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We would like to remind visitors and residents that hurricane season officially starts June 1st, 2024, and runs through to November 30th, 2024. While the likelihood of a hurricane directly impacting Barbados is low, it always remains a possibility each year.

In 2021, Barbados was directly hit by a category 1 tropical cyclone, known as Hurricane Elsa. A few weeks before, a sudden 'freak storm' caused damage to dozens of homes across Barbados.

Please make sure you are prepared for the hurricane season. Familiarise yourself with the Emergency Shelters List for 2024, published by the Department of Emergency Management.

Make sure you have adequate supplies, including non-perishable foodstuffs and potable water that will last you and your family for a minimum of two (2) weeks. See page 29 of the shelters list for a detailed list of supplies you should have as part of your Disaster Emergency Kit.

In addition to hurricane preparedness, you should also be mindful that Barbados lies within an area of relatively high earthquake activity and therefore can be impacted by tsunamis at any time during the year. Always obey the 'natural signs', that is to say:

If you are at the beach and you either: FEEL a strong shaking; or HEAR a strange roar from the sea; or SEE the water withdraw an unusual distance from the shore, immediately RUN to higher ground or as far inland as possible.

Persons are advised that a low pressure area centred in the far north Atlantic is predicted to cause large northerly swells propagating southward into the eastern Caribbean waters, affecting the western coastlines of Barbados on March 12th, 2024 and March 13th, 2024.

The Barbados Meteorological Services advises beachgoers and small-craft operators to exercise caution on western coastlines. Beachgoers should use beaches with on-duty lifeguards.

Choppy sea conditions with swells ranging from 1½ to 2 metres (5 to 7 ft) are expected on the western coastlines on Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 and Wednesday March 13th, 2024.

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Persons who are registered under the Profession, Trade and Business Registration Act, Cap. 373 are reminded that the deadline for renewing their registration and paying the prescribed annual fee is January 31st, 2024. Any person who fails to pay the prescribed fee before the deadline will also be required to pay a penalty of the same amount.

It is now possible to pay the annual licence fee online via EZPay+, the official payment gateway of the Barbados Government.

Please note it is not possible to use EZPay+ for first time registrations. Persons who are not registered will need to attend in person to have their documentation authenticated and to pay the prescribed fee.

For first time registrations with the Registrar of the Supreme Court, visit the Registration Department at Whitepark Road.

For first time registrations with the Chief Labour Officer, visit the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector at the Warrens Office Complex.

If you are self-employed, learn more about professional registration to determine if you need to register under the Act.

Residents and visitors in Salters, St. George are advised that C.O. Williams Construction Ltd will be conducting roadworks on Highway 4 between Salters and Constant Roundabout starting January 13th, 2024.

Milling will take place on January 13th, 2024 and January 14th, 2024 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM.

Paving will take place from January 15th, 2024 through January 19th, 2024 between the hours of 7 PM and 6 AM.

During the roadworks, access to this section of Highway 4 will be restricted to local traffic and emergency vehicles only.

Motorists approaching from Errol Barrow Highway will need to turn left at Salters (see map). After passing Chefette, bear right to stay on the current road (see map). Turn right at the junction with the Glebe Public Market (see map). For persons travelling to Constant or Dash Valley, turn right just before St. George Primary School (see map). For persons travelling to Brighton, Ellerton or Lower Greys, drive past St. George Primary School and bear right to stay on the current road (see map).

Motorists approaching from Dash Valley or Constant will need to take the north exit at Constant Roundabout towards St. George Primary School (see map). Continue straight ahead for about 1km. At the end of the road, turn left towards the Glebe Public Market (see map). At the junction with the Glebe Public Market, turn left (see map). At the Sol Gas Station, turn left onto Salters (see map). For persons travelling to Errol Barrow Highway, continue for about 1.6 km to the junction with Highway 4 and turn right (see map).

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Please be advised there are two upcoming bank holidays, during which many businesses will be closed:

New Years Day on Monday, January 1st, 2024.

Errol Barrow Day on Monday, January 22nd, 2024.

On November 7th, 2023, the Minister of Finance announced major changes to Corporation Tax effective January 1st, 2024.

The 5.5% to 1% sliding scale corporation tax regime is being abolished for all companies, except:

  • International shipping companies.
  • Multinational enterprises subject to the Global Anti-Base Erosion Rules and whose Ultimate Parent Entity is based in any jurisdiction which has not implemented an Income Inclusion Rule, or whose Constituent Entities are not subject to an Income Inclusion Rule or an Undertaxed Profits Rule.

All other companies will be subject to a corporation tax rate of 9%, except:

  • Companies registered as a Class 1 insurance business will be subject to a tax rate of 0%.
  • Companies registered as a Class 2 or Class 3 insurance business will be subject to a tax rate of 2%.
  • Companies registered under the Small Business Development Act, Cap. 318C and whose gross income does not exceed BBD $2 million will be subject to a tax rate of 5.5%.
  • Multinational enterprises subject to the Global Anti-Base Erosion Rules and whose Ultimate Parent Entity is based in a jurisdiction which has implemented an Income Inclusion Rule or Undertaxed Profits Rule will be subject to a tax rate of 9% plus a top-up tax that brings the effective tax rate to 15%.
  • An approved lender under the Mortgage Insurance Act, Cap. 233 may be subject to a corporation tax rate of 12.5% by virtue of Section 16(1) of that Act. Persons to whom this Act applies should seek legal advice, as that Act was not amended by Parliament when the corporation tax rates were changed in 2019.

Learn more about the new Corporation tax rates.

Please be advised there are two upcoming bank holidays, during which many businesses will be closed:

Christmas Day on Monday, December 25th, 2023.

Boxing Day on Tuesday, December 26th, 2023.

Persons are advised that a free park and ride service will be available for those attending the 2023 Independence Day Parade at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex on Thursday, November 30th, 2023. The parade starts at 8 AM.

Shuttle services will be available from PriceSmart, The Dome Mall, Queen's College, Cube Blue Building and Massy Stores Super Centre.

Members of the public desirous of using the free shuttle service are required to pre-book via the following websites:

An electronic ticket will be produced that wil grant patrons access to the parking location and the Usain Bolt Sports Complex.

Persons driving directly to the Usain Bolt Sports Complex are required to pre-book for parking (limited availability): barbadosidcpublic6.rsvpify.com.

Shuttles will be available from 6:15 AM. Return journeys will be available for one and a half hours after the departure of the President and Prime Minister.

Residents and visitors in Rockley, Christ Church are advised that C.O. Williams Construction Ltd will be conducting roadworks on Highway 7 between Rockley Terrace and Skeetes Hill Road starting November 20th, 2023 for approximately one week.

Roadworks will take place each day between the hours of 8 PM and 6 AM. During this time, access to this section of Highway 7 will be restricted to public transport, as well as local and emergency vehicles. Persons should expect noise and dust in the surrounding area.

Motorists are advised to use Golf Club Road to avoid this section of the highway. Persons travelling from Hastings towards Rockley should divert via Dayrells Road. Persons travelling from Worthing towards Rockley should divert via Rendezvous Hill.

The Ministry of Transport, Works and Water Resources apologies to members of the public for any inconvenience caused during the roadworks.

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Please be advised there is an upcoming bank holiday, during which many businesses will be closed:

Independence Day on November 30th, 2023.