List of diplomatic missions of the United Kingdom

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Diplomatic missions of the United Kingdom

This is a list of diplomatic missions of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding honorary consulates. The UK has one of the largest global networks of diplomatic missions. UK diplomatic missions to capitals of other Commonwealth of Nations member countries are known as High Commissions (headed by 'High Commissioners'). For three Commonwealth countries (namely India, Nigeria, and Pakistan), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) still uses the term "Deputy High Commission" for Consulates-General (headed by Deputy High Commissioners), although this terminology is being phased out.[1]

In 2004, the FCO carried out a review of the deployment of its diplomatic missions, and subsequently over a two-year period closed its missions in Nassau (in the Bahamas), Asunción (Paraguay), Dili (East Timor), Maseru (Lesotho), Mbabane (Swaziland), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Nuku'alofa (Tonga), Tarawa (Kiribati), and Port Vila (Vanuatu). Additionally several consulates and trade offices were also closed, including those in Fukuoka (Japan), Vientiane (Laos), Douala (Cameroon), Porto (Portugal), along with Frankfurt, Leipzig, and Stuttgart in Germany, and Phoenix, San Juan, and Dallas in the United States. Other consulates in Australia, Germany, France, Spain, New Zealand, and the US were downgraded and staffed by local personnel only.[2] In 2012, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced the opening of embassies in Liberia and Haiti, the re-opening of embassies in Laos, El Salvador, and Paraguay, and the opening of a Consulate-General in Recife (Brazil). He also said that by 2015, the UK would have opened up to eleven new embassies and eight new Consulates or Trade Offices.[3] In 2013, a UK government office was established in Seattle.[4] In 2014, all services at the former UK Consulate in Orlando were transferred to the nearby UK Consulate-General in Miami.[5] In 2015, the UK Consulate-General in Denver was reclassified as a UK Government Office.[6] In 2018 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has announced that new High Commissions will open in Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Grenada, Lesotho, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Swaziland, Tonga and Vanuatu and a British office in Somaliland like the one in Taipei, Taiwan[7]


The opening of the British Embassy in Mogadishu
British Embassy, Tunis


British High Commission in Bridgetown
British Embassy in Buenos Aires
British Embassy in La Paz
British Embassy in Mexico City
British High Commission in Port of Spain
British High Commission in Ottawa
British Consulate in São Paulo
British Embassy in Washington, D.C.


British Embassy in Abu Dhabi
British Embassy in Beijing
British Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City
British High Commission in New Delhi
British Embassy in Seoul
British Embassy in Tel Aviv
British Embassy in Yerevan


British Embassy in Berlin
British Embassy in Bratislava
British Embassy in Dublin
British Embassy in The Hague
British Embassy in Helsinki
British Embassy in Paris
British Embassy in Reykjavík
British Embassy in Warsaw


Multilateral organisations[edit]


Flag used on British Embassies (pictured in Rome).

The United Kingdom is one of two countries, the other being Thailand, that uses diplomatic flags abroad. These special flags are flown on their embassy and consulate buildings. In addition, there is a flag in use for British consular vessels in international or foreign waters.

Flag Use Description
British Ambassador Ensign.svg Flag used by British Embassies A Union Flag defaced with the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag used by British High Commissions A Union Flag
UK-Consular.svg Flag used by British Consulates and Consulates-General A Union Flag defaced with the Royal Crown
Diplomatic ensign.png Flag used by Consular officials onboard vessels A Blue Ensign with the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The British Consulate-General, Hong Kong reports directly to the FCO, instead of the British embassy in Beijing
  2. ^ The British Embassy to the Holy See is located outside Vatican territory in Rome.


  1. ^ "[ARCHIVED CONTENT] Definition of Missions Foreign & Commonwealth Office". Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2017-07-23.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Archived from the original on July 28, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Strengthening Britain's diplomatic network in Latin America and the Caribbean Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 21 June 2012
  4. ^ "United Kingdom sends consul to re-establish official Washington state presence - Puget Sound Business Journal". Archived from the original on 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  5. ^ "Changes to UK government representation in Orlando, Florida - News articles". GOV.UK. 2014-01-29. Archived from the original on 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  6. ^ "British Consulate General Chicago". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  7. ^ Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "UK help and services in India - GOV.UK". Archived from the original on 2018-02-01.
  9. ^ "The British Consulate General in Jerusalem represents the UK government in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza". British Government. 22 May 2020.

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