The United Kingdom and Colombia: historical partners working together for shared peace and prosperity.

We work to establish a broader and deeper relationship with Colombia with stronger links both bilaterally and in multinational fora.

The embassy has further expanded its work to support UK interests and identify opportunities for UK businesses in new areas such as infrastructure, science and innovation, higher education, among others. The embassy provides consular assistance to British nationals in the country. Bogotá is the largest UK visa operation in South America and now has become a hub to UK Border Agency spokes across Central America.

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Services for British nationals

Urgent assistance

If you’re in Colombia and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or lost your passport), call +571 326 8300. If you’re in the UK and are concerned about a British national in Colombia, call 020 7008 1500.

Get or renew your Passport

The British embassy cannot help with passport enquiries. Find out how to renew your passport from overseas or contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.

If you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, you may be able to get an emergency travel document.

Get an emergency travel document in Colombia

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.

If your passport has been stolen you will need a police report before an ETD can be issued. You can obtain the report on-line. Please print a copy of the report and bring it to your appointment at the embassy.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
  • not a British citizen or
  • applying for a child under 16 years old

Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to book an appointment for an emergency travel document in Bogotá.

Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Colombia, see travel advice for Colombia.

Get a Visa

The British embassy cannot help with visa enquiries.

If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa.

If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.

For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.

Marriage and civil partnership

We can issue affirmations or affidavits of marital status and, in some circumstances, perform a consular marriage for British nationals. For information on getting married in Colombia, see getting married abroad. To find out more on the organisation of a consular marriage please contact the Consulate.

Read more information on how to book an appointment to request an affirmation or affidavit of marital status

Registering a birth or death

The British Embassy cannot register a birth or death abroad. Find out how to register a birth or a death from Colombia.

Bereavement support

If the death occurs in Colombia and you’re still in the country, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on +44 207 008 1500

Read our guidance on coping with death or access the Colombia bereavement pack

Support if you’ve been arrested

If you are arrested in Colombia, we will do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in Colombia.We cannot get you out of prison, pay for legal assistance, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings.

Notarial and documentary services

We offer certain notarial services. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.

Legalisation services

The British Embassy in Bogota does not provide legalisation services. Find more information on how to get a UK document legalised [certified as genuine]. If you wish to legalise a UK Educational diploma, please contact the British Council.

Local service providers

Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Colombia. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British embassy or the UK government.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • provide information about transferring funds
  • provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
  • help people with mental illness
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing people and kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad

For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.

General information on living in Colombia

What consulates cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid
  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money, in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you’ll have to pay back
  • make travel arrangements for you, find you work, accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Colombia.

Contact us

British Consulate, Bogota

Cra 9 No. 76 - 49 piso 9

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9:00am – 12:00pm & 14:00pm - 16:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
All customers must book an appointment in advance.

(Outside of normal Embassy operating hours our switchboard will direct you to the appropriate out-of-hours number).

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