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Visitors 18 years and older may bring in one litre of spirits or wine and 200 cigarettes (one carton) or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco. Additionally, all passengers must declare currency or monetary instruments that exceed Bds$10,000 or equivalent.

For more information call Customs and Excise at 246/430-2300.

Also see the section in General Info: Illegal items.

To import any animal, bird or reptile into Barbados you must apply to the Chief Veterinary Officer for an import permit. Dogs arriving from Antigua, Ireland, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the United Kingdom can be imported directly. Cats and dogs arriving from other countries must undergo six months quarantine in Britain prior to importation.

For complete information call Veterinary Services at the Ministry of Agriculture, tel 246/427-5073.

Flights arrive at Grantley Adams International Airport (airport code BGI; tel 428-7101) in Christ Church, which is about eight miles east of Bridgetown. The estimated flying time from New York is four hours and 20 minutes; from Toronto, five hours; from London, eight hours.

Airlines that service Barbados include Air Canada (tel 800/744-2472 or 428-5077), Air Jamaica (tel 800/523-5585 or 228-6611), American Airlines/American Eagle (tel 800/744-0006 or 428-4170), British Airways (tel 800/247-9297 or 436-6413), Caribbean Airlines/formerly BWIA West Indies Airways (tel 800/744-2225), Caribbean Star/LIAT (tel 888/844-5428), Continental Airlines (tel 800/534-0089), Delta Airlines (tel 800/221-1212), TIA 2000/Trans Island Air (tel 418-1654), US Airways (tel 800/622-1015) and Virgin Atlantic (tel 800/744-7477 or 228-4886).

Note: The phone numbers listed above are local access numbers unless otherwise stated.

Cruise ships arrive at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal, located one mile from Bridgetown at Deep Water Harbour, St Michael.

Cruise lines that call on the island include Aida Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Club Med Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Holland America Line, Louis Cruise Lines, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Pullmantur Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn, Sea Cloud Cruises, SeaDream Yacht Club, Seetours International, Silversea Cruises, Star Clippers, Windjammer Cruises and Windstar Cruises.

Cruise ship schedules are available on the Barbados Port Authority's website, www.barbadosport.com.

There are plenty of car rental agencies on the island. Most roads are paved, but many have potholes, except main highways. Lighting and signage is poor. Watch for cyclists and pedestrians walking along the side of the road.

To rent a car you will need to purchase a temporary Barbados driver's license, which you can purchase for Bds$10 at the car rental agency; the Ministry of Transport; the airport; police stations in Hastings, Worthing and Holetown; or from the licensing authorities in Oistins, Christ Church, Pine, St Michael and Folkestone. Ensure you bring your valid driver's license from home or a valid international driver's license.

Driving is on the left. The general speed limit is 60km/hr (37 mph) unless otherwise indicated. Seat belts must be worn.

CAR AND MOKE RENTALS (country code 246)
Airport: Courtesy Rent-A-Car, 418-2500

Christ Church: 1st Choice Car Rental, 434-2277; A B B A C Rentals, 428-8149; ABC Deals, 420-4648; Brooker Car Rentals, 420-9628; C J H Enterprises Rent-a-Car, 428-0442; Code Auto Rentals, 420-7176; Courtesy Rent-A-Car, 431-4160; Direct Car Rentals, 420-6372; Eastmond Car Rentals, 428-7749; Elite Rent-A-Car, 427-7539; Executive Rentals, 228-1993; Express Rent-A-Car, 428-7845; Fat Jack moke & car rentals, 420-6502; F A W Car Rentals, 237-0499; Hertz Auto Rentals, 228-1520; Jeeps-4-Rent.Com, 420-4814; Juphil Inc, 232-1480; Leisure Rentals, 435-7477; M&C Moke Rentals, 428-7845; Mangera Car Rentals, 436-0562; Myles Garage, 420-5229; Paradise Auto Rentals, 420-3981; Rayside Car Rentals, 428-0264; Round Rock Car & Moke Rentals, 428-7500; Southern Rentals, 428-7013; Top Car Rentals, 435-0378; Top Class Car Rentals, 228-7368; Triple C Rentals, 428-2829; Venture Car Rentals, 243-4141; Yayo Rentals, 434-9296

St James: Austin's Services, 438-4719; Concierge Gold Services, 269-4867, Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals, 800/581-8773 or 422-3000; Jordan's Car Rental, 421-6830; National Car Rentals, 422-0603; Quality Auto Rentals, 432-2131; Rishan Rentals, 421-8803

St Michael: Adam's Car Rentals, 436-0543; Atlantic Car Rentals, 425-5989; Bajan Car Rentals, 429-4327; Blenman's Garage, 426-7397; Chelsea Motors, 228-0682; Coconut Car Rentals, 437-0297; Consolidated Finance Co, 467-2350; Corbin's Car Rentals, 427-9531; Courtesy Rent-A-Car, 431-4160; Davcor Car Rentals, 429-2275; Direct Motoring, 417-5130; Fredericks Rent-A-Car, 424-4322; Mrs Mary Hutchinson Automobile Rental, 438-0876; I M Car Rentals, 429-8229; Jones Car Rentals, 425-6637; M A H Car Rentals, 427-1952; McCarthy's Garage, 429-3820; Melbourne Apartments & Car Rentals, 420-5475; M Jay's Rentals, 428-7319; Mohamed Car Rentals, 426-3073; P&S Car Rentals, 424-2052; Regency Rent-A-Car, 427-5663; Select Rentals, 435-2244; Spirit Rent A Car, 427-2905; West End Car Rentals, 429-8963; West 'N' Motors Car Rentals, 436-3737; Z&S Car Rentals, 437-7084

St Philip: Access-Stoutes Car Rental, 416-4456; Bryce Car Rental, 416-8602; Double J Car & Moke Rentals, 423-8135; G L Rentals, 416-5723; Leisure Rentals, 423-5377; Voyager Rent-A-Car, 423-0926

Elsewhere on the island: Country Car Rentals (St George), 429-0709; Henry's Car Rental (St Joseph), 433-1270; King Vere Transport Services (St Peter), 422-2459; Surf Barbados, 256-3906

MOTORCYCLE RENTALS (country code 246)
- Concierge Gold Services (St James), 269-4867

- Flex Bicycle Tours & Rentals (St Peter), 419-2453

Bicycles can also be rented at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal.

Taxis are plentiful. Rates are fixed by the government; however, you should still confirm the price with your driver prior to travelling.

The government-owned Barbados Transport Board provides bus service to all parts of the island. The blue buses have a yellow stripe down the centre with the words "Barbados Transport Board" written in black on the yellow stripe. The fare is Bds$1.50 per ride on a single bus and you must have exact change. Bus terminals are located on Fairchild St in Bridgetown, Princess Alice Hwy in St Michael and Speightstown in St Peter. A sub-terminal is located at Oistins, Christ Church. Schedules and routes are available from the Transport Board (www.transportboard.com).

Scenic tours are also available on Sun departing Independence Sq at 2pm. Tickets (adults $15, children $10) can be purchased from the change booths at the Fairchild St or Princess Alice terminals and at the Transport Board Headquarters on Roebuck St, St Michael.

Sun scenic tour schedule:
- 1st Sun of each month: Folkstone Park, Farley Hill, East Coast Rd
- 2nd Sun of each month: Cherry Tree Hill, River Bay, Little Bay
- 3rd Sun of each month: Foul Bay, Three Houses Park, Bath
- 4th Sun of each month: Bathsheba, St John's Church, King George V Park, Silver Sands

For more information on Sun scenic tours call the Transport Board at 228-6023.

Privately owned minivans, identified by the letters "ZR" on their license plates, also service select routes. The fare is Bds$1.50 per ride.

Airport buses depart every 10 minutes from the airport to the city. The 30-minute ride costs Bds$1.50.

Disclaimer: Information is provided as a service to visitors and is updated regularly. All information should be verified prior to travel.

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