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.

Our services


For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website

Births, deaths and marriages

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.

Get or renew a passport

The British 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 if you’re abroad 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.

Contact us as soon as possible if you need an emergency travel document.

Lawyers, translators & interpreters, and funeral directors

The availability of these service providers is limited in DPRK. Please contact the British Embassy Pyongyang at 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.

List of medical facilities

A list of 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.

Travel advice

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


For feedback on our services, please email or for more detailed information visit our complaints procedure.

Our people

Alastair Morgan

Alastair Morgan

British Ambassador to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

  • Kim Gould MBE

    Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Contact us

British Embassy Pyongyang

Munsu-Dong Compound,,
Democratic People's Republic of Korea

North Korea

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday - 9.00am to 6.00pm (local time);
Friday - 9.00am to 1.00pm (local time)

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