Moving to Barbados

Thinking of moving to Barbados? Many people are rethinking their life styles and are thinking of moving to Barbados.

Covid paused our lives and gave us time to reassess what we want. Many people are changing lifestyles and looking for great weather in a relatively safe environment. Good healthcare and good schools are a must. So are excellent restaurants, a good social life and an array of outdoor activities in a stable political environment.

moving to Barbados

Moving to Barbados is a relatively easy thing to do. With mobile working becoming more popular it is now feasible to divide your time between your home country and Barbados.

Here is what you need to know if you are thinking of moving to Barbados.

You can usually reside in Barbados without a visa or any permits for up to 6 consecutive months. This is often long enough for homeowners wishing to spend winters in Barbados. Immigration officers on entry will date stamp your passport. Whilst your ability to stay is discretionary you can usually stay for up to 6 consecutive months.

For those who want to stay longer than 6 months there are various categories of Special Entry and Reside Permits (SERP). These allow individuals as well as their spouses and children to obtain residency status in Barbados. Each category affects the duration of the SERP and whether or not an individual is able to work in Barbados. All those applying must have health insurance to a value of not less than US$500,000. The aim of the rules is to stop residents from abroad becoming a burden to Barbados.

Category 1. This requires evidence of investment in Barbados of at least US$2m. Funds must be sourced from outside of Barbados. Individuals must also provide evidence of high net worth in excess of US$5million.

Category 2- This requires the applicant to be the owner of a property worth not less than US$300,000.

Category 3-This is available to persons who possess skills which are deemed critical to the growth and development of Barbados

Category 4- This is for parents and grandparents of a citizen of Barbados. They must be over 60 years.

If you have a category 1 SERP the duration of the SERP may vary. Howevery a Category 1 SERP becomes indefinite after age 60. Category 1 holders also have automatic entitlement to work permits.

The Category 2 SERP is issued for renewable 5 year periods. Category 2 holders are not allowed to work in Barbados but they can continue work remotely if they are not taking a local Barbadian person's job.


Each applicant must submit a cover letter along with a completed Form B-Application for Permission to Vary period of stay in Barbados or Conditions of Stay. There is an application fee of US$150 and applicants must also submit the following:

  • Evidence of health insurance in excess of US$500,000
  • Police Certificate of Character from any country in which the applicant has resided for a period of 6 months after the age of 16. Enhanced disclosure certificate in lieu of PCC for British applicants (which might include criminal record check)
  • One passport sized photo
  • Certified copy of the bio- date page of the applicant's passport
  • Marriage certificate if applicable
  • Proof of relationship to dependants where applicable (birth certificates/legal documents etc)

All documents in a language other than English must be translated.

Category 1 applicants must provide a certified statement of assets in excess of US$5million. This must be certified by an auditor or broker. Applicants must also provide evidence of investment in Barbados with a value of at least US$$2m.

Category 2 applicants must provide proof of ownership of property in Barbados. They must also provide evidence that they can financially support themselves for the duration of the period granted.

'Investment' is defined to include rental real estate, property development projects, manufacturing and tourism. It also includes bank deposits, mutual funds or bonds or any financial instrument. All SERP qualifying investment must be bought from funds sourced outside of Barbados and not subject to any encumbrances.

There are some fundamental differences between the Category 1 SERP and the Category 2 SERP. The duration of the Category 1 SERP varies and becomes indefinite after age 60 whereas the Category 2 SERP is issued for renewable five (5) year periods. Category 1 holders have automatic entitlement to work permits for an extra cost. Category 2 holders are not allowed to work in Barbados.

If you are thinking of moving to Barbados we will be happy to help you find your dream home. We have access to every property you see for sale in Barbados (whether or not it is on our website). You will only have to deal with one agent. We provide a one stop shop.

In the meantime if you are loooking for a holiday rental or a long term rental (more than 3 months) we can help you with that too. You can then look for somewhere to buy at your leisure and really get to know the wonderful island of Barbados. We can also introduce you to lawyers who will advise on property purchases and SERP applications.

If you are interested in moving to Barbados contact us today

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