Notarial and documentary services guide for Barbados

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British High Commission in Barbados.


The British High Commission can provide a limited range of documentary services for British nationals in Barbados. British consular officers in Commonwealth countries have no powers under the Commissioners for Oaths Act 1889 as read with the Consular Relations Act 1968 to undertake notarial acts, witnessing a signature, make a certified copy of a document or administer oaths, affirmations or affidavits. If you require these services you should contact a local notary. A standard letter is available to confirm that we do not offer these services.

The services we provide

Citizenship Ceremony

Once your application to naturalise has been authorised, the Home Office will send your certificate of British Citizenship to the British High Commission. The British High Commission will contact you once the certificate arrives and arrange an appointment to administer an Oath of Allegiance/Affirmation. For all appointments, you will need to bring acceptable evidence of your identity. We accept passports, national identity cards and driving licences with a photograph as evidence of identity. You may need to pay fee 9 (£100) if you were under 18 when you applied to naturalise but turned 18 before your citizenship ceremony. The British High Commission will advise you on this before your ceremony.

How to legalise a document

The British High Commission in Barbados is unable to legalise UK public documents. Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on an official public document is genuine. UK public documents such as birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates can be legalised by the UK government in the UK. This is also known as an apostille.

The Legalisation Office in the UK can legalise UK public documents and you can find information on how to do this here.

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.


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.