We develop and maintain relations between the UK and El Salvador.

We play an active role in improving political and commercial links for mutual growth. Our commercial section champions the UK as a great place to do business, supporting British companies by reducing barriers to free trade and providing information about business opportunities in El Salvador. We also work on a wide range of human rights and citizen security issues through bilateral and regional campaigns and projects, and lead on the coordination of the UK’s relationship with SICA, the Central American regional integration body. The British honorary consulate in San Salvador provides support to British nationals requiring consular assistance.

Our services

Travel advice

Visit our travel advice for San Salvador for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.

Passports and emergency travel documents

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.


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 San Salvador 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 San Salvador. UK law says we have to charge for some services. See our list of consular fees.

Living in El Salvador

Information for British nationals living in El Salvador on accessing healthcare, benefits, driving licences, residency requirements and more.

List of lawyers and interpreters

A list of English speaking lawyers and translators who may be able to help you with official transactions in San Salvador. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government

List of medical facilities and funeral directors

A list of Medical facilities/practitioners and funeral directors has been prepared by the British Embassy, Guatemala City for the convenience of British Nationals who may require these services and assistance in El Salvador

Prisoner pack

Explanation of the prison system in El Salvador for British nationals.

Death pack

Death Information Sheet for El Salvador

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

Bernhard Garside

Bernhard Garside

British Ambassador to El Salvador

  • Victor Clark

    Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy San Salvador

Contact us

British Embassy San Salvador

Torre Futura,
14th floor,
Colonia Escalón,
San Salvador

San Salvador
El Salvador

Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 4:30pm
Friday 7:30am to 11:30am

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