The British Embassy in Iran is responsible for developing and maintaining relations between the UK and Iran.

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Services for British nationals

Urgent assistance

If you’re in Iran and you urgently need consular assistance (eg if you’ve been injured in an accident, arrested or there has been a death of a British national), call +98 (0) 21 6405 2000. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Iran, call 020 7008 1500.

Get or renew a passport

The British Embassy 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

You can apply for an emergency travel document 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 due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document at British Embassy Tehran if you do not need to travel in the next 24 hours and:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
  • not a British citizen or
  • applying for a child under 16 years old

Get a visa

The British Embassy 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.

Register a birth or death

Find out how to register a birth or register a death in Iran. You can’t register a birth or death at the embassy.

Bereavement support

If you’re in the country where the death occurred 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.

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. 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.

*Please be aware that the Iranian authorities don’t recognise dual nationality for Iranian citizens and therefore don’t grant consular access for FCO officials to visit dual UK/Iranian citizens in detention. If you are a dual UK and Iranian national, you will only be considered as Iranian while in Iran. British Embassy staff will not be granted any access to you and will not formally be able to provide you with consular assistance in Iran.

Notarial and documentary services

See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.

Legalisation services

The embassy does not provide legalisation services.

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

Local service provider lists

We provide lists of:

Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British consulate or the UK government.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

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

For general information on living in Iran, see living in Iran

What the embassy cannot do for you

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

  • help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
  • 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’ll have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf
  • formally provide consular assistance to UK/Iranian dual nationals in Iran

Consular fees

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

Our people

Nicholas Hopton

Nicholas Hopton

Chargé d’Affaires, Tehran

Contact us

British Embassy in Tehran

198 Ferdowsi Avenue

If you require routine consular assistance in Iran you should contact +98 ( 0)21 6405 2000 Sunday - Thursday (inclusive) 07.30 - 14.30.

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