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] British citizens may get help from the embassy of any other commonwealth country present, when in a country where there is no British embassy. There are also informal arrangements with some other countries, including New Zealand and Australia, to help British nationals in some countries.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] In 2013, a UK government office was established in Seattle.[5] In 2014, all services at the former UK Consulate in Orlando were transferred to the nearby UK Consulate-General in Miami.[6] In 2015, the UK Consulate-General in Denver was reclassified as a UK Government Office.[7] 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[8]


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]

Former missions[edit]


Host country City Mission level Year closed Ref.
 Cameroon Douala Consulate 2005 [13]


Host country City Mission level Year closed Ref.
 Colombia Baranquilla Consulate 1998 [14]
 Honduras Tegucigalpa Embassy 2003 [15][16]
 Nicaragua Managua Embassy [17]
 United States Cleveland Consulate 1999 [18]
Dallas Consulate 2005 [19][20]
Orlando Consulate 2014 [21]
San Juan, Puerto Rico Consulate 2005 [22][23]


Host country City Mission level Year closed Ref.
Flag of the Republic of China.svg China Kashgar Consulate General 1949 [24]
 Japan Fukuoka Consulate 2006 [25]
Hakodate Consulate 1934 [26]
Nagoya Consulate 2007 [27]
Shimonoseki Consulate 1940 [28]
Yokohama Consulate 1972
 Malaysia Kuching Consulate General 1999 [29]
 South Vietnam Saigon Embassy 1975
 Syria Damascus Embassy 2012 [30]
 Thailand Chiang Mai Consulate 1999 [31]
 Timor-Leste Dili Embassy 2007 [32]
 Yemen Sana'a Embassy 2015 [33]
Aden Consulate General 2006 [34]


Host country City Mission level Year closed Ref.
 France Lille Consulate 2011 [35]
Lyon Consulate General 2012 [36]
 Germany Bonn Embassy branch office 2002 [37]
Frankfurt Consulate General 2006 [38]
Hamburg Consulate General [39]
Leipzig Consulate General [40]
Stuttgart Consulate General [41]
 Italy Florence Consulate 2011 [42]
Naples Consulate 2012 [43]
 Portugal Porto Consulate 2006 [44]
 Russia Saint Petersburg Consulate General 2018 [45]
 Spain Seville Consulate 2001 [46]
 Sweden Gothenburg Consulate General 2006 [47]
  Switzerland Zurich Consulate General 1998 [48]


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. For High Commissions, the Union Flag is used. 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.


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