British Ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo
We develop and maintain relations between the United Kingdom and both Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Congo.
Our primary mission is to consolidate peace and reduce poverty in DR Congo. As well as managing the political relationship, we provide consular assistance to British nationals in both countries and support trade and investment. The UK, through the Department for International Development, is a major donor to DR Congo.
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.
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.
For information on how to apply for your first time passport or renew an existing passport. Details of how to get a passport extension or emergency child travel document can be found here. If you want to make an appointment, contact our Consular section using the details at the foot of this page.
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 the British Embassy Consular Section on +243 81 556 6200
If you are travelling in more than 2 days’ time, you can book an appointment with the Embassy as soon as possible.
If your passport has been stolen you will need a police report before an ETD can be issued. You can make a police report at the nearest National Police office. We strongly advise that you also make police report if your passport has been lost.
Please check what you must bring with you and then book an appointment with the British Embassy Consular section by using the links below. Please call the consular section on +243 81 556 6200 for advice before making an appointment if:
you have never applied for a British passport before
you are applying on behalf of a child
Information about official documents, certificates, and notes available at the British Embassy in DRC.
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.
A list of English Speaking lawyers in DRC. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
A list of English Speaking Translators / interpreters who may be able to help you with official transactions in DRC. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
A list of medical facilities/Practitioners who may be able to help you with medical service. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
A list of funeral directors who may be able to assist in international repatriation, and funeral services. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
Democratic Republic of Congo - Prisoner Pack: explanation of the legal and prison system to British Nationals.
Republic of Congo - Prisoner Pack: explanation of the legal and prison system to British Nationals.
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.
Information for British nationals living in DRC who need information about services that are not provided by our consulate, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.
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
- 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 DRC, where possible we will try to notify the next of kin
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
What the Embassy 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