British Ambassador to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
The British Embassy in Pyongyang supports British interests in the DPRK.
Our work concentrates on two main foreign policy areas: counter-proliferation and human rights. We support small-scale projects aimed at improving the lives of the most vulnerable in DPRK society. We also encourage people-to-people links through educational and cultural exchanges, and offer consular and visa services.
Our flagship project is the British Council English Language Teacher Training Programme. This is a long-running project co-funded with the British Council, which aims to promote and improve English language teaching and training in the DPRK. It has been running for over ten years and currently has four Pyongyang-based trainers. They work in the DPRK’s top universities, building their English language teaching capacity and exposing them to British materials and teaching methodology. The programme is providing positive results, and is expanding to cover new educational establishments and provide regional workshops.
The British embassy can’t help with a 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.
Register a birth or death
Get or renew a passport
The British embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Get an emergency travel document
Contact us as soon as possible if you need an emergency travel document.
Travel advice: For information and advice on travelling to North Korea, see travel advice for North Korea.
Local service provider lists
- translators & interpreters
- funeral directors
- hospitals and other medical service providers in DPRK.
Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government. The availability of these service providers is limited in DPRK. Please contact the British Embassy Pyongyang at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require assistance in locating a provider.
If you want to make an appointment, contact our Consular section using the details as the foot of this page.
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 people and 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.
What we 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, British Embassy Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
British Embassy Pyongyang
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Telephone 00 (850) 2 381 7982
Telephone (out-of-hours emergency) 00 (850) 191 250 7980 (from outside DPRK)
Fax (+850) 2 381 7985
Monday to Thursday - 9.00am to 6.00pm (local time);
Friday - 9.00am to 1.00pm (local time)