The British Embassy in La Paz maintains and develops relations between the UK and Bolivia.

We provide services to British nationals living in and visiting Bolivia. The honorary consulate in Santa Cruz can also provide consular assistance to British nationals in distress.

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.

Apply online for an emergency travel document

If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.

If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.

If you are travelling in more than 3 weeks, check if you can get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you are not a British citizen or have not had a British passport before

If you’re not sure, check if you’re a British citizen

If you’re not a British citizen but think you may be eligible, contact us to apply for an emergency travel document.

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.

For enquiries that are not about consular issues, email

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