Getting ready to leave your home for a new life abroad can be an exciting time.

It is wise to prepare yourself ahead of travel to ensure that everything goes smoothly upon arrival.

Things to think about:


You will need some form of health insurance for your stay in Barbados. To find out more, please click here.

Climate and what to pack

Barbados has all-year round sunshine with average temperatures of 30 degrees centigrade. The rainy season begins in July and ends in November. So remember to pack accordingly, ie. you will not need your winter coat!

Do you have pets?

Your pet is simply another member of the family, so of course they can come with you! You will need to ensure that you have all the relevant documentation to prepare for their travel.

Where to work from and your office space

Covid-19 has forced the world to re-think the way in which we work. Many people have been given the freedom to work from home. This means that you will need to account for the correct equipment and working environment. There are many co-working and office spaces to choose from, as well as office retailers who can help set-up your home office. Find out more here.


You do not need to set up a bank account in Barbados as long as your bank at home will allow for reasonable exchange rates. However, if you would like to set up a local bank account, click here to find out more.

Housing & where to live

There are plenty of accommodation options in Barbados. Whether you need a family home, studio apartment or room to rent, there will be something to suit you and your needs. Click here to find out more.

Transportation methods

It is best if you have your own vehicle to move around the island. Buying a car can be expensive, so we suggest renting. For options on car rental companies, click here. Otherwise, there are public transportation options as well as mini bus and taxi services. For more information, please click here.

Do you have children who will need schooling?

If you are looking to move your children with you to Barbados, then you can rest assured that the necessary protocols have been set up for an easy and smooth integration. To find out more, please click here.

Phone contracts and communication

There are two major telephone service providers in Barbados; Flow and Digicel. It is very affordable and easy to set up a SIM card once you’re here and have an active Internet connection with you at all times. For more information on connectivity, please click here.

Before You Leave for

Your suitcase/packing essentials:

Although you can find most items on the island, it might be useful to consider the essentials before you board your flight:

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Barbados Travel Guide

By Visit Barbados
Your official Barbados Travel Guide featuring insider stories and tips from your favourite island getaway #LoveBarbados