British Consul, Belo Horizonte
The British Consulate-General in Belo Horizonte represents UK interests in the state of Minas Gerais.
The British Consulate-General in Belo Horizonte combines all HM Government activities in the region into one office. It works to build wide-ranging and mutually beneficial relations between our two governments and peoples in the areas of trade and investment, innovation, education, culture, and sport. Consular Team also provides consular assistance to British nationals who live or visit our area of coverage.
Services for British nationals
If you’re in Minas Gerais and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +55 21 2555 9600. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Minas Gerais call 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British Consulate can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Get an emergency travel document
British Consulate-General Belo Horizonte does not issue emergency travel documents (ETDs). You can book an appointment for an ETD at the British Consulate-General in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Recife or at the British Embassy in Brasilia.
If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.
Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Brazil, see travel advice for Brazil.
Get a visa
The British consulate can’t 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 partnerships
We do not issue certificates of no impediment. For information on getting married in Brazil, see getting married abroad.
Register a birth or death
If the death occurred in Brazil 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 020 7008 1500.
Read our guidance on coping with death abroad
Support if you’ve been arrested
We’ll 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 Brazil. We cannot get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings.
Notarial and documentary services
We may be able to offer notarial services, including eg administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit; witness a signature; make a certified copy of a document, unite documents. Where local notaries can provide services, the British consulate will not provide them. In many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently.
See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.
Local service providers
Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Brazil. 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 peopleand 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 provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
General information on living in Brazil
What our consulate 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 don’t 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, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Brazil
British Consulate General Belo Horizonte