British Ambassador to Lebanon
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.
The British Ambassador Tom Fletcher is in charge of the Embassy.
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.
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
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. For emergency travel documents, book an appointment. For emergency you can call the embassy switchboard on 01-960800.
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.
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 and interpreters
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.
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:
- provide information about transferring funds
- help people with mental illness
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child protection and abductions, kidnappings or someone who is missing abroad and how to make a missing persons report
- provide consular assistance to British nationals who are victims of rape or serious sexual assault or any other serious crime
- help in contacting your family or friends when you are not able to do yourself because you are ill, in hospital, have been arrested etc
- provide advice following the death of a British national in Lebanon
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
- offer support and information when a British national is detained or arrested outside the UK
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
British Embassy Beirut, main contact
Serail Hill, embassy complex
Beirut Central District
PO Box : 11- 471 Beirut
Telephone +961 (0)1 960800
Fax +961 (0)1 960855
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: email@example.com
For emergency you can call the embassy switchboard on 01-960800