We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Lebanon and represent British interests in Lebanon. We promote democracy, stability and human rights in Lebanon and the region. We aim to increase trade between the UK and Lebanon and to support UK businesses to invest in Lebanon.

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Services for British nationals

Urgent assistance

If you’re in Lebanon and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +961 (0)1 960800. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Lebanon, call 020 7008 1500.

Get or renew a passport

The British Embassy no longer issues passports nor can we help with passport enquiries. You should apply online for a new or replacement passport. You should Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help. If you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, you may be able to get an emergency travel document.

Check out before check in

Calling all British passport holders in Lebanon. Check your British passport is still valid. Even if you are not planning to travel soon it is good practice to regularly check the expiry date of your passport to allow you enough time to renew it if necessary. If your passport has expired it could delay your travel plans. Emergency travel documents can only be issued in a real emergency when there is an urgent need to travel. It is also more cost effective to renew your full validity passport than apply for an emergency travel document.

Get an emergency travel document

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
  • not a British citizen or
  • applying for a child under 16 years old

Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at British Embassy Beirut.

In Lebanon a police report is required if your passport has been lost as well as stolen. You will need to bring the police report with you when you attend your appointment for an emergency travel document.

Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Lebanon

Get a visa

The British embassy can’t help with visa enquiries.

If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa

If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.

For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.

Marriage and civil partnerships

For information on getting married in Lebanon, see getting married abroad.

Register a birth or death

Find out how to register a birth or register a death that occurred in Lebanon. You can’t register a birth or death at the embassy.

Bereavement support

If the death occurred in Lebanon and you’re still in the country, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500. For further information read our bereavement guide for Lebanon and our guidance on coping with death abroad

Support if you’ve been arrested

We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in Lebanon. 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.

Notarial and documentary services

We offer some notarial services, including administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit, witness a signature and make a certified copy of a British passport. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.

Legalisation services

The Embassy provide Legalisation services for UK public document ‘legalised’ by UK government ‘’ Foreign and Commonwealth Office ‘’ to be used in Lebanon.

Please note that we do not legalise a foreign document to be used in the UK, as there is no necessity. Any foreign document can be translated into English by a sworn translator and used in the UK without the need to legalise it by the British Embassy.

Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).

Local service providers

Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Lebanon. Please note that inclusion in these lists 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 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
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing peopleand kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad

For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.

General information on living in Lebanon

What the embassy 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 don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
  • 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’ll have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Lebanon

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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