Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Barbados

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British high commission in Barbados.

Overview

The British High Commission in Barbados offer limited notarial services as British consular officers in Commonwealth countries have no powers under the Commissioners for Oaths Act 1889 to undertake notarial acts, administer oaths or take affidavits which will be effectual in the United Kingdom.

The services we provide

Letter of No Objection to Adoption Overseas

We can issue a letter of no objection for a British national who is not habitually resident in the UK and who is seeking to adopt a child through the local courts. Please note that the ‘no objection’ letter has the sole function of confirming that the British national(s) in question are no longer habitually resident in the UK and that as the child is not being adopted under British adoption legislation, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and British consulates have no further role in the matter.

There is no scope or provision to amend the letter, which is designed for a specific purpose. It is not for the British high commission to agree whether the applicants are suitable or eligible to adopt the child, or whether the child is adoptable.

Therefore, to obtain the ‘no objection’ letter, the prospective adopters must first obtain independent legal advice that they are in fact not resident in the British Isles and then swear a statement witnessed by a lawyer that states: “I confirm that I have received independent legal advice and with reference to all circumstances of my particular case and in light of existing UK law, I can confirm that I am not habitually resident in the British Isles”.

Please bring this sworn statement to the British high commission and we can then issue the letter of no objection to inter-country adoption.

How to legalise a document

British consular officials in Barbados have no notary powers and cannot certify, notarise or legalise a document. This function is carried out by a Barbados notary public.

Services provided elsewhere

If you cannot find what you are looking in the list above, please refer to the British High Commission for a complete list of services in Barbados.

Data protection

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998. Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.

Disclaimer

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCO and the British embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 29 May 2013
Last updated 13 March 2014 + show all updates
  1. Details of Letter of No Objection to Adoption Overseas added.
  2. Letter of No Objection to Adoption Overseas information added to document.
  3. First published.