Visitors to Barbados are asked to observe that in addition to airline and air travel regulations there are strict and enforced regulations on certain items which may not be brought into the island. These items are prohibited by law and penalties may be enforced. Please take note and follow these guidelines below:


The government of Barbados allows that travellers into the island can bring a certain amount of items free of normal customs duty charges. For locals, this allowance is limited to a yearly value of no more than $500 bds. Please note that tobacco products are no longer allowed duty free.

Each individual over 18 years of age is allowed duty free:

  • 1 litre of spirits and 1 litre of wine.

  • 60 ml of perfume and 300 ml of all other scents.

  • Gifts up to a value of BD$100

Prohibited Imports

These items are prohibited and may not be brought into the island:

Foreign rum and matches, pornography, fresh fruit and vegetables (unless grown in or conveyed through certain areas, and with requisite permission: contact the Ministry of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs for further information), and articles made of camouflage material.

A permit must be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs in order to import meat and meat products.

Restricted Items

Carry the very minimum of hand baggage, and make sure you arrive early at the airport and allow plenty of time for security screening.

There are some items that you’re not allowed to take on your aircraft in either your hand baggage or your hold luggage, and these are listed below.

Things you’re never allowed to take onboard:

  •  flammable liquids and solids

  •  oxidisers such as bleaching powders

  •  organic peroxides

  •  tear gas devices or any gas cylinders

  •  infectious substances such as live virus materials

  •  wet-cell car batteries

  •  magnetrons

  •  instruments containing mercury

  •  instruments containing magnets

  •  fireworks

  •  non-safety matches

  •  firelighters, lighter fuel, paints, thinners

  •  poisons, arsenic, cyanide, weed-killer

  •  radioactive materials, acids, corrosives, alkalis, caustic soda

  •  creosote, quicklime, oiled paper

  •  vehicle fuel system parts which have contained fuel

Airport Map

Be a Smart Traveller

This section is a detailed information guide designed specially for you the traveller. Below you will find information to assist you when using the Grantley Adams International Airport