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FCO Consular Services

Our consular service is a major operation. Every hour of every day staff throughout our worldwide network of Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates are helping British nationals. It is one of the most important parts of the Government's foreign policy.

During the 2006-07 financial year, British nationals made over 70 million trips abroad. Our 1,680 Consular staff overseas helped over 75,000 British nationals and issued over 410,000 passports.

Support for British Nationals Abroad: a Guide
In 2006 we launched a new consular guide. This is the first time that the details of what the Foreign Office can – and can't – do to help British people in trouble abroad have been set out in a single document.

Online Consular Registration with our Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates using our Online Consular Registration form if you are travelling or living in a country.

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We have official FCO Travel Advice notices for over 200 countries based on the most accurate and up-to-date information available to us. It is designed to help British travellers to make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Travel Advice is also available by phoning 0845 850 2829.

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FCO Travel Advice LogoKnow Before You Go is an awareness campaign aimed at encouraging British travellers to prepare better before going overseas. Use this area of our website to help plan your trip overseas.

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Information on this website is subject to Crown Copyright protection. Capture and republication of Country Specific Travel Advice notices is not permitted. Any person who captures and republishes these Travel Advice notices will be liable to prosecution.

Keep Your Vote!
All you need to know about keeping your vote when overseas.


You should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate attacks (that could take place at anytime, anywhere).

When overseas, you should always maintain at least the same level of vigilance as you would in the UK and take sensible precautions. If you see or hear anything suspicious, you should inform the appropriate authorities or security forces.

See Risk of Terrorism.


The previously imposed restriction of limiting hand baggage to one item per person will no longer apply at certain UK airports. Restrictions on the maximum size of hand baggage and the quantity of liquid items remain the same. For more information please visit the Department for Transport website: DfT - Airport Security

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