Being aware of Barbados customs regulation will help you to avoid problems.
As a visitor to the island you should be aware of the following customs rules before your arrival.
What kinds of items are considered 'personal effects' by Barbados Customs?
The customs regulations of Barbados determine that, personal effects are passengers’ baggage containing apparel and articles for personal use which a traveler may reasonably require during his vacation, for example clothing, cosmetics and accessories.
What are the limits on duty free allowances?
At the time of writing (2008) the following is correct but I've been told changes to the duty on cigarettes might be changing.
Duty free allowances are granted for up to 1 liter of potable spirits or wine, 200 cigarettes (one carton) or 100 cigars or 50 cigars and cigarettes not exceeding 230 gr in aggregate. All articles in excess of this exemption are subject to the relevant duty and tax.
What sort of items are restricted or prohibited?
The importation of certain articles is restricted or prohibited in order to protect the community, to maintain animal and plant life, among other reasons.
Prohibited articles such as illegal drugs and pornography will be seized and persons may face penalties or prosecution.
Bags, clothing or articles made from camouflage material. Camouflage material items have been confiscated and the owners fined.
All fruits, vegetables, plants, cuttings, seeds or unprocessed plant products must be declared to customs and presented for inspection by a Plant Quarantine Officer.
For further information on import permits contact:
Plant Quarantine - Ministry of Agriculture -
Graeme Hall - Christ Church -
Barbados - Tel (246) 428-4150