The British High Commission in Singapore is responsible for developing and maintaining important and longstanding relations between the UK and Singapore.

We encourage Singapore to look to the UK as a global partner of choice in trade, investment, science and research, and we help Singapore on low-carbon economic development. Every year, we help about 100 UK companies gain a foothold in Singapore. We also work with Singapore to protect the national security of both countries, including through holding joint military exercises under the Five Power Defence Arrangements.

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Our services

Book an appointment

Please note that you need to book an appointment to visit the consular section (at least 1 hour in advance).

HOURS: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 11:00 am excluding public holidays.

If the service you require is not listed on our appointment list, please phone (65) 6424 4200 to find out if the service is offered at the British High Commission in Singapore.

Urgent assistance

If you’re in Singapore and you urgently need consular assistance (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call (65) 6424 4200. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Singapore, contact us on 020 7008 1500.

Get or renew a passport

The British High Commission can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.

If you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, you may be able to get an emergency travel document

Get an emergency travel document (ETD)

You can apply for an emergency travel document (ETD) if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

  • If you are an adult (age 16 and above), you can complete an online ETD application here. (Your application can be printed at the High Commission.)

  • If you are applying for a child (age below 16), please refer to emergency travel document. Book an appointment with the consular section to apply for a child ETD.

  • If you are travelling within 48 hours, please call (65) 6424 4200 and select Option 2 for consular services. Call us before making an appointment if you’ve never applied for a British passport before or if you’re applying for a child under the age of 16.

For information and advice on travelling to Singapore, see travel advice for Singapore.

Get a visa

The British High Commission can’t help with visa enquiries.

If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa.

If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.  

For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.


Information on legal documents required for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.

Register a birth or death

Find out how to register a birth or register a death that occurred in Singapore. You can’t register a birth or death at the High Commission.

Bereavement support

If the death occurred in Singapore and you’re still in the country, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.

Read our guidance on coping with death abroad.

Support if you’ve been arrested

We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in Singapore. 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.

Notarial and documentary services

For legal reasons, we’re unable to carry out notarial acts in Commonwealth countries. This includes certifying documents as true copies of originals, administering oaths or taking affidavits. For these or other notarial acts, you should contact a local notary. A standard letter is available to confirm we do not offer these services in Singapore.

We offer a limited range of documentary services, including preparing a document in English and legalising a document originating in Singapore. See the list of documentary services we provide.

Legalisation Service

British High Commission Singapore provides legalisation services.

Read our notarial and documentary services page for more information on legalisation.

Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).

Book an appointment for legalising a document with the consular section.

Living in Singapore

We also produce a guide for British nationals who live in Singapore who need information about services that are not provided by the High Commission. You may find it useful in specific circumstances.

Local service providers

Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Singapore. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or the UK Government.

Chevening Scholarships - for non-British nationals

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarships programme. Established in 1983, these scholarships support study at UK universities – mostly one-year Masters’ degrees – for students with the demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers across a wide range of fields, including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion and academia.

Travel advice for Singapore

Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, High Commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.

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
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, 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 or other crises abroad

For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.

For general information on living in or planning to live in Singapore, see living in Singapore

What the High Commission cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
  • ensure your safety and security in another country
  • 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 prison than local prisoners (although we may raise concerns with local authorities if treatment falls below internationally recognised standards)
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money from public funds
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf
  • get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Singapore.

Our people

Scott Wightman

Scott Wightman

British High Commissioner to Singapore

Contact us

British High Commission Singapore

100 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247919

Opening hours (except Office & Public Holidays): all Local times

Monday to Friday - 9:00 am to 11:00 am excluding public holidays

Monday to Friday - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm excluding public holidays

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