What do Embassies Do?
A embassy or consul will help people who have passports from their country. Things that they can do include:
- Register births and deaths
- Issue passports, including in an emergency
- Help people who are detained or imprisoned
- Help people who have fallen ill
- Help people who are the victims of crime
- Inform people of any risks posed by visiting a country
If you have dual citizenship (i.e; you can have more than one passport) you should go to the embassy of the country of the passport you used to travel.
Where Do I Find My Embassy or Nearest Consulate?
You can find a list of British embassies across the globe on the Gov.UK website.
A quick google search should help. You can also:
- Ask the reception desk of the place you’re staying in
- A Travel Rep
- Head to a tourist information centre
- Go to an internet café if there is one nearby
- Or ask a friendly local who might be able to point you in the right direction
If Something Has Happened, Should I Go to the Police Station or the Embassy?
If you’re been the victim of a serious crime abroad, you will need to contact the local police in the area, your embassy and your insurer. To make an insurance claim that is the result of a crime (for instance a theft), you will need a police report. Find out more about travel insurance.**