Our Embassy represents British interests in Lebanon. We are passionate about our work in this extraordinary country, and determined to do all we can to promote UK interests in Lebanon.

Politically, we work with our Lebanese partners to promote democracy, stability and human rights here and in the wider region. Commercially, we aim to increase trade between the UK and Lebanon, and to support UK businesses that want to invest here – the opportunities are superb. We have a thriving defence relationship, through which we aim to bolster Lebanese stability, and seek ways to provide assistance with capacity building for the Lebanese Armed Forces.

We also aim to provide a first class service to British citizens visiting Lebanon. Our Management staff are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Embassy.

Our project work aims to maintain stability in Lebanon and develop a secure space within which broader political reforms are possible; by strengthening the security and justice sectors, and support the building of public confidence in legitimate, accountable and effective state institutions that deliver meaningful services and generate opportunities for growth.

As for our Communications Section, we aim to inform people in Lebanon about British policies and values and provides services for journalists, teachers, students and others with an interest in Britain.

Our services

Legalisation Service

How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. Book your appointment. 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 embassy in Lebanon. Consular Fees.

Births, deaths and marriages

Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas and legal documents for couples marrying abroad.

Passports and emergency travel documents

How to renew or replace your British passport when visiting the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.

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 call the embassy switchboard on 01-960800 as soon as possible.

For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment using the link below. Please call 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.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document at the British Embassy Beirut

Living in Lebanon

This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing in Lebanon including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.

British citizenship oath and ceremony

Travel advice

Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.

List of lawyers

A list of English speaking lawyers and translators who may be able to help you with official transactions in Lebanon. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

List of translators and interpreters

A list of translators and interpreters who may be able to help you with official transactions in Lebanon. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

List of medical facilities and practitioners in Lebanon

The following list of medical facilities and practitioners has been prepared by the British Embassy in Beirut for the convenience of British Nationals who may require these services and assistance in Lebanon. It is provided on the understanding that we the British Embassy do not assume or undertake any legal responsibility, to you, or those affected, if you choose to take it into account when instructing a medical facility or practitioner.

List of funeral directors

A list of funeral directors who may be able to help you with official transactions in Lebanon. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

Prisoner pack

Explanation of the prison system in Lebanon for British nationals.


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

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

Hugo Shorter

Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Contact us

British Embassy Beirut, main contact

British Embassy
Serail Hill, embassy complex
Beirut Central District

PO Box : 11- 471 Beirut

Office hours:
Monday to Thursday, 6am to 2pm; Friday 6am to 12pm (GMT)
Monday to Thursday, 8am to 4pm, Friday 8am to 2pm (Local Time)

Consular section: consular.beirut@fco.gov.uk
For emergency you can call the embassy switchboard on 01-960800

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