The British Consulate General in Boston represents the UK government in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut (except Fairfield County).

Our services involve working across political, commercial, security and economic areas of interest to the UK and New England states. The consulate provides consular assistance to British nationals in the New England region.

Services for British nationals

Urgent assistance

If you’re in our area of coverage and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or lost your passport), call +1 617 245 4500. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in our area of coverage, call 020 7008 1500.

Get or renew a passport

The British Consulate can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.

If you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, you may be able to get an emergency travel document.

Get an emergency travel document

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
  • not a British citizen or
  • applying for a child under 16 years old

Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at British Consulate-General Boston.

Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to the USA, see travel advice for the USA.

Get a visa

The British Consulate can’t help with visa enquiries.

If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa.

If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.

For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.

Marriage and civil partnerships

We don’t issue certificates of no impediment, affirmations or affidavits of marital status. We also don’t perform marriages or civil partnerships for British nationals. For further information on getting married in the USA, see getting married abroad.

Register a birth or death

Find out how to register a birth or register a death in the USA. You can’t register a birth or death at the embassy or our consulates-general.

Bereavement support

If the death occurred in the USA and you’re still in the country, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.

Read our guidance on coping with death abroad as well as our USA Bereavement Guide.

Support if you’ve been arrested

We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in the USA. We cannot get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings.

Notarial and documentary services

See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.

Legalisation services

The British Consulate in Boston does not provide legalisation services. Read our notarial and documentary services page for more information on legalisation.

Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).

Local service providers

Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in the USA. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British Consulate or the UK government.

List of lawyers

Use our list of English speaking lawyers if you need help with official transactions in the USA.

List of funeral directors

This list of funeral directors may be able to help you with funeral service arrangements. The number of funeral directors in the USA is massive and they will all universally use English as their main language.

Medical facilities and practitioners

In any major city in the US there are a number of pharmacies offering commonly used medication and available advice from pharmacists. In every major city in the US there are also large numbers of hospitals and urgent care locations available for visitors. A general guide to who may be able to help you with medical service in the USA can be accessed under the Health section of our Travel Advice page.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • provide information about transferring funds
  • provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
  • help people with mental illness
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing people and kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad

For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.

General information on living in the USA.

What the consulate cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers.
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you’ll have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in the USA.

Other locations in the USA

We have a network of offices throughout the country. Find out what services are available in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

Our people

Contact us

British Consulate General Boston

One Broadway
Cambridge MA 02142
USA

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Press Enquiries

Our press and public affairs officers answer media enquiries about the UK government and the work of the British Consulate General Boston.

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Passport enquiries

Service not offered in Boston.
Her Majesty's Passport Office is the sole issuer of British passports and handles all enquiries relating to passport enquiries.

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