British Ambassador to Panama
We represent the British government and people in their relations with Panama.
We play an active role in improving political and economic links between Panama and the UK. We support British interests in Panama and provide consular assistance to British nationals.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
If you or someone you know is in urgent need of consular assistance after hours, or if you have lost your passport and are due to travel in the next 24 hours, please call +507 297-6550 for immediate advice and assistance. If you’re in the UK and a friend or relative needs our help overseas, please call the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London for practical support and advice.
Support for British nationals
We offer assistance to the following:
- issue emergency passports (emergency travel documents)
- 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
- provide details of local lawyers, interpreters, doctors and funeral directors
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
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.
You can apply for an ETD if you’re a British national outside the UK and your passport has been lost, stolen, damaged, or expired. It doesn’t guarantee entry to every country; read what an ETD does and what you need to provide to get one. Please call us as soon as possible if: you are due to travel within the next 24 hours, or you have never held a British passport, or if you are applying on behalf of a child.
Notarial and documentary services
List of lawyers, interpreters, medical facilities and funeral homes.
A list of English speaking lawyers, interpreters, medical facilities and funeral homes who may be able to help you with official transactions in Panama. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
Explanation of the prison system in Panama for British nationals.
Services not offered in Panama City but available elsewhere
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.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply, go to the UK Border Agency website.
Births, deaths and marriages
Understanding your legal requirements in Panama and how you can register a birth or death, and information on legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on 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.
Visit our travel advice for Panama for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
British Embassy Panama City
Humboldt Tower, 4th Floor
Calle 53, Marbella
(PO Box 0816-07946)
Switchboard (507) 297 6550
Facsmile (507) 297 6588
Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 4:30pm
Friday 7:30am to 12:30pm