The government works to promote and protect UK interests internationally, and works with other countries to make progress on issues of mutual concern like trade, climate change, security and economic development.

Policies 13

  1. Supporting British nationals overseas

    How Britons can travel and live abroad safely with the right advice and support.

  2. Protecting the UK against terrorism

    How the government is preventing terrorist attacks on the UK, and on British people and businesses abroad.

  3. Strengthening the Commonwealth

    Using the Commonwealth to protect human rights and and support development.

  4. Preventing conflict in fragile states

    How the government is improving international security by preventing conflict.

  5. Promoting human rights internationally

    Promoting human rights, and political and economic freedom around the world.

See all 13 policies


  1. Ukraine - latest updates

    • 20 March 2014
    • News story
  2. Gifting of bridges to the Government of Afghanistan

    • 20 March 2014
    • Written statement to Parliament
  3. Afghanistan: Closure of the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team

    • 20 March 2014
    • Written statement to Parliament

See all announcements




  1. British Behaviour Abroad report 2013

    • 16 August 2013
    • Statistics
  2. Passport statistics

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistics
  3. Travel insurance statistics

    • 10 June 2013
    • Statistics

See all statistics

Detailed guides

  1. Embargoes and sanctions on Sierra Leone

    Embargoes on Sierra Leone and how to apply for an export licence. Read more

  2. Embargoes and sanctions on China

    Information on embargoes on China and how to apply for an export licence. Read more

  3. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender foreign travel advice

    Advice for LGBT tourists travelling abroad. Read more

  4. Foreign travel advice for people with mental health issues

    How British travellers with mental health issues can prepare for their journey and get help when abroad. Read more

  5. Foreign travel for disabled people

    How disabled travellers can prepare for an overseas holiday free from trouble. Read more

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