The British Embassy in the United Arab Emirates maintains and develops relations between the UK and UAE.

We work closely with the UAE in many areas of political and practical co-operation. In September 2021 the UK and the UAE launched a new ambitious Partnership for the Future framework that will strengthen the deep and historic relationship.  The Partnership will ensure both countries work closely together on shared global challenges, promote prosperity and security in the region, and expand the exchange of knowledge, skills and ideas.

Find out more on our UK and United Arab Emirates news page.

We provide services to British nationals living in and visiting the UAE. You can access UK government services while in the United Arab Emirates and also visit our travel advice pages for the UAE where you can register for automatic email alerts whenever travel advice changes.

Due to COVID-19 measures anyone attending the British Embassy must wear a face mask and gloves. Wherever possible, the person with an appointment or collecting an Emergency Travel Document should attend the Embassy unaccompanied. Exceptions include minors and vulnerable or disabled customers.

Urgent assistance

If you’re travelling in the UAE, see our UAE travel advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you’re in the United Arab Emirates and you need advice which is not covered by reading our travel advice then you can contact us online.

If you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +971 2 610 1100 or +971 4 309 4444. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British person in the United Arab Emirates, call 020 7008 5000 (24/7, 365 days a year).

When calling, you may hear a message stating that our offices are closed. However, we are available 24/7. If in need of urgent assistance, please stay on the line and select the option for ‘calling about an emergency involving a British National’ to speak to an officer.

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.

Apply online for an emergency travel document

If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.

If you are travelling in more than 3 weeks, check if you can get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you are not a British citizen or have not had a British passport before

If you’re not sure, check if you’re a British citizen

If you’re not a British citizen but think you may be eligible, contact us to apply for an emergency travel document.

Help for British and non-British nationals in Afghanistan

If you are a family member of a British national in Afghanistan and concerned about their safety in the country, see FCDO’s travel advice for Afghanistan for latest information.

If you are a vulnerable non-British national in Afghanistan and in need of assistance, see support for British and non-British nationals in Afghanistan.

It is not possible to claim asylum at a UK Embassy and we do not accept asylum claims from outside the UK.

Other consular services

Notarial and documentary services

The British embassy in Abu Dhabi can only provide a very limited range of notarial and documentary services. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.

Legalisation services

The British embassy in Abu Dhabi does not provide legalisation services. Follow the steps below on getting a document legalised in the United Arab Emirates.

  • First get the document legalised by the Legalisation Office of Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in the UK. Follow the steps on how to get a document legalised (certified as genuine).

  • Once the Legalisation Office attests your document(s), you will need to get them stamped by the UAE Embassy in London for the next stage of the process. You can either go in person or send the documents by courier. The latest information, such as the current fees and contact details, can be found on the UAE Embassy’s website. If sending by courier, check that the UAE Embassy is aware of this and that they understand you are using a courier to collect the documents.

  • Finally, have the document legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Once the UAE Embassy in London has attested the document, you will then need to get your document stamped by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the final step in the process.

Consular fees

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

We also provide services in Dubai.

Our people

Patrick Moody

British Ambassador to United Arab Emirates

Contact us

British Embassy Abu Dhabi, main contact

British Embassy Abu Dhabi
Al Hisn Street, Al Markaziyah West
PO Box 248 Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

+971 2 610 1100 / +44 20 7008 5000

Fax commercial
+971 2 610 1585

Fax corporate services
+971 2 610 1586

For all Visa related enquiries:
Visa International Enquiry Service:

Use our contact form for consular enquiries:

Visits to the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi should be by appointment only.

Access and opening times

UK VFS Visa Application Centre

Level B2 (Lower Ground), The Mall,
World Trade Centre, Khalifa Bin Zayed,
The 1st Street (Airport Road), Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates
Access and opening times