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 Barbados - Formalities

Clearance

The Barbados Customs' rule that yachts must clear in and out of the same Customs station no longer applies.

On arrival a boat must proceed directly to the Port of Entry and contact them on VHF channel 16 or 12 for directions on where to berth. You are not allowed to anchor and dinghy in as officials will want a visual of the yacht.

At Port St Charles, contact the Customs directly on VHF ch. 16 or 77 and stay aboard until visited. This is the more yacht-friendly port at which to clear in.

Once cleared into Bridgetown, you can move to an anchorage in Carlisle Bay. Note however that cruise ships and mega-yachts take priority here, and if you arrive here in the afternoon when the cruise ships move in and out of port, you may be circling outside the harbour for several hours!

Visiting any other areas outside the Port of Clearance requires permission from Customs and Port Authority, and they will require a copy of your schedule.

At present Customs are reluctant to give you permission to visit other anchorages lying along the west coast of the island. There are plans to open up more cruising areas and marker buoys are being placed at several locations where there are sandy areas big enough to permit anchoring. A chart showing these authorized anchoring areas will eventually be available from the Barbados Port Authority.

See this website for the Barbados Port Authority Yacht Master's Guide.

Last updated November 2016.

Immigration

Passports must be valid three months beyond the length of stay.

Visas are not required for stays of up to three months in any six for nationals of the European Union. Nor are visas required by nationals of any CARICOM country.

Citizens of most British Commonwealth countries can stay for up to 6 months without a visa.

For an up todate list of countries whose nationals require a visa see www.foreign.gov.bb

Extensions are possible, but it is best to state the maximum time one intends to stay. Extensions must be applied for at the immigration office in the harbour (open 08:30-16:30), and are time-consuming to obtain.

Crew changes

Immigration must be notified of any crew changes. Crew flying in must have a letter from the captain confirming that they will be leaving by yacht. They may still have difficulties with Immigration officers at the airport if an onward air ticket cannot be shown, so it is advisable for the captain to meet crew and take the ship's papers along.

If any crew are leaving the yacht, they must go with the captain to inform Immigration. If not transfering to another yacht, crew must provide evidence of both accommodation and plane ticket from Barbados. Immigration will add notes to the yacht's arrival document with the crew’s hotel and flight details and this document will be requested upon the yacht's departure from Barbados.

Last checked November 2016.

Immigration Department
Careenage House, Wharf Road , Bridgetown
Tel:(246) 4344100 Fax: (246) 4260819

Customs

Firearms must be licensed and declared immediately to Customs on arrival. They will be kept in custody until departure. Penalties for non-declaration or possessing an unlicensed firearm are severe.

Yachts with pets aboard must remain at anchor with the animals kept on board until clearance has been given and under no circumstances bring your pet ashore before that time.

Chartering is forbidden for foreign yachts.

All fruits, vegetables, plants, cuttings, seeds or unprocessed plant products must be declared to customs and presented for inspection by a Plant Quarantine Officer. Fresh fruits from certain countries are prohibited in order to prevent the spreading of pest and plant diseases.

Spare/replacement parts can be shipped in. Check with the local Customs officer; the parts can enter duty free.

Last checked November 2016.

Health

There are excellent healthcare facilities here.

ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: There have been recent safety alerts from the US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travel to parts of Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific islands. Barbados is an area of interest with multiple reported cases and active virus transmission. There is growing concern about the rapid spread of the ZIKA Virus and the impact of the virus on pregnant women and babies. ZIKA is transmitted by mosquitos in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and there is currently no cure or vaccine. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please refer to the CDC’s dedicated website if you are intending to cruise in one of the effected areas.

Last updated September 2016.

Fees

The Barbados Government has arranged for Health, Customs and Immigration Officers to be present at the Passenger Terminal, Bridgetown Harbour, from 0600 hours to 2200 hours, seven days per week for the purpose of entering and clearing yachts.

The following charges apply for entering and clearing during the above hours:-
Entering Customs Stamp Duty: BDS$25.00
Clearing Customs Stamp Duty: BDS$25.00

Port Charges: Vessels 50 meters & under, a flat charge of $375.00 for the first 2 days and $100.00 for each additional 24 hours.

On departure anchorage fees of BDS$7.20 and Light Dues of BDS$1.13.

Single entry visitor visa:US$104.00
Multiple entry visa:US208.00.

Last updated May 2016.

Restrictions

Over 50% of the shallow waters around the island have coral reefs. These are vital to the tourist industry and yacht anchors are seen as a major threat. Anchoring (collecting or otherwise damaging) coral is forbidden. Penalties of US$25,000 and possible imprisonment are in place for anchoring on a coral reef.

Buoyed anchoring areas may be in place in the future; in the meantime you are responsible for making sure you anchor in sand not on coral. All areas not clearly visible as sand bottoms should be considered as coral reefs. You must also get permission from Customs and Port Authority.

Pets

Barbados does not have rabies and pets are subject to strict regulations. Yachts with pets on board must contact the Veterinary Services before pets are permitted ashore.

An Import Permit must be obtained from the Chief Veterinary Officer before the importation of all pets. This Permit can be obtained by contacting the Veterinary Services on Tel (246)4275073 or by Fax (246)4208444.

From 1st January 2015, cats and dogs from certain countries are now allowed ashore if they are micro-chipped, have an Import Permit and comply with certain health requirements, which includes a Certificate of Health from their country of origin.

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