The strategic orientation of Barbados’ foreign policy has maintained and is projected to maintain its basic tenets for the foreseeable future. Based on a review of Barbados’ foreign policy between 2000 to 2013 and an outline of the strategic vision going forward, several foreign policy goals have been identified as follows:

• Goal one: Protecting the Security of Barbados and its People
• Goal Two: Advancing the Economic and Social Well-being of Barbados and its People
• Goal Three: Maintaining and Elevating the Image and Profile of Barbados in the International Arena
• Goal Four: Embracing and Protecting Barbadians Overseas
• Goal Five: Promoting Regional Integration and Cooperation
• Goal Six: Maintaining and Enhancing Operational Capability

It is generally agreed that the administration of Barbados’ foreign policy must continue to be responsive and dynamic in its approach to the ever changing international arena and therefore must be recalibrated on a more frequent basis.

In this regard, it is to be noted that both at the Cabinet level as well as the level of Ministries and Departments, mechanisms are in place to prioritise and give strategic guidance to foreign policy initiatives as well as to review the implementation of initiatives previously agreed.

In addition, the Council for Investment, Exports, Foreign Exchange and the Diaspora (CIEX) continues to be a key mechanism for coordination which utilizes the ‘Team Barbados’ approach to initiatives that are cross-sectoral and engage Barbados with the outside world.

Preparation of the Ministry’s Strategic Plan is underway, in consultation with Ministries/Departments as well as the private and non-governmental sectors, given the very close connection between foreign policy and domestic policy.

These new institutional arrangements and initiatives for the formulation and coordinated implementation of Barbados’ foreign policy are expected to allow Barbados to continue to position itself and defend its interests in an increasingly more competitive global environment.

Barbados has thirteen (13) missions and consulates located abroad. There are four (4) in the US, two (2) in Canada, one (1) in the UK, one (1) in Belgium, one (1) in Switzerland, one (1) in Venezuela, one (1) in China, one (1) in Brazil and one (1) in Cuba.There is also a network of honorary consulates in several cities across the world, including Asia, Africa, North America, Latin America, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East and Oceania. These honorary consuls work in close contact with our thirteen (13) missions and consulates.

List of Barbados' Missions and Consulates

LEGAL HELP FOR NON-NATIONALS

 

(SAMPLE TEXT: If you are visiting, studying or working in Barbados and you are a non-national, you can seek advise form local lawyers. Further, you may wish to consult your embassy or consulate.)

Foreign Missions in Barbados

Diplomatic Missions Accredited to Barbados

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

Applications for birth certificates are made at the Registration Department, New Supreme Court Complex, Whitepark Road, St. Michael.
Applications are processed for a fee of BDS$1.00 for persons 60 years and over and a fee of BDS$5.00 for all others. Applications done in person before 11:30am are processed by 3pm on the day of application.

Completed application forms may also be mailed to the Registration Department and should be accompanied by a Money Order for the relevant processing fee. Money Orders should be made out to the Registrar of the Supreme Court. Persons opting for this method of application should also enclose a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage.

Applications must be completed in full and should be mailed to:

The Registrar of the Supreme Court
Registration Department,
New Supreme Court Complex,
Whitepark Road
St. Michael.
BARBADOS.

Application form for birth certificate

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?

Applications for marriage certificates are made at the Registration Department, New Supreme Court Complex, Whitepark Road,St. Michael.

Applications are processed for a fee of BDS$10.00 for nationals and BDS$20.00 for non-nationals. In cases where the relevant authorities of a foreign government require an apostille to be affixed to the certificate as proof of authenticity, you will be charged an additional fee of BDS$50.00.

Completed application forms may also be mailed to the Registration Department and should be accompanied by a Money Order for the relevant processing fee. Money Orders should be made out to the Registrar of the Supreme Court. Persons opting for this method of application should also enclose a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage.

Applications must be completed in full and should be mailed to:

The Registrar of the Supreme Court
Registration Department,
New Supreme Court Complex,
Whitepark Road
St. Michael.
BARBADOS.

Application form for marriage certificate

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A DEATH CERTIFICATE? 

Applications for death certificates are made at the Registration Department, New Supreme Court Complex Whitepark Road, St. Michael.

Applications are processed for a fee of BDS$5.00. Completed application forms may also be mailed to the Registration Department and should be accompanied by a Money Order in the amount of BDS$5.00 and should be made out to the Registrar of the Supreme Court. Persons opting for this method of application should also enclose a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage.

Applications must be completed in full and should be mailed to:

The Registrar of the Supreme Court
Registration Department,
New Supreme Court Complex,
Whitepark Road
St. Michael.
BARBADOS.

Application for a Barbadian Death Certificate

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A POLICE CERTIFICATE OF CHARACTER?

Applications for a Police Certificate of Character can be made at the Certificate of Character Office at the Bridgetown Division of the Royal Police Force, located at the corner of Roebuck Street, St. Michael.

The cost for each certificate issued is BDS$10.00 and persons are required to present a valid form of identification (Barbados Identification Card or a passport). Completed application forms may also be submitted by mail and should be accompanied by a Money Order, Cheque, or Postal Money Order in the amount of BDS$10.00 and made out to the Commissioner of Police. Persons opting for this method of application should also enclose a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage.

Applications can also be made in the form of a letter, including the following information:

  • Period of time spent outside of Barbados, if the period is six (6) months or longer (nationals)
  • Address while in Barbados
  • Full name of applicant (Females must include all names: maiden names, surnames carried in previous marriages etc.)
  • Date of Birth
  • Dates of arrival to/departure from Barbados (non-nationals)
  • A set of original fingerprints taken by competent authorities (Police Department) with an official stamp or seal attached*

* For persons living in the United Kingdom, requests for fingerprinting should be made to the Scotland Yard.

Applications must be completed in full and should be mailed to:

The Commissioner of Police,
Police Headquarters,
Corner of Roebuck Street,
Bridgetown,
BARBADOS

Application form for police certificate of character

 

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