Import Permits

In order to obtain an import permit, complete the application form, specifying the type of product that you wish to import and your country of origin, and present it along with a BDS$25.00 application fee to the Veterinary Services Department.

Application forms are also available from the Veterinary Services, The Pine, St Michael, Barbados between the hours of 8.30am and 3.00pm Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays).

Payment may be made in cash (Barbados currency) at the Veterinary Services offices, or by one of the following monetary instruments, made payable to: The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture:

  1. Personal cheque drawn on a Barbados bank;
  2. A Certified Bank Draft;
  3. An International Postal Money Order.
    • If payment is in the form of a bank draft or money order from outside of Barbados, it must be in United States Currency for the amount of US$15.00 (to cover all additional bank processing charges).
    • Personal cheques drawn on banks outside of Barbados cannot be accepted.
    • We regret that credit card payments cannot be made at this time.

Upon receipt of the application and fee, a permit will be prepared and forwarded to you either by mail, fax or email.

General Guidelines and Conditions

  1. An import permit must be obtained before you travel.
  2. All meat and meat products must be in their original sealed commercial packaging, which is labelled to clearly show the type of meat, country of origin and inspection marks.
  3. You may bring up to a total combined amount of 25 lbs (11.5 kg) meat, poultry and dairy products per person. There is no preset limit on fish and seafood.
  4. Products that have been removed from their commercial packaging and products that are not appropriately packaged and labelled (such as those purchased from neighbourhood butcher shops or backyard operations) will be confiscated and destroyed.
  5. Imports of poultry from the United Kingdom is NOT permitted.
  6. Upon arrival, you must DECLARE to the Customs Officer that you are carrying meat products.
  7. You must then present your import permit to the Agricultural Quarantine Officer who will inspect the product and pass it for entry.

FAILURE TO DECLARE ANY PRODUCTS OF ANIMAL ORIGIN WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE CONFISCATION OF THE PRODUCT AND YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO A FINE.

IF IN DOUBT, DECLARE!