The British High Commission in Barbados is responsible for the relations of the British government with Barbados and the countries of the Eastern Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia & St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Based in Bridgetown we also have a subsidiary office in Castries, St Lucia. We look after the interests of British citizens in the region, work with the region to reduce drug trafficking, to adapt to the impact of climate change and we support British companies seeking to do business in the region. Additionally we aim to secure the support of the region in achieving British foreign policy objectives, such as the right of the Falkland Islanders to determine their own future. The Department for International Development Caribbean is also based in Barbados, working to support the economies and security of the region.

Our consular network

Our consular teams in Bridgetown, Castries and the team of Honorary Consuls in Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and St Vincent provide help and support to British nationals visiting or living in the region, who are in difficulty or distress. Please check below for our contact details and opening hours.

Our services

Travel Advice

Find important Travel Advice information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.

Emergency travel documents

Information about how to get an emergency travel document if your UK passport is lost or stolen

Passport renewal

For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website. Please note that the British High Commission cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.

Visas

There is no longer a visa section at the British High Commission, Bridgetown.

Applicants must apply online, pay the fees by credit card and book an appointment at the same time using www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk .

They will then need to give their biometrics (e.g digital photo and finger prints); this is mandatory. Biometrics are now taken at the Temporary Enrolment Location (TEL) for Barbados which is currently based at the Barbados Hilton and conducted by VFS.

Applicants can visit the website www.vfsglobal.co.uk/Barbados to make an appointment and receive further information about the TEL.

Applicants can also visit the UK government website www.gov.uk and click on the UKVI and Immigration link for the relevant information and guidance for the category under which they are applying.

From 1 April 2014 UK visa customers will be able to use the new international enquiry service to find information about the visa application process. The service is provided by Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) working in partnership with UK Visas and Immigration to offer enquiry services to people applying for a visa.

Notarial and documentary services

For information on visit the notarial and documentary services section of this website.

Please see our changes to notarial and documentary services

Registering a birth, death or marriage

Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.

Legalisation Service

How to get your documents legalised and receive official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.

Consular fees

Information on the current cost of fee-bearing services

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • provide information about transferring funds
  • provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
  • help people with mental illness
  • do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives in the Eastern Caribbean , missing people and kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters

What our consulates cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
  • help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Living in the Eastern Caribbean

Information for British nationals living in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean who need information about services that are not provided by our High Commission. You may find this information useful in specific circumstances.

Our people

Victoria Dean

Victoria Dean

British High Commissioner to Barbados

  • Colin Dick

    Deputy Head of Mission, British High Commission Bridgetown

Contact us

British High Commission, main contact

Lower Collymore Rock
PO Box 676

Bridgetown
Barbados

Office hours:
Monday to Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Friday: 8:00am to 1:00pm

British High Commission St Lucia, Castries

Francis Compton Building
2nd Floor
(PO Box 227)
Waterfront

Castries
St Lucia

Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 12:30pm / 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday: 8:00am to 1:00pm

Open to public:
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 12:30pm

Honorary British Consul Antigua and Barbuda

For emergency Consular assistance contact British High Commission in
Barbados

Honorary British Consul Dominica

For emergency Consular assistance contact British High Commission in
Barbados

Honorary British Consul Grenada

For emergency Consular assistance contact British High Commission in
Barbados

Honorary British Consul St Kitts and Nevis

For emergency Consular assistance contact British High Commission in
Barbados

Honorary British Consul St Vincent and The Grenadines

For emergency Consular assistance contact British High Commission in
Barbados

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