Day to day help

British embassies, day to day help

Our embassies perform a wide variety of tasks, ranging from issuing visas to running trade fairs.

Below are some of the things we do on a daily basis.

  • giving practical advice, assistance and support to the ever-increasing number of British nationals who travel or live overseas.
  • dealing with requests for visas
  • dealing with requests for passports
  • registering births, marriages and deaths
  • using our local knowledge to assess the risks to British nationals, which range from terrorism to natural disasters. This is then distilled by the FCO in London into the travel advice we give on individual countries, which is relied upon by thousands of travellers, tour operators and travel agents.
  • looking after the UK's commercial interests. Support for UK firms who want to trade and export in overseas markets. Encouraging non-UK companies to invest in the UK
  • being the eyes and ears of the UK Government abroad. Embassies are linked directly into UK government departments providing vital information on developments abroad, and on the effects in the UK of decisions made abroad, and vice-versa.
  • talking regularly to decision-makers in our host country and promoting the UK's strengths of integrity, creativity, and openness which helps to boost the influence of UK foreign policy goals, trade, inward investment and tourism.

You can also take a look at Support for British Nationals Abroad which answers many of the questions you might have about the kind of help an embassy or high commission can give.  It has been translated into a number of languages including Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu and Chinese.

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