UK Government

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

The FCDO pursues national interests and projects the UK as a force for good in the world. It promotes the interests of British citizens, safeguards the UK’s security, defends values, reduces poverty and tackles global challenges with international partners.  FCDO is a ministerial department, supported by 12 agencies and public bodies.

The FCDO’s worldwide subsistence rates act as a benchmark scale rate for expenses payments for accommodation and subsistence overseas.  This is a useful reference and starting point when negotiating subsistence rates with overseas project partners, and particularly subsistence rates for exhibition couriers.


Foreign Embassies in the UK

Details of foreign embassies, high commissions and consulates in the UK, including heads of mission.  Some Embassies and High Commissions have a Cultural Section and/or Secretary for Culture or Cultural Attaché.

List of British missions overseas.

Visa and immigration advice for temporary workers, students, and tourists visiting the UK.  Remember to allow plenty of time for visa applications.


Department for International Trade (DIT)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export, drives inward and outward investment, negotiates market access and trade deals, and champions free trade. DIT is responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to it.


Making Museums Work

As the UK museum sector has a world-class reputation, their skills and expertise are in demand from organisations worldwide who are looking to re-develop museums or create new institutions.  This 2013 publication by UKTI outlines some of the remarkable projects UK museums have been partners in.

Download Making Museums Work


Exporting and business country guides

Although aimed at businesses exporting overseas, these guides by the DIT include useful information for anyone doing business overseas.


Experience UK

Experience UK is the trade body for Great British companies that design, create and deliver world class visitor destinations, from museums to theme parks and everything in between..

If you are a UK company operating in the experience economy, Experience UK can help increase your international profile by means of a free directory entry in addition to news, updates on global opportunities and funding that may be available to you.  Click HERE to join.

Click HERE to access the Experience UK Directory.


Check. Prepare. Travel Aware

One-stop shop of information and advice for safe overseas travel, including foreign travel advice (your travel insurance may not be valid if the FCDO advises against travel to a particular country), health and vaccination advice, country guides etc.