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After Barbados became an independent country on November 30, 1966, its diplomatic relation with Canada was immediately established. The two countries have a long-standing connection. This explains why some Canadian financial institutions such as the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), The Bank of Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada have long had a presence in Barbados.

Both countries have bilateral trade relations with each other with the bilateral trade volume totaling $49.7 million in 2017. Canadians travel to Barbados for several reasons which include trade, tourism and so forth.

When traveling to Barbados, it is very important to have adequate Barbados travel insurance or private medical insurance. You don’t just need coverage, you need comprehensive coverage that will protect you in case of medical emergencies, accidents and/or injuries while in Barbados.

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Basic Information About Barbados

Some important information on Barbados Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Barbadian  dollar
Official language English
Capital Bridgetown
Continent North America (The Caribbean)
Population Approx. 285,000
Plug type Plug type A and B
Driving side Left-hand side
Seasons
  • Autumn – March to May
  • Winter – June to August
  • Spring – September to November
  • Summer – December to February
Laws Local laws and customs

 

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Barbados Security Measures for travelers

The Government of Canada will not be responsible for your personal safety and security when you travel abroad, including Barbados, you are responsible for your security abroad. But since we care about your safety and security abroad, we provide you with credible and relevant information in our Travel Advice that will guide you to make the right decision when traveling to Barbados.

Risk Level(s)

Barbados – Take normal security precautions

Travel Health Notice – Zika virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises travelers on the Zika virus. It is recommended that Canadians take special precautions when traveling to Barbados and other affected countries. Also, pregnant women should not travel to Barbados or other affected countries.

Entry / Exit requirements

Countries and territories have the right to decide who enters or exits their borders. If you do not meet Barbados’ entry or exit requirements, the Canadian government will not interfere on your behalf.

The information on this page was obtained from the Barbadian authorities, however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.

Passport

The type of passport you use to travel determines your entry requirement to Barbados. Find out about the passport requirements with your transportation company before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You must hold a passport valid for your period of stay in Barbados.
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – When traveling with an emergency travel document or a temporary passport, the entry rules may differ. Before leaving for Barbados, contact the closest diplomatic mission for Barbados to learn about the entry requirements.

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Barbados Healthcare

Barbados has both private and public healthcare services. Although the facilities in Barbados hospitals may not be up to Canada’s standard, medical treatment in Barbados could be expensive especially if you don’t have Barbados travel insurance or private medical insurance. Also, some hospitals may expect payment for the services, so, you need to have enough money when you travel and also the right travel insurance in place.

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Barbados Travel Insurance News

Safety precautions should be taken when traveling to most parts of the world, Barbados is not an exception. Canadians are advised to take normal security precautions while in Barbados.

However, some criminal activities occur in Barbados such as petty crimes like purse snatching and pickpocketing. Violent crime, armed robbery, and sexual assault may also occur.

The risk of robbery in Barbados has dramatically reduced. In 2015, the Foreign Affairs Department updated the travel advice for Barbados warning travelers of the risk of being robbed while driving in Barbados. Despite the reduced rate of crime, it is advisable to take special precautions when you travel to the Caribbean country.

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Barbados Travel Insurance FAQ

Do you need a Visa for travelling to Barbados?

Canadians do not require a visa when traveling to Barbados for tourism or business. However, a visa will be required if you are visiting or traveling to Barbados for work or study.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

Canadians can purchase more than one Barbados travel insurance policy if they are not satisfied with the features offered by a single policy. However, the coverage should not be purchased from the same company and travelers are not allowed to double dip.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Yes, Barbados travel insurance policies cover doctor visits as well as other outpatient services.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

You can purchase a travel insurance policy the day you leave Canada to Barbados. However, most providers only offer coverage before the day you leave but some usage-based policies offered by some providers such as Goose make it easy to purchase coverage on the go.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

The time it takes to receive an outcome for a claim depends on the type of claim. However, if you provide the required documents to your travel insurance company, you should receive an outcome in 10 to 14 business days.