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Diplomatic missions of the United Kingdom


Diplomatic missions of the United Kingdom

Diplomatic missions of the United Kingdom

This is a list of diplomatic missions of the United Kingdom, excluding honorary consulates. The United Kingdom has one of the largest global network of diplomatic missions. British diplomatic missions to other capitals of other Commonwealth countries are known as High Commissions (headed by 'High Commissioners'). For three Commonwealth countries, (namely India, Nigeria, and Pakistan) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) still uses the term 'Deputy High Commission' for Consulates-General (headed by Deputy High Commissioners), although this terminology is being phased out.[1]

In 2004, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) carried out a review of the deployment of its diplomatic missions, and subsequently over a two-year period closed its missions in Nassau in the Bahamas, Asunción in Paraguay, Dili in East Timor, Maseru in Lesotho, Mbabane in Swaziland, Antananarivo in Madagascar, Nukuʻalofa in Tonga, Tarawa in Kiribati, and Port Vila in Vanuatu. Additionally several consulates and trade offices were also closed, including those in Fukuoka in Japan, Vientiane in Laos, Douala in Cameroon, Porto in Portugal, along with Frankfurt, Leipzig, and Stuttgart in Germany, and Phoenix, San Juan, and Dallas in the United States. Other consulates in Australia, Germany, France, Spain, New Zealand, and the United States were downgraded and staffed by local personnel only.[2] In 2012, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced the opening of an embassy in Liberia, and Haiti, the re-opening of embassies in Laos, El Salvador and Paraguay and a Consulate-General in Recife, Brazil. He also said that by 2015, the UK would have opened up to eleven new embassies and eight new Consulates or Trade Offices.[3]




British Embassy in Beijing
British Embassy in Tel Aviv
British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City



Multilateral organisations


Flag used on British Embassies.

The United Kingdom is one of two countries, the other being Thailand, that use diplomatic flags abroad. These special flags are flown on their embassy and consulate buildings. In addition, there is a flag in use for British consular vessels in international or foreign waters.

Flag Use Description
Flag used on British Embassies A Union Flag defaced with the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
Flag used on British High Commissions High Commissions fly the Union Flag
Flag used on British consulates A Union Jack defaced with the Royal Crown
Flag used onboard British consular vessels A blue ensign with the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom

See also


  1. ^ The British Consulate-General, Hong Kong reports directly to the FCO, instead of the British embassy in Peking
  2. ^ The UK embassy to the Holy See is located outside Vatican territory in Rome.


  1. ^ Definition of Diplomatic and Consular Missions
  2. ^ "Britain to close to High Commission in Nassau." Caribbean Net News. Friday December 17, 2004. Retrieved on January 9, 2009.
  3. ^ Strengthening Britain's diplomatic network in Latin America and the Caribbean, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 21 June 2012
  4. ^ British Embassy Pristina, Kosovo

External links

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Find an Embassy
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