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. Bogotá is the largest UK visa operation in South America and now has become a hub to UK Border Agency spokes across Central America.
Services for British nationals
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 concerned about a British national in Colombia, call 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew your 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’re due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible. Call us before making an appointment if you’ve never applied for a British passport before or if you’re applying for a child under the age of 16.
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 the Embassy on the day of your appointment.
Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Colombia, see travel advice for Colombia.
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.
Marriage and civil partnership
We can issue certificates of no impediment, affirmations or affidavits of marital status and, in some circumstances, perform a marriage or civil partnership for British nationals. For information on getting married in Colombia, see getting married abroad.
Registering a birth or death
If the death occurred 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 0 020 7008 1500.
Read our guidance on coping with death
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 Colombia. 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 Embassy in Bogota does not provide 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 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
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Colombia.
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Bogotá
British Consulate, Bogota
Cra 9 No. 76 - 49 piso 9
Switchboard (+571) 3268300
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00am – 12:30pm
Closed on Wednesdays.
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).
Carrera 9, No 76-49, Piso 8
Edificio ING Barings, Bogotá
Switchboard (57) (1) 326 8300