Barbados Telephone Guide
Barbados Telephone Guide
As with any overseas country, Barbados has particular telephone codes and protocols related explicitly to making calls both locally island-wide and internationally.
On this page, you’ll find comprehensive information about:
— Dialling instructions (local, cellular, and international calls)
— How to find telephone numbers in Barbados
— Emergency numbers in Barbados
— Responsibility tips
— Safety tips
When calling Barbados, the global area code to dial for the island is +1 246, followed by the Barbadian number.
Local And Cellular Phone Calls
Local telephone numbers are seven digits long, and you’ll be pleased to know there is no charge incurred when dialing from one landline telephone to another.
The telecommunications market in Barbados is now quite competitive, and as a result, the leading service providers of Flow Barbados (previously known as Cable and Wireless or Lime) and Digicel Barbados offer various cell phone deals with different billing options. They both operate on a GSM network and offer international roaming options.
Note: It’s worth remembering that when calling a cellular phone from a landline in Barbados, it will charge the person receiving the call – something to keep in mind as many local people don’t answer their cell when they see a landline call, because of these additional charges.
International calls are billed according to the rates charged by the local telephone company, Cable and Wireless (Barbados) Limited.
Hint: Hotels generally add a service charge to overseas calls. Please confirm with your accommodation what their telephone policy is, before making any international calls.
It can often be more economical to purchase prepaid phone cards or to use your credit card when making long distance calls. Certain phones are unable to make international calls, and therefore, the use of a prepaid phone card will help you accomplish this task.
— To call an international number direct, dial: 1 + Area Code + Number
— For operator-assisted dialling, dial: 0 + Area Code + Number
Note: You will not be charged for an international call if you:
— hang up before you dial the complete number
— if there is no reply
— if the number you are calling is busy.
How Do I Find A Telephone Number In Barbados?
If you’re looking for a telephone number in Barbados but are not quite sure of the company or business name you are looking for, or are just looking for something generally, try using our Local Listings Directory.
Here, you will find categories of listings like ‘accommodation,’ ‘restaurants’ and ‘entertainment.’ You can browse through these listings to find the contact details to suit your needs.
You can also try the Barbados Yellow Pages directory.
What Are Barbados’ Emergency Numbers?
— Police Emergency: 211
— Fire: 311
— Ambulance: 511
Whether staying in a hotel room or a villa (or anywhere on the island, for that matter), please remember to use caution when offering the use of your telephone. Be aware; you will be held personally responsible for any calls made from your number while you are in residence.
Your safety on the island is of utmost importance. Keep the following points in mind when using telephones in Barbados:
— Remember to follow international safety rules when using your telephone.
— Do not use the phone while you are in the shower, bathtub or swimming pool. Should your phone be immersed in water, it can cause an electric shock.
— Avoid using the telephone during stormy weather. Should you need to do so, keep your conversation as brief as possible.
The local telephone company, Cable and Wireless (Barbados) Limited takes precautionary measures to limit electrical surges; however, total protection is impossible.
— In the event of a suspected gas leak, do not use your telephone until the telecommunications company has verified that this is safe to use. Phones contain electrical contacts that generate sparks when the handset a number is dialed. And, while this is a rare situation, it is essential to note this can cause an explosion.
Do Not Disturb
All telephones have some volume control switch. Should you not wish to be disturbed, advise your hotel reception desk or villa personnel to hold your calls, or you can turn the volume on the handset down low.
Note: It is never advised to take your phone entirely off the hook.