British Ambassador to Portugal
We work on foreign policy matters, aiming for more effective international organisations, consolidating the single market, supporting open markets and low-carbon growth. We work with Portugal to beat terrorism, nuclear proliferation and organised crime, and encourage Portuguese engagement in foreign defence missions in response to international crises. We aim to increase bilateral trade and investment, particularly by encouraging partnerships between UK and Portuguese companies to take up business opportunities in Portuguese-speaking countries.
Through our network across Portugal, we provide a high-quality consular service to over 2 million British nationals who travel to Portugal every year, and the estimated 60,000 Britons who live and work here for at least some of the time.
The longstanding relationship between Portugal and the UK and our joint membership of NATO, UN and EU, help us to pursue British government objectives. Portugal and UK have the oldest bilateral alliance in the world, dating back to the 14th century. There is a steady flow of people, trade and investment to this day.
Travel advice for Portugal with information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
Passports and emergency travel documents
How to renew or replace your British passport if you live outside the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.
Emergency travel documents
You may be able to apply for an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) if you’re a British national outside the UK and your passport has been lost, stolen, damaged or has expired. You can book an appointment for an ETD at the following British Consulates in Portugal:
If you plan to travel before the first available appointment or are in the North of Portugal, Madeira or the Azores, please call us on 808 20 35 37 (local call) or +351 21 395 4082 (if calling from an overseas number).
Information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply.
Births and deaths
Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas.
If you are planning to marry in Portugal, you should contact the Civil Registry Office where your marriage will take place to obtain further information on local procedures and requirements. It is no longer necessary to obtain a certificate of no impediment from the British Consulate for marriage in Portugal.
If you are resident in Portugal and intend to marry in another country where a certificate of no impediment is required, please book an appointment to give notice of marriage.
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.
Living in Portugal
Notarial and documentary services
Information about official documents, certificates, letters, and notarial services available at British consulates in Portugal
English speaking lawyers and interpreters
A list of English speaking lawyers and interpreters who may be able to help you with official transactions in Portugal. Please note that inclusion in this list 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
- 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
UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in all our consular offices
What our 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, 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, Portugal