Persons travelling this Easter holiday, who are planning to bring meat or animal products into Barbados, are reminded that they must first obtain an importation permit.

It should be obtained from the Veterinary Services Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, the Pine, St. Michael.

Meat and meat products in their original commercial packaging may be brought in from the United States of America, Puerto Rico, Canada and the United Kingdom; while commercially packaged, cooked poultry products are allowed from the Caribbean region.

Meat and meat products include fresh, frozen or chilled cuts of meat or poultry; processed meats may include hams, sausages, bacon, hot dogs, hamburgers, or canned hams; and other meats and pastries containing meat filling including patties, rolls, or rotis.

Applications for permits may be made at the Veterinary Services Department, the Pine, St. Michael. Further information may be obtained by contacting the department at 427-5492 or 427-5073 or by visiting the Ministry of Agriculture’s website

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