Embassy in London
The Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in
UK is located in Mayfair on 30 Charles Street, London W1J 5DZ. The Embassy acts
as a diplomatic base for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the UK and provides
services to Saudi citizens in the UK and citizens of other nationalities living
in the UK who want to visit Saudi Arabia.
The Embassy in London is the first diplomatic
mission undertaken by the Kingdom after its formation. The Embassy was set up
in 1930 and is called the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London. Today, the
Embassy is the second-largest diplomatic mission headed by the Kingdom in the
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia is
located at the Crewe House, one of the largest houses built in the 17th
century. The house was sold to Saudi Arabia to set up the Royal Embassy in the
1980s. After the purchase, the house was modified and extended to display both
the 18th-century architectural influence and the Saudi Arabian heritage. The
extensions and modifications included the creation of a central Majlis (prayer
room) for daily pilgrimage.
get to the Embassy?
Address:30 Charles Street, London W1J 5DZ
The Royal Embassy is located on Charles
Street. The closest subway station to the embassy is the Green Park. The
embassy is a 7-minute walk from the station. You can also get down at Hyde Park
subway station and walk for 10 minutes to get to the embassy. Alternatively,
the closest bus stop is at the Hilton Hotel Stop. The embassy is a 6 minute
walk from the bus stop.
Provided by the Embassy
The Royal Embassy provides services to
diplomats travelling to and from the Kingdom, Saudi citizens living in the UK
and British citizens who wish to travel to the Kingdom. The key services
provided by the Embassy include:
● Visa Applications
The Embassy provides visa services to Saudi
citizens living in the UK and British citizens who want to travel to the
Kingdom. The Embassy provides15 types of visas:
- Working Visit Visas
- Business Visas
- Extension of Exit Re-Entry Visa
- Family Visa
- Diplomatic and Special Visas
- Work Visas
- Residency Visas
- Missions and Organisation Visas
- Government Visas
- Student Visas
- Marine and Seamen Working Visas
- Personal Visit Visas
- Escort Visas
- Commercial Visas
- Tourism Visa
● Medical and Legal Services
The Embassy provides both medical and legal
aid to Saudi citizens living in the UK. This includes issuing documents
including passports, verification certificates and visas in case of theft or
legal emergencies, issuance of verification documents, certificates and travel
documents in case of medical emergencies.
● Personnel Registration
The Embassy also provides registration
services for Saudi citizens in case of death. The Embassy also issues death
certificates and provides legal and medical certificates required to transfer
the body back to the Kingdom. If the parents wish to claim a Saudi nationality
for their child, the Embassy also provides registration and issuance services.
● Document Authentication
The Embassy provides authentication of
documents issued by the Kingdom. Citizens who wish to submit a document issued
by the Kingdom, including birth and death certificates, educational
certificates, bank certificates or visa invitation certificates, can have them
attested by the Embassy.
● To Whom it may Concern Letters
The Embassy also provides ‘to whom it may
concern letters’ for Saudi citizens who want to apply for official
documentation in the UK. This includes status cards, family books, driving
licenses, proof of life certificates, etc.
The Embassy does not provide translation
services to citizens. However, Saudi citizens who have documentation like birth
certificates, death certificates, bank statements, educational qualifications
can get them attested after translation from the Embassy.
These are the primary services provided by the
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in the UK. The Embassy also has an online portal
that assists in visa applications. For citizens who want to visit the Embassy
to conduct affairs, it is critical to know that the Embassy’s working hours are
9 am to 4 pm on Mondays to Thursdays and 9 am to 3 pm on Fridays. All
departments of the Embassy follow the same timing.
The Departments of the Embassy
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia has seven critical departments that provide unique
services to the public.
Defence Attache’s Office
Location: 26 Queens Gate, London SW7 5JE
Role: The Defence Attache’s Office houses the
Defence Attache, responsible for handling the bilateral military and armed
forces relations between the UK and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The department
represents the Kingdom’s Ministry of Armed Forces and all its departments to
the UK government.
Location:630 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5RY
Role: The Cultural Office oversees the planning,
implementation and execution of all cultural projects on behalf of the Kingdom.
The office represents the Cultural Mission in the Saudi Embassy, including
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education and other institutions.
Location:32 Charles Street, London W1J 20 7917 3000
Role:The consular office provides services to the
citizens directly. These services include visa applications, renewals, new
passports to Saudi citizens, urgent travel documents or medical documents on
behalf of the Kingdom, and assisting diplomats from Saudi Arabia during their
Location: 15/16 Queens Street, London W1J 5PQ
Location:30 Charles Street, London W1J 5DZ
Role of Commercial and Economic Sections: These
departments represent the commercial and economic interests of the Kingdom in
the UK. The departments monitor and oversee situations in the UK that might
affect the Kingdom and develop strategies to mitigate loss, overcome challenges
or provide support, depending upon the situation.
Islamic Affairs Section
Location:2nd Floor Park Lane, 111 Park Road, London NW8
Role: The Islamic affairs section assists those who
want to learn more about Islam and Saudi Arabia. The department represents the
Ministry of Islamic Affairs of the Kingdom.
Health Attache’s Office
Location: Building 3, Chiswick Park,566 Chiswick High
Road, London, W4 5YA
Role: The Health Attache’s office maintains
health-related relationships between the UK and the Kingdom. This includes the
development of travel strategies, bans and restrictions between the countries
after an outbreak.