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University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, May 19-22, 2004


Currency: Local currency is BDS$ but US$ are also accepted.  The exchange rate is fixed at BDS$1.99=US$1.00.  There are many international banks in Barbados and it is easy to obtain money using ATM cards.

Telephones: Local telephone usage is free and it is not difficult to make international calls.  Phone cards are readily available –they are on sale at many outlets.  Many cellular phones do not work in Barbados.  It is crucial that you check with your cellular phone company before traveling to Barbados.  PLEASE NOTE that 800 numbers are not toll free from Barbados. They are considered international calls.

Time Zone: Barbados falls in the Atlantic time zone.  Barbados is one hour ahead of US Standard Time.  Barbados Standard Time is Greenwich Mean Time minus five hours.

Airlines Flying to Barbados: The international airport in Barbados is called Grantley Adams International Airport.  The official code is BGI.  (The capital city of Barbados is Bridgetown.)

USA: Air Jamaica, American Airlines, BWIA, Continental, US Airways.
Canada: Air Canada, BWIA
UK and Europe:    British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, BWIA
The Caribbean: Air Jamaica, Air Martinique, BWIA, Caribbean Star, LIAT

Immigration Regulations: Every person entering Barbados should be in possession of a valid passport and a valid return ticket.  These requirements also apply to citizens of the United States and Canada.  There are no exceptions.  Travelers from North America, Europe and the Caribbean do not require visas to enter Barbados.  Travelers who need to know if they must secure a visa before traveling to Barbados can contact The Chief Immigration Officer at: 246-426-1011.

Another source of information regarding who needs a visa to travel to Barbados can be found at This website is the official website of the Barbados Tourism Authority.  It is a great source for information on Barbados.  For the location of Barbados Tourism Authority offices in various countries, go to the following website:  Before leaving for Barbados, you can access information on Barbados at  While in Barbados a source if good information is The Visitor Channel.   The front desk at your hotel will provide the channel number.

Transport in Barbados: Taxi, ZR and Bus services.  Barbados has a good network of roads which covers the entire island. Traffic drives on the left. There is a speed limit of 60kmph (37mph per hour). The road journey from Bridgetown to Speightstown takes about 30 minutes and to Holetown or Oistins about 20 minutes. 

Buses: frequent, comprehensive coverage of the island is available, flat rate of approx. Bds$1.50 for all journeys. Although cheap, buses are crowded during the rush hours.   

ZR Vans: There are many licensed "Mini Vans" that run around the island picking up tourist and locals. You will recognize them by their "ZR" license plate. They have few fixed schedules but there are many of them and service is frequent. The rate is Bds$1.50 and is not recommended for the nervous passenger as ZR stop frequently, often abruptly, and move quickly to pick up the maximum paying passengers in the shortest time. 

Taxi: Taxis do not have meters but fares are regulated by the Government. Listings are available from the Tourist Office. Please ask the price before travelling. As a very approx guide it will cost you about: $30.00 Barbados from the Airport to the South Central area. $45-50.00 to the West Coast. $60.00-40.00 to Speighstown.

Food: The leading fast food restaurant in Barbados is Chefette.  Other establishments include: Barbecue  Barn, KFC, and the Chicken Barn.
There are also many pricier restaurants offering a variety of foods.


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