The minimum age at which you can hire a car in Barbados is 21 years. If you are 25 or younger, your automobile insurance will be more expensive. On the other hand, if you want to rent a vehicle in Barbados but are 70 years of age or older, you must first obtain a medical certificate issued by a doctor based in Barbados.
(All rates are in US dollars)
Getting Your Driver’s Permit
As a visitor, to obtain a local driving permit in Barbados you need the following:
- a valid driver’s license issued in your country of residence
- a driving experience of at least 2 to 5 years
- $5 fee for a visitor’s driving permit valid for two months
- $50 fee for a visitor’s driver’s license valid for up to one year.
Hiring a Car In Barbados If You Are 25 Years or Younger
The younger you are and the less driving experience you have, the more you will have to pay on your car rental insurance policy. The collision damage waiver (CDW) will be quite high, easily surpassing $1,000, and the collision excess deposit will also increase. The exact figures depend on the company you hire your vehicle from, but if you are 25 years or younger, you should be prepared to pay more to lease a car in Barbados. Also, keep in mind that you need a driving experience of at least 2 years to rent a car and that some companies require 5 years.
How to Hire a Car In Barbados If You Are 70+ Years Old
If you are 70+ years old and want to obtain a visitors driver’s permit in Barbados, bring with you a valid driver’s license issued in your country and contact your car rental company. They should be able to help you obtain your medical certificate by putting you in touch with a qualified local doctor. The cost of the examination varies depending on the doctor, but you can expect to pay around $40. The medical examination is straightforward and takes only a short time to complete. Your eyesight will be checked, as well as your heart and blood pressure. Your capacity to drive may also be assessed, using simple tests in the consulting room.
How Long Does It Take to Hire a Car If You Are 70+ Years Old?
The process of renting a car in Barbados when you are 70+ years old is not much different from the same process in other countries, but because of the required medical certificate, you may not be able to hire a vehicle immediately after your landing at the airport. Instead, you may have to hire a taxi to take you and your luggage to your hotel or villa and then undergo the medical examination on the following day. In this way, you can obtain your permit for driving in Barbados in a matter of hours.
Good to Know Before Your Rent a Car
In Barbados, cars drive on the left side of the road, while most of the cars you can hire are right hand drive vehicles. Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory, and speed limits are measured in kilometers, rather than miles. Also, you should know that hired cars in Barbados are easy to recognize from the “H” written on their license plates.
Over 70? Under 25? No Problem!
AtDrive Barbados, we are dedicated to offering reliable car rental services to both senior drivers and young motorist. We don’t think age should be a limitation on renting cars in Barbados, although we do abide by the minimum 21 years requirement and have an 80 years rental age cap. Whether you are over 70 or under 25, we would be happy to help you hire a car in Barbados.
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