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of entry and that there are blank pages in the passport. A return ticket will also be required. 

You do require a visa for work or study purposes. More information can be found here



SA Representative

Representation accredited from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio