British Ambassador to Uruguay
We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Uruguay. Our work covers a range of issues in line with the UK government’s international agenda which supports our foreign priorities.
The political work we do is aimed at improving the rules-based international system to reduce conflict and encourage security and stability. We therefore support democratic values, human rights, international free trade and sustainable global growth.
We also work to build the UK’s prosperity through supporting British companies who want to do business in Uruguay, and Uruguayan companies who want to invest in Britain. We also support British citizens in Uruguay through our modern and efficient consular services.
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Services for British nationals
If you’re in Uruguay and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +598 2622 3630. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Uruguay, 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 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 book an appointment for an emergency travel document at British Embassy Montevideo
Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Uruguay, see travel advice for Uruguay.
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 Uruguay, see getting married abroad.
Register a birth or death
If the death occurred in Uruguay 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.
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 Uruguay. 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 making a certified copy of a document, legalisation of a document in the UK . See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.
The British Embassy Montevideo does not provide legalisation services for UK documents. 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 providers
Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Uruguay. 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
- 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.
For general information on living in Uruguay, see living in Uruguay
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 Uruguay
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Montevideo
British Embassy Montevideo, main contact
Marco Bruto 1073
Switchboard (598) 2622 3630 or 2622 3650
Fax (598) 2622 7815
Monday – Friday:
08:30 – 14:30
February - December
Monday to Thursday:
09:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 14:00
British Council (Organisation specialising in international educational and cultural opportunities including Plan Ceibal)