The following information is for travellers who want to bring meat and meat products to Barbados in their luggage for personal use.
The type of product that can be imported in personal luggage and the country from which it can be imported depends upon a number of factors, including the presence of certain dangerous human and animal diseases in the country of origin and the sanitary conditions under which the product is manufactured.The countries from which imports are permitted are subject to change at short notice, depending on their animal disease status.
At this time, no permit is required for the importation of fish or seafood for personal consumption.
Also see Bringing Meat to Barbados brochure.
- See the products of animal origin list for items approved for import.
- See the list of approved countries from which meat and meat products may be imported.
- Travellers may bring no more than of 25 lbs (11.5 kg) meat, poultry and dairy products per person into Barbados for their own personal consumption. There is no preset limit on fish and seafood.
- Download and complete a Passenger Meat Application Formspecifying the type of product that you wish to import and your country of origin.
- Application forms are also available from the Veterinary Services office , The Pine, St Michael, Barbados between the hours of 8.30am and 3.00pm Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays).
- Submit the application form in person to the Veterinary Services office or see contact information to submit forms by mail, fax and email (scanned copy).
- An application fee of BDS$25.00 should also be submitted with the application form. Payment may be made in cash at the Veterinary Services office.
- CLIENTS OUTSIDE BARBADOS: Payment may be made using an International Postal Money Order made payable to:
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture.
The money order must be in United States Currency for the amount of US$15.00 (to cover all additional bank processing charges).
Personal cheques cannot be accepted.
We regret that we are unable to facilitate credit card payments at this time.
5. Upon arrival at the port of entry, passengers MUST DECLARE all products of animal origin accompanying them on the Customs Declaration form, whether in checked baggage, hand luggage or on their person.
6. The Customs Declaration form should be presented to the Customs Officer, and the products, along with the import permit, should be presented to an Agricultural Quarantine Officer for inspection.
- Upon receipt of the application form and fee, a permit will be prepared and forwarded to you either by mail, fax or email. There is no waiting period for permits from approved applications from walk-in clients.
- The passenger permit is valid for a single entry and for the expected date of arrival only. A grace period of five (5) days may be given to cover any unexpected travel delays.
- When the passenger arrives at the Quarantine Office, the products will be examined by a Veterinary Inspector. As long as they meet all the conditions for entry, they will be released to the passenger.
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!