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.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website
Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
How to renew or replace your British passport when visiting the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.
Details of how to get a passport extension or emergency child travel document can be found here. If you want to make an appointment, contact our Consular section using the details as the foot of this page.
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
issue emergency passports
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
provide details of local lawyers, interpreters, doctors and funeral directors
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
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)