We develop and maintain relations between the UK and the Republic of Korea.

We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and Korea. The embassy and its honorary consulate in Busan provide consular assistance to British nationals in Korea.

Our services

Out-of-hours emergency assistance

British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +82 (0)2 3210 5500 (press 1) where they will be given details on how to proceed to contact Consular staff at the Global Response Centre. They will be able to offer advice on urgent issues.

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 the British Embassy as soon as possible.

For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at the British Embassy using the links below.

Please call the British Embassy 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. Gov.UK provides guidance on what an Emergency travel document does.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in British Embassy Seoul.


For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website.

Please note that our embassy cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.


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.

Notarial and documentary services

Information about official documents, certificates available at British Embassy in South Korea. UK law says we have to charge for some services. See our list of consular fees.

Registering a birth or death

We no longer handle applications for registering a birth or death overseas. Customers will find information here on how to apply for a consular birth or death which occurred overseas. All applications are now handled by the FCO in the UK.

List of lawyers and interpreters

A list of English speaking lawyers, translators and interpreters who may be able to help you with official translations in Korea. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

Prisoner pack

Korea - Prisoner Pack explanation of the legal and prison system to British nationals.

Travel advice

Travel advice for Korea: Information, news and updates to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling in Korea.

Living in South Korea

We also produce a guide for British nationals who live in South Korea who need information about services that are not provided by our Embassy, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.

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
  • 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

UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in all our consular offices. (If you want to pay by credit card you can use our Credit Card Authorisation Form)

What our consulates 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

Charles Hay

Charles Hay

British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

Contact us

British Embassy Seoul

British Embassy Seoul
Sejong-daero 19-gil 24
Jung-gu Seoul
South Korea

Office hours (Local time):
* Monday-Thursday: 09:00-12:30 / 13:30-17:15
* Friday: 09:00-12:30 / 13:30-17:00

Access and opening times

Consular information

Consular Section, British Embassy in Seoul
Sejong-daero 19-gil 24
Jung-gu Seoul
South Korea

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 09:30 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:30
Consular section is closed on Wednesdays.

* Fee-paying services
Monday-Friday, 09:30-12:00
Please note: appointments required for all documentary and notarial services

For fee paying services including the acceptance of:

- notarial applications
- and for pre-booked appointments (marriage, notarial, citizenship ceremonies)

* General enquiries
Monday-Friday, 14:00-16:30
At these times we are open for general enquires and non fee paying services only. Please note, we only accept non-emergency enquiry phone calls in the afternoon.

If you would like to report an Emergency involving a British National, please call (+82) (2) 3210 5500 at any time.

Access and opening times