Consul General to Hong Kong & Macao
We develop and sustain the important and longstanding bilateral relationship between the UK and Hong Kong.
We deal with a wide range of political, commercial and economic questions of interest to the UK and Hong Kong.
We are here to support and protect UK interests in Hong Kong and Macao. The Consulate-General, one of the UK’s largest, was officially opened on 1 July 1997, following the handover of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +852 2901 3000 (press 4) to be put through to our Global Response Centre.
Emergency Travel Documents
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong as soon as possible.
How to apply
For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at the British Consulate General Hong Kong using the link below. Note: if you do not have a recent passport quality photo, we have a passport photo machine in the British Consulate-General’s consular section.
Please note we will only accept applications if you are travelling within seven days from the date of your appointment and we will normally only issue an emergency travel document one day before travel unless a visa is required for the destination you are travelling to.
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
Passports that have expired more than 10 years
If your passport has expired over 10 years, you are not usually eligible for an emergency travel document. You will need to get a new or replacement passport to travel.
Circumstances where you should call for advice before making an appointment
Please contact the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong for advice before making an appointment if:
- you have never applied for a British passport before
- you are applying on behalf of a child
- if your passport has expired for more than 10 years
How to apply for a child under 16
You must take your child to the appointment. You must bring:
- the child’s completed emergency travel document application form
- a recent passport-quality photo
- the child’s passport or a copy of the child’s passport or a police report if the passport has been stolen
- proof of your travel plans, e.g. booking confirmations (or detailed written travel plans if you can’t book ahead)
- written proof that everyone who has parental responsibility for the child agrees to the application
- a photocopy of the passport photo page of everyone who has parental responsibility for the child
Contact the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong in advance if you aren’t the child’s parent or guardian, or can’t provide the documents needed.
For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website.
Please note that we cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Visas and Immigration website
Information on the main requirements for registering as a British citizen under the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997, and Section 4B British Nationality Act 1981.
Notarial and documentary services
Births, deaths and marriages
The British Consulate-General Hong Kong no longer accepts applications to register births or deaths which occurred overseas. This service has now transferred to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK.
There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same. However, you will now need to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK. See www.gov.uk/register-a-birth or www.gov.uk/register-a-death for further information.
Information on legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.
Guides we produce
Our prisoner pack aims to explain the legal and prison system to British nationals who are imprisoned in Hong Kong. You can also read about how to apply for a transfer back to a UK prison.
Our list of English speaking lawyers has been prepared for the convenience of British nationals who require legal advice. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the Consulate-General or UK government.
Our list of medical facilities provides information on public and private hospitals and medical centres in Hong Kong. Please note that inclusion on the list does not constitute official endorsement by the Consulate-General or the UK government.
Our list of international funeral directors provides information on companies which handle either the repatriation of remains overseas or can arrange for local burial/cremation. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the Consulate-General or the UK government.
Our list of translation / interpretation companies may be able to help you with official translations / interpretations in Hong Kong. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the Consulate-General or the UK government.
Living in Hong Kong provides information for those planning on coming to live, or currently living in Hong Kong
Consular fees detail charges for some services we provide at the Consulate-General.
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 are a victim of crime, need medical help or are in hospital
provide details of local lawyers, interpreters, doctors and funeral directors
do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as international child abduction, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our consular fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in all our consular offices.
What the Consulate-General cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, 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
help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
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 will have to pay back)
make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
make business arrangements on your behalf
British Consulate-General Hong Kong
1 Supreme Court Road
Main switchboard (+852) 2901 3000
Fax (+852) 2901 3008
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:15pm
Telephone (+852) 2901 3000
Fax (+852) 2901 3204
Out of office hours Consular Emergency Service (+852) 2901 3000
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00am to 2:00pm for personal callers;
Monday to Thursday, 9:00am to 4:30pm and Friday, 9:00am to 4:15pm for telephone enquiries.
The consular section is closed to personal callers every Wednesday from 4 November 2015. Find out why we have made this change at https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/changing-how-we-deliver-consular-services-in-hong-kong.