British High Commissioner to Cameroon
We support the full range of British government objectives across four countries: Cameroon, Gabon, Chad and Equatorial Guinea in the sub-region.
We offer consular support to British nationals across four countries, including through a network of resident honorary consuls:
- Cameroon, with whom the UK has historically had close and friendly ties, and with which it shares a binding colonial past
- Gabon, with whom the UK has historic diplomatic, commercial and climate change ties, and where the UK opened a dedicated commercial office in 2012
- Chad, which emerged from conflict in 2009, and is becoming an increasingly close partner on regional security issues
- Equatorial Guinea, with whom the UK has commercial links
In Cameroon, we support the country’s goal of becoming an emerging economy by 2035 by supporting sustainable democratic reform, challenging corruption, supporting adherence to international human rights standards and improving commercial co-operation. We work closely together as partners in the Commonwealth.
In Gabon, our dedicated commercial office is increasing trade between our two countries, building on existing business links, as part of Gabon’s commitment to becoming an emerging economy by 2025. We also work together on climate change issues.
In Chad, we work closely with diplomatic partners, the UN – including on the UN Security Council - and other agencies to support Chad’s development following the country’s emergence from conflict in 2009. We also engage with the Chadian Government on wider issues in the Sahel, including development and counter-terrorism, recent events in Mali and on Sudan.
In Equatorial Guinea, we are working to develop closer commercial links to support UK prosperity and pro-poor development. We also work with international partners to support improved governance and respect for human rights.
Across the sub-region, we support co-operation on climate change and energy security.
If you’re in Cameroon, Gabon, Chad or Equatorial Guinea and you urgently need consular assistance (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +237 222 22 07 96 . If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Cameroon,Gabon, Chad or Equatorial Guinea contact us on 020 7008 1500.
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.
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.
Get an emergency travel document
If you have lost or had your passport stolen, contact us as soon as possible.
For information and advice on travelling to Cameroon, see travel advice for Cameroon
For information and advice on travelling to Chad, see travel advice for Chad
For information and advice on travelling to Gabon, see travel advice for Gabon
Marriage and civil partnerships
For information on getting married, see getting married abroad.
Register a birth or death
If the death occurred in Cameroon, Gabon, Chad or Equatorial Guinea 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 for Cameroon, Chad or Gabon with information for British prisoners in that country. 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.
The British High Commission Yaounde does not provide legalisation services.
Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).
Local service providers
Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Cameroon, Chad or Gabon. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or the UK government.
- lawyers in Cameroon, Chad or Gabon
- translators and interpreters in Cameroon or Gabon
- funeral directors in Cameroon or Gabon
- medical facilities and practitioners in Chad or Gabon
For general information on living in Cameroon, see living in Cameroon
How else we can help
In addition to the services above we can also:
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 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 and friends for you if you want
Make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters.
What our Consulate 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 interfer in criminal or civil court proceedings
Help you enter a country, for example, if you donot have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfer 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 n these cases, sucha s English-speaking lawyers
Get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given local people
Pay any bills or give you money
Make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accomodation
Make business arrangements on your behalf
issue a full British passport
Funding for projects
See our information on how to apply for project funding.
Overseas business risk
British Deputy High Commissioner, Yaoundé