Embassies and Consulates in Barbados

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In most of the countries you will find diplomatic missions, which usually refers to an embassy and/or a consulate. Diplomatic bodies represent other country interests in Barbados, with the aim of strengthening international relations between the states and providing services for their citizens in Barbados.

Embassies and consulates are considered legal territories of their home countries. They are not "foreign territory" but they are protected and considered the property of the country using them, meaning that Barbados does not have jurisdiction over the embassy or consulate of another country.

What is the difference between Embassy and Consulate

The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations international treaty defines the diplomatic mission’s purpose and framework. The various diplomatic missions offer several services and carry out different missions. For example:

  • Embassy: This is the primary diplomatic representation of a country’s government and is headed by an ambassador. An embassy is the main location for a diplomatic presence of one country in another. A country has at most one embassy in another country, and is always established in the capital city of the host country. In the absence of a consulate in a country, the embassy has also a consular section to carry out all the relevant consular services (see below).
  • Consulate General: This is a diplomatic mission, headed by a consul that provides a full range of services such as: issuing passports/visas, keeping birth and marriage records, assisting expats, providing legal information, translations etc. It can be located in any major city of the host country, although often in the capital city (in certain cases, in the same building as the embassy). In major countries and large territories, you often have more than one consulate.
  • Honorary Consulate: It supplements the Consulate to provide a limited range of consular services and is headed by an honorary consul. They help nationals abroad. For example, in the event of a hospital stay, missing person, death, natural disaster or other emergency. They can also issue emergency travel documents and consular declarations for which the applicant is required to appear in person.

NB: You will usually apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country you want to visit. However, if there is no such representation in Barbados, you can apply for a visa at the embassy.

Where to find Consulates and Embassies in Barbados

Not all countries have an Embassy and/or a Consulate as it depends of the political situation, the relationship with the host country, the size of the country, and the number of foreign citizens living there.

In some cases, countries can share representations and you can be assisted by the services of another embassy or consular service to get the information you need.

We recommend you register/contact your country’s embassy at your destination. It is a free service provided by any diplomatic mission and it will allow them to record information about your upcoming trip abroad. It can be used to assist you in case of an emergency.

Registration will also allow you to get routine information from your nearest embassy or consulate, as citizen residing abroad.

Barbados’s capital, Bridgetown hosts 9 embassies.

There are also 27 consulates. All consulates and honorary consulates are located in Bridgetown, except for those countries who own an embassy in the capital of Barbados and might have another diplomatic mission outside the capital.

You will find below a list of selected countries (the list is not exhaustive) that have a diplomatic mission in Barbados. The list includes embassies, consulates, honorary consulates and sometimes other official representations for you to be able to get information and services.

Embassies and Main Consulates in Bridgetown


Chinese Embassy in Barbados

Address: 17 Golf View Terrace, Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados
Tel: (1-246) 4356890
E-Mail: chinaemb_bb@mfa.gov.cn and bridgetown@csm.mfa.gov.cn (for Consular Service)
Opening hours:
Embassy: Monday to Friday, 8:30-12:30 and 13:30-17:30
Consular Service: Tuesday to Friday, 9:00-11:30

The consular section provides a range of consular services such as document authentication and legalization processing, as well as notary certification and marriage registration, visa assistance and consular protection to all Chinese living abroad.


French Embassy in Barbados

*The representatioin of the Embassy of France in Barbados is located in Saint Lucia.


German Embassy in Barbados

*The representatioin of the Embassy of Germany in Barbados is located in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
However, Barbados hosts an Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Address: Pasea Financial Centre, Suite #1, Corner Harts Gap and Dayrells Road, Christ Church BB14030, Barbados
Tel: (+1) 246 427 18 76
E-Mail: bridgetown@hk-diplo.de
Social Media: https://twitter.com/GermanyDiplo and https://www.facebook.com/AuswaertigesAmt and https://www.instagram.com/auswaertigesamt/


Embassy of Japan in Barbados

Address: P.O. Box 1319, Building 2, Ground Floor, Chelston Park, Collymore Rock,
St. Michael
Tel: (+1) 246 538 57 00
E-Mail: barbados@rt.mofa.go.jp
Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/japanemb_barbados/
Opening hours: Monday to Friday (Saturday and Sunday closed) from 8:30 to 12:00, and 13:00 to 16:00

The Japanese embassy provides a range of consular services such as visa and passport processing as well as document legalization.


Embassy of Russia in Barbados

The Russian Embassy in Guyana represents Russia in Barbados:

Address: Public Road 3, Kitty Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (+592) 225 2179. Consular section: 226 9773
E-Mail: embrus.guyana@mail.ru and consrus.guyana@mail.ru for the consular section
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Consular section: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 a.m to 11 a.m.

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

British High Commission in Barbados

The British High Commission in Bridgetown provides services to British nationals living in and visiting and the countries of the Eastern Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Address: Lower Collymore Rock, PO Box 676, Bridgetown
Tel: (+1) 246 430 78 00*
E-Mail: ukinbarbados@fcdo.gov.uk
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/UKinBarbadosandEC/ and https://www.instagram.com/UKinCaribbean/ and
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 16:00
The Consular Section operates an appointment-only system.

The British Embassy in Barbados provides services to British nationals living and visiting the Caribbean. Some of the services are: emergency travel document replacement, notarial and documentary services, marriage, consular fees, etc.

USA (United States of America)

Embassy of the United States of America in Barbados

*Embassy of the United States of America to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS

Address: Wildey Business Park, St. Michael BB 14006, Barbados
Tel: (+1) 246 227 40 00  
E-Mail: bridgetownpublicaffairs@state.gov
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/USEmbassyBarbados and https://www.instagram.com/usembassybridgetown/ and https://www.youtube.com/user/USEmbassyBridgetown
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM

The US representation in Barbados provides a range of consular services such as regular passport applications and renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and notarial services, assistance on death of a U.S. Citizen and emergency financial assistance, etc.

Honorary Consulates in Barbados

Contact directly the Embassy/Consulate website for more information.

For countries with no consulates or embassies in Barbados, the Honorary Consulates are supervised by diplomatic representations located in other country, often Port of Spain, in Trinidad and Tobago for Barbados.

General Consulates in Bridgetown