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, excluding honorary consulates. The United Kingdom has one of the largest global network of diplomatic missions. British diplomatic missions to other capitals of other Commonwealth 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 in Paraguay, Dili in East Timor, Maseru in Lesotho, Mbabane in Swaziland, Antananarivo in Madagascar, Nuku'alofa in Tonga, Tarawa in Kiribati, and Port Vila in Vanuatu. Additionally several consulates and trade offices were also closed, including those in Fukuoka in Japan, Vientiane in Laos, Douala in Cameroon, Porto in 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 USA were downgraded and staffed by local personnel only.[2] In 2012, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced the opening of an embassy in Liberia, and Haiti, the re-opening of embassies in Laos, El Salvador and Paraguay and 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]


The opening of the British Embassy, Mogadishu


British High Commission in Bridgetown
British Embassy in Buenos Aires
British Embassy in Lima
British Embassy in Mexico City
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 Tel Aviv


British Embassy in Berlin
British Embassy in Bratislava
British Embassy in Budapest
British Embassy in Dublin
British Embassy in Helsinki
British Embassy in Paris
British Embassy in Reykjavík


Multilateral organisations[edit]


Flag used on British Embassies.

The United Kingdom is one of the 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 High Commissions fly the Union Flag
UK-Consular.svg Flag used by British Consulates and Consulates-general A Union Jack 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 UK embassy to the Holy See is located outside Vatican territory in Rome.


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