British Ambassador to Iraq
We lead the UK's efforts to develop a stable, prosperous and democratic Iraq that supports UK interests in the region.
The British Embassy Baghdad and British Consulate General Erbil work to develop a broad and enduring relationship between the UK and Iraq. We support the people and government of Iraq as they build a stable, prosperous and democratic nation.
We work to increase UK-Iraq trade and investment to realise Iraq’s economic potential. We support long-term stability and work with Iraq to build partnerships in the region and beyond.
The British Embassy in Baghdad and the British Consulate-General in Erbil operate a limited consular service by appointment only. It is highly unlikely that the Embassy in Baghdad will be able to intervene in any Iraqi visa-related matters on entry into Iraq, travel to unsecure areas of Baghdad outside the International Zone, or make a visit to a police station in the International Zone within Baghdad or any Iraqi prison (consular staff will, however, try to make contact by telephone).
Emergency travel documents
If you are travelling in the next week and your passport is not available, you may be able to apply for an emergency travel document. If your passport has been lost or stolen you will need a police report before an ETD can be issued. You can make a police report at your nearest Police Station.
Visit our travel advice for Iraqfor information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad
How to renew or replace your British passport if you are outside the UK. Please note that our Embassy cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.
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 Check if you need a UK visa.
Know what your options are if you would like to get married overseas.
From 15 April 2015, UK birth registrations and death registrations in Iraq will transfer from the British Embassy Baghdad to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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. Please see the information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas.
Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on how to get official confirmation that your UK public document is genuine, so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalized for use within the UK.
Notarial and documentary services guide for Iraq
The British Embassy in Iraq can perform various types of Notarial services for British nationals and also for non-British nationals whose requirement has a link to the UK. An appointment must be made for each service. Please visit our Notarial and documentary services page.
UK law requires us to charge for some services. Details of our consular fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in our consular office.
Living in Iraq
This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing in Iraq, including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.
List of lawyers and interpreters
A list of English speaking lawyersand translators who may be able to help you with official transactions in Iraq. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- 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
- 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 kidnapping
- Contact family or friends for you if you want
- Make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
For more information on what services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide
What our consulate 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
- Make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- Make business arrangements on your behalf
British Embassy Baghdad, main contact
British Embassy Baghdad
Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to 1pm (GMT)
Thursday, 8am to 9am
Sunday to Wednesday 1pm to 4pm
Thursday 11am to 12pm
British Consulate General Erbil
British Consulate General
Shaqlawa Main Road
Telephone Telephone +44(0)1908 516666. We are unable to see visitors to the Consulate without an appointment please e-mail email@example.com to arrange.
If you are a British National requiring urgent consular assistance, outside normal working hours, please call: +44 (0) 207 008 1500
The British Consulate Erbil is closed on Sunday 8th and Monday 9th March for staff training. In an emergency callers should contact the Global Response Centre – 00 44 207 008 1500