British Ambassador to Bolivia
We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Bolivia.
Our work covers a range of issues including support to British businesses (within limits –we have no dedicated commercial resource); business environment; support to the NCA’s work on counter-narcotics; good governance; other political issues; consular support to British nationals and visa services.
The honorary consulate in Santa Cruz can also provide consular assistance to British nationals in distress.
Services for British nationals
If you’re in Bolivia and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call our switchboard (591 2) 2433424 and you will be re-directed to an emergency response team. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Bolivia, call 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Get an emergency travel document
If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.
- are over 16 years old and
- are a British citizen and
- have previously owned a British passport
- 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 at British Embassy La Paz
Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Bolivia, see travel advice for Bolivia
Get a visa
The British embassy 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.
We can issue certificates of no impediment, affirmations or affidavits of marital status. For information on getting married in Bolivia, see getting married abroad.
Register a birth or death
If the death occurred in Bolivia 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 Bolivia. 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 Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit; Make a certified copy of a document. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.
The British consulate in La Paz provides legalisation services. Read our notarial and documentary services page for more information on legalisation.
Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).
Local service providers
Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Bolivia. 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
help people with mental illness
contact family or friends for you if you want
For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
General information on living in Bolivia
What the embassy 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 Bolivia
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy La Paz
British Embassy, La Paz
Avenida Arce No. 2732
Switchboard (591 2) 2433424
Facsmile (591 2) 2431073
Visa Section opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 12:00
Passport collection hours: Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 12:00
All visa enquiries are dealt with by VFS Global. Please visit their website
which contains all the relevant information about visas for Bolivian residents as well as contact information for the international visa enquiry centre.
Consular Section opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00. Appointment required, except in emergencies.
For any emergency involving a British citizen during holidays or out-of-office-hours, please call our switchboard and your call will be properly re-directed.