We maintain and develop relations between the UK and Bolivia. The British Embassy in La Paz provides services to British nationals living in and visiting Bolivia.

Our work covers a range of issues including support to British businesses (within limits - we have no dedicated commercial resource); business environment; support to the NCA’s work on counter-narcotics; good governance; other political issues; consular support to British nationals and visa services.

The honorary consulate in Santa Cruz can also provide consular assistance to British nationals in distress.

Services for British nationals

You can access UK government services while in Bolivia.

Urgent assistance

If you’re in Bolivia and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call (591 2) 2433424. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Bolivia, call 020 7008 1500.

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.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • 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 book an appointment for an emergency travel document at British Embassy La Paz.

Other consular services

Certificates for getting married

We can issue certificates of no impediment, affirmations or affidavits of marital status. For information on getting married in Bolivia, see getting married abroad.

Notarial and documentary services

We may be able to offer notarial services, including administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit; make a certified copy of a document. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.

Legalisation services

The British consulate in La Paz provides legalisation services. Read our notarial and documentary services page for more information on legalisation.

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Bolivia .

Our people

James Thornton

James Thornton

British Ambassador to Bolivia

  • Chris Wall

    Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy La Paz

Contact us

British Embassy, La Paz

Avenida Arce No. 2732
La Paz
La Paz

Visa Section opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 12:00
Passport collection hours: Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 12:00
All visa enquiries are dealt with by VFS Global. Please visit their website
which contains all the relevant information about visas for Bolivian residents as well as contact information for the international visa enquiry centre.

Consular Section opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00. Appointment required, except in emergencies.
For any emergency involving a British citizen during holidays or out-of-office-hours, please call our switchboard and your call will be properly re-directed.

General enquiries
Consular enquiries

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