It is always a good idea to get in touch with the Consulate if you are going to live in the area permanently. They can often help you with practical advice and useful contact numbers. In some countries we ask British nationals to register with the Consulate so that we can get in touch with them in times of unrest.
It is now also possible to register online at a number of our Consulates. British Nationals resident in or travelling to certain countries will be able to register by visiting the Consulate website (see our list of overseas posts) before or during their stay.