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.
We also provide services at the British Vice Consulate, Portimao
Services for British nationals
If you’re in Portugal and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or lost your passport), call +351 21 392 4000. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Portugal, call 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British Consulate can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Get an emergency travel document
If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible
- are over 16 years old and
- are a British citizen and
- have previously owned a British passport
- over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
- not a British citizen or
- applying for a child under 16 years old
Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at the British Embassy Lisbon.
Travel advice: For information and advice on travelling to Portugal, see travel advice for Portugal.
Get a visa
The British Consulate 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 partnerships
For information on getting married in Portugal, see getting married abroad and our
If you are resident in Portugal and intend to marry in another country please read the guidance on posting notice in a third country.
Register a birth or death
Find out how to register a birth or register a death in Portugal. You can’t register a birth or death at the Consulate or Embassy. You can order copies of birth or death certificates from the General Register Office (GRO).
If you’re in the country where the death occurred, 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 020 7008 1500.
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 Protugal. 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 certifying copies of British passports, issuing vehicle importation certificates or providing informative notes on name changes. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide in Portugal).
The Embassy in Lisbon 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 provider lists
We provide lists of:
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
help people with mental illness
contact family or friends for you if you want
provide you with a list of medical repatriation companies in the UK.
For more information on the services we provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
For general information on living in or planning to live in Portugal, see living in Portugal.
What our consulates cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we also cannot:
help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t 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, or find you work or accommodation
make business arrangements on your behalf
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Portugal.
Deputy Head of Mission, Portugal