British Ambassador to Greece
The United Kingdom’s relationship with Greece goes back nearly two centuries, to the foundation of the modern Greek state – if not longer than that. Our two countries are partners and friends. Like the UK, Greece is a mature member of the European Union and of NATO, and much of our cooperation takes place within that framework.
The British Embassy in Athens, along with the British Consular Network in Greece, represents the UK Government and UK interests in Greece. We work together with the Greek Government and Greek institutions on behalf of UK government departments, and agencies, and British business on issues such as the economy, single market and growth, energy and international security.
We have a large consular network with a presence in Corfu, Zakynthos, Rhodes and Crete. Greece receives approximately one million British visitors every year and hosts a large and active British residents community; our consular teams provide services to British citizens in need of them.
We have three main priorities:
- First, to foster commerce between Greece and the UK, and so to contribute to the growth of our two economies;
- Secondly, to offer help, where it is needed and we can, to the very large numbers of British tourists who travel to Greece every year, and to Britons who are resident in Greece; and
- Thirdly, to advance British security – for example through cooperation on defence, crime and illegal immigration.
We also work very closely with other partners, such as the British Council, to progress our educational and cultural goals.
Our aim is to represent British interests in an open, modern and approachable way.
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Passports and emergency travel documents
How to renew or replace your British passport if you live outside the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen. Click here.
How to renew or replace your British passport if you live outside the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen. Please note that our consulates cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.
Emergency travel documents
If you need to travel urgently and your standard passport is lost/stolen or expired, you should contact the nearest British Consulate. In certain circumstances our staff may be able to issue an Emergency Travel Document but this is not substitute to a full UK passport.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website
Births, deaths and marriages
Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
Notarial and documentary services guide for Greece
Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at British consulates in Greece.
Living in Greece
Information for British nationals living in Greece
A full list of consular fees.
Explanation of the legal and prison system to British Nationals.
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 sexual or physical assault, are a victim of other crimes, are ill or in hospital;
- help people with mental health illness;
- 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 child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnappings;
- contact family or friends for you if you wish;
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil unrest or natural disasters;
- provide documentary services and notarial services where there is no alternative local provider. Details of our current fees are on display in all our consular offices.
What our consulates 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 do not have a visa or your passport is not valid;
- ensure your safety and security in another country because such issues are the responsibility of the government and authorities of that country;
- give you legal advice or translate documents, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers or professional translators/interpreters;
- carry out searches for missing people;
- investigate crimes, get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings;
- get you better treatment in prison than local prisoners or get you better treatment in hospital than the treatment that is given to local people;
- pay any bills or give you money from public funds;
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation, or make business arrangements on your behalf;
- get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters.