The British Embassy in
British Diplomatic representation.
Information on consular services of the
British Embassy in Bern. Visa
applications, passports, consular
statements, legalisation of documents and
The British Embassy in Bern
Thunstrasse 50, 3005 Berne
(41) 31 359 77 00
(41) (31) 359 7701
Office hours: Monday to Friday,
8am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5pm
Consular hours: Mon to Fri, 8.30am to
Notarial services: by appointment only
A typical British Embassy
A British Embassy is Britain’s principal representation in a foreign country or foreign sovereign state. The head person in an Embassy would be the Ambassador,
selected by the foreign office and usually would have the approval of the British Prime Minister and would basically be a non political appointment. Often, Embassies are also
the main official residence for the Ambassador and in general diplomatic circles all Embassy premises/compounds are considered the territory of the home country.
In larger countries abroad an Embassy would be found in the capital or principal city of that country and, perhaps, smaller diplomatic missions, called Consulates, located in other
cities, manned by an Honorary Consul (a British national) and reporting to the main consul in the embassy.
An embassy would normally be divided into several departments, usually a visa section, consular section, commercial section, political section and military section, each section having its own
manager, often referred to as attaches. Such staff appointments would usually be filled by British nationals whereas subordinate staff could be junior ex-pats and even locals to provide their
unique local input.
The work of the various sections of a British Embassy would cover: 1. Visa section: To process visa applications from locals/foreign tourists wishing to visit Britain.
2. Consular section: To deal with new passport applications, lost or stolen passports, marriages between British nationals and host country natives, matters encountered by British nationals
abroad, such as births, deaths, accidents, repatriations as well as problems involving criminal activity, the local country’s judiciary/prisons/police plus the general security of the Embassy
premises. Very often the work of the Visa and Consular sections are inter-linked.
3. Commercial section: To assist with trade matters between the two countries, investments, etc..
4. Political section: As the name implies, to deal with political matters arising.
5. Military section: To monitor military activity in the host country and how it might/might not affect United Kingdom sovereignty or
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