We are one of Britain's largest overseas embassies. We promote UK interests through a strong, effective relationship with China.

The Embassy is a platform for all of the UK government’s interests in China. Our work covers a diverse range of issues, from bolstering global security to increasing mutual economic prosperity, from establishing stronger people-to-people ties to supporting British nationals in China.

Our services

Out-of-hours emergency assistance

British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +86 (10) 5192 4000.

Notarial and documentary services

Information on how to apply for notarial services, such as official documents, certificates, and notes, available at British Consulates in China.

Passport renewal

For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website.

Please note that our consulates cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.

Emergency travel documents

An emergency travel document enables British nationals abroad whose passport is lost/stolen or unavailable because it is being renewed or has been sent for visa application, to make a single or return journey to the UK or another country of residence, via a maximum of five transit countries.

Visas

Our Embassy and Consulates do 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.

For all visa enquiries, please contact the UK Visas & Immigration.

How to apply for a UK visa in China

Information on visa requirements when travelling to the UK

Registering a birth or death

Understanding your legal requirements in China and how you can register a birth or death, and information on legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.

List of lawyers and interpreters

Lists of English speaking lawyers, translators and interpreters who may be able to provide you with legal services and official translations in China. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

List of hospitals

A list of hospitals & other medical service providers in China. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

List of funeral directors

A list of funeral directors who may be able to assist in international repatriation, and funeral services in China. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

Travel advice for China

Travel advice for China: Information, news and updates to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling in China.

Guides we produce

We also produce guides for British nationals who need information about services that are not provided by our Consulates, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.

  • Living in China - a general set of information and links for British nationals who reside in China
  • Marriage in China - including details of who you need to talk to and what documents you may require
  • Adoption in China - including details of who you need to talk to and what documents you may require
  • Giving birth in China - advice on how to ascertain nationality for your child

Commercial Disputes

Advice for British Nationals and UK Companies in China - including details of what we can and cannot do if you are involved in a commercial dispute in China.

Prisoners

China – Prisoner Pack - this guide aims to explain the legal and prison system to British Nationals who are imprisoned. You can also read about how to apply for a transfer back to a UK prison.

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
  • 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

UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive 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:

  • 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 (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s flagship global scholarships programme supporting future leaders to study one-year Masters’ at UK universities. Find out how to apply.

Our people

Barbara Woodward CMG OBE

Barbara Woodward CMG OBE

British Ambassador to China

  • Andrew Key

    Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Beijing

Contact us

British Embassy Beijing

11 Guang Hua Lu, Jian Guo Men Wai, Beijing
100600 Beijing
China

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to midday / 1:30pm to 5pm (Local time)

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The Visa Section of the British Embassy Beijing

21st Floor North Tower, Kerry Centre, No.1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
100020
China

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to midday / 1:30pm to 4pm (local time)

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The Consular Section of the British Embassy Beijing

21st Floor North Tower, Kerry Centre, No.1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
100020
China

Counter services:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am to midday
Wednesday: Closed

Telephone enquiries:
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to midday / 1pm to 4pm

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British Consulate-General Guangzhou

22/F Guangzhou International Finance Centre, 5 Zhujiang Road West, Zhujiang New Town
510623 Guangzhou
China

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am to 12.30pm / 1.30pm-5pm (Local time)
Monday to Friday, 9am-1pm (Local time) (Consular)

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The Consular Section of the British Consulate-General Guangzhou

22/F Guangzhou International Finance Centre, 5 Zhujiang Road West, Zhujiang New Town
510623 Guangzhou
China

Counter services:
Monday to Friday: 9am to 1pm

Telephone enquiries:
Monday to Friday: 9am to 1pm / 2pm - 4.30pm

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British Consulate-General Chongqing

Suite 2801, Metropolitan Oriental Plaza, 68 Zourong Road, Yu Zhong District, Chongqing
400010 Chongqing
China

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am - midday / 1pm - 5pm (Local time)

Opening hours of the Consular Section:
Monday: 9am - midday, 1.30pm - 4pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9am – midday, 1.30pm - 4pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9am - midday (Local time)

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The Consular Section of the British Consulate-General Chongqing

Suite 2801, Metropolitan Oriental Plaza, 68 Zourong Road, Yu Zhong District, Chongqing
400010
China

Opening hours:
Monday: 9am - midday, 1.30pm - 4pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9am – midday, 1.30pm - 4pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9am - midday (Local time)

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British Consulate-General Shanghai

17F Garden Square, 968 West Beijing Road, Shanghai
1702, British Centre, Garden Square, 968 West Beijing Road, Shanghai (Consular)

200041 Shanghai
China

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (local time)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9am to midday/2pm to 4pm (Local time) (Consular)
Tuesday, Friday, 9am to midday (Local time) (Consular)

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The Consular Section of the British Consulate-General Shanghai

1702, British Centre, Garden Square, 968 West Beijing Road, Shanghai
200041
China

Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9am to midday/2pm to 4pm (Local time)
Tuesday, Friday, 9am to midday (Local time)

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