The purpose of this piece ‘Travel to Barbados from Nigeria step by step guide’ is aimed at informing a potential traveller to Barbados be it touring, holiday or business to the Caribbean Island country on how to have a hitch-free trip.
WHERE IS BARBADOS?
Barbados is located in the West Indies, a Caribbean Island country in the continent of North America. Barbados is a member of the Commonwealth, therefore, an English-speaking country.
It’s pertinent to know that majority of the Barbadian population are of African descent. It’s well organized and the most developed country in the Caribbean. Barbadian passport remains the most powerful in the whole of the Caribbean continent.
Supposedly positive aspects of travelling to the island country of Barbados is that a Nigerian citizen doesn’t need to obtain a visa to enter, all you need is immigration clearance at the point of entry.
However, due to the facts that there is no direct flight to the Island, you have to get a transit visa from one of the countries that may make it difficult for you to obtain a transit visa, therefore it is important you obtain a Visa as a proof of your destination. Sometimes, if you don’t have a visa in your travel document some overzealous countries official may not issue to you a transit visa.
HOW TO GET THERE
Travelling to Barbados, there is only one option available for you is by flight. Unfortunately, there is no direct flight from Nigeria to Barbados, however, stopovers sometimes is a huge disadvantage in that you can only get there through the UK, USA, or Canada. Countries that may deny you a transit visa to the Island for no reasonable reasons. Furthermore, the more stopovers you have the more transit visa and expensive the trip.
COST, AND THE TYPES OF FLIGHT TO BARBADOS
1. Flight from Lagos to Bridgetown, Barbados with 3 stopovers on Royal Morocco Airways is about $672 one way.
2. Flight from Abuja to Bridgetown, Barbados with 2 stopovers on Turkish airline is about USD1044 one way.
LANDING IN BARBADOS, IMMIGRATION ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Regardless of the existing visa-free entry agreement between Nigeria and Barbados, On arrival at the airport, the following documents must be produced:
1. Your International passport with at least 6 months validity,
2. Return ticket.
3. Evidence of Basic travelling allowance sufficient to cover your entire stay in Barbados.
4. Your accommodation arrangement or hotel reservation.
5. Your address in Barbados.
6. Your reasons for coming to the Island.
Please get all your details and documents in order to avoid refused entry at the point of entry, have it in mind that some border officials could be unnecessarily hostile and discriminatory. Strangely, your colour may be a disadvantage.
TRAVEL TO BARBADOS FROM NIGERIA STEP BY STEP GUIDE
WHERE TO STAY
After your arrival in Barbados, the next step is to search for accommodation if you’ve no pre-arrival accommodation arrangement.
There is a wide range of accommodation available in all towns in Barbados which are not difficult to get and their rates are not very expensive, it depends solely on your budget.
The National currency in Barbados is the Barbadian dollar. If you’re coming with the United States dollar, the rate of Barbadian dollar to the US dollar is 2:1.
US dollar is accepted everywhere, however, be ready to get your change in local currency.
As a commonwealth country, it’s easy to get English oriented food. For a Caribbean Island country, seafood is everywhere. Food in Supermarkets and hotels are expensive, therefore it’s advisable to search for a local restaurant or if possible adopt self-cooking if you intend to stay long.
According to Barbados.org, Barbados weather is generally warm and sunny all year round with an average daytime high of 30°C/86°F. It is a fact that Barbados has over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year.
As a tropical island dry season starts around January and ends in June each year.
PLACES TO GO IN BARBADOS
Where to go and what to do depends on your aim and objectives in coming to the Island, if your goal is a tourism and to explore the Island, there are a variety of interesting places to visit.
. The beaches: Although Barbados is a tiny island there is a lot of well-developed beaches to explore and relax. You cannot get enough.
Other places of great interest include:
Barbados Museum & historical society
2. Andromeda Botanic Gardens
3. Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
4. National Gallery and Museum of Parliament.
5. HUNTE’S Garden.
That’s all for now on Travel to Barbados from Nigeria step by step guide.