British Ambassador to Colombia
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, and its consulates in Medellín, Cartagena and Cali, provide consular assistance to British nationals in the country. Bogota is the largest UK visa operation in South America and now has become a hub to UK Border Agency spokes across Central America.
Emergency consular assistance (24 hours)
For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call + 571 326 8300 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers.
If you are calling from the UK about a British national in Colombia, call our Consular Assistance Team in London on + 44 (0) 207 008 0169. British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call the above number where they will be given details on how to proceed.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.
Emergency travel documents
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact the British Embassy Bogotá as soon as possible.
For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at the embassy using the link below. Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:
you have never applied for a British passport before
your passport expired more than ten years ago
you are applying on behalf of a child
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website. Please note that our Consular section cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.
Registering a birth or death
There is no legal requirement for you to register the birth or death of a British national in Colombia with UK authorities. The locally issued certificates should be sufficient for all purposes. In most circumstances there is no requirement to register a birth with us if you are applying for a new passport.
From 15 April 2015, UK birth registrations and death registrations in Colombia will transfer from the British Embassy Bogota to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK.
There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same. However, you will now need to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK. See birth or death for further information.
Marriage in Colombia
If you are a British national getting married in Colombia see our notarial and documentary services guide for more information.
How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
Information on the current cost of fee-bearing services.
Notarial and documentary services
Information about official documents, certificates, letters, and notes available, including how to book an appointment with us.
Explanation of the prison system in Colombia for British Nationals
Living in Colombia
How to obtain criminal records, residence permit, identity cards and other local procedures for British nationals living in Colombia
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above, for British nationals needing emergency consular assistance, we can:
provide information about transferring funds
help people with mental illness
help in contacting your family or friends when you are not able to do yourself because you are ill, in hospital, have been arrested etc
provide advice following the death of a British national outside of the UK, where possible we will try to notify the next of kin
make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
offer support and information when a British national is detained or arrested outside the UK
What consulates cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, 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
help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
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
get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
pay any bills or give you money
make travel arrangements for you, find you work, accommodation, or make business arrangements on your behalf
get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters
renew or replace a full British passport
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Bogotá
Carrera 9, No 76-49, Piso 8
Edificio ING Barings, Bogotá
Switchboard (57) (1) 326 8300