British Ambassador to Mexico
We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Mexico.
Our work covers a range of issues including a range of British interests in Mexico, working together through a number of bilateral programmes, including political, commercial and economic activities of interest to both countries.
We also provide services at our Embassy in Mexico City and our Honorary Consulate in Cancun. Our UKTI offices in Monterrey, Guadalajara and Tijuana support British companies trading in Mexico and Mexican companies investing in the United Kingdom.
Services for British nationals
If you’re in Mexico and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or lost your passport), call – (0052) 55 1670 3200. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Mexico, call 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Get an emergency travel document
If you’re due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible. Call us before making an appointment if you’ve never applied for a British passport before or if you’re applying for a child under the age of 16.
Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in Mexico.
Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Mexico, see travel advice for Mexico.
Get a visa
The British embassy 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
We can issue certificates of no impediment, affirmations or affidavits of marital status and, in some circumstances, perform a marriage or civil partnership for British nationals. For information on getting married in Mexico, see getting married abroad.
Register a birth or death
If the death occurred in Mexico and you’re still in the country, 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.
Read our guidance on coping with death abroad.
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 Mexico. 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 administering an oath, affirmation or affidavit or making a certified copy of a document}. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.
The British Embassy in Mexico City 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).
List of lawyers and interpreters
Use our list of English speaking lawyers and interpreters if you need help with official transactions in Mexico. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British consulate or the UK government.
Local service provider lists
We provide lists of:
Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British consulate 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
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing peopleand kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad
For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
General information on living in Mexico
What the embassy cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we 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 Mexico.
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Mexico City