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.

Our services

Emergency consular assistance (24 hours)

For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call the embassy on +30 210 7272 600 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers.

Travel advice

Information, news and updates, listed country by country, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad. Click here.

Passport renewal

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

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 your nearest consulate as soon as possible.

For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below. Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:

  • you have never applied for a British passport before
  • you are applying on behalf of a child

An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.


This Embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.

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.

Legalisation Service

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

Information about official documents, certificates, letters, and notes available at British consulates in Greece. Where local notaries can provide services, the British consulate will not provide them. In many cases Greek Notary Publics, Greek lawyers or Citizens Bureau (KEP) offices can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently. These services include witnessing signatures, administering oaths and certifying photocopies of documents. See also the list of local providers of notarial services.

Living in Greece

Information for British nationals living in Greece

List of lawyers and interpreters

Use our lists of English speaking lawyers and local translators and interpreters if you need help with official transactions in Greece. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Consulate General or the UK government.

Local service provider lists

We also provide lists of:

Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British Consulate or the UK government.

Consular Fees

A full list of consular fees.

Prisoner pack

Explanation of the legal and prison system to British Nationals.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above, for British nationals needing emergency consular assistance, we can:

What consulates 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
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money
  • make travel arrangements for you, find you work, accommodation, or make business arrangements on your behalf
  • get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters
  • renew or replace a full British passport

Our people

John Kittmer

John Kittmer

British Ambassador to Greece

Contact us

British Embassy Athens

1, Ploutarchou str
106 75 Athens

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British Vice-Consulate Rhodes

29 Gr. Lambraki Street

85 100 Rhodes

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Honorary British Vice-Consulate Zakynthos

28 Foskolou Street
29 100 Zakynthos

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British Vice-Consulate Corfu

1st floor
18 Mantzarou Street

49 100 Corfu

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British Vice-Consulate Crete

Candia Tower
17 Thalita Street, Ag. Dimitrios Square
71 202 Heraklion

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