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Barbados car hire Terms and Conditions

Drive-a-matic - Barbados


Driving License

Must hold a UK Driving License for minimum of 2 years.

Both the photocard and counterpart are required if you hold a new style license. As of the 8th June 2015 the DVLA are abolishing the paper counter part and you will only be required to show your photocard or the old style paper licence.


Driving Permit

A local driving permit is required and is issued on arrival by Drive-a-matic. In Barbados a local driving permit costs $5 payable locally and is valid for 2 months.


Minimum/Maximum age

You must be aged 21 or over to hire a car in Barbados and the maximum age is 80.

*** For drivers over the age of 80, they will be required by Drive-a-matic to provide a doctors letter of fitness at the time of rental ***



Rates include unlimited mileage



A deposit is required, you will need a valid credit card to pay this.

The credit card must be in the lead drivers name

A cash deposit can be left if you do not have a credit card of $750


Collision Damage Waiver

All vehicles are covered by insurance including $15m liability for passengers, third party, death or bodily injury and $250K property damage cover.



An excess is payable in the event of an accident or damage to the car

Excess for the following car groups is $125:

Mokes, Small cars, Air conditioned sedans, Hard top and Soft top Jimny Jeep, Fully Loaded cars, Large Vans,

Excess for the following car groups is $750:

Luxury Van, Suv's, Premium SUV's, Luxury Sedans.


Airport Fees

An Airport facility fee of $5.95 is payable locally.


Additional Drivers

USD$3 per day (inclusive of VAT)


After Hours Airport Fee

USD$12 (inclusive of VAT) 6pm - Midnight


Child Seats

Drive a matic offer Infant/child and booster seats

USD$5.88 (inclusive of VAT) per day

Child seats are not permitted in Mokes or Soft top Jimny Jeeps 



Each vehicle is delivered with a full tank of fuel.  Customers may choose one of the two fuel options.

Option A - return full at no charge.  if the vehicle is not returned full the client will be charged the cost to fill the vehicle plus service charge.

Option B - customers will be charged for the full tank on delivery and should return the car empty.


Grace Period

Grace period is 2 hours, after this time, extra days/weeks will be charged.


Extra Days/Weeks

Any extra days you require can be booked locally with Drive-a-matic at their local rate. Alternatively you can contact your Virgin Holidays representative to amend.