British Ambassador to Spain
We develop and maintain relations between the United Kingdom and Spain. We work on issues including the economy, commercial regulation in the single market, energy policy and international security. (We also cover Andorra remotely.)
Our consular network
We have one of the largest British consular networks in the world with consulates in Alicante, Barcelona, Ibiza, Las Palmas, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife. These offices deal with a wide range of issues in a country that receives around 13 million British visitors a year and where an estimated 800,000 Britons live for all or part of the year. Please check below for our opening hours.
Emergency consular assistance (24 hours)
For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call the embassy on 917 146 300 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers. If you are calling from the UK about a British national in Spain, call our Consular Assistance Team on 0207 008 6336.
Emergency travel documents
Details of how to get an emergency travel document (ETD) if your UK passport is lost, stolen or has expired, including the application form.
If you are travelling in the next week and your passport is not available, you may be able to apply for an ETD. You can go to your nearest consulate and normally obtain an ETD on the day. You must bring your travel details for all applications plus proof of your address in Spain if the ETD is for a round trip. You should arrive at the consulate at least an hour before the scheduled closing time. Details of opening hours and addresses are below:
If you are travelling within the next 48 hours, please call +34 917 146 300 to arrange an ETD.
If you are travelling in more than 2 days’ time, you can make an appointment at your nearest British Consulate:
If your passport has been stolen you will need a police report before an ETD can be issued. You can make a police report at the nearest Guardia Civil or National Police office. You can make a provisional police report in English by calling 902 102 112, then go the nearest National Police station to collect the final report. We strongly advise that you also make police report if your passport has been lost.
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 our consulates cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.
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.
Pensions and benefits in Spain
Healthcare in Spain
A guide for British nationals living, or planning to live, in Spain on the different ways to access healthcare.
Notarial and documentary services
Information about official documents, certificates, letters, and notes available at British consulates in Spain.
A guide explaining the new rules for British citizens applying for residency in Spain, what documents are required, and information on the right to reside in Spain for both British citizens and non-EU family members. The guide includes information about registering on the Padron with your local town hall.
Registering a birth or death
How to register births and deaths with UK authorities.
List of lawyers and interpreters
A list of English speaking lawyers and interpreters who may be able to help you with official transactions in Spain. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
Living in Spain
Information for British nationals living in Spain who need information about services that are not provided by our consulates, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.
Buying property in Spain
Information to help you make a full and considered decision about buying a property in Spain.
Marriage in Spain
Details of who you need to talk to and what documents you may require if you are thinking about getting married in Spain.
Information, news updates and Spain travel advice, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
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 Spain, 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, Spain
British Embassy Madrid
Paseo de la Castellana 259D
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