UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -
Duty Free Allowances for Returning American Citizens
Every returning USA citizen whose stay is in excess of 48 hours may on
their return take back duty free articles totalling up to US $400 (based
on the retail value of the items in the country of purchase).
Duty on purchases in excess of the US $400 exemption is 10% on the next
US $1000, and thereafter at the rate duty applicable.
For persons over the age of 21, one litre of duty free liquor is allowed.
Gifts: In addition to the US $400 exemption, each person can mail back
gifts valued at $50 each to friends and relatives back home, provided
the addressee does not receive more than one gift parcel a day. No declaration
is required, and no tax is levied.
Duty Free Allowances for Returning Canadian Citizens
Each returning Canadian resident may take back:
- 40 ounces of alcoholic beverages
- 24 12 oz cans/bottles of beer
- 200 cigarettes
- 50 cigars
- 2 lb. of tobacco
Minimum age for alcoholic beverages vary with port of entry.
No duty or GST is charged on purchases under $300. GST charge on entire
total purchases. Duty varies on alcoholic beverages.
Gifts: Persons while abroad may mail casual gifts (except tobacco and
alcoholic beverages) free of duty and taxes, to friends and relatives
in Canada, providing the value of the gift does not exceed CAN $40.
The importation of certain articles are prohibited or restricted
to protect this beautiful community, and to maintain plant and animal
life. Prohibited articles such as illegal drugs and pornography will be
seized and persons may face serious penalties or prosecution.
Restricted items may be released after inspection or detained until conditions
of the restrictions are met. Receipts are issued for all articles confiscated.
Among the restricted items are:
Fruits and Vegetables All vegetables, fruits, plants, cuttings,
and seeds must be declared to customs and presented for inspection by
a Plant Quarantine Officer. Fresh fruits from certain countries are prohibited
in order to prevent the spreading of plant and pest diseases. Certain
other items may require an import permit and a photo sanitary certificate.
Request for further information should be made to:
Ministry of Agriculture,
Tel (246) 428-4150
Check with Barbados High Commission
Transportation in Barbados can be quite an experience
from a modern 'Super Highway' to a motorist dream come true...no cars,
no hassle, no rush just beautiful scenery. It doesn't come better than
You can obtain a Barbados drivers license for $10.00 Bds on producing
a valid National or International License at the following police stations
and licensing authorities, or from the Ministry of Transport (0830-1430
Monday to Friday)
- Christ Church
- St. Michael
Car Barbados has a good network of roads covering the
entire island. Traffic drives on the left. There is a speed limit of 60
kmph (37 mph per hour). There are highways running throughout the island
which make travelling easy and safe.
Car Hire Anything from a mini-moke to a limousine can
be hired. Cars may be hired by the hour, day or week.
Taxi Taxis do not have meters but fares are regulated
by the Government. Listings are available from the Tourist Office. Please
ask the price before travelling.
Bus Frequent, comprehensive coverage of the island,
flat rate of approx. Bds $1.50 for all journeys. Although cheap, buses
are very crowded during the rush hours!
ZR Vans There are many licensed "Mini Vans" that run
around the island picking up tourist and locals. You will recognise them
by their "ZR" license plate. They have few fixed schedules but there are
many of them and service is frequent. The rate is Bds $1.50 and they provide
an excellent alternative service.