British Ambassador to Guatemala
The British Embassy in Guatemala City is responsible for developing and maintaining relations between the United Kingdom and Guatemala (we also cover Honduras remotely).
We are working with Guatemala on a range of issues to strengthen political and trade links. Our work also includes supporting British nationals in Guatemala.
Visit our travel advice for Guatemala for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
Full Validity Passports
How to renew or replace your British passport if you are outside the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.
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 your nearest consulate as soon as possible.
For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below. Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:
- you have never applied for a British passport before
- 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 whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply, go to the UK Border Agency website.
Births, deaths and marriages
From 11 December 2014, UK birth registrations and death registrations in Guatemala and Honduras were transferred from the British Embassy Guatemala 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 how to register a birth abroad or register a death for further information.
Information on legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad can be found here.
Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on 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. Some locally produced documents may be legalised for use in Commonwealth Countries. To discuss, please contact us directly.
Living in Guatemala and Honduras
List of lawyers and interpreters
A list of English speaking lawyers and translators who may be able to help you with official transactions in Guatemala. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government
List of medical facilities and funeral directors
A list of Medical facilities/practitioners and funeral directors has been prepared by the British Embassy, Guatemala City for the convenience of British Nationals who may require these services and assistance in Guatemala.
Explanation of the prison system in Guatemala for British nationals.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- issue emergency passports (emergency travel documents)
- 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
- provide details of local lawyers, interpreters, doctors and funeral directors
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, 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
What our consulate 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, 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 will have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Guatemala City