British Ambassador to France
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.
The UK’s network in France and Monaco is the British Government’s centre of excellence on France. We use our expertise and contacts to influence and deliver in support of 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.
Our UK Trade & Investment team works with others across the France Network to promote trade and investment opportunities.
We help British nationals by providing consular services to those who have been involved in crime or other serious incidents.
This work is carried out by staff at the embassy, the consular services in Paris, our consulates in Bordeaux and Marseille and in our British Trade and Investment Office in Lyon. There is also a separate UK delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ; a UK Delegation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) ; a permanent delegation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg ; and the British Council, which has offices in Paris, Lyon and Marseille.
Travel advice for France
Information, news and updates for France to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling in France.
General information for people living in France
A general set of information and links for British nationals who live in France.
Documentation for getting married in France
Support and information when someone dies in France
If a relative or friend dies while they are in France, we can help you cope with some of the steps involved.
Support and information when someone is detained or arrested in France
If a relative or friend is detained or arrested while you are in France, the Prisoner Pack gives details of the French legal and prison systems.
Support and information after a rape or sexual assault in France
If you, a friend or relative has been the victim of rape or sexual assault in France, please contact your nearest consulate by telephone. We have produced an information pack for those who have been the victim of rape of sexual assault in France and you can also read our leaflet on rape and sexual assault abroad.
Mental illness in France: support and information
If you, a relative or friend experiences mental illness while you are in France, this information pack gives some information regarding support with mental health in France.
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 call +33 (0)1 44 51 31 00 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 is guaranteed to permit entry into the United Kingdom but does not guarantee entry to every country. Please check if the country you are travelling to accepts the document.
For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the passport section of this website. Please note that the British embassy and consulates in France cannot answer enquiries about passport applications.
Emergency consular assistance (24 hours)
For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call +33 (0)1 44 51 31 00 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers.
If you are calling from the UK about a British national in France, call our Consular Assistance Team in London on + 44 (0) 207 008 1500.
Registering a birth or death
You do not have to register the birth or death of a British national in France with the consulate but if you wish to do so, follow the instructions on how to register a birth or how to register a death that happened in France. In most circumstances there is no requirement to register a birth with us in order to apply for a British passport.
From 09 June 2014 the process of registering births and deaths of British nationals will be carried out in a central registration unit in the UK, and no longer at the British Consulate in Paris. Full details are available at the links above.
Notarial and documentary services
Find information about the notarial services that the British Embassy can provide. Where local notaries can provide local services, the Consular Services of the British Embassy Paris will not provide them and you will need to contact a local notaire or lawyer.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the Visas and immigration pages on GOV.UK For information about school children travelling to the UK as part of a school group please see here.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- 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 a 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
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in our Consular section.
What our consular section 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 (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
Deputy Head of Mission, France
Consular services Paris
16 rue d’Anjou
Telephone +33 (0) 1 44 51 31 00
Postal address: British Embassy - BP111-08 - 75383 Paris Cedex 08 - FranceAccess and opening times
British Consulate Bordeaux
353, Boulevard du President Wilson
Telephone +33 (0)5 57 22 21 10
Fax +33 (0)5 56 08 33 12
British Consulate Marseille
24, Avenue du Prado
Telephone +33 (0) 4 91 15 72 10
Fax +33 (0) 4 91 37 47 06