British Ambassador to Peru
The British Embassy in Lima represents the British government and manages various strands of the relationship between the UK and Peru.
Visit our travel advice for Peru for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
How to renew or replace your British passport if you are outside the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.
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 (besides Lima, currently in Cusco, Arequipa, Trujillo and Iquitos) as soon as possible.
For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and if your are in Lima, then make an appointment 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.
Notarial and documentary services
Where local notaries can provide services, the British consulate will not provide them. In many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently.
Services we provide in Peru:
- Administering and oath / affirmation
- Witnessing a signature
- Certified copies
- Civil partnership
- Same sex marriage
See our list of consular fees for the services listed above.
Administering and oath/affirmation
This service applies to customers who need to take an oath or affirmation in English in respect of the contents of a document they have already prepared.
The document must be signed before a consular officer after the oath or affirmation has been administered.
Please remember to bring your proof of ID (passport or ID card) and evidence of your local address (eg driving licence, utility bills or bank statement).
Signing a declaration of existence
We are no longer able to prepare or sign a declaration of existence also known as “proof of life” on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for pensioners living abroad who need to have their signature certified as a proof of life for pension services. Instead, British nationals should check DWP’s new guidance.
Witnessing a signature
We are able to witness your signature on a document presented by you. Please be sure not to sign the document before coming to see us, as you will be requested to sign in front of a Consular Officer.
We can certify copies of British passports and driving licences.
We cannot certify photocopies of foreign IDs and passports, marriage, birth and death certificates. These should be applied for through the General Register Office.
Civil partnership / Same sex marriage
Applicants will be asked to complete a Notice of Civil Partnership and take and oath or affirmation. The notice of Civil Partnership will be displayed in the embassy public area for 14 days. After that the embassy will be able to perform your Civil Partnership if you meet all the requirements. The Same Sex Marriage service is for same sex couples wishing to marry in Peru. We can perform a same sex ceremony between a British national and a partner of any nationality. Please note that same sex marriage is not recognised under Peruvian law.
Please see Getting Married Abroad for information about the process and requirements.
Services not provided in Peru
Renunciation, naturalisation, registration as a British citizen
The British Embassy in Lima no longer handles applications for renunciation and naturalisation or registration as a British citizen. All applications are now handled by the UK Border Agency.
Change of name and/or surname in the UK
As of 4 November 2013, we no longer provide the “Informative Note: Change of name and/or surname in the UK”. The relevant authorities have been notified. Alternatively you can submit a Freedom of Information Request to HM Passport Office, asking for confirmation that you were the holder of your previous passport(s). Please visit HM Passport Office for further information and contact details. British consulates cannot answer any queries on this subject.
Birth and death registrations
From 14 January 2015, UK birth registrations and death registrations in Peru will transfer from the British Embassy in Lima to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK.
There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same. However, you will now need to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK. See birth registration and birth certified copies or death registration and death certified copies for more information.
Each service has an individual fee which is reflected in the Consular Fee Table. Payment is by Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, or cash.
These fees are charged per person. So in the case of affidavits for marriage if you and your partner are both British, you will have to make two separate applications.
Booking an appointment
On the day of your appointment you must provide proof of identity with a photograph and signature (this can be your passport or ID).
To book an appointment please refer to this link.
Services provided by other authorities
- Legalising UK documents/certificates: Legalisation Office
- Sworn translations: MFA
- Providing copies of British birth, death & marriage certificates: General Register Office
- Information on marriage in the UK
- Certification of fingerprints: Metropolitan Police UK
- Pension certificates: DWP
- Taxation & UK National Insurance contributions certificates: HMRC
- Renewal of British driving licences or provide certificates regarding British driving licences: DVLA
- Certificates confirming British nationality: UK Border Agency
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998. Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.
This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCO and the British embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.
British Embassy Lima
Torre Parque Mar (22nd Floor)
Avenida José Larco 1301
Main enquiries +51 1 617 3000
Fax +51 1 617 3100
Visa section opening times: From Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:00
Passport collection times: From Monday to Friday from 11:30 to 12:00
For any emergency involving a British citizen during holidays or out-of-office-hours, please contact (51-1) 6173000 and your call will be properly re-directed.
Torre Parque Mar (23rd Floor)
Avenida José Larco, 1301
Contact form http://www.vfsglobal.c...
Opening times: From Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:00
Passport collection times: From Monday to Friday from 11:30 to 12:00
To obtain information on visas please visit our web page http://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/Peru/, where you can obtain free information regarding visas.