We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Uruguay. Our job is to work to the UK government’s international agenda and support their 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.

Our Services

Out-of-hours emergency assistance

British nationals who urgently need consular assistance outside normal office hours should call the Embassy and follow the prompts for emergency assistance.

Travel advice

For information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling in Uruguay, see our latest travel advice


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 Consular Section cannot handle individual enquiries about passport applications.

If your passport is unavailable, see how to report a lost or stolen passport.

Emergency travel documents

We may be able to provide an emergency travel document 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.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document at the British Embassy, Montevideo


The Embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom, please see the UK Visas & Immigration. For information on how to apply for a visa from Uruguay go to VFS.GLOBAL, official partner of UK Visas and Immigration.

Commonwealth Countries and Overseas Territories visas from Uruguay

British citizenship

All applications for naturalisation, registration or renunciation of British citizenship are handled by the UK Home Office. Our consulates cannot handle individual enquiries about citizenship or nationality.

Consular registration

You don’t need to register with your nearest consulate. Please read and subscribe to updates on our travel advice. You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. In the event of a crisis, we will update you via these social media channels.

Births, deaths and marriages

Information on how to register overseas births or deaths and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.

UK birth/death/marriage certificates

You must order these direct from the UK: see how to order a birth/death/marriage certificate.

Legalisation service

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.

Notarial and documentary services

Information about official documents, certificates, letters, and notes available, including how to book an appointment with us.

Guides we produce

Support for British nationals abroad: a guide

This guide highlights some of the main ways you can help yourself stay safe abroad and what help the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) can provide if you do get into difficulty. It includes the FCO Consular Customer Charter.

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services: a list is available on this website

List of medical facilities and practitioners

A list of medical facilities and practitioners has been prepared for the convenience of British nationals. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

List of lawyers and translators

A list of lawyers and translators is available for British nationals who need legal advice. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

Prisoner pack

We provide information on the legal and prison system to British nationals who are detained.

Bereavement Information

Guide for bereavement in Uruguay.

Funeral Directors

Guide of funeral directors in Uruguay.

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 outside of the UK, 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 our 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, 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 will have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf
  • renew or replace a full British passport

Our people

Ben Lyster-Binns

Ben Lyster-Binns

British Ambassador to Uruguay

Contact us

British Embassy Montevideo, main contact

British Embassy
Marco Bruto 1073


Office hours:

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 Embassy Montevideo, Consular enquiries

Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 1:00pm

British Council (Organisation specialising in international educational and cultural opportunities including Plan Ceibal)

Av. Italia 6201 – Edifico Los Ceibos Complejo LATU

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