The UK's network in France and Monaco supports the government's main aims overseas: keeping Britain safe, making Britain prosperous and helping British nationals.

We advise the UK government on French policy, and support close cooperation in areas such as defence, foreign policy, the EU, science and innovation, energy, sustainable development, climate change, illegal immigration and counter-terrorism. We also issue visas for the UK to foreign nationals.

We help British nationals by providing consular services to those who have been involved in crime or other serious incidents.

For more information on our other organisations in France please see separate pages on:

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Services for British nationals

We also provide services at our consulates in Bordeaux and Marseilles.

Urgent assistance

If you’re in France and you urgently need help from the British Embassy (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or lost your passport), call +33 (0)1 44 51 31 00. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in France, call 020 7008 1500.

Get or renew a passport

The embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.

If you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, you may be able to get an emergency travel document.

Get an emergency travel document

You can apply for an emergency travel document(ETD) if you’re abroad and and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you’re due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible. Otherwise, make an appointment at your nearest consulate. Call us before making an appointment if you’ve never applied for a British passport before or if you’re applying for a child under the age of 16.

If you are travelling in the next week and your passport is not available, you may be able to apply for an ETD. You can go to your nearest consulate and normally obtain an ETD on the day. You must bring your travel details for all applications plus proof of your address in France if the ETD is for a round trip. You should arrive at the embassy at least an hour before the scheduled closing time.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in Paris

Get a visa

The British Embassy can’t help with visa enquiries.

If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa

If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.

For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.

Marriage and civil partnerships

For information on getting married in France, see getting married abroad.

Register a birth or death

Find out how to register a birth or register a death in France. You can’t register a birth or death at the embassy.

Bereavement support

If you’re in the country where the death occurred contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.

Support if you’ve been arrested

We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in France. 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.

Notarial and documentary services

See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.

Legalisation services

The embassy does not provide legalisation services. Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).

Support for people with mental illness in France

Please read our information pack for advice and information about what to do if you, a relative or a friend experiences mental illness in France.

Local service providers lists

We provide lists of:

Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • 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
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing peopleand kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad

For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.

For general information on living in France, see living in France

What the consulate cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
  • 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 (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you’ll have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in France

Our people

Sir Peter  Ricketts  GCMG GCVO

Sir Peter Ricketts GCMG GCVO

British Ambassador to France

Contact us

British Embassy Paris

35, rue du Faubourg St Honoré
Paris Cedex 08

75383 Paris

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Consular services Paris

16 rue d’Anjou
75008 Paris

Postal address: British Embassy - BP111-08 - 75383 Paris Cedex 08 - France

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