British High Commissioner to Mozambique
The British High Commission in Maputo is responsible for developing and maintaining relations between the UK and Mozambique.
Services for British nationals
If you’re in Mozambique and you urgently need consular assistance (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +258 21 35 60 00. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Mozambique, contact us on 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British high commission can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Get an emergency travel document
You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.
- are over 16 years old and
- are a British citizen and
- have previously owned a British passport
- over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
- not a British citizen or
- applying for a child under 16 years old
Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at the British High Commission Maputo.
For information and advice on travelling to Mozambique, see travel advice for Mozambique.
Get a visa
The British high commission can’t help with visa enquiries.
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 the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.
For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.
Marriage and civil partnerships
We cannot issue certificates of no impediment, affirmations or affidavits of marital status. For information on getting married in Mozambique, see getting married abroad.
Convert a civil partnership into a marriage
You must have been living in Mozambique for 28 days.
You don’t have to convert your civil partnership into a marriage in the country you formed it in.
What to bring with you:
your original passport and your partner’s original passport
original civil partnership certificate
proof of residence, such as your driving licences, employer’s letters, or bank statements/utility bills
You must pay fees - see the list of fees.
See convert a civil partnership into a marriage for full details.
Register a birth or death
If the death occurred in Mozambique and you’re still in the country, 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.
Read our guidance on coping with death abroad.
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 Mozambique. 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.
Notarial and documentary services
For legal reasons, we’re unable to carry out notarial acts in Commonwealth countries. This includes certifying documents as true copies of originals, administering oaths or taking affidavits. For these or other notarial acts, you should contact a local notary. A standard letter is available to confirm we do not offer these services in Mozambique.
British High Commission Maputo provides legalisation services.
Information on legalisation services including 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.
The Legalisation Office does not certify the authenticity of a document or give approval of its content. To access this service, you will need to bring with you:
The original document to be legalised
The correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options
Proof of identity and address
Local service providers
Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Mozambique. Please note that inclusion in these lists 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
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing peopleand kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad
For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
For general information on living in or planning to live in Mozambique, see living in Mozambique
What the high commission 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 don’t 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’ll 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 Mozambique
British High Commission Maputo
Avenida Vladmir Lenine, 310
P.O. Box 55
Enquiries Telephone +258 21 35 60 00
Enquiries Mobile numbers: + 258 84 341 3620 ; + 258 84 341 3621
Enquiries Fax +258 21 35 60 60
Consular section's normal working days/hours are Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 12:00.
For enquiries please call +258 21 35 60 00, option 2 - if you need to speak to a consular officer.