We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Costa Rica. The British Embassy in San Jose provides services to British nationals living in and visiting Costa Rica.

Our work covers a range of issues including representing the UK government in Costa Rica (and also in Nicaragua), playing an active role in improving political and trade links between them and the UK.

You can access UK government services while in Costa Rica.

Urgent assistance

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. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Costa Rica, 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 San Jose

If you are in Nicaragua and need an emergency travel document, contact us to arrange a remote service on +506 2258 2025 (24 hours) or contact us by email.

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

Ross Denny

Ross Denny

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

General enquiries
ukin.costarica@fco.gov.uk

Consular enquiries
costarica.consulate@fco.gov.uk

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