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. 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.
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.
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.
Notarial and documentary services
A limited range of services relating to official documents, certificates, and letters are available from this location.
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.
We provide information on the legal and prison system to British nationals who are detained.
Medical Facilities and Practitioners
In any major city in the US there are a number of pharmacies offering commonly used medication and available advice from pharmacists. In every major city in the US there are also large numbers of hospitals and urgent care locations available for visitors. A general guide to who may be able to help you with medical service in the USA can be accessed under the Health section of our Travel Advice page
The Bereavement Guide provides information to assist those bereaved following the death of a British national in the USA.
The number of funeral directors in the USA is massive and they will all universally use English as their main language. This list of English speaking funeral directorsmay be able to help you with funeral service.
Please note that this information is being provided on the understanding that we do not assume or undertake any legal responsibility to you, or those affected, if you choose to take this information into account when receiving medical assistance. Further and alternatively, we cannot accept any liability to any person or company for any financial loss or damage arising from the use of this information or from any failure to give information.
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
Other locations in the USA
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.
British Embassy Washington
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008
Telephone: +1 202 588 6500