Establishing a company in Barbados

Barbados is a small island country in the Atlantic Ocean, close to the Caribbean Sea and north of Venezuela. It is a miniscule 432 square kilometers, with only 285,000 in population. The majority of residents are of African origin, and the official language is English – a fact that makes company registration in Barbados convenient. The local currency is the Barbadian dollar (BDS), with a constant exchange rate of 2 BDS to 1 USD. Its capital is Bridgetown, it has a tropical climate, and its rainy season begins in June and ends in October.

The Spanish discovered the island to the west of Barbados as early as 1511, but it remained unsettled for many years. In 1625, the British took possession of it, making it a British colony and a stop on the African slave trade route. It gained its independence and began its membership in the British Commonwealth in 1966.

  • Barbados has an active Jewish community with several dozen families. This tiny country even has two synagogues, one operated by the local community and another – among the most ancient in South America – serving as a museum and place of worship for special ceremonies. The Barbados Jews first arrived with the sugar trade, and were joined by those fleeing Nazi persecution during World War II.
  • Barbados is a very small island country in the Caribbean, and along with spectacular beaches and magical tropical landscapes, its key tourist attraction is actually a cave. Harrison’s Cave is a huge series of limestone gullies with subterranean streams, waterfalls, pools, and stalactites and stalagmites formations. It has an impressive visitor center, guided tours for those walking the path or using the more convenient tram.
  • Due to the British influence still predominant on the island, cricket is the national sport of Barbados. Many islanders follow the game religiously, and it is played on every street corner and in international stadiums alike. Watching the reserved and very British game against the backdrop of lush tropical landscapes is a unique experience.

Barbados is the most affluent and developed country among the Eastern Caribbean States, with the highest per capita income in all of Latin America, ranking 55th in the world. In the past, the local economy relied primarily on the sugar industry, but today Barbados also reaps revenues from tourism and light industry, as well as providing efficient and organized financial and information services. Two facts that may be decidedly important when opting for establishing a company in Barbados is the US Eastern Time and its membership in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Mellius offers its clients a diverse range of business contacts in Barbados, providing optimal solutions tailor-made to client needs and type of activity.


Type of company


Relevant Companies Law

International Business Companies Act (IBC Act) 1991 International Business Companies Act (IBC Act) 1991


Law requires companies to provide a local office address

Language of original incorporation documents


Finance and Taxation



Corporate tax rate


Standard share capital

1,000 USD

Office Holders

Company Secretary (Secretary)

Obligation to appoint company secretary


Obligation to appoint local secretary


Type of entity that may function as company secretary



Obligation to appoint company director


Obligation to appoint local company director

Required if employing the Barbados-Canada exempt surplus tax treaty

Minimum number of directors


Type of entity that may serve as company director

Individual and/or company


Obligation to register shareholders


Obligation to register local shareholders

Not required

Minimum number of shareholders


Type of entity that may register as shareholder

Individual and/or company

Type of shares

Registered shares

Accessibility of Information

Company registrar

Information regarding office holders is not accessible to the public

Annual Assembly and Reporting

Obligation to hold annual assembly

Not required

Obligation to prepare financial reports


Obligation to submit financial reports


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