British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
We develop and maintain relations between the UK and the Republic of Korea.
Our work covers a range of issues including 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.
Services for British nationals
If you’re in South Korea and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +82 (0)2 3210 5500 (press 1). If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in South Korea, call 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Get an emergency travel document
If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country.
For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at the British Embassy.
- are over 16 years old and
- are a British citizen and
- have previously owned a British passport
- over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
- not a British citizen or
- applying for a child under 16 years old
Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at British Embassy Seoul.
Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to South Korea, see travel advice for South Korea
Get a visa
The British embassy can’t help with visa enquiries.
If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa.
If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.
For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.
We can issue certificates of affidavits of marital status. For information on getting married in South Korea, see getting married abroad.
Register a birth or death
If the death occurred in South Korea and you’re still in the country, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.
Read our guidance on coping with death abroad.
Support if you’ve been arrested
We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in South Korea. 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.
Notarial and documentary services
We may be able to offer notarial services, including administering an oath or affidavit and making a certified copy of a document. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.
The British Embassy Seoul does not provide legalisation services. Read our notarial and documentary services page for more information on legalisation.
Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).
Local service providers
Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in South Korea. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British embassy or the UK government.
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
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing peopleand kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad
For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
General information on living in South Korea
What the embassy cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
- 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’ll have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in South Korea
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Seoul
British Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, British Embassy in Seoul
Sejong-daero 19-gil 24
Telephone +82 (0)2 3210 5500
Facsimile +82 (0)2 3210 5653
Monday to Friday: 09:30 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:30
Consular section is closed on Wednesdays.
* Fee-paying services
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
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.