British Ambassador to Turkey
Our network of posts in Turkey, including the British Embassy in Ankara and our Consulate General in Istanbul, develop and maintain relations between the UK and Turkey. We work on a wide range of issues including Turkey’s bid to join the European Union, the economy, energy policy and international security.
We have a dedicated team working on projects to improve Turkey’s prospects of joining the EU. We are improving ties between British and Turkish companies to ensure that we meet the target set by the British prime minister and his Turkish counterpart in 2010 to double bilateral trade by 2015.
We have a large consular network with posts in Antalya, Bodrum, Marmaris, Izmir and Fethiye. These offices deal with a wide range of issues in a country that receives around 2.5 million British visitors a year and where up to 40,000 Britons live for all or part of the year.
Turkey, as a rapidly growing economy, NATO member, EU accession state, and regional heavyweight, is important to the UK. We also run a consular operation to help UK citizens in Turkey, and a regional visa hub for entry to the UK.
We support a variety of projects in order to achieve the strategic objectives of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for a better world and better Britain. Various programmes under strategic programme funds and the bilateral budget funds of our Embassy support these projects. We are project partners with a broad range of stakeholders, i.e. public institutions, other donors and international organisations, NGOs, universities and companies to implement projects. Available funding varies yearly, however we fund projects to a value of around £1.000.000 - 1,500,000 annually in Turkey.
The Bilateral Programme Fund allocates funds for small projects (up to a value of £5.000) which contribute to achieving FCO priorities and Country Business Plan objectives and complement SPF programmes.
The Reuniting Europe Programme helps deliver our vision of building an effective and globally competitive EU in a secure neighbourhood
The Returns and Reintegration Fund aims to reduce the number of foreign national prisoners and failed asylum seekers living in the UK
The Prosperity Fund Turkey Programme focuses on promoting sustainable global growth in line with the UK’s development objectives on sustainable development
The Human Rights and Democracy Programme aims to support governments and civil society promote and protect human rights
The Newton-Katip Celebi Fund aims to create the opportunity to build strong partnerships between UK and Turkish scientists, researchers and institutions
We also provide services in the:
Services for British nationals
If you’re in Ankara and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or lost your passport), call +90 312 455 3344. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Ankara, call 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British Embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Please note that if you hold a Turkish passport in your Turkish name and wish to renew your British passport in your British name, you may not be able to do so. You should contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office for advice before submitting your application.
Get an emergency travel document
If you’re due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible. Otherwise, make an appointment at your nearest consulate. 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.
Travel advice: For information and advice on travelling to Turkey, see travel advice for Turkey.
Get a visa
The British Embassy can’t help with visa enquiries.
If you’re not a British national or European Economic Area national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa.
For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.
Marriage and civil partnerships
For information on getting married in Turkey, see getting married abroad.
Register a birth or death
If you’re in the country where the death occurred, 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.
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 Turkey. 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
We may be able to offer notarial services, including administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit; make a certified copy of a document, unite documents, prepare a document in English or the local language. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide in Turkey.
British Consulate General Istanbul provides 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 provider lists
We provide lists of:
Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British Consulate 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
For more information on the services we provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
General information on living in Turkey
What our consulates cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we also 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 Turkey
British Embassy Ankara