British Ambassador to Italy and San Marino
We develop and maintain the strong relations between the United Kingdom and Italy, our partner in many international organisations such as the EU, G7, G20 and NATO. We cooperate on a wide range of issues including the economy, in particular measures that generate wealth in both our countries, commercial regulation in the single market, energy policy and international security. We also cover San Marino remotely.
We work to improve the relations between scientists and researchers working on innovative projects in Italy and the UK. We have a team dedicated to sharing our armed forces’ expertise and to developing stronger ties and opening up the military sector to UK commercial contacts.
We have trade offices in Rome and Milan. Our consular network is based in Rome and Milan and is supported by a network of honorary consuls in major Italian cities. We also offer consular assistance to British nationals in San Marino from our Consular section at the British Embassy in Rome and our Consulate in Milan.
If you’re in Italy and you urgently need consular assistance (eg if you have been attacked, arrested or lost your passport), call us on +39 06 4220 0001. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Italy, call 0207 008 1500.
Emergency travel documents
An emergency travel document (ETD) enables you to travel if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, eg if your passport has been stolen. An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country.
If you’re due to travel in the next 24 hours and want to get an ETD, contact us as soon as possible. For all other applications, make an appointment at your nearest consulate. Call us before making an appointment if you’ve never applied for a British passport before or you’re applying for a child.
Please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below.
Book an appointment for an ETD in Rome.
Book an appointment for an ETD in Milan.
Get or renew a passport
Get a passport or renew an existing passport. We can’t help you with passport enquiries.
If you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, you may be able to get an emergency travel document
If your passport is unavailable, see how to report a lost or stolen passport.
For information and advice on travelling to Italy, see travel advice for Italy.
Get a visa
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 our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.
For more general information on visas, including an explanation of different visa types, see the UK Visas & Immigration page. The British Embassy can’t help you with visa enquiries.
Getting married in Italy
If you want to get married in Italy contact the relevant local authorities to find out about local marriage laws, including what documents you’ll need.
Certificate of No Impediment for Marriage (CNI)
This service is for customers who have been asked by the local authorities to provide a certificate of no impediment (CNI) to prove they are allowed to marry.
If you need a CNI, you’ll have to give notice of your intended marriage at the British Embassy in Rome if you live in Italy or outside of Italy (but not UK). You need to have been living in Italy for at least 3 clear days immediately preceding your appointment date at the Embassy. For example, if your appointment is on the 6th, you will need to have been in Italy from the 2nd onward.
What to bring with you:
- the correct fee – see the list of fees. We accept cash and credit cards (not American Express) in euro and GBP
- your passport
- your original full birth certificate or naturalisation certificate
- proof of residence:
- if you are officially resident in Italy, please bring your residency certificate or a utility bill/bank statement/driving license showing your name and Italian address;
- if you are not officially resident in Italy, please provide evidence of your 3-clear-days’ presence in Italy by producing a flight ticket showing date of entry into Italy, a hotel check-in, boarding pass etc;
- if applicable deed poll or statutory declaration if you have ever changed your name (except if this is following marriage)
- copy of ID document of non-British national partner
If you or your partner have been divorced, widowed or previously in a civil partnership, you’ll also need whichever of the following documents is appropriate:
- a decree absolute or final order
- a civil partnership dissolution or annulment certificate
- your (or your partner’s) former spouse or civil partner’s death certificate
You’ll also need to provide evidence of nationality or residence in the country of divorce, if the divorce or dissolution took place outside the UK. You’ll need to get it translated if it’s not in English.
You’ll need to fill in forms for your notice of marriage, and an oath or affidavit (written statement of facts) stating that you’re free to marry.
You can download and fill in (but not sign) the forms in advance:
Book an appointment for a CNI in Rome.
Those with further enquiries not answered above can email us directly.
Registering a birth or death
If you’re in the country where the death occurred, 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. You’ll need to register the death.
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 Italy. 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.
Pensions and benefits in Italy
A guide explaining the new rules for British citizens applying for residency in Italy, what documents are required, and information on the right to reside in Italy for both British citizens and non-EU family members.
Notarial and documentary services
The British Embassy in Rome does not provide legalisation services.
Read our notarial and documentary services page for more information on legalisation.
If you need to get a UK document ‘legalised’ (certified as genuine), you can get a document legalised by the UK government.
Local service providers lists
- English speaking lawyers and interpreters
- English speaking medical practitioners
- English speaking funeral directors
Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
Guides we produce
We also produce guides for British nationals who need information about services that are not provided by our Consulates, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.
- Living in Italy - a general set of information and links for British nationals who have a residence in Italy.
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 people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, natural disasters or other crises abroad.
For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in all our consular offices
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 do not 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 will 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 Italy.
British Embassy Rome
Via XX Settembre 80/a
Telephone +39 06 4220 0001
Fax +39 06 4220 2333
Emergency consular assistance (24 hours) 06 4220 0001
The British Embassy offices in Rome are not open to the public. Visits are by appointment only.
We do not answer visa enquiries.
UK Representation to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture
Via XX Settembre 80/a
Telephone: +39 06 4220 0001
Fax: +39 06 4220 4909