Embassies and consulates on the island of Barbados look after the interest of their respective nationals along with forging business relationships on the island. They also lend assistance in the event a citizen of one particular embassy or consulate finds himself in a predicament. It doesn't matter where you are travelling to, embassies and consulates can provide assistance in the event of misfortune.
While in Barbados on business or pleasure, a time may come that requires you to seek assistance from your native country. When this occurs, you will certainly need to contact the embassy or consulate for your country. Such assistance can be had by way of providing information pertinent to business listings such as doctors, attorneys, etc and even assistance with misplaced travel documents while on holiday in Barbados.
If you should become involved in an incident with the Police while staying in Barbados, depending on the intensity of the situation, it is advised that you recruit the services of your native country's embassy or consulate.
Visitors to the island of Barbados who are injured or fall ill can easily and readily seek medical assistance through the consular offices on the island. This information is usually passed on to friends and family back home so as to keep them posted and put their minds at ease with regards to the well-being of their loved ones. It is not likely that you will receive financial assistance for a return trip back home but once you have travel insurance, this will certainly cover an expenses.
The terms embassies and consulates are usually used hand in hand despite the fact that they both serve different purposes. Below is a brief description of an embassy and a consulate.
An embassy is larger than a consulate and serves more of an important role as well. An embassy is described as a permanent diplomatic mission which is generally located in a country's capital city. The ambassador is the highest official in the embassy and acting as the chief diplomat and spokesperson for the home government. Ambassadors are typically appointed by the highest level of the home government. In the United States, ambassadors are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
Embassies in Barbados represent the relative native country abroad and deal with paramount diplomatic issues. Such issues can involve protecting the rights of citizens abroad.
A consulate is a smaller version of an embassy. Consulates and their chief diplomat, the consul, handle minor diplomatic issues like issuing visas, aiding in trade relationships and taking care of migrants, tourists, and expatriates.
In addition, the U.S. has Virtual Presence Posts (VPPs) to assist people around the world in learning about the US and the areas in which the VPP is focused. These were created so that the US could have a presence in important areas without physically being there and the areas with the VPPs do not have permanent offices and staff. Some examples of VPPs include the VPP Santa Cruz in Bolivia, the VPP Nunavut in Canada, and the VPP Chelyabinsk in Russia. There are about 50 total VPPs worldwide.
Your passport is always the best from of identification when travelling. In the event of some unforseen incident throughout the course of your holiday on the island of Barbados, we strongly recommend that you pay a visit to the nearest embassy or consulate of your native country.
List of Embassies and Consulates in Barbados
It is important to note that not every country will have a diplomatic representative in Barbados and that in some instances the affairs of certain nationalities in Barbados may be supervised from a different country. The below contact information is meant for reference purposes only and is therefore likely to change without warning. It is strongly advised that you get specifics from the government of your native land before travelling to Barbados. This way, you are guaranteed to have the most up-to-date information available. Also included below are local emergency contact numbers in Barbados.
Fire: 311 Police: 211 or (246) 430-7100 Ambulance: 511
Honorary Consulate of Austria Knowlton Exeter Rd, Navy Gardens Christ Church, Barbados Telephhone: 246-427-3131
Bahamas Honorary Consulate 102 Husbands Heights St. James Telephone: 246-424-5082
Embassy of Brazil HY Brasil The Courtyard Hastings Telephone: 246-427-1735 or 435-2113 Fax: 246-427-1744
British High Commission British High Commission Building Lower Collymore Rock St. Michael, Barbados Telephone: 246-430-7800 Chancery Fax: 246-430-7851 Trade & Investment Fax: 246-430-7826 Management Consular Fax: 246-430-7860 Email:
Canadian High Commission Bishop's Court Hillv Telephone: 246-429-3550 Fax: 246-429-3780 Website: www.international.gc.ca
Haut Commissariat du Canada Bishop's Court Hill St. Michael, Barbados Telephone: 246-429-3550 Fax: 246-429-3780 Website: www.internationl.gc.ca