British Ambassador to Germany
The British Embassy Berlin and our 2 consulates-general in Dusseldorf and Munich are working to strengthen the UK-German relationship on a wide range of issues, including the future of the European Union, EU enlargement and completing the single market, climate change, science and innovation co-operation, foreign policy challenges and defence and police co-operation.
UK Trade and Investment operates out of all 3 missions to encourage German investment in the UK and promote bilateral trade.
Our network of consular officers provides advice and support to British nationals. Over 2 million Britons visit every year; and over 100,000 British nationals live and work in Germany.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +49 (0) 30 20457 0 where they will be given details on how to proceed and how to contact a duty officer if needed.
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 contact your nearest consulate as soon as possible.
For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below. Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:
- you have never applied for a British passport before
- you are applying on behalf of a child
We will need to have consent from both parents to issue an ETD for a child under 16 years of age. We may also request to see the child’s birth certificate.
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
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.
This embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Visas & Immigration pages.
Notarial and documentary services
Information about official documents, certificates, and notes available at British consulates in Germany.
Registering a birth or death
You do not have to register the birth or death of a British national in Germany with the consulate but if you wish to do so, please follow the instructions on how to register a birth or how to register a death. In most circumstances there is no requirement to register a birth with us in order to apply for a British passport.
Getting married abroad
Information on getting married abroad including the documents you may need.
If you live outside the UK and you want to get married in a country that’s different to where you’re living, you may need to post a notice of marriage at the relevant British mission in the other country.
If you are getting married in Germany however, you do not need to do this if you live outside the UK. You should contact the local authorities where you are planning to get married for more information.
Consular fees. Information on the current cost of fee-bearing services.
List of lawyers and interpreters
A list of English speaking lawyers, translators and interpreters who may be able to help you with official translations in Germany. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British embassy or the UK government.
Germany - Prisoner Pack: explanation of the legal and prison system to British nationals.
Travel advice for Germany
Travel advice for Germany: Information, news and updates to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling in Germany.
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 Germany - a general set of information and links for British nationals who have a residence in Germany
- Getting married in Germany - including details of who you need to talk to and what documents you may require
- Frequently Asked Questions - please be aware that the British embassy and consulates general in Germany cannot reply to enquiries that have been answered in this document
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 Germany, where possible we will try to notify the next of kin
- 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