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What the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office does

We pursue our national interests and project the UK as a force for good in the world. We promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK’s security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners.

FCDO is a ministerial department, supported by 12 agencies and public bodies.

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Research and statistics

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Our ministers

Our management

Permanent Under-Secretary
Political Director
Director General, Finance and Corporate
Director General, Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan
Director General, Africa
Director General, Americas and Overseas Territories
Director General, Indo-Pacific
Director General, Delivery
Legal Adviser
Lead Non-Executive Director
Non-Executive Director
Non-Executive Director
Non-Executive Director
FCDO Chief Scientific Adviser and Director for Research and Evidence

Special representatives

Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict
UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency
United Kingdom Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues
Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief
Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education
Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Afghan Transition
Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on LGBT+ Rights
Special Representative for Climate Change
Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan
Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan
Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs
Special Envoy for Gender Equality
Commonwealth Envoy
Migration and Modern Slavery Envoy

Contact FCDO

Office address

King Charles Street
United Kingdom

General enquiries telephone

020 7008 5000

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) we cannot currently respond to letters sent by post within normal timescales. Use email if possible.

Office address (East Kilbride)

Abercrombie House
Eaglesham Road
East Kilbride
G75 8EA
United Kingdom


01355 844 000


01355 844 099

Use this phone number for Overseas Pensions enquiries or to contact a named member of staff.

Assistance if you are in Afghanistan

If you are a British national, call and select the option 'Consular services for British nationals'.

+44 1908 516 666 (or 01908 516 666 in the UK)

If you are a non-British national and you need assistance, or you are their family member

+44 2475 389 980 (or 02475 389 980 in the UK)

Media enquiries


020 7008 3100

Contact the FCDO Communication Team via email (monitored 24 hours a day) in the first instance, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Contact an embassy, high commission or consulate

Legalisation and apostille service

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
PO Box 6255
Milton Keynes 
MK10 1XX
United Kingdom


03700 002 244 between midday and 4pm, Monday to Friday

If you need to use British documents for business or personal matters abroad.

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations.

Lancaster House

Senior Events Manager
Stable Yard
St James’
United Kingdom

Senior Events Manager

020 7008 2711

Travel advice

View our Travel Advice pages for our latest information on the country you’re visiting. If you have a question about our advice or a topic that isn’t covered, contact us.

Internal Audit Investigations Section

Head of Internal Audit
Internal Audit Department
22 Whitehall
United Kingdom

confidential hotline

+44 (0)1355 843 747

The FCDO Internal Audit Department’s fraud and safeguarding investigation team is for raising concerns, suspicions and/or allegations of fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse or other corrupt practices. Your information will be treated in confidence. You do not have to provide your name, but doing so will assist us in taking forward your concerns.

Make an FOI request

  1. Read about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and how to make a request.
  2. Check our previous releases to see if we’ve already answered your question.
  3. Make a new request by contacting us using the details below.

Freedom of Information requests

Information Rights Unit
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Room WH2.177
King Charles Street
United Kingdom

Reprioritisation of resources due to COVID-19 and measures to prevent the spread of the virus continue to impact on our ability to respond to requests within the statutory deadline.

Our significantly reduced on-site working will mean delays to responses which require access to paper records.

We aim to process requests as quickly as possible, and appreciate your patience at this time.

You can also use these contact details to make a Subject Access request (SAR). See also our personal information charter for information about your rights under the Data Protection Act (DPA), including how to access any data we may hold about you.

High profile groups within FCDO

Corporate information

Jobs and contracts

Read about the types of information we routinely publish in our Publication scheme. Our Personal information charter explains how we treat your personal information. Read our policy on Social media use.