Last updated: 6 Jan 2022



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 2022: 

Jan 1, 21; Apr 15, 18, 28; May 1-2; Jun 6; Aug 1-2; 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

Last updated: 14/09/2021

Barbados has implemented a strict health and travel policy. All passengers must install a monitoring mobile app and are subject to testing and quarantine upon arrival.

Countries of special consideration

  • Argentina, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Congo (Republic of), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Georgia, Eswatini, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Singapore, South Africa, Suriname, Tunisia, Uganda, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Specific regulations for vaccinated passengers

  • Passengers holding a valid vaccination certificate proving that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with the Astrazeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson and Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac, or Sputnik V vaccines, or a combination of the double shot vaccines at least 2 weeks prior to travel to Barbados will be subject to a PCR test on arrival.
  • Passengers must quarantine in government approved accommodation until the results are received, and are advised to book a minimum of 2 nights. A negative result and clearance from the Ministry of Health and Wellness must be received to end quarantine.
  • Passengers aged under 18 years who have not been vaccinated but who are travelling with a fully vaccinated guardian will be permitted to adhere to the same guidelines as their guardian. Vaccinated unaccompanied minors aged under 18 years will follow the guidelines for vaccinated passengers.
  • Vaccinated passengers who have travelled through countries of special consideration in the past 21 days must follow the same testing and quarantine requirements as unvaccinated passengers.

Form requirements

  • Passengers must complete the "Pre-arrival online Embarkation/Disembarkation Form" here 24 hours prior to travelling to Barbados.
  • Passengers travelling to Barbados must download the BIMSafe app onto their smartphone at least 24 hours prior to departure. Passengers who do not have a smartphone can purchase a low-cost device with the app pre-installed.
    • The BIMSafe app will permit passengers to complete an ED form, upload a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, upload proof of vaccination and complete a health questionnaire. The app will be accompanied with a monitoring bracelet which the passenger must wear during the quarantine period. 
  • The following passengers are advised to contact the Ministry of Health and Wellness at" target="_blank"> at least 3 days prior to travel to Barbados for travel authorisation:
    • Diplomats;
    • Passengers with specific medical conditions that warrant extra consideration (and certified by the Chief Medical Officer);
    • Passengers with disabilities or those travelling with persons with disabilities;
    • Passengers travelling from countries with a high prevalence of Covid-19 variants.

Test requirements

  • Passengers travelling to Barbados are required to hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate in English from an accredited or certified facility obtained within 3 days prior to arrival. Saliva, or nasal swabs tests are not accepted.
    • This also apply to passengers in transit through Barbados. Passengers will be subject to a health assessment upon arrival and may be subject to a Covid-19 rapid antigen prior to departure from Barbados.

Quarantine and testing on arrival

  • Passengers who are not vaccinated must quarantine in government approved accommodation on arrival and will be subject to a PCR test 5 days after arrival. Passengers are advised to book a minimum of 7 nights. A negative result and clearance from the Ministry of Health and Wellness must be received to end quarantine. Passengers who refuse this second test may be denied entry to Barbados or be required to quarantine for 14 days. Unvaccinated unaccompanied minors aged under 18 years will follow the guidelines for unvaccinated passengers.
  • Passengers travelling from or who have been in countries of special consideration in the 21 days prior to arrival will be subject to a PCR test on arrival in Barbados and must quarantine for 7 days in a government approved location at their own expense. Passengers will also be subject to a test on the 8th day in order to exit quarantine. This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers.
  • Passengers aged under 5 years will not be required to have a PCR test in Barbados unless they are symptomatic or a member of their travelling party tests positive.

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