British Ambassador to the USA
We develop and sustain the important and longstanding relationship between the UK and the United States.
We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and the US.
The ambassador is responsible for the direction and work of the embassy and its consulates. His tasks are to present UK policies to the American government and to Americans, to report and explain American policies and views to his own government in London, and to support UK interests. He is also responsible for press and cultural relations, and for consular services. He is based at the British Embassy in Washington but travels regularly throughout the United States.
British consulates champion trade and investment between the UK and US. They also keep the ambassador aware of political, economic and other developments in their consular districts. The consuls are also responsible for providing consular services to British nationals in their consular districts.
Services available by appointment
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document (ETD) if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.
You can apply for an ETD if you’re a British national outside the UK and your passport has been lost, stolen, damaged, or expired. It doesn’t guarantee entry to every country. Read what an ETD does and what you need to provide to get one. Please call us as soon as possible if: you are due to travel within the next 24 hours, or you have never held a British passport, or if you are applying on behalf of a child.
Where local notaries can provide services, the British embassy does not offer them. In many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more cheaply, quickly, and conveniently.
We offer assistance following the death, hospitalisation, arrest, or other serious incident involving a British national.
We may be able to extend the validity of your current British passport in certain circumstances.To make an appointment, please telephone during business hours and select the Service Centre (option 1) followed by 0.
Services not offered in Washington but available elsewhere
Check if you need a visa for the United Kingdom and apply to UK Visas and Immigration.
Find out how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport from Her Majesty’s Passport Office.
Births, deaths and marriages
For information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, including details of entry requirements and local laws and customs, see our travel advice for the USA.
Living in the USA
For information on how to access services not provided by the embassy or consulates , such as healthcare and education, see our guide to living in the USA