Driving in Barbados, like in Britain, is on the left-hand side. In addition, if you wish to rent a car during your stay in Barbados there are a number of agencies such as Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals that offer a number of car rental specials. You will need to buy a temporary Barbadian driver's licence which can be obtained from any car rental agency or the Barbados Licencing Authority for a fee of $10.
Go ahead and say I do on the beautiful landscaped grounds of Farley Hill National Park, Andromeda Botanical Gardens or a poolside or seaside gazebo or even on board your private sailing yacht or catamaran in the beautiful Caribbean Sea. In having your tropical wedding there is no waiting period or minimum length of stay. The application must be made by both the bride and groom in person at the office of the Barbados Ministry of Home Affairs. You are required to take the following documents with you when applying,
1) valid passports, original or certified copies of Birth Certificates,
2) if either party was divorced then the application must be accompanied with an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgment and
3) if either party was married and widowed then the application must be accompanied with an certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse. If neither the bride nor the groom are citizens or residents of Barbados, then there is a fee of Barbados $150.00 plus a Barbados $25.00 stamp.
On arrival, please have available for examination a passport and a valid return ticket. In addition, be sure to have your completed customs declaration form when clearing immigration in Barbados.
If you are not a citizen of the Caribbean Community, the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy or the United Kingdom - you are expected to obtain a visa before traveling to Barbados.
Visa applications must be completed in duplicate and accompanied by one (1) passport sized photographs. The fee for a single entry visa is Barbados $208.00 and for a multiple entry visa is Barbados $416.00 which can be obtained from any of Barbados' Missions overseas.
If you have any questions upon reaching Barbados, feel free to contact the visitor information booth which is located in the baggage collection hall of the Grantley Adams International Airport. There you will also find information on accommodations, attractions and much more on Barbados.
All departure taxes and fees are now included in the cost of your airline ticket.
Barbados' postal service is one of the oldest in the world with eighteen postal counters located across Barbados. Some of the services being offered are
1) the Express Mail Service which is designed to give the customer a fast, efficient and reliable yet fully documented service, either local or international and can be purchased from any District Post Office and
2) the Barbados Philatelic Bureau has recognized the growing demand for Barbados stamps by Philatelists over the last three decades. As a result, it now publishes four to six commemorative issues yearly and a definitive issue every four to five years. Visitors to the island can take advantage of Barbados' walk-in policy and make a visit to the Bureau a must during their holiday in Barbados.
Barbados has five (5) commercial banks which provide full banking services: these are the Republic Bank, RBC Royal Bank, First Caribbean International Bank, The Bank of Nova Scotia and First Citizens Bank. In Barbados, Commercial Banks open Monday to Thursday 8am - 3pm and Fridays 8am - 5pm. Travelers' cheques, Debit and Credit cards are widely accepted across the island.
Barbados' official currency is the Barbadian dollar, which has maintained a fixed rate of exchange of BDS$2 to US$1, since 1975. Both currencies are accepted nationwide including most major credit cards, which can generally be used at Automatic Teller Machines across Barbados. Foreign exchange transactions are also done in EC (Eastern Caribbean) dollars, US dollars, Pounds, Canadian and Euro dollars. Visitors can also change travelers cheques and perform cable transfers at any bank in Barbados.
Barbados has an excellent health care system which is available for both citizens and tourists, the island has a large array of private and public facilities, the primary ones being the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sandy Crest and Bay View Hospital. Barbados also has a number of polyclinics that are effectively decentralized and many private medical practitioners as well. There is also has a heavy presence of spas, pharmacies and wellness centres.
FLOW currently provides the island with fast and reliable telecommunications services in both land line and cellular communications. Digicel also provides a cellular communication service island-wide. Additionally, internet services are provided by both companies.
The Barbados Light and Power Co. Ltd. provides all of Barbados with a reliable electricity supply, power outages normally tend to occur during severe bad weather and in most cases is restored quickly . Electricity is supplied at both 110 volts AC and 220 volts AC, 50 cycles in most modern buildings. However, some buildings in Barbados may not supply 220 volts AC.