We support UK interests in Saudi Arabia, and build better links between the two countries.

We build wide-ranging and mutually beneficial relations between our two governments and peoples in the areas of trade and investment, education, culture, development, energy and climate security and defence. We help the legitimate movement of people between the two countries and offer assistance to British citizens in genuine need.

Our services

Travel advice

Visit our travel advice for Saudi Arabia for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.

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 contact your nearest consulate 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 does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in Riyadh If you are in Jeddah, please contact the British Consulate General on +966 (0)12 622 5550

Visas

This Embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.

Births, deaths and marriages

From 14 January 2015, UK birth registrations and death registrations in Saudi Arabia have been transfered from the British Embassy in Riyadh to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK.

There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same. However, you will now need to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK. See www.gov.uk/register-a-birth or www.gov.uk/register-a-death for further information.

Legalisation service

Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on 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.

Notarial and documentary services

Where local notaries can provide services, the British consulate will not provide them. In many cases local lawyers list can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently.

  • administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit
  • make a certified copy of a document
  • prepare a document in English or the local language

Local service providers lists

A list of local service providers in Saudi Arabia

List of lawyers Local Translators List 2015 Saudi Arabia (PDF, 236KB, 8 pages) Local Funeral Directors List 2015 Saudi Arabia (PDF, 298KB, 7 pages)

Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government

Prisoner pack

Explanation of the prison system in Saudi Arabia for British nationals.

Living in Saudi Arabia

We also produce a guide for British nationals who live in Saudi Arabia 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:

  • issue emergency passports (emergency travel documents)
  • 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 our consulate 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

Our people

Simon Collis

Simon Collis

British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Contact us

British Embassy Riyadh, main contact

British Embassy
PO Box 94351
11693 Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

Opening hours:

Sunday to Thursday, 5am to 12pm (GMT)
Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 3pm (Local)

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British Consulate General Jeddah

British Consulate General
P.O. Box 393
21411
Saudi Arabia

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday, 5am to 12pm (GMT)
Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 3pm (Local)

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British Trade Office Al Khobar

British Trade Office
PO Box 3672
31952
Saudi Arabia

Opening Hours:
Sunday to Thursday, 5am to 12pm (GMT)
Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 3pm (Local)

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