British Ambassador to Ukraine
We work closely with Ukrainian authorities to support the EU integration of Ukraine, and democratic developments in human rights and civic freedoms.
The UK recognised the independence of Ukraine on 31 December 1991 (the first EU country to do so). Diplomatic relations were established on 10 January 1992.
The United Kingdom opened a Consulate-General in Kyiv in November 1991. This became an Embassy in January 1992. Since then, relations between the UK and Ukraine have become increasingly close at both bilateral and multilateral levels.
We support bilateral trade links between UK and Ukraine, provide consular support for British nationals in Ukraine and pursue broad-ranging and productive bilateral security cooperation work.
Information, news and updates, listed country by country, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
How to apply for your first British passport, renew an existing passport or replace your lost or stolen passport if you live outside the UK. Please note that the Consular Section cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.
How to get an Emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement British passport in time of travel.
Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying abroad. From 14 January 2015, UK birth registrations and death registrations in Ukraine will transfer from the British Embassy Kyiv to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK. There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same. However, you will now need to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK.
Guidance on surrogacy overseas
Information about official documents and certificates available at the British Embassy in Ukraine.
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.
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.
A list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with legal advice, notarial service. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
A list of interpreters who may be able to help you with official transactions. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
This guide aims to explain the legal and prison system to British Nationals who are imprisoned. You can also read about how to apply for a transfer back to a UK prison.
Details of Consular Fees
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- provide information about transferring funds, contact relatives or friends so that they may assist you in getting money or ticket
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- 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.
Under UK law, some of our consular services are chargeable. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are displayed in our consular waiting room and can be found at Consular fees page.
What our consulates cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- help you enter a country and advise you on immigration rules, 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 or translate documents
- investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people - this is the responsibility of the local authorities
- interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings; get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- provide medical advice, immunisation or treatment (including anti-viral injections)
- pay any bills or give you money; because we are not funded to do this and it is the obligation of individuals to take responsibility for themselves
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation; make business arrangements on your behalf
- ensure your safety and security overseas – such issues are the responsibility of the government and authorities of that country
- provide compensation if you are affected by a major catastrophe or terrorist attack.
We cannot meet the costs of losses you might incur overseas, for example, medical expenses, loss of belongings, replacement of passport, travelling back to the UK. We strongly advise that any British Nationals travelling overseas should always take out adequate travel insurance before travelling, whether they are travelling independently, as part of a package holiday, or just to visit family and friends. Please visit the FCO travel advice pages for more information and guidance.