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 1500.
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
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.
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
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.
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.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website
Notarial and documentary services
Information about official documents, certificates, letters, and notes available, including how to book an appointment with us.
Registering a birth or death
Marriage in Colombia
If you are a British national getting married in Colombia see our notarial and documentary services guide for more information.
Explanation of the prison system in Colombia for British Nationals.
List of lawyers and interpreters
Use our list ofand who may be able to help you with official transactions in Colombia. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
Living in Colombia
A guide Information for British nationals living in Colombia who are looking for information about services that are not provided by our Embassy. This may include how to obtain criminal records checks, residence permit, identity cards and other local procedures.
Information on the current cost of fee-bearing services.
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 in Colombia, 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 in Colombia
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
British Consulate, Bogota
Cra 9 No. 76 - 49 piso 9
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