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.
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.
Details of how to get a passport extension can be found here. If you want to make an appointment, contact our Consular section using the details as the foot of this page.
Emergency travel documents
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document (ETD) 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.
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.
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 please read the guidance on posting notice in a third country.
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.
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.
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, for British nationals needing emergency consular assistance, we can:
- provide information about transferring funds
- help people with mental illness
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child protection and abductions, kidnappings or someone who is missing abroad and how to make a missing persons report
- provide consular assistance to British nationals who are victims of rape or serious sexual assault or any other serious crime
- 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 Portugal, 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 outside the UK
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, Portugal