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.

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 our consular casework team in London for practical support and advice.

Services available by appointment

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, or 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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Passport extensions

We may be able to extend the validity of your current British passport in certain circumstances.

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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.

Our people

Sir  Peter Westmacott KCMG, LVO

Sir Peter Westmacott KCMG, LVO

British Ambassador to the USA

Contact us

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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