Drone regulations in Barbados

In this post, we’ll keep you updated on the legal situation for drone pilots in Barbados.

Barbados has an import ban on drones. This has been extended several times and is currently valid until April 2020. Nevertheless, the government has created an opportunity for visitors to acquire a license, provided the drone leaves the country again after a short time.

The application is associated with some effort. First of all, you have to register your drone at customs upon entry. They will decide whether you can apply for a license and will then issue a so-called “withheld certificate”. Your drone will most likely stay at customs until you have the license.

Then you take this certificate and the completed application form TU033 to the Telecommunications Unit Headquarters, more precisely to the Clerical Officer, address: Trinity Business Center, Country Road, Bridgetown, opening times: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Note that on the application form under “CLASS OF SERVICE DESIRED” you should enter your arrival and departure dates. Now you also have to pay the application fee of Bds$30 or US$16. This is only possible in cash or by check.

If you are lucky, you will be issued the license and can pick up your drone at customs.

Overview: Drone rules in B

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:400 in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for private and commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Unknown.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? No.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Contact informationSenior Clerical Officer: [email protected]

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Barbados to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Barbados!

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About the author

Since January 2015, we travel around the world. In our backpack we carry a camera drone which we use to capture the best places from a bird’s perspective. First we travelled with a DJI Phantom 2. But now we use several drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ or the DJI Mini 3 Pro. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a drone. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!


  • Lev | 18.04.2018

    Are drones still banned in Barbados

    • Alvin | 23.04.2018

      I am also wondering if drones are still banned as of April 2018

  • Francis Markert | 08.01.2019

    Update: Unfortunately, the import prohibition for drones in Barbados is still in force.

  • Tiffany | 26.10.2021

    Does anyone know where inexpensive public liability insurance can be obtained?

  • Subrat | 20.01.2024

    Thanks for detailed inputs Bina and Francis. Hello from Sweden. After reading your blog, I decided against carrying a drone to Caribbean islands (plans to fly to Barbados, St Lucia and Trinidad), only three days in each place. So it looks like a lot of bureaucracy to pass those hurdles to make some filming.

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