We maintain and develop relations between the UK and the Republic of Korea. The British Embassy in Seoul provides services to British nationals living in and visiting South Korea.

Our work covers a range of issues including political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and Korea. The embassy and its honorary consulate in Busan provide consular assistance to British nationals in Korea.

You can access UK government services while in South Korea.

Urgent assistance

If you’re in South Korea and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +82 (0)2 3210 5500. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in South Korea, 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.

An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country.

For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at the British Embassy.

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 British Embassy Seoul.

Other consular services

Notarial and documentary services

We may be able to offer notarial services, including administering an oath or affidavit and making a certified copy of a document. 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 South Korea.

Our people

Charles Hay

Charles Hay

British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

Contact us

British Embassy Seoul

British Embassy Seoul
Sejong-daero 19-gil 24
Jung-gu Seoul
South Korea

Office hours (Local time):
* Monday-Thursday: 09:00-12:30 / 13:30-17:15
* Friday: 09:00-12:30 / 13:30-17:00

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Consular information

Consular Section, British Embassy in Seoul
Sejong-daero 19-gil 24
Jung-gu Seoul
South Korea

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 09:30 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:30
Consular section is closed on Wednesdays.

* Fee-paying services
Monday-Friday, 09:30-12:00
Please note: appointments required for all documentary and notarial services

For fee paying services including the acceptance of:

- notarial applications
- and for pre-booked appointments (marriage, notarial, citizenship ceremonies)

* General enquiries
Monday-Friday, 14:00-16:30
At these times we are open for general enquires and non fee paying services only. Please note, we only accept non-emergency enquiry phone calls in the afternoon.

If you would like to report an Emergency involving a British National, please call (+82) (2) 3210 5500 at any time.

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