British High Commissioner to Belize
We are responsible for all aspects of the bilateral relationship between the UK and Belize.
Belize’s relationship with the United Kingdom spans over three hundred years. As a British colony, Belize enjoyed internal self government, with some responsibility for external affairs from 1964 until gaining full independence in September 1981.
The high commission was established in 1981 when Belize attained its independence. His Excellency Francis Sydney Edward Trew was appointed as the first British high commissioner to Belize and carried out his functions from Belize House, now the official residence of the Governor-General. Construction of the present high commission and residence were carried out between 1982 and 1984.
Available by appointment in Belmopan:
Emergency travel documents
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.
Not offered in Belmopan but available elsewhere, including online:
Visit our travel advice for Belize for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
Find out 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 need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.
Births, deaths and marriages
Understanding your legal requirements in Belize 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.
List of consular fees
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 who may be able to help you with official transactions in Belize. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or the UK government
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
- 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