46 High Commissions in Commonwealth countries;
107 Embassies in other countries;
10 Missions to international organisations and conferences; and
70 subordinate Posts (Deputy High Commissions or Consulates).
38 Posts staffed entirely by locally-engaged (LE) staff;
220 Honorary Consulates; and
3 unstaffed Posts (Baghdad, Mogadishu and Monrovia) at the start of 2003.
Our network of Posts is growing all the time. During 2002, the FCO increased the number of its Embassies with the opening of Chisinau, Conakry and Dili. (Prior to the independence of East Timor, the mission in Dili had been a subordinate Post of Jakarta).
In addition to FCO employees, both UK-based and local staff, there is an increasing number of staff in Post from other UK Government Departments. These staff are normally based within the Mission and form part of the Mission structure. However, because of the numbers involved, DfID staff are often housed in their own building. A significant, and steadily rising, amount of policy work is conducted by FCO staff for and on behalf of other Government Departments.
This area of the website aims to highlight the variety of crucial work performed by the FCO’s Posts in every corner of the world. Many Posts run their own websites, where further information on their activities can also be found. Links to Posts' websites can be found on the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate page in the UK Embassies Overseas area.