Before the trip to Barbados

Passport and Visa
Nordic citizens do not need a visa if you stay shorter than 30 days. Check that your passport is valid until the day after the return journey. The passport must not be cracked or broken.

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Vaccinations and health
Make sure you have a good comprehensive travel insurance that applies to care abroad. See what your home insurance covers. Additional travel insurance can be ordered through Phoenix. Remember to bring documentation of current travel / health insurance. If you have medicines with you, they should be stored in their packaging where it is clear what the medicine is. For prescription medicines, you should also have a certificate from your doctor in English and pack it together with the medicines in your hand luggage.

Weather and clothes
The warmest period, with the least precipitation, begins in February until the hurricane season, which begins in June and lasts until the end of November. In November to January, rain occurs, generally as fairly short-lived showers. In between, the sun shines and it’s never cold.

Currency,
Barbados: Barbadian Dollar (BDS). USD is widely accepted as the two currencies are pegged to each other. ATMs are available.

Transport and communications
Taxi, local bus. Private minibuses. Rental car.

Security
Crime is low, but ordinary caution should be used.

Food and drinks
Most menus include seafood: mahimahi, kingfish, snapper, and flying fish prepared in every conceivable way. Flying fish is so popular that it has become an official national symbol.
Specialties include broth (a cold salad of salted cod, tomatoes, onions, peppers and celery) and conkies (cornmeal, coconut, pumpkin, raisins, sweet potatoes and spices, mixed, wrapped in banana leaves, and steamed). Cou-cou, often served with boiled fly fish, is a mixture of cornmeal and okra and usually topped with a spicy Creole sauce made from tomatoes, onions and peppers. Bajan style pepper stew, is a hearty stew of beef tail, beef and other meats in a rich, spicy sauce, cooked overnight.

Lunch restaurants often offer a traditional Bajan buffet of fried fish, grilled chicken, salads, macaroni pie (macaroni and cheese). Be careful with some Caribbean spices they are like the sun, they are stronger than you think. Typical Bajan drinks – in addition to Banksöl and Mount Gay, Cockspur or Malibu-are Falernum (a liqueur made from rum, sugar, lime juice, and almond ponche Cuba, a creamy spicy rum liqueur (Caribbean egg toddy) that are especially popular on weekends. also enjoy fresh fruit or rompunch.

Shopping
Rum, handicrafts, beach items. One of the most common souvenirs to bring home from Barbados is a piece of authentic Caribbean art. The colorful flowers, picturesque villages, and fascinating cultural experiences and activities common to the region and familiar to visitors have been translated by local canvas artists. Gift shops and even some restaurants display local artwork for sale, but the widest range of artwork will be available in galleries. Typical Bajan crafts include ceramics, shells and glass art, wood carvings, handmade dolls, watercolors and other art.

General and mixed

  • Time difference: Winter, Swedish time minus 5 hours, summer, Swedish time minus 6 hours.
  • Tips & Warnings If no service charge is added to your bill, waiters tip 10% to 15% and maids $ 2 per room per day. Tip bellhops and airport carriers $ 1 per bag. Taxi drivers and travel guides appreciate a 10% tip.
  • Language English.
  • EL: 110 volts, adapter needed ..
  • Travel insurance: You can buy it through Phoenix Travel when you book your trip or order it at http://www.erv.se/vara-forsakringar/valj-forsakring/. Before you buy travel insurance, please check what your home insurance or your card insurance covers when traveling.

Before the trip to Barbados