British High Commissioner to Pakistan
We support British interests in Pakistan, our citizens and businesses.
The British High Commission in Islamabad and the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi are responsible for:
safeguarding Britain’s national security by countering terrorism and weapons proliferation, and working to reduce conflict
building Britain’s prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources, and promoting sustainable global growth; and
supporting British nationals in Pakistan through modern and efficient consular services.
Support for British Nationals Abroad
Our guide Support for British Nationals Abroad sets out the steps that British nationals can take to stay safe abroad, and provides details on what help the Foreign & Commonwealth Office can provide if you do get into difficulty overseas.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +92 (0)51 201 2000 where they will be given details on how to proceed and how to contact a duty officer if needed.
Emergency travel documents
If you are travelling urgently and your British passport is not available, you may be able to apply for an emergency travel document ETD. You will need to make an appointment at either British High Commission Islamabad or British Deputy High Commission Karachi as below:
If your passport has been lost you will need a police report and English translation before an ETD can be issued.
Travel Advice and Personal safety and security
There is a high threat of terrorism throughout Pakistan. Check the FCO Travel Advice for the latest information. The advice is very clear in recommending against all travel to some parts of the country, and against all but essential travel to others. We advise against them because there are serious threats to your safety. Travel to them could also invalidate your insurance and will seriously limit the level of consular assistance we can provide. Our Travel Advice is kept under constant review, but the threat level, and the nature of the threat, can change rapidly. It is important that visitors do all they can to mitigate the threat.
The British High Commission are unable to make provision for the safety and security of British nationals in Pakistan. If you are worried about your safety and security, you should consider whether it is essential or sensible to remain in Pakistan. If you have concerns for your safety, please contact the Pakistan police. You might also consider engaging a private security company
For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website. Please note that neither the British High Commission, Islamabad nor British Deputy High Commission, Karachi can deal with individual enquiries about passport applications. Passport customers should contact the Passport Careline on +44(0)280 082 4744 or e-mail
You can find information about applying for a UK visa on our website
Here you will find information on whether you need a visa, the requirements for each visa category, the cost, guidance on how to apply for your visa and a link to information on your nearest visa application centre.
Should you need to ask a question about the visa application process you will also find telephone, email and webchat contact details on our website.
Please be aware that staff at this High Commission, and staff at the Consular and Passport Call Centres, are unable to assist with visa enquiries.
Notarial and documentary services
The consular teams in Islamabad and Karachi are unable to undertake notarial acts. If you require legal services please contact local lawyers or Notary Publics for this service-see legal advice below. Further information is available at documentary services
Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on how to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine, so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
Registering a birth or death
The consular teams can register births and deaths which have occurred in Pakistan. There is no requirement for births of British nationals to be registered with the British High Commission. A consular birth registration certificate is an optional document which does not confer British nationality on the holder and is not a recognised form of identity.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for a British passport before considering an application for a consular birth registration can normally be processed in five working days.
Prior online appointment is required.
Consular staff are not legally trained. If you require legal advice you should consult a local legal practitioner. Please see our list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with official transactions in Pakistan. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government
Prisoners and Detainees
A Prisoner pack is available which provides information on the prison system in Pakistan.
Living in Pakistan
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
do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
contact family or friends for you if you want
make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in all our consular offices
What our consular teams cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, 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
help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
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 will have to pay back)
make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
make business arrangements on your behalf
renew or replace a full British passport
We would be pleased to receive any feedback on our consular services.
Deputy British High Commissioner to Pakistan
British Deputy High Commission Karachi
General telephone +92 (21) 35827000
Passport enquiries telephone 00 44 208 082 4744
General fax +92 (21) 35827005
Consular fax +92 (21) 35827012
UK Trade & Investment Office, Lahore, Pakistan
65 Mozang Road
PO Box 1679
General telephone +92 (042) 6316589/90
General fax +92 (042) 6316591