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    My son got married in Barbados and like many other people he and his wife to be, had the question below.

    Where do we start getting information on how to get married in Barbados?

    • Getting married in Barbados - a land blessed by the sun and sea and is stunningly beautiful is something you'll never forget.

    Is English spoken in Barbados? one of the most FAQs

    • The official language of Barbados is English but Barbadians are known to speak Bajan, a dialect that makes it sound as if they're speaking another lanquage.
    In Barbados what side of the road do they drive on?

    • Driving is based on the English system which is on the left hand side of the road, the same in Barbados.

    What is the national flower of Barbados?

    • A lovely reddish orange flower known as the Pride of Barbados is the national flower which can also be found on the Barbados coat of arms.

    Can I use my drivers licence if not, how do I get a drivers licence?

    Can I get information when I arrive at the Barbados International airport if I need help?

    • If you have any questions on arrival in Barbados contact the visitor information desk located in the baggage collection hall at the airport. If you need information on places to stay, things to do, or any other question about Barbados.
    What entry documents are needed on arrival at the Barbados airport?

    • Barbados entry requirements A valid passport for the length of your stay or a visa and a valid return ticket. Also you must have a completed customs declaration form for clearing immigration in Barbados. If the form hasn't been completed you'll have to do it which will hold you and others up.
    How do I know if I require a visa to visit Barbados?

    • If you are from the Caribbean Community, Canada, the UK or the USA you need a passport. Citizens of all other countries need to apply for a visa before traveling to Barbados.
    If I need a visa where do I get one, where do I apply, how much does it cost?

    • Any Barbados Overseas Mission will supply the forms, the application is made in duplicate with two passport size photos included. Single entry visas cost $50 BDS, multiple entry visas are $60 BDS.
    Will Barbados customs question me about my personal effects?

    • Possibly! Barbados customs says a passengers personal effects include suitcases, carry ons and anything else containing items for your personal use that as a visitor you might need during your vacation, for example clothing, cosmetics and precription drugs.

      So you should be very careful when doing a favour by taking things into the country that belong to other people.

    What can I bring into Barbados duty free and how much?

    • According to customs regulations duty free allowances are granted for up to 1 liter of spirits or wine.

      Perfume up to 118ml of perfume or 237ml of eau de cologne and souvenirs to the value of Bds$100. All articles in excess of this exemption are subject to the relevant duty and tax.

    How much are cigarettes in Barbados?

    • This is one of the most FAQs since the banning of duty free cigarettes.

      Local cigarettes are $5.00 U.S. per pack of twenty, and American cigarettes $6.85 U.S. per pack of twenty.

    Can I bring frozen meat into Barbados?

    • Yes you can bring frozen meat into Barbados for your personal use up to 25 lbs, but you have to get a permit to import meat from the Ministry of agriculture.

      Passengers are allowed up to 25lbs of assorted meats from specific destinations - at the moment USA, Puerto Rico, Canada and the UK.

      Permits are BDS $25.00 and are valid FOR THE DATE OF ENTRY GIVEN.

      A grace period of five (5) days extra is given to allow for flight delays and cancellations.

      The address is: Ministry of agriculture Veterinary Services The Pine St Michael Barbados W.I.

      tel: 246-427-5073

      fax: 246-429-2143

    What can't I bring into Barbados?

    • According to customs regulations prohibited articles such as, firearms, illegal drugs and pornography will be seized and persons may face penalties or prosecution.

      Other prohibited items include rum, matches, articles of clothing or accessories made from camouflage material.

      All fruits, vegetables, plants, cuttings, seeds or unprocessed plant products must be declared to customs and presented for inspection by a Plant Quarantine Officer.

    When leaving Barbados is there a departure tax or any other fee to be paid?

    • There used to be a departure tax that was payable at the departure counter, this caused a lot of hassle for many people that were not aware that there was a tax and it had to be paid in cash.

      Now the departure tax at the Barbados International Airport is included in the cost of airline tickets to Barbados.

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