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Travellers are required to complete the online Immigration and Customs Form which will be available 72 hours prior to your arrival. Fill in the form at a time and place convenient for you. Once the form is completed, the Immigration and Customs receipts should be saved to your mobile device or printed, for presentation to Immigration and Customs upon arrival.

Using the Online ED Form will enhance your travel experience by providing you with an easy and convenient option, that will improve the ease with which you transit through the airport.

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BIMSafe is a location and symptoms monitoring mobile app developed by the Ministry of Health and Wellness to assist in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in Barbados. It is intended for use by all passengers travelling from High- and Medium-Risk countries and has a number of different features which adapt to these considerations.

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A More Streamlined Barbados Travel Experience

The BIMSafe app allows fast processing through health checks, immigration and customs by allowing you to scan and go. And, as part of our comprehensive COVID 19 Management Programme, the BIMSafe app also allows travellers from High and Medium-Risk countries to check and report their symptoms on a daily basis for the first seven days.

Travel Resources at your Fingertips

A list of care providers, approved isolation hotels and testing procedures are just a few of the features of the BIMSafe App.

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Features at a Glance

Features of the BIMSafe App to make your travel experience to Barbados as smooth as possible.

Travel Protocols

Get the latest top-level protocols and links to detailed information on requirements for travelling to Barbados.

Health Centres

Get locations, contact information and directions to health centres and testing locations island wide.

Approved Hotels

If you are travelling from a high-risk country, ensure that your hotel is on the approved list for quarantine.

Self-Assessment

Perform health self-assessments quickly and privately using the app during the first seven days after arrival.

Online ED Form

Visit the Online ED form and link with BIMSafe to make your entry into Barbados as smooth as possible.

In-Transit Information

Find out about requirements for travel through Barbados to another destination.

Get up-to-date statistics on case numbers and breakdowns both globally and in Barbados.

Testing Requirements

Find out information on testing requirements for tests before arrival as well as second tests on island if required.

Local Protocols

Find out information on local protocols that must be adhered to in Barbados.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is BIMSafe

BIMSafe is a location and symptoms monitoring mobile app developed by the Ministry of Health and Wellness to assist in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in Barbados. It is intended for use by all arriving passengers and has a number of different features which adapt to these considerations.

General BIMSafe FAQs

What is the purpose of the wrist band.

The purpose of the wristband is to ensure you stay where you are supposed to for the period of time you are assigned to quarantine. The wristband provides a link between you and your phone allowing you additional mobility. This means you don’t have to physically have your phone on you at all times, you just need to be within a reasonable range of your phone. Your phone provides its GPS location and the connection status between it and your wristband.

What happens if my phone dies/is turned off/is damaged?

After a brief period of time, if your device fails to check-in with the BIMSafe server, a notification will be sent to the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Surveillance Team who will try to contact you to determine the reason for the failure. Three different groups referenced below are part of this initiative: Hotline BIMSafe Technical Support Surveillance

What happens if I go too far from my phone?

The range between your wristband and your phone may vary based on local conditions but should be 30-50ft in most cases. If you exceed this distance, your phone will give an alert stating that it can no longer see your wristband and asking you to return. After a brief period of time, if your wristband is still not visible to your phone, a notification will be sent to the Surveillance Team who will try to contact you to determine the reason for the failure.

What happens if my wristband is accidentally removed?

Your wristband contains an electrical loop that is closed when it is applied. If this loop is broken then it will fail to check in with your phone. This has the same effect as if you were out of range of your device.

What is the purpose of self assessment?

Self-assessment is the completion of a short series of questions twice daily within a prescribed time window. The results of this assessment are calculated within the app and are not shared unless there is an answer which would be of concern to the Surveillance Team.

What happens if I fail to do my self assessment within the allotted time?

We understand that people have other priorities which is why self-assessment is not a fixed time. There is a 3-hour window in the morning and another in the late afternoon within which you are required to do self-assessment. If you have not submitted your answers by the end of a self assessment window, the app will notify you and then remind you again 15 mins after the close of the window. If you have still not submitted your self-assessment 30 mins after the end of the 3-hour window, a notification will be sent to the Surveillance Team and they will attempt to contact you.

If I am in-transit, do I need to have the BIMSafe app?

In-transit passengers remaining inside terminal are not required to use BIMSafe. All other passengers leaving the airport through immigration/customs are required to use the BIMSafe App.

What happens when I upload my PCR test?

When you upload your PCR test to the Online ED Form it is sent to the Best Dos Santos Lab for review. You will be notified of the approval or disapproval of your documents upon entry at the airport.

How is my personal information protected?

The BIMSafe app doesn’t know your name and doesn’t store any personal information. Each user has a random unique code which is used to identity that particular user. In the event of any issues, this unique code is shared with the Ministry of Health & Wellness Surveillance Team and they have the authority to request your information from the Immigration Department so that appropriate action can be taken. Details on the privacy policy are available in the BIMSafe App prior to registration and also at https://www.bimsafe.bb.

What happens if the Surveillance Team is unable to contact me?

The Surveillance Team has contact information based on the information you provide to Immigration. They will first try to contact you directly. If they are unable to reach you, they will contact the hotel or villa where you are staying and ask that the front desk or villa manager try to reach you and physically verify the issue. If they are still unable to determine your location or the reason for the notification, they may escalate the matter to law enforcement to physically visit your location.

What happens at the end of my quarantine or self-assessment period?

Under the current protocols, a second PCR test is required 3 days after your arrival in Barbados. Once the results from your second test have been received and confirmed negative, you will be contacted by the Ministry of Health & Wellness and advised of your result and that you are no longer required to quarantine or perform self assessments.

What do I do with the wristband when I’m leaving/done with it?

Once you have completed your quarantine and have received your second negative test result you will be able to remove your wrist band. Most hotels have a collection box for safe deactivation and component recycling. If your accommodation does not have this service, you may discard it or keep it as a souvenir.

BIMSafe Technical FAQs

Can i find and download bimsafe on the play store or app store before arriving into barbados.

The app is available on the Apple and Google Play stores and we strongly encourage you to download the app prior to your arrival in Barbados.

Do I need to have the app installed on my smart phone/device?

All travellers are required to have BIMSafe installed on their phone. Doing so before you travel, completing the online ED for and uploading your PCR test in advance will expedite your screening on arrival.

What if I do not have a smart phone/device?

Low-cost smart phones with the BIMSafe App preinstalled will be available for purchase should you not have a device or not wish to use your own device.

Can I put the BIMSafe App on my tablet instead?

BIMSafe will run on most iOS and Android devices, including tablets. The device must have GPS functionality.

Can BIMSafe work without the wristband/Is there a way to avoid using the wristband?

If you are over the age of 12, you will be required to wear a wristband until your quarantine period has been completed.

What happens if the BIMSafe App/device isn’t working properly while on holiday? Who do I contact for assistance?

BIMSafe and the wristbands have been thoroughly tested and in general if there is a technical issue the Surveillance Team will be contacting you directly to resolve. If you have any issues or questions, please contact the National COVID-19 Hotline at +1 (246) 536-4500 or email [email protected]

General Barbados Travel FAQs

What if i cannot get my online ed card completed in time.

If you are unable to complete your Online ED form in advance of your arrival, you may use the kiosk on arrival in Barbados. Please note that this may increase the time that it takes to complete your immigration process.

What if I do not get my test result back before the day of departure?

Most airlines require PCR tests to travel, therefore without a test you may be denied boarding. In exceptional cases, PCR tests may be administered at the airport or a satellite testing hotel in Barbados.

What kind of test is considered a valid PCR test?

A valid test is a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test which has been done less than 3 days prior to your arrival in Barbados by a certified laboratory.

How long do I have to wait for test results after being tested at the airport? Can’t I go to my hotel?

If Nasopharyngeal or Oropharyngeal COVID-PCR testing is done on arrival, you have the option to be tested at the airport and then await for your results at your approved quarantine location. Travellers also have the option to pre-book a satellite testing hotel outside of the airport. Your Nasopharyngeal or Oropharyngeal COVID-PCR test will be administered at the designated satellite hotel. For more information on satellite testing hotels:- https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020 The results will be emailed to you 24 hours after testing.

Where can I make sure my accommodation is approved before arrival/find approved accommodation before arriving?

The BIMSafe App contains a listing of approved accommodation and you may also find this information and more at https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020

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Can I travel to Barbados from the United States?

Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter Barbados.

Can I travel to Barbados if I am vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Barbados without restrictions.

Can I travel to Barbados without being vaccinated?

Unvaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Barbados without restrictions.

Do I need a COVID test to enter Barbados?

Visitors from the United States are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Barbados.

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Travelers from the United States are not required to quarantine.

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COVID-19: travel health notice for all travellers

Barbados travel advice

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Last updated: June 7, 2024 11:35 ET

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Safety and security, entry and exit requirements, laws and culture, natural disasters and climate, barbados - take normal security precautions.

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Petty Crime

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, purse snatching, and home burglary occurs. 

Petty crime may increase during the tourist season from November to April.

  • Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended on the beach
  • Always lock and secure your accommodation doors and windows
  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash or unnecessary valuables

Violent crime

Violent crime, including gun violence, has increased over the past few years in Barbados.  Incidents of armed robbery, sexual assault, gang-related shootings and murder have occurred.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times 
  • Avoid walking alone after dark
  • Avoid isolated areas 
  • Avoid showing signs of affluence

Fraud involving use of credit cards, debit cards and ATMs may occur.

When using your bank card at a payment terminal or at an ATM:

  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN 
  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others 
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature 
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business 
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements 

Overseas fraud

Spiked food and drinks

Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from people you have just met. They may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

Women’s Safety

Women travelling alone may face some forms of harassment, verbal abuse and sexual assault.

Advice for women travellers

Demonstrations

Demonstrations occur occasionally.

Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Water activities

Coastal waters can be dangerous, especially on the Atlantic Ocean side of the island. Riptides are common.

Rescue services may not be consistent with international standards. Not all beaches have lifeguards or warning flags.

  • Exercise caution when swimming, due to strong undertows, especially on the Atlantic side of the island
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Respect the flag warnings
  • Only undertake scuba diving and other water activities with a well-established company
  • Don’t swim alone, after hours or outside marked areas
  • Consult residents and tour operators for information on possible hazards and safe swimming areas
  • Monitor weather warnings

Water safety abroad

Adventure tourism

Outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking and other adventure activities can be dangerous if unprepared. Weather conditions can change rapidly.

If you intend to practice adventure tourism:

  • never do so alone, and do not part with your expedition companions
  • obtain detailed information on your activity and on the environment in which you will be before setting out
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • stay informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • refrain from using facilities or equipment if you have doubts on their safety

Road safety

Road safety can vary considerably across the island.

Roundabouts are common. There have been incidents of traffic collisions involving visitors occurring at or around roundabouts. Take extra care when approaching or navigating roundabouts.

Road Conditions

Major roads can become slippery and muddy after rainfall.

Driving can also be dangerous due to:

  • narrow rural roads
  • blind curves
  • inadequate lighting
  • lack of road signs
  • unmarked roads
  • pedestrians on the roads
  • abrupt stopping by drivers

Public transportation

Most buses from the Barbados Transport Board are not reliable and they often travel at high speeds. These can be easily identified as they are painted blue or yellow and license plates beginning with the letter B.

Mini-buses are privately-owned with licence plates beginning with the letter Z, and are often crowded. They tend to travel at high speed and are known to sometimes be involved in traffic accidents.

Taxis are generally reliable.

Taxis don’t use meters. There are standard taxi fares for most destinations.

  • Only use licensed taxis
  • Take particular care late at night
  • Confirm the fare in advance
  • Have small bills available for payment

Ride-sharing app

Ride-sharing apps are available in Barbados.

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Barbadian authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in Barbados.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Useful links

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for up to 180 days Business visa: not required Work visa: required Student visa: required

Immigration Form

You must complete an arrival form upon arrival at the immigration office.

Immigration

As a tourist, you cannot stay in Barbados for more than 6 months, and it is the immigration officers who determine the length of your stay.

They also determine if a work permit is required of business travellers.

Other entry requirements

Immigration officials may ask you to show them:

  • a return or onward ticket
  • proof that you have a place to stay
  • proof that you have sufficient funds for the duration of your stay
  • Children and travel

Children travelling unaccompanied or with only one parent may have to present:

  • a notarized consent letter confirming that the child has permission to travel
  • proof of parentage, such as a birth certificate showing the names of the parents

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • Zika virus: Advice for travellers - 31 August, 2023
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024
  • Dengue: Advice for travellers - 6 May, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever   is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from a country   where yellow fever occurs.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Contact a designated  Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre  well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre

* It is important to note that  country entry requirements  may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest  diplomatic or consular office  of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

In this destination, rabies  may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. 

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife. 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

  • In this country,   dengue  is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Zika virus is a risk in this country. 

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects.

During your trip:

  • Prevent mosquito bites at all times.
  • Use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact, particularly if you are pregnant.

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you should discuss the potential risks of travelling to this destination with your health care provider. You may choose to avoid or postpone travel. 

For more information, see Zika virus: Pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)   is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). 

High risk activities include anything which puts you in contact with blood or body fluids, such as unprotected sex and exposure to unsterilized needles for medications or other substances (for example, steroids and drugs), tattooing, body-piercing or acupuncture.

Medical services and facilities

Medical facilities in Barbados are adequate and easily accessible.

There are polyclinics located in every parish and these provide basic services. For emergencies, go to the main public hospitals in Bridgetown. There is one public hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, one private hospital, the Bayview Hospital. Expect to experience longer wait times at the public hospital and clinics.  Some clinics and hospitals may expect immediate cash payment for medical services.

Ambulance response is slow and limited.

Medical evacuation can be very expensive, and you may need it to the United States in case of serious illness or injury.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Medication 

Some prescription medications may not be available in Barbados.

If you take prescription medication, you’re responsible for determining their legality in the country.

  • Bring sufficient quantities of your medication with you 
  • Always keep your medication in the original container 
  • Pack them in your carry-on luggage 
  • Carry a copy of your prescriptions 

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

2SLGBTQI+ travellers

Barbadian law doesn’t criminalize sexual acts or relationships between persons of the same sex.

In 2022, the laws prohibiting sexual acts between individuals of the same sex were ruled unconstitutional.

However, homosexuality is not widely accepted in Barbados society.

2SLGBTQI+ travellers could be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or sex characteristics.

Travel and your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Barbados.

If you’re a citizen of both Canada and Barbados, we may be able to offer limited consular services while you are in Barbados. You may also have different entry/exit requirements .

Travelling as a dual citizen

You need a visitor’s permit to drive in Barbados. The minimum age to apply for a visitor’s permit is 18 years old.

You can obtain it upon presentation of a valid Canadian driver’s licence at:

  • most car rental agencies
  • the Barbados Licensing Authority office

You should carry an international driving permit.

Traffic drives on the left.

The minimum driving age in Barbados is 16 years old for residents. If you are 70 years old or older, you are required to present a medical certificate issued by a Barbados-based doctor, in order to be able to drive.

The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.03% in Barbados.

It is illegal to intentionally splash pedestrians when driving through puddles.

In the event of an accident, call the police and don’t move the vehicle.

  • Online Application for Visitor’s Permit –  Barbados government
  • International Driving Permit

Camouflage clothing

It is an offence for civilians to dress in camouflage clothing or to carry items made of camouflage material. It is an offence to bring into and out of Barbados items made from camouflage material.

Investments

If you plan on buying property, or making other investments in Barbados, seek legal advice in Canada and in Barbados. Do so before making commitments. Related disputes could take time and be costly to resolve.

If you wish to marry in Barbados, you must provide an application for a marriage license in person to the Officer at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Information.

You will need the following documents, in English, to complete the application:

  • valid passports
  • birth certificates
  • return flights
  • decree absolute certificate if divorced
  • a death certificate for your spouse and a marriage certificate if widowed
  • Officer at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Information - Barbados government
  • Marriage overseas factsheet

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. It does not apply between Canada and Barbados.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Barbados by an abducting parent:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Barbados to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children's Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country's judicial affairs.

  • International Child Abductions: A guide for affected parents
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Request emergency assistance

The currency of Barbados is the Barbadian dollar (BBD).

You can easily exchange U.S. dollars and euros for the Barbadian dollar in banks and currency exchange bureaus.

You should carry cash with you as some smaller businesses only accept cash.

Hurricane season

Hurricanes usually occur from mid-May to the end of November. During this period, even small tropical storms can quickly develop into major hurricanes.

These severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services. You could face serious safety risks during a hurricane.

If you decide to travel to a coastal area during the hurricane season:

  • be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
  • stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
  • carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
  • follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
  • Tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and monsoons
  • Large-scale emergencies abroad
  • Active storm tracking and hurricane watches and warnings – U.S. National Hurricane Center
  • Emergency shelters   - Barbados Department of Emergency Management

Rainy season

The rainy season extends from June to November. Heavy rains can result in flash flooding across the island hampering overland travel. Landslides can occur as a result of heavy rainfall.

  • Stay away from flooded areas
  • Monitor local media for the latest updates, including those on road conditions
  • Monitor weather reports
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, including evacuation orders

Barbados Weather

Earthquakes

Barbados is in an active seismic zone. Even minor earthquakes can cause significant damage.

A tsunami can occur within minutes of a nearby earthquake. However, the risk of tsunami can remain for several hours following the first tremor. If you’re staying on the coast, familiarize yourself with the region’s evacuation plans in the event of a tsunami warning.

In the event of an earthquake:

  • monitor local media for the latest information
  • follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Earthquakes - What to Do?
  • Tsunami alerts - U.S. Tsunami Warning System
  • Latest earthquakes - U.S. Geological Survey
  • Barbados Earthquake Report

There are several active volcanoes located near Barbados. Local authorities monitor closely the following volcanoes:

  • La Soufrière volcano in St-Vincent
  • Kick’em Jenny in Grenada

Eruptions may occur at any time. Falling ash may affect air quality in Barbados.

In the event of a volcanic eruption:

  • stay indoors to reduce your exposure to ash
  • keep windows and doors closed to prevent ash from entering
  • use a face mask when outdoors for respiratory protection
  • wear protective clothing if you need to be outdoors for extended periods
  • monitor local media

Government Information Service – Barbados government

Local services

Emergency services exist but may be subject to certain limitations. In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 211
  • medical assistance: 511
  • firefighters: 311

Consular assistance

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Sint Maarten.

For emergency consular assistance, call the High Commission of Canada in Barbados, in Bridgetown, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Before you travel check that:

  • your destination can provide the healthcare you may need
  • you have appropriate travel insurance for local treatment or unexpected medical evacuation

This is particularly important if you have a health condition or are pregnant.

Emergency medical number

Dial 511 and ask for an ambulance.

Contact your insurance or medical assistance company promptly if you’re referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Mosquito-borne diseases

UK health authorities have classified Barbados as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. Check TravelHealthPro’s Barbados guide for more information.

Dengue fever is endemic to the Caribbean and cases occur throughout the year in Barbados.

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Barbados.

Take steps to avoid mosquito bites .

Vaccinations and health risks

At least 8 weeks before your trip check:

  • the latest information on vaccinations and health risks in TravelHealthPro’s Barbados guide
  • where to get vaccines and whether you have to pay on the NHS travel vaccinations page

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or bought in the UK can be different in other countries.

Read best practice when travelling with medicines on TravelHealthPro . The NHS has information on whether you can take your medicine abroad .

Healthcare facilities in Barbados

You can view a list of English-speaking doctors in Barbados .

The Barbados healthcare system is not as extensive as the UK . The main government Queen Elizabeth Hospital can cope with many types of treatment but serious cases may need emergency evacuation.

If you are unsure if a hospital visit is required, call their helpline on +1 (246) 536 4800 to speak with a healthcare professional.

Medical treatment in Barbados can be expensive.

Check private clinics’ policies on pre-payment as they may not accept medical travel insurance as payment.

COVID-19 healthcare in Barbados

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 in TravelHealthPro’s Barbados guide .

COVID-19 enquiries should be directed to the COVID-19 Hotline on +1 (246) 536 4500.

Travel and mental health

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GETTING ONBOARD WITH

THE RIGHT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

It’s your responsibility to ensure you have all the proper documentation to board the ship and enter each of the countries your cruise visits. We’ll require government-issued identification to board. And government authorities may require you to have a visa or meet other requirements.

Select your departure port below to find out exactly what you need. But be aware – government requirements may change.

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Passport

Passports are Best A passport is the best ID document for travel. Make sure yours doesn't expire for 6 months after your cruise ends. Learn more

Birth certificate

Caution: Birth Certificates U.S. Citizens can cruise with a U.S. birth certificate on most sailings from the U.S. But your birth certificate needs to meet the requirements. Learn more

Names Must Match

Names Must Match If you've had a name change, and the name used across your documents does not match, you will need to take an extra step. Learn more

Children and Guardians

Cruising With Kids That Aren't Yours When a minor (age 17 and under) travels without their legal guardian, an accompanying adult must present a notarized form signed by the child's guardian. Learn more

Visa May be Required

Visas May Be Required Some countries require an entry visa or electronic visa based on your nationality. Learn more

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Don't Pack Your Docs Please keep all travel documents on your person at the terminal; you’ll need to present them at check-in.

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Popular homeports:, full list of all homeports:, travel document requirements for sailings from u.s. homeports (excluding honoulu, hawaii & seward, alaska).

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from the U.S. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

USA Flag

Accepted Identification for U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

Note: U.S. Cruises that visit Colombia or Panama If your sailing visits Colombia or Panama, see your protocols here .

In order to sail, a guest must meet the requirements of ONE of the check boxes below.

All documents must be original – no photocopies. Your name must match across documents. What if I had a name change?

  • U.S. Passport Book OR U.S. Passport Card
  • Royal Caribbean strongly recommends that all guests travel with a valid passport. Learn why a passport is best.
  • Passports must be valid at least 6 months after your cruise ends
  • Read more about passport requirements.
  • Original U.S. Birth Certificate AND Valid Government Issued ID (State ID Card, Driver’s License OR Military ID)
  • U.S. Birth Certificates must be the original or an official document issued by the government.
  • Read more about birth certificate requirements.
  • Guests age 15 and under are NOT required to have a photo ID, just the birth certificate.
  • Permanent Resident Card (Alien Resident Card "ARC" OR Green Card) AND Valid Passport from Country of Citizenship
  • Guests must bring their physical Permanent Resident Card and it must be original – no photocopies.
  • Passports must be valid at least 6 months after your cruise ends.
  • Guests age 16 and older whose ARC has no photo must present a valid government issued photo ID
  • Barbados & Martinique require ARC guests to provide a valid passport.
  • Any additional requirements are the responsibility of the guest.
  • Original U.S. Naturalization Certificate AND Valid Government Issued ID (State ID Card, Driver’s License OR Military ID)
  • Original U.S. Naturalization Certificate.
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) that is not expired
  • Enhanced Driver's Licenses are only available from the following states: Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington State.
  • An Enhanced Driver’s License is different from a REAL ID compliant id. An EDL will have a flag on the front.
  • U.S. Passport Book
  • Visa may be required based on Passport Country of Origin. Learn More

Additionally, visas or travel permits may be required to enter some countries.

  • Electronic Travel Authorization will be required based on disembarkation port.
  • Learn more about visa requirements.

Accepted Identification for Canadian Citizens

  • Canadian Passport Book – Required if traveling to the U.S. by air
  • Enhanced Driver's Licenses are only available from the following Provinces: British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.
  • Guests age 14 and under may present a passport as noted above OR one of the documents below:
  • Original Naturalization Certificate OR Original Valid Canadian Citizenship Card OR Original Birth Certificate Issued by Canada.
  • Read more about birth certificate requirements

In order to sail, a guest must meet the requirements below.

  • Canadian Passport Book

Accepted Identification for Other Nationalities

  • Valid Passport from Country of Citizenship

Additionally, visas or travel permits may be required to enter some countries. Please check requirements for your own nationality. Common visas are noted below.

  • The United States may require a Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or Visa depending on nationality.
  • Please check requirements for your own nationality .
  • Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) is required for Chinese Nationals.
  • Sailings with a Canadian Port of Call (ex. Alaska sailings) may require a Canadian Visitor’s Visa.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Australian homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Australia. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Australia Flag

Accepted Identification for U.S. Citizens

  • U.S. Passport Book AND Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
  • All visitors are required to get an Australian ETA to travel to Australia.
  • Read more about passport requirements

Additionally, visas or travel permits may be required to enter some countries. Please check requirements for your own nationality.

  • New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)
  • All visitors are required to get a NZeTA to travel to New Zealand.

Accepted Identification for U.K. Citizens

  • Passport Book

Accepted Identification for Australian Citizens

  • Australian Passport Book
  • Australian Driver's License OR Government-issued, laminated photo ID
  • Cruise itinerary must call only on Australian ports of call.
  • If an itinerary leaves Australia, then guests must use a Passport.
  • Guests age 17 and under may present one of the documents below:
  • Medicare Card - Can be used as the only identification for children when all guests share the same last name.
  • Original (or Certified) Birth Certificate - If the parent's name differs from the child.

* Sailings that originate and end in ports within Australia that do not include a visit to an overseas port outside of Australia. (Note that Queensland cruises that include Willis Island are considered domestic cruises) . If an itinerary leaves Australia, then guests must use a Passport.

  • Passport Book AND Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
  • For Transpacific sailings, the United States may require a Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or Visa depending on nationality.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Canadian homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Canada. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Accepted Identification for U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

  • U.S. Passport Book - If traveling to Canada by air
  • U.S. Passport Card - Can be used if traveling to Canada by ground/car or by sea
  • U.S. Birth Certificate AND Valid Government Issued ID (State ID Card, Driver’s License OR Military ID) - Can be used if traveling to Canada by ground/car or by sea
  • Original U.S. State Certified Birth Certificate or a certified copy; or an original Consular Birth Abroad Certificate from the U.S. State Department.
  • Permanent Resident Card (Alien Resident Card "ARC" OR Green Card) AND Valid Passport from Country of Citizenship - If traveling to Canada by air, ground/car or by sea
  • Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your cruise ends.
  • Guests age 16 and older whose ARC has no photo must present a valid government issued photo ID.
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) that is not expired - Can be used if traveling to Canada by ground/car or by sea

Accepted Identification for Canadian Citizens & Permanent Residents

  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card AND Valid Passport from Country of Citizenship
  • Guests age 14 and under may also present either:
  • Canada may require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or Visa depending on nationality.

Travel document requirements for sailings from European homeports (excluding Southampton, England; Haifa, Israel & Istanbul, Turkey)

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Europe. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

UK Flag

Additionally, visas or travel permits will soon be required to enter European Union countries.

  • Traveling to Europe
  • Coming Soon - All visitors will soon be required to get an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to travel to Europe.
  • Sailings that have a European Union Port of Call
  • For Transatlantic sailings, the United States may require a Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or Visa depending on nationality.

Accepted Identification for European Citizens

  • Guests are responsible for any requirements a country may have.
  • Royal Caribbean strongly recommends that all guests travel with a valid passport. Learn why a passport is best
  • EU Government ID
  • Cruise itinerary must call only on countries within the Schengen Region .
  • EU Government ID must be valid at least 3 months after your cruise ends.
  • A Multi-Entry Schengen Visa may be required
  • Coming Soon - European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS)
  • Some nationalities will soon be required to get an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to travel to Europe.
  • A Schengen Visa may be required
  • European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS)
  • Coming Soon - Some nationalities will soon be required to get an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to travel to Europe.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Dubai

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Dubai. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Europe Flag

  • U.K. Passport Book

Travel document requirements for sailings from Central & South American homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Central and South America. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • Australian citizens cruising to and from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Valparaiso, Chile require additional documentation.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Singapore

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Singapore. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Singapore Flag

  • U.S. Passport Book AND Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC)
  • All visitors are required to get an Singapore Arrival Card to travel to Singapore.

Accepted Identification for Singaporean Citizens

  • Singaporean Passport Book
  • Passport Book AND Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC)

Travel document requirements for sailings from Japanese homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Japan. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Japanese Flag

Accepted Identification for Japanese Citizens

  • Japanese Passport Book

Travel document requirements for sailings from Chinese homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from China. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

China Flag

Accepted Identification for Chinese Citizens

  • Chinese Passport Book

Travel document requirements for sailings from Istanbul, Turkey

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Istanbul, Turkey. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • U.S. Passport Book AND Turkish Visa
  • All visitors are required to get a Turkish Visa to travel to Turkey.
  • Passport Book AND Turkish Visa

Travel document requirements for sailings from Haifa, Israel

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Haifa, Israel. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • All visitors will soon be required to get an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to travel to Europe.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Seward, Alaska

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from the Seward. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • Canada may require a Visa depending on nationality.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Southampton, England

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Southampton. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Additionally, visas or travel permits will soon be required to enter the U.K. and European Union countries.

  • Entering the U.K.
  • Coming Soon - All visitors will soon be required to get an U.K. Travel Authorization (ETA) to travel to the U.K.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from the Honolulu. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

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The Department reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for caution and increased personal security awareness as security incidents often take place without warning. The security environment remains complex and can change quickly depending on the political situation and recent events. Please see the latest Israel Security Alert .

U.S. citizens should heed the  Travel Advisory  for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. The U.S. Embassy continues to closely monitor the dynamic security situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. There are active military operations and active rocket and mortar fire in Gaza and the Gaza periphery.  Terrorist groups, lone-actor terrorists and other violent extremists continue plotting possible attacks in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Terrorists and violent extremists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Violence can occur in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza without warning. If you require emergency assistance while in Israel, the West Bank or Gaza, contact the  U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem  by email ( [email protected] for those in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza or [email protected] for those in Israel outside of Jerusaleml).

Individuals seeking to depart Gaza: As of May 7, the Israel Defense Forces control the Gaza side of the Rafah Crossing. Since that day, the Rafah Crossing between Egypt and Gaza has remained closed. As soon as the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem receives information regarding new exit procedures from Gaza to Egypt, including when crossings resume, we will communicate this to the public immediately.

This remains a complex situation with serious implications for the safety and security of U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens in Gaza in need of assistance should contact [email protected] . U.S. citizens in Gaza are reminded that the U.S. government is unable to provide routine or emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in Gaza as U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling there.

The U.S. government does not control who is permitted to depart Gaza or enter Egypt. Individuals must assess their own safety and risks in attempting to cross the border. Individuals permitted to enter Egypt will likely receive a 72-hour Egyptian visa; all those who cross should have a plan for onward travel from Egypt in this timeframe. U.S. citizens, LPRs and their immediate family members who successfully enter Egypt and require further consular assistance should contact the  U.S. Embassy in Cairo  via the  U.S. Citizens Services Navigator .  Individuals may apply for a U.S. visa at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate; U.S. immigration laws and regulations will apply.

We continue to work in partnership with Egypt and Israel towards safe passage for U.S. citizens, LPRs, and their immediate family members.

Immediate family members of U.S. citizens include:

  • unmarried children under the age of 21, and
  • parents of U.S. citizens.

If the U.S. citizen is under 21, immediate family will also include any siblings who are also unmarried and under 21.

Immediate family members of LPRs include:

  • unmarried children under 21 years of age.

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Find out if you can renew your passport or need a new one. Learn how to renew your passport by mail, get it changed or corrected, or what to do if it expires soon.

Renew early. Passport processing times  vary. And some countries and airlines deny entry if your passport expires in less than 6 months.

Determine if you can renew your passport

If any of the following are true, you cannot renew your U.S. passport and must instead apply for a new passport in person using Form DS-11:

  • Issued before your 16th birthday
  • Issued more than 15 years ago
  • Damaged, lost, or stolen. Learn how to report a lost or stolen passport.
  • Issued in your previous name, and you do not have a legal document like a marriage license to prove your legal name change

If none of the above situations are true, you can renew your U.S. passport. 

Can you renew an expired passport?

You can renew an expired passport, but only if it was issued within the last 15 years.

How to renew your passport and what documents you will need

Passports can only be renewed by mail, and the renewal process for passport books and cards is the same. You will select which type of passport you want when you fill out the application form. Online renewals are currently paused. Because it can take up to three months to process your application, it is important to renew your passport before it expires.

Typically, you will need the following items to renew your passport:

  • You can fill out Form DS-82 online , or
  • Download Form DS-82 and fill it out by hand, or
  • Find your local passport acceptance facility or regional agency and pick up a copy.
  • Passport photo
  • Passport fee
  • Your most recent passport - Your most recent passport will be mailed back to you separately after your new passport is mailed.
  • Name change documentation, if necessary

Learn how to submit all your documentation and passport fees and where to mail them.

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DART’s lax board travel protocols should serve as cautionary tale

The transit agency tightened rules after an audit found problems with internal spending controls..

An eastbound train approaches the Akard Station near DART's headquarters in downtown Dallas...

By Dallas Morning News Editorial

2:01 AM on Jun 13, 2024 CDT

When you serve as a high-level policymaker, travel sometimes comes with the job. You might hop on a plane to Austin or Washington to seek funding from state and federal officials, or you might set off to other cities for training and networking with industry insiders.

It’s to be expected that board members who oversee a public transit agency would make some of these trips. But recent reporting by KERA News and an internal audit by Dallas Area Rapid Transit revealed a lack of guardrails around board travel that raised suspicion about expenses.

DART updated its travel policy and tightened accounting rules in March after the audit findings. Other government agencies should review their own policies and learn from the messy lead-up to DART’s new travel rules.

Let’s start with the December 2023 audit, which was obtained by KERA. DART’s chief audit officer found that board members “overall” adhered to travel rules but said internal controls needed to be strengthened. The auditor cited overpayments to travelers for expenses that DART had already covered, travel expenses that did not include detailed receipts and inconsistent record-keeping regarding travel requests and approvals.

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A five-year review of board travel expenses by KERA found board member Paul Wageman had been reimbursed by DART for a legislative trip in which he represented himself and the city of Plano, not DART. Former board chair Michele Wong Krause of Dallas was reimbursed more than $50,000 over five years for board travel, including international trips, while board member Flora Hernandez expensed trips from a vacation site in Colorado to attend DART meetings in Dallas last summer.

It’s worth stepping back to review explanations for some of these expenses. As former board chair, Wong Krause said she had additional responsibilities including regularly scheduled visits with federal officials. She has also served in leadership roles in the American Public Transportation Association, an industry group that advocates for agencies like DART. She said she was reimbursed by APTA for the group’s leadership retreats or events in which she represented the industry group as its chair. Wong Krause said her DART reimbursement requests as board chair had been approved by agency staff.

Hernandez told us she had scheduled time off last summer but was asked to be in Dallas to secure a board quorum to vote on parcel purchases for the Silver Line project and avoid delays. She said her travel expenses were approved by the DART board chair and the agency’s legal counsel.

The reasons for these trips appear to be within the bounds of what’s appropriate for a DART board member. But lax enforcement of accounting rules and the absence of reasonable limits on spending understandably drew scrutiny.

The DART board’s new travel policy sets a $6,000 annual limit on travel expenses per member, not including conference registration fees. All international travel must now be approved by a majority of the board. The policy also clarifies that DART will be reimbursed for canceled trips for which the agency had already paid.

It’s worth noting that the DART board’s travel rules will be difficult for the public to reference because they’re not pinned anywhere on the agency’s website, as of this writing. DART should take a page from its industry advocate, APTA, which makes its own board travel policy easy to find.

Travel may happen for valid government business, but costs add up. Every government body should review its protocols to ensure prudent limits and proper reimbursements. If taxpayers must live within their means, so should their government agencies.

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