The British Embassy in San Jose maintains and develops relations between the UK and Costa Rica.

Find out more on our UK and Costa Rica news page.

You can access UK government services while in Costa Rica.

Urgent assistance

If you’re travelling in Costa Rica, see our Costa Rica Travel Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).

See also our coronavirus travel advice for all our latest guidance on travel during coronavirus.

If you’re in Costa Rica and you need advice which is not covered by reading our travel advice then you can contact us online.

If you’re in Costa Rica and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +506 2258 2025 and select the option for consular assistance.

Visits to the Embassy are by appointment only. Please call +506 2258 2025 to arrange an appointment. We cannot accept walk-in visits.

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 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.

Other consular services

Notarial and documentary services

We may be able to offer notarial services, including administering an oath, affirmation or affidavit. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.

Consular fees

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

Our people

Ben Lyster-Binns

British Ambassador to Costa Rica

Contact us

British Embassy

Edificio Centro Colón,
Paseo Colón and Streets 38 and 40
San Jose
Apartado 815 - 1007
San Jose
Costa Rica

(506) 2258-2025

(506) 2233 9938

Use our contact form for consular enquiries:
For non-urgent, non-consular enquiries, email:

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