British Ambassador to the Czech Republic
We develop and maintain relations between Britain and the Czech Republic. We work on a wide range of issues including our mutual interests in the EU, NATO and the UN, increasing trade and investment, and developing our defence relationship.
The trade and investment team works to boost the UK economy, both through offering tailored services to British companies in the Czech market, and by supporting British firms’ participation in high-value projects in the country. We are also working to improve relations between scientists and researchers involved in innovative projects in the Czech Republic and the UK.
The embassy’s consular team is one of the busiest in Central Europe, and routinely assists British nationals who find themselves in difficulty when visiting the Czech Republic (for example missing travel documents, hospitalisation or arrest).
The embassy is home to one of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Regional Learning and Development Centres, which offer professional training support to embassy staff from 32 countries throughout Europe.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +420 257 40 2111.
Emergency travel documents
If you have an urgent need to travel and your passport is not available, you may be able to apply for an Emergency Travel Document (ETD). You can book an appointment online at the following British Embassy in the Czech Republic:
If you plan to travel before the first available appointment, please call us on 257 402 111 (local call) or +420 257 402 111 (if calling from an overseas number).
General information about how to get an ETD if your UK passport is lost, stolen or is otherwise unavailable due to visa application or passport renewal.
For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website.
Please note that our consulates cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website
Please note that our consulates cannot deal with individual enquiries about visa applications. For all visa enquiries, please contact the UK Border Agency.
Births, deaths and marriages
Information on how you can register birth or death which occurred overseas, and on getting married or entering into a civil partnership abroad.
If you are getting married or entering into a civil partnership in the Czech Republic you need to swear an affidavit (declaration) proving you are allowed to marry, at the local registry office where the wedding shall take place.
From 01 November 2013 onwards local Czech authorities will no longer require British nationals getting married in Czech Republic, to provide a CNI issued by the British authorities.
Notarial and documentary services
Information about official documents, certificates, letters, and notes available at British Embassy in the Czech Republic.
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.
List of lawyers and interpreters
A list of English speaking lawyers and interpreters who may be able to help you with official transactions in the Czech Republic. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
Information, news and updates, listed country by country, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
Living in the Czech Republic
Information for British nationals living in the Czech Republic who need information about services that are not provided by our consulates, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.
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
- 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
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 all our consular offices
What our consulates 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, the Czech Republic