British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata
The British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata is responsible for developing and maintaining relations between the UK and India.
Services for British nationals
If you’re in India and you urgently need consular assistance (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or lost your passport), call +91 (11) 2419 2100. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in India, contact us on 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British high commission can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Get an emergency travel document
If you’re due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible. Call us before making an appointment if you’ve never applied for a British passport before or if you’re applying for a child under the age of 16.
For information and advice on travelling to India, see travel advice for India.
Get a visa
The British high commission 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
For information on getting married in India, see getting married abroad. From 1 August 2013 the British High Commission in New Delhi and its offices in India are not issuing a ‘No Objection Certificate’ for marriage registrations.
Register a birth or death
If the death occurred in India 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.
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 India. 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
For legal reasons, we’re unable to carry out notarial acts in Commonwealth countries. This includes certifying documents as true copies of originals, administering oaths or taking affidavits. For these or other notarial acts, you should contact a local notary. A standard letter is available to confirm we do not offer these services in India.
We may be able to offer notarial services. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide in India.
British Deputy High Commission Kolkata does not provide legalisation services.
Read our documentary services page.
Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).
Local service provider lists
We provide lists of:
Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British high commission or the UK government.
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 peopleand 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
- provide information on how to buy property in India
For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
For general information on living in or planning to live in India, see living in India
What the high commission 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
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in India
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