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.

Passports and emergency travel documents

How to renew or replace your British passport if you live outside the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.


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, death or marriage which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.

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

Information about the notarial and documentary services available at the British Embassy Riyadh. UK law says we have to charge for some services. See our list of consular fees.

List of lawyers and interpreters

A list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with official transactions in Saudi Arabia. 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

Sir John Jenkins

Sir John Jenkins

British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

    Contact us

    British Embassy Riyadh, main contact

    British Embassy
    PO Box 94351
    Saudi Arabia

    Opening hours:

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

    The British Embassy in Riyadh, Consulate in Jeddah and British Trade office in Al Khobar will be closed on Thursday 17 and Sunday 20 April (inclusive) for the Easter holidays.

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    British Consulate General Jeddah

    British Consulate General
    P.O. Box 393
    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
    Saudi Arabia

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

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