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.

Our services

Out-of-hours emergency assistance

British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +34 902 109 356 where they will be given details on how to proceed and how to contact a duty officer if needed.

Passport renewal

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.

Emergency travel documents

Information about how to get an emergency travel document if your UK passport is lost or stolen.

Travel advice

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.

Visas

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.

Legalisation service

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.

Notarial and documentary services

Information about the notarial and documentary services available at the British Consulate in Panama. UK law says we have to charge for some services. See our list of consular fees.

List of lawyers and interpreters

A list of English speaking lawyers and translators 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

Prisoner pack

Explanation of the prison system in Panama for British nationals.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • 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

What our consulate 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

Our people

Ian Collard

Ian Collard

British Ambassador to Panama

    Contact us

    British Embassy Panama City

    British Embassy
    MMG Tower, 4th Floor
    Calle 53, Marbella
    (PO Box 0816-07946)

    Panama City
    Panama

    Office hours:
    Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 4:30pm
    Friday 7:30am to 12:30pm

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