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  Special Precautions Certificate Required
Yellow Fever No A
Cholera No No
Typhoid and Polio B Not applicable
Malaria No Not applicable
 
A

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from countries with infected areas.

B

A small risk of typhoid is present.

Health care

Brilliant medical facilities are available in Barbados, with both private and general wards. Barbados has a reciprocal health agreement with the United Kingdom, which entitles United Kingdom nationals to free hospital and polyclinic treatment, ambulance travel and prescribed medicines for children and elderly patients.

However, prescribed medicines for people other than children or the elderly and all dental treatment must be paid for. To receive treatment, United Kingdom nationals must show their United Kingdom passport or NHS medical card, as well as their temporary entry permit. Medical insurance is advised for all other nationals.

Food and Drink

The water in Barbados is considered by some to be the purest in the world as it is filtered naturally by limestone and coral and pumped from underground rivers. Dairy products are safe for consumption and milk is pasteurised. Local meat, seafood, poultry, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

Other risks

Immunisation against tetanus and hepatitis A are usually advised; hepatitis B may also be recommended for long term travellers. A low risk of dengue fever is present. Hay fever and asthma can be aggravated during the sugar cane harvesting season. Leptospirosis may occur during the rainy season (October and November). It is also important to note that there is a high prevalence of HIV / AIDS, particularly amongst the 20 to 45 age group, of which it is the 2nd biggest killer. All essential precautions should be undertaken.
Useful travel links
CDC Official site of the US Centers for Disease Control
MASTA The Medical Advisory Services for Travellers
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WHO The official site of the World Health Organization