Fact file: Barbados

Did you know?
Cricket hero Frank Worrell appears on the five dollar bill in Barbados.
Language
English with a Bajan accent
Visas
No visa is required for UK citizens.
Getting there
Direct flights from the UK to Grantley Adams International Airport in the south of the island, four times a week with British Airways, three times a week with BWIA.
Flying time from London
Approximately nine hours
Getting around
There is an extensive bus network with a 50p flat fare around the island, with blue and yellow government-operated buses and private minibuses suitable for longer journeys. Car hire is available from around £200 per week.
Currency
Barbados dollar
Costs
Taxi from the airport to Bridgetown costs around £6-£7, bottle of beer £1, roll of film £6, average meal £5, gallon of petrol 60p. All prices will vary.
Weather
Temperatures are balmy all year round, averaging over 27C (80F). Annual rainfall 51 inches. February to May are the driest months, July is the wettest and most humid.
Time difference
Four hours behind GMT
International dialling code from the UK
00 1 246
Voltage
110V. You'll need an adaptor for electrical equipment brought from the UK.
Opening hours
Most banks are open 8am-3pm Monday to Thursday, until 5pm on Fridays. A few branches open on Saturday mornings. Shops generally open from 8am-4pm Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings.
Health - Before you go
Take out health insurance. No vaccinations are necessary unless you have recently visited a country where yellow fever is a threat.
Health - When you are there
Be cautious about re-heated food and take the usual precautions in the sun.
Warnings
Jellyfish are occasionally found in the sea. Poisonous manchineel trees are found on some beaches.
Emergency
Police 112, ambulance 115, fire 113. British High Commission, Lower Collymore Rock, (PO Box 676) Bridgetown. Tel: (00 1 246) 430 7800.
Customs
Say "Good morning" and "good evening" to everyone you meet, even if you are just passing in the street, otherwise you will be considered rude.
Pets
Barbados is part of the PETS travel scheme under long-haul regulations. However, this is a long and complicated procedure requiring vaccinations, medical check-ups and route planning; it is not as simple as walking on and off a plane with your pet. Therefore the scheme is more suited to those returning from a long stay abroad, rather than the two-week holidaymaker. It takes several months to set up the relevant documentation; see your vet for further details.
Tipping
Not expected - use your discretion.
Tourist office
Barbados Tourism Authority, 263 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7LA. Tel: 020 7636 9448.


Telephone

+44 (0) 203 696 2870

Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm

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