British Ambassador to Zimbabwe
We develop and maintain relations between the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.
We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and Zimbabwe. We also provide consular assistance to British nationals in Zimbabwe.
Out of hours emergency assistance
If you have been arrested, involved in an accident, been a victim of crime, have lost or had your passport stolen or a British National has died in Zimbabwe and you require consular assistance please call +263 4 8585 5200 after 08.00am and before 16.30pm.
For urgent consular assistance outside our office hours please ring the same number and your call will be connected to our Global Response Centre who can provide the same assistance/advice as the consular team in Harare.
Emergency travel documents
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you cant 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
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.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the Visa4UK website.
Births, deaths and marriages
Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
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.
Help for British nationals
Information on the support and advice we can give to British nationals when things go wrong abroad.
We are committed to providing a high-quality service to everyone we deal with and want to help you resolve your complaint as quickly as possible.
How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
A guide to fees charged for consular services in Zimbabwe.
Living in Zimbabwe
A guide for British nationals living in Zimbabwe, including information on health, education, employment and finance.
Notarial and documentary services
The British Embassy can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Zimbabwe. Where local notaries can provide services, the British consulate will not provide them. In many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently.
You must make an appointment for each service that requires your personal attendance. Use the links after each service to make a reservation. A member of staff will contact you to confirm your appointment.
Consular staff in Zimbabwe can:
- Administer an oath
- Witness a signature
English speaking lawyers
We provide a list of English speaking lawyers in Zimbabwe.
We provide a list of medical practitioners in Zimbabwe.
As Zimbabwe is an English speaking country we do not provide a list of translators and interpreters.
We provide a list of funeral directors in Zimbabwe.
An explanation of Zimbabwe’s legal and prison system to British nationals.
We can issue a letter of no objection for a British national who is not habitually resident in the UK and who is seeking to adopt a child through the Zimbabwe courts. Read more about the Zimbabwe Adoption No Objection Letter.
How Else Can We Help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- Issue emergency travel documents.
- 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.
- Provide details of local lawyers, medical facilities/practitioners, translators/interpreters and funeral directors.
- 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.
What Our Consulate 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.
- Make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation.
- Make business arrangements on your behalf.
- Issue a full British passport.
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Harare
British Embassy Harare
3 Norfolk Road,
Switchboard Telephone +263 4 85855200
Emergency - Outside Office Hours Telephone +263 4 85855200
General Fax +263 4 85855284
Passport inquiries +44 300 222 0000
Visa Enquiries +27 21 300 3737 or +44 1243 218 177
To speak to a visa adviser calls cost £1.37 per minute in addition to the standard network charges. Payment is accepted by credit or debit card. You are not charged until you are connected to an adviser.
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