We maintain and develop relations between the UK and China. The British Consulate General in Guangzhou provides services to British nationals living in and visiting China.

Our work covers a range of issues including increasing mutual economic prosperity, climate change and energy, establishing stronger people-to-people ties and supporting British nationals in China.

You can access UK government services while in China.

Urgent assistance

If you’re in Guangzhou and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +86 (0) 20 8314 3000. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in China, call 020 7008 1500.

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.

Before you are able to leave China with an ETD you will need to obtain an Exit Visa from your local Public Security Bureau’s (PSB) Entry & Exit Division. This may take up to 10 working days. Consular staff can direct you to the nearest PSB.

Please note that we are unable to issue ETDs if requested for the following reasons:

  • you wish to renew your Chinese residence permit – ETDs are for travel purposes only
  • your normal passport is with the local PSB to renew your Chinese residence permit – the Chinese authorities will not permit you to hold more than one visa at the same time

For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest embassy or consulate.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • 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

Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at your nearest embassy or consulate.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in the British Embassy Beijing

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in the British Consulate-General Chongqing

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in the British Consulate-General Guangzhou

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in the British Consulate-General Shanghai

Other consular services

Notarial and documentary services

We may be able to offer notarial services, including administering an oath, affirmation or statutory declaration, making a certified copy of a document, and preparing a document in English or Chinese. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.

Commercial disputes

Read our advice for British nationals and UK companies on commercial disputes in China, covering details of what we can and cannot do if you are involved in a commercial dispute in China, as well as information on travel bans and where else to seek advice and support.

Consular fees

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

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British Consulate-General Guangzhou

22/F Guangzhou International Finance Centre, 5 Zhujiang Road West, Zhujiang New Town
510623 Guangzhou
China

Opening hours (local time):
Monday to Friday: 9am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 5pm

Counter services of the Consular Section (local time):
Monday to Thursday: 9.30am to 12.30pm

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The Consular Section of the British Consulate-General Guangzhou

22/F Guangzhou International Finance Centre, 5 Zhujiang Road West, Zhujiang New Town
510623 Guangzhou
China

Counter services (local time):
Monday to Thursday: 9.30am to 12.30pm

Access and opening times