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. Our consular team in Washington provides consular assistance to British nationals in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

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.

We are currently unable to process applications for White House Tours. Find out more.

Our Services

If you or someone you know is in urgent need of consular assistance, or if you have lost your passport and are due to travel in the next 24 hours, please call us for immediate advice and assistance. If you’re in the UK and a friend or relative needs our help overseas, please call the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London for practical support and advice.

Support for British nationals

We offer assistance following the death, hospitalisation, arrest, or other serious incident involving a British national, and provide information on local lawyers and prisons.

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Emergency travel documents for British nationals

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, if you are traveling before the next available online appointment, if you have never held a British passport, or if you are applying on behalf of a child.

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Notarial and documentary services

A limited range of services relating to official documents, certificates, and letters are available from this location.

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USA Consular Fees

Details of Consular Fees. Fees for consular services are paid at the Embassy/Consulate by Visa/MasterCard in local currency on the day of the application.

List of lawyers

A list of lawyers is available for British nationals who need legal advice. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

Prisoner pack

We provide information on the legal and prison system to British nationals who are detained.

Bereavement Guide

The Bereavement Guide provides information to assist those bereaved following the death of a british national in the USA.

Services not offered in Washington but available elsewhere

Visa enquiries

Check if you need a visa for the United Kingdom and apply to UK Visas and Immigration.

Passport renewal

Find out how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport from Her Majesty’s Passport Office.

Births, deaths and marriages

Find out how to register a birth or death overseas, and documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.

Travel Advice

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

Other locations in the USA

We have a network of offices throughout the country. Find out what services are available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco.

White House tours

The White House website states that foreign nationals interested in touring the White House should contact their Embassy to arrange a tour. However, the Embassy has been advised by the US Department of State that this is on hold. We are therefore unable to process any applications at this time.

You may wish to consider tours of the US Capitol Building, where visitors are able to make tour reservations up to three months in advance or obtain same-day tour passes. Passports or other forms of ID are not required for entry into the U.S. Capitol. You can also book a Pentagon Tour. Non-US Nationals will need to submit the British Embassy’s address instead of their home address. Further assistance regarding the online booking process should be directed to the Pentagon Tour Office +1 703 697 1776.

Our people

Sir  Peter Westmacott KCMG, LVO

Sir Peter Westmacott KCMG, LVO

British Ambassador to the USA

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British Embassy Washington

3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008
USA

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British Council USA

3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008
USA

The British Council's US team works to energize the transatlantic relationship through the arts, education, society and English.

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Press enquiries

British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington DC

20008
USA

Our press team answers media enquiries about the work of the UK government and the British Embassy and Consulates in the USA.

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