Frequently Asked Questions that people ask us the most about traveling for IVF treatment abroad

Q: Does BFC take insurance?
A: Yes, but very few insurance companies cover IVF and may not cover treatment outside of the USA.

Q: What is the average total cost for an IVF cycle, including travel and hotel?
A: The average cost for IVF at BFC is $5750, return flights from the US for two people is around $1000 and they offer different accommodation types from $50 US per night. So a two week stay can cost as little as $7450USD.

Q: Is the food expensive in Barbados?
A: Barbados is known as the playground of the rich and famous and therefore you will find some of the best restaurants in the world located here. But if you are traveling on a budget then you can get very reasonably priced food eating at the many fish markets or from the side of the road vendors, this is where the locals eat and the food is delicious.

Q: Is there a way to save on cost?
A: Yes, choose the self catering option for accommodation, eat like the locals and if your treatment involves donor eggs then ask about egg sharing.

Q: How long do I need to stay in Barbados?
A: 2 weeks

Q: What if I can ‘t take off for an extended period of time? Can I be monitored in the states if my doctor is willing until retrieval time?
A: Yes you can and at BFC they have a dedicated Patient Liaison Officer who will deal with your travel arrangements and coordinate with your dedicated IVF nurse, who will liaise with your Dr in the USA.

Q: What if I do not produce enough follicles? Will my cycle be canceled?
A: If you produce no follicles then there is no choice but to cancel your cycle, BUT if you have at least 1 follicle then the medical team will counsel you through your options.

Q: If my cycle is canceled, do I lose money on the hotel I prepaid or do I get a refund?
A: Depending on which hotel you book, there may be some negotiation if you are rescheduling but this is down to each individual hotel policy and how you made your booking and how much notice you give for cancelation. Your financial coordinator at BFC will work on this with you.

Q: How do I go about purchasing medication overseas?
A: BFC will provide you with a prescription and advise you of the best place to buy your medication online.

Q: Is it cheaper to purchase the medication overseas? 
A: Yes, about 66% less than the USA but you just need to allow for a 2 week delivery time.

Q: Should I pack my medication in my luggage or bring it with me on the plane? Will I have a problem getting through security?
A: Bring all your medication with you in your carry on bag. Bringing medication through security hasn ‘t been an issue, however you can always print out our prescription or have BFC provide you with a letter in case.

Q: What if my doctor refuses to help me with getting my blood work/pre-cycle testing done?
A: We recommend using ANY LAB TEST NOW: http://www.anylabtestnow.com/

Q: What if my doctor refuses to help me set up ultra sounds for monitoring?
A: If at first you don ‘t succeed then try try again, some doctors are very supportive of treatment overseas so just keep ringing round until you find a doctor who is willing to help you.

Q: Do I need a passport to go to Barbados?
A: Yes

Q: Do I have to get a visa or vaccinations to travel?
A: For USA patients both answers are NO.

Q: Is there a strict dress code in Barbados?
A: Any article of clothing that is camouflage is illegal and NOT permitted. Only the Barbados defense force are allowed to wear camouflage. Whilst there is a strong beach culture in Barbados, it is necessary to cover up when entering a bar or restaurant and supermarket. If you need to enter any official buildings you must wear sleeves.

Q. Are the medications prescribed abroad just as safe as in the United States? Are they the same? Can they cause more side effects?
A: All medications prescribed have a generic name and a specific function to help your body as you prepare for IVF treatment. These medications may have different brand names in different countries but will still have the same side effects as the generic brand doesn ‘t change. Your IVF nurse coordinator will explain all your medications to you and how to take them and monitor how your body is reacting to them.

If you have a question not listed above then please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer it for you and will post more questions on here as they are asked.