We maintain and develop relations between the UK and China. The British Embassy in Beijing provides services to British nationals living in and visiting China.

You can access UK government services while in China. Our work covers a range of issues including bolstering global security, increasing mutual economic prosperity, establishing stronger people-to-people ties and supporting British nationals in China.

Urgent assistance

If you’re in China and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +86 (0) 10 8529 6600. 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 and 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

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.

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.

Consular fees

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

We also provide services in:

Our people

Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE

Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE

British Ambassador to China

  • Martyn Roper

    Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Beijing

Contact us

British Embassy Beijing

11 Guang Hua Lu, Jian Guo Men Wai
100600 Beijing
China

Opening hours (local time):
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 12pm, 1:30pm to 5pm

Counter services of the Consular Section (local time):
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am to 12pm
Wednesday: Closed

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The Visa Section of the British Embassy Beijing

21st Floor North Tower, Kerry Centre, No.1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
100020
China

Opening Hours (local time):
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 12pm, 1:30pm to 4pm

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The Consular Section of the British Embassy Beijing

21st Floor North Tower, Kerry Centre, No.1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
100020
China

Counter services (local time):
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am to 12pm
Wednesday: Closed

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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

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British Consulate-General Chongqing

Suite 2801, Metropolitan Oriental Plaza, 68 Zourong Road, Yu Zhong District,
400010 Chongqing
China

Opening hours (local time):
Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm, 1pm to 5pm

Counter services of the Consular Section (local time):
Monday: 9am to 12pm, 2pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9am to 12pm, 2pm to 4.30pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9am to 12pm

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The Consular Section of the British Consulate-General Chongqing

Suite 2801, Metropolitan Oriental Plaza, 68 Zourong Road, Yu Zhong District, Chongqing
400010
China

Counter services (local time):
Monday: 9am to 12pm, 2pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9am to 12pm, 2pm to 4.30pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9am to 12pm

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British Consulate-General Shanghai

17F Garden Square, 968 West Beijing Road, Shanghai
1702, British Centre, Garden Square, 968 West Beijing Road, Shanghai (Consular)

200041 Shanghai
China

Opening hours (local time):
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Counter services of the Consular Section (local time):
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9am to 12pm, 2pm to 4pm
Tuesday, Friday: 9am to 12pm

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The Consular Section of the British Consulate-General Shanghai

1702, British Centre, Garden Square, 968 West Beijing Road, Shanghai
200041
China

Counter services (local time):
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9am to 12pm, 2pm to 4pm
Tuesday, Friday: 9am to midday

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British Consulate-General Wuhan

33/F, Ping An Finance Centre, Wuhan Tiandi, 1628, Zhongshan Avenue, Jiang'an District
430010 Wuhan
China

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

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