British Ambassador to Ecuador
We have an 80% Ecuadorean staff, working hard to encourage better and stronger relations between Ecuador and the UK.
We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and Ecuador. The embassy and its honorary consulates in Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca and Galápagos, provide consular assistance to British nationals in Ecuador.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +593 22 970800 where they will be given details on how to proceed and how to contact a duty officer if needed.
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 UK passport processing times for overseas (Ecuador) applications have increased to 8 weeks for a replacement passport and to 12 weeks for a first time applicant. Please note that our consulates cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.
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.
Book an appointment for an emergency travel document at the British Embassy Quito
Visit our travel advice for Ecuador for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or traveling abroad.
Enjoy Ecuador - travel safety pocket guide
Our Enjoy Ecuador - travel safety pocket guide provides information on what the Consulate can and cannot do, as well as safety tips for tourists and useful local contact details for various local procedures. A map of Ecuador and Quito is also included.
This Embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.
Living in Ecuador
We also produce a guide for British nationals who live in Ecuador who need information about services that are not provided by our Consulates, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.
Births, deaths and marriages
Understanding your legal requirements in Ecuador and how you can register a birth or death, and information on legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
The Embassy’s list of Funeral Directors in Ecuador can be found here.
Visit this page for information on how to get a document legalised. The legalisation provides 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.
You can contact the Legalisation Office directly to arrange for your document to be legalised. The service can be applied for directly without involvement from the Embassy.
Please note that any education documents, such as degree certificates, must be signed first by a UK public notary. If you wish to legalise an educational document issued in the UK, please check the Faculty Office website to find a UK notary. Please note you will need to check with the notary whether they are able to receive the document from Ecuador without you attending in person, and whether they would able to assist you by sending the document directly to the Legalisation Office for you. The Embassy cannot recommend any particular notary.
Notarial and documentary services
Where local notaries can provide services, the British consulate will not provide them. In many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently. For more information on the services we offer, please see our Notarial and Documentary Services for Ecuador.
List of lawyers and interpreters
A list of English speaking lawyers and translators who may be able to help you with official transactions in Ecuador. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government
Explanation of the prison system in Ecuador 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 Quito
British Embassy Quito
Naciones Unidas Avenue and República de El Salvador,
PO Box 17-17-830
Switchboard (593) (2) 2970 800 / 801
For British nationals, please contact the Consular Section or send an email to email@example.com. For general inquiries regarding the Embassy activities, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.Access and opening times