Dear Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office,

Background:
On 14th January 2023 it was revealed that Boris Johnson put £4,445.07 dinner
in New York on government credit card. Mr Johnson took his entourage of 24 out for a meal plus booze at New York diner Smith & Wollensky’s while attending the United Nations General Assembly on 21st September 2021. When it came to paying up, the Foreign Office Government Procurement Card was handed over.

Foreign Office minister David Rutley said: “Expenditure was subject to normal FCDO controls and an appropriate use of public money.”

FoI request: Please kindly provide a copy of the rules that Foreign Office minister David Rutley was talking about. Since the taxpayer is paying they have a right to see what these are.

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and corruption

Information Rights (Sensitive), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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is being provided virtually. If you are a British national in Afghanistan
and need to speak to a consular officer call the FCDO on +441908 516666
(or 01908 516666 in the UK). The FCDO cannot offer advice on the safety of
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employed directly by the UK government, not through a third party, should
apply to ARAP following this link:
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application, please re-send your query here:
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Worth noting that procurement fraud stood at £10 Billion in the 2017 Annual Fraud Indicator making it the second largest type of fraud of taxpayers money, with tax fraud coming first at £16.2 Billion. Graph https://d.pr/i/vbTxCG
Document data (see page 22) https://d.pr/f/m4aMw7

Information Rights Unit,

Dear Amanda Hart

Thank you for your FOI request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We received your request on 16th January. It has been assigned a unique
reference number (above). We aim to respond by 13th February.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

Internal review if no valid response by 15th February 2023

Dear Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office's handling of my FOI request 'Normal FCDO controls and an appropriate use of public money'.

We understand there may be a delay in providing this information but as there have been no changes to the time limits at which we can request an internal review it must therefore be entered today.

You have breached Section 10 of the FoIA.
Section 10 of the Act sets out the time frames within which a public authority must respond to an FOIA request.

* It applies whenever the public authority has:
- a duty under section 1(1)(a) confirm or deny whether the information is held;
- a duty under section 1(1)(b) to provide information that is held to the requester;
- a duty under section 17 to issue a refusal notice explaining why a request has been refused.
* Authorities must respond to requests promptly, and by the twentieth working day following the date of receipt of the request.
* A working day is any day other than a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.
* Where required, an authority may claim a reasonable extension of time to consider the public interest test. An extension beyond an additional 20 working days should be exceptional.

You are also reminded it is the Information Commissioner who recommends internal reviews are requested when authorities fail to comply with the Freedom of Information Act. They state it is your chance to report on what went wrong and they see it as your opportunity to set things right.

You are under no legal obligation to complete an internal review, but it is considered 'good practice' to do so as it will help you to avoid further breaches. Should you inform us that you are not completing one, or claim there "is nothing to review", there is no further legal requirement for us to wait any longer. Be advised we would then pass the matter directly to the Information Commissioner.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/n...

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

Information Rights (Sensitive), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Thank you for contacting the FCDO Information Rights Unit (IRU).

 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING ADVICE

 

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progress updates within the initial 20 working day deadline for response.

Please do not send multiple emails about the same enquiry, as this is
likely to cause a delay in our response time. 

Should you need assistance in making or refining your request you may wish
to consult the gov.uk guide on [1]How to make a Freedom of Information
(FOI) request

 

The Information rights Unit are not able to respond to queries on the
issues mentioned below. Emails about these issues will be deleted without
response. Please note the relevant guidance and redirect your query
accordingly. 

 

 

Afghanistan related enquiries

The UK evacuation operation has now ceased. The security situation in
Afghanistan remains extremely volatile. There is an ongoing and high
threat of terrorist attack. The potential for terrorist attacks,
particularly around Kabul airport, remains very high. British nationals
remaining in Afghanistan need to consider carefully the risks should they
attempt to leave by any route. We advise against all travel to
Afghanistan. We continue to closely monitor events in Afghanistan. Please
check our travel advice for our latest advice for British nationals, and
subscribe for updates.

The British Embassy in Kabul has suspended in-country operations. All UK
diplomatic and consular staff have been temporarily withdrawn. The ability
to provide consular support to British nationals is extremely limited and
is being provided virtually. If you are a British national in Afghanistan
and need to speak to a consular officer call the FCDO on +441908 516666
(or 01908 516666 in the UK). The FCDO cannot offer advice on the safety of
travelling to any alternative departure point.

British nationals who remain in Afghanistan are strongly encouraged to
[2]register their presence in order to receive important updates. This
will enable us to validate the numbers of British nationals seeking
assistance, and to provide essential information to British nationals that
remain in Afghanistan, when it becomes available.

If you are an Afghan national and are eligible or have been approved for
assistance under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP),there
is more information here:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

If you are a non-British national in Afghanistan, or are the family member
of a non-British national in Afghanistan, and in need of assistance,
please see
[4]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-...
or call +44 2475 389 980 (or 02475 389 980 in the UK).

Current and former locally employed UK government staff, ie those who were
employed directly by the UK government, not through a third party, should
apply to ARAP following this link:
[5]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....

Further information on the ARAP scheme can be found here:
[6]https://homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021...

If you have already applied for ARAP, and would like an update on your
application, please re-send your query here:
[7][email address]

 

Non-Afghanistan related Consular Assistance for British Nationals  

 

If you are a British national seeking urgent consular assistance, please
call the Consular Assistance Team on 020 7008 5000 (or +44 20 7008
5000).   

 

ATAS Certificates

 

Email [8][email address] if you have a query about your application. We
are unable to reply to any query on an application.

 

Legalisation

 

Contact the Legalisation Office if you need an update on an application or
if you have a general enquiry: [9][email address], Telephone:
03700 00 22 44
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, [10]Find out about call charges

 

Visas

 

Please see guidance on [11]Applying for a visa to come to the UK or
contact [12]UK Visas and immigration for help.

 

Travel Advice

If you require travel advice for your destination country, please visit
the [13]Travel Advice pages, which contain the latest information on
coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and areas where the
FCDO advises against travel. You can also subscribe to travel advice
email alerts for your destination and monitor the FCDO coronavirus travel
advice page. You can follow FCDO Travel social media channels
on [14]Twitter, [15]Facebook and [16]Instagram. If you have a question
about the advice or a topic that is not covered, [17]please submit an
enquiry.  

 

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If no response by 19th April 2023 put into ICO hands.

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

Put into ICO hands.

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

ICO ref IC-228381-W5L9
ICO asked FCDO to respond within 10 working days.
Inform ICO if no response by 20th May 2023.

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

Informed ICO that the office has failed to comply with the ten-day letter.

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

ICO acknowledged our email and will proceed accordingly.

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

On 26th May 2023 ICO sent FCDO a Decision Notice saying they must provide a substantive response to the request within 35 calendar days.

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

Inform ICO if no proper response by 18th July 2023

Information Rights Unit,

2 Atodiad

Dear Amanda Hart,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request
FOI2023/00910, received 16th January. Please find our response attached.

We apologise for the delay in responding to your request.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Dear Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office,

Please forward this communication to the relevant person responsible for conducting Freedom of Information reviews.

Ref FOI2023/00910

I am writing to request an internal review of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office's handling of my Freedom of Information (FOI) request titled 'Normal FCDO controls and an appropriate use of public money'.

I acknowledge the FCDO's confirmation that they hold information relevant to our request, as well as the attachment of Annex A containing the Government Procurement Cardholder Policy rules. However, upon careful review, it is evident that the provided information does not directly address the specific inquiry we made regarding expenses for meals and beverages for guests, as initially highlighted in our FOI request.

To ensure a thorough and comprehensive review, I kindly request that the internal review addresses the following points:

1 Clarification on the extent to which expenses for meals and beverages for guests are permitted under the Government Procurement Card (GPC) policy, specifically in relation to the dinner expense incurred by [Former] Prime Minister Boris Johnson at New York diner Smith & Wollensky's.

2 Identification of any supplementary guidelines, directives, or internal procedures that specifically govern expenses related to meals and beverages for guests, if such guidelines exist.

3 Detailed information on the controls and oversight mechanisms in place to ensure compliance with the GPC policy, particularly with regard to guest-related expenses.

4 A comprehensive review of any additional documentation, correspondence, or guidelines that may shed light on the interpretation and application of the GPC policy in relation to expenses for meals and beverages for guests.

5 Recommendations, if any, for updating or revising the GPC policy to provide clearer guidance and transparency on expenses for meals and beverages for guests.

We greatly appreciate your attention to this matter and your dedication to upholding transparency and accountability in the responsible use of public funds. We eagerly await your comprehensive response, which should address both the specific information we initially requested and the concerns raised in this letter.

For reference, the complete history of my FOI request and all associated correspondence can be accessed at the following link:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/n...

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

Information Rights (Sensitive), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Thank you for contacting the FCDO Information Rights Unit (IRU).

 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING ADVICE

 

Once we have officially accepted your request, we are unable to provide
progress updates within the initial 20 working day deadline for response.

Please do not send multiple emails about the same enquiry, as this is
likely to cause a delay in our response time. 

Should you need assistance in making or refining your request you may wish
to consult the gov.uk guide on [1]How to make a Freedom of Information
(FOI) request

 

The Information rights Unit are not able to respond to queries on the
issues mentioned below. Emails about these issues will be deleted without
response. Please note the relevant guidance and redirect your query
accordingly. 

 

 

Afghanistan related enquiries

The UK evacuation operation has now ceased. The security situation in
Afghanistan remains extremely volatile. There is an ongoing and high
threat of terrorist attack. The potential for terrorist attacks,
particularly around Kabul airport, remains very high. British nationals
remaining in Afghanistan need to consider carefully the risks should they
attempt to leave by any route. We advise against all travel to
Afghanistan. We continue to closely monitor events in Afghanistan. Please
check our travel advice for our latest advice for British nationals, and
subscribe for updates.

The British Embassy in Kabul has suspended in-country operations. All UK
diplomatic and consular staff have been temporarily withdrawn. The ability
to provide consular support to British nationals is extremely limited and
is being provided virtually. If you are a British national in Afghanistan
and need to speak to a consular officer call the FCDO on +441908 516666
(or 01908 516666 in the UK). The FCDO cannot offer advice on the safety of
travelling to any alternative departure point.

British nationals who remain in Afghanistan are strongly encouraged to
[2]register their presence in order to receive important updates. This
will enable us to validate the numbers of British nationals seeking
assistance, and to provide essential information to British nationals that
remain in Afghanistan, when it becomes available.

If you are an Afghan national and are eligible or have been approved for
assistance under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP),there
is more information here:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

If you are a non-British national in Afghanistan, or are the family member
of a non-British national in Afghanistan, and in need of assistance,
please see
[4]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-...
or call +44 2475 389 980 (or 02475 389 980 in the UK).

Current and former locally employed UK government staff, ie those who were
employed directly by the UK government, not through a third party, should
apply to ARAP following this link:
[5]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....

Further information on the ARAP scheme can be found here:
[6]https://homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021...

If you have already applied for ARAP, and would like an update on your
application, please re-send your query here:
[7][email address]

 

Non-Afghanistan related Consular Assistance for British Nationals  

 

If you are a British national seeking urgent consular assistance, please
call the Consular Assistance Team on 020 7008 5000 (or +44 20 7008
5000).   

 

ATAS Certificates

 

Email [8][email address] if you have a query about your application. We
are unable to reply to any query on an application.

 

Legalisation

 

Contact the Legalisation Office if you need an update on an application or
if you have a general enquiry: [9][email address], Telephone:
03700 00 22 44
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, [10]Find out about call charges

 

Visas

 

Please see guidance on [11]Applying for a visa to come to the UK or
contact [12]UK Visas and immigration for help.

 

Travel Advice

If you require travel advice for your destination country, please visit
the [13]Travel Advice pages, which contain the latest information on
coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and areas where the
FCDO advises against travel. You can also subscribe to travel advice
email alerts for your destination and monitor the FCDO coronavirus travel
advice page. You can follow FCDO Travel social media channels
on [14]Twitter, [15]Facebook and [16]Instagram. If you have a question
about the advice or a topic that is not covered, [17]please submit an
enquiry.  

 

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Updated ICO for ref IC-228381-W5L9

Information Rights Unit,

Dear Amanda Hart,

Internal Review for FOI2023/00910

Thank you for your request for an internal review of our response to your
FOI Request Ref FOI2023/00910

We received your request on 30th June and it has been assigned a unique
reference number above. We will aim to respond by 28th July.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Information Rights Unit,

Dear Amanda Hart

The date that the response is due for your internal review request,
IR2023/12907, has been changed to 25th August.

Kind Regards

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

Inform ICO if no response by 26th August 2023.

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

Reported again to ICO.

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

ICO informed us case ref for this matter is now IC-254608-K3S8 (since a Decision Notice was issued on the previous case code it can no longer be used)

Information Rights Unit,

Dear Amanda Hart

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay there has been in
responding to your Internal Review request. We have been dealing with a
very high number of FOI and Internal Review requests. I confirm we are
dealing with your case as the highest priority and we hope to be able to
issue the response to you soon and by 27th September.

I am very sorry for the inconvenience caused and we will be in touch as
soon as possible.

Kind Regards

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

Our last update from ICO on this was on 4th October 2023

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

Received update from ICO on 18th October 2023

Information Rights Unit,

Dear Amanda Hart

I apologise for the delay in finalising your request for Internal Review.
Please be assured we are working on this as a priority for you and hope to
have it finalised soon.

Kind Regards

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Information Rights Unit,

2 Atodiad

Dear Amanda Hart,

I am writing in response to your internal review request IR2023/12907,
received 30th June. Please find attached our response and accompanying
annex.

We apologies for the delay in getting this response issued to you.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Dear Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office's handling of my FOI request 'Normal FCDO controls and an appropriate use of public money'.

While I deeply appreciate the FCDO’s response and the provision of the One HMG Overseas operating framework (Annex B), it appears that specific aspects of my request have not been fully addressed. My original request sought detailed information on the rules governing the use of the Government Procurement Card, particularly in the context of the high-value dinner expense incurred by [Former] Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Smith & Wollensky’s in New York.

Key Areas for Review:

Specific Guidelines for High-Value Expenditures: The response and Annex B primarily outline the operational framework for Directly Charged Services but do not directly address the specific rules or guidelines for managing and approving high-value entertainment expenses like the aforementioned dinner.

Clarification on Applicable Controls: Detailed information or guidelines on the thresholds, approval processes, and criteria for such high-value entertainment expenses are necessary to understand the controls in place for the appropriate use of public money in this context.

Section 16 - Advice and Assistance: If the FCDO does not hold the specific information requested, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act, I kindly request advice on which department or body may hold the detailed rules or guidelines for such high-value entertainment expenses. This is crucial for a full understanding of the accountability and governance processes in place for the use of Government Procurement Cards in these instances.

Again, I appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to a comprehensive response to these concerns. Please ensure that the review addresses the specifics of the original request, particularly regarding the detailed rules and guidelines for high-value entertainment expenses.

Thank you for your dedication to upholding transparency and accountability in the use of public funds.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/n...

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

Information Rights, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Thank you for contacting the FCDO Information Rights Unit (IRU).

 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING ADVICE

 

Once we have officially accepted your request, we are unable to provide
progress updates within the initial 20 working day deadline for response.

Please do not send multiple emails about the same enquiry, as this is
likely to cause a delay in our response time. 

Should you need assistance in making or refining your request you may wish
to consult the gov.uk guide on [1]How to make a Freedom of Information
(FOI) request

 

The Information rights Unit are not able to respond to queries on the
issues mentioned below. Emails about these issues will be deleted without
response. Please note the relevant guidance and redirect your query
accordingly. 

 

 

Afghanistan related enquiries

The UK evacuation operation has now ceased. The security situation in
Afghanistan remains extremely volatile. There is an ongoing and high
threat of terrorist attack. The potential for terrorist attacks,
particularly around Kabul airport, remains very high. British nationals
remaining in Afghanistan need to consider carefully the risks should they
attempt to leave by any route. We advise against all travel to
Afghanistan. We continue to closely monitor events in Afghanistan. Please
check our travel advice for our latest advice for British nationals, and
subscribe for updates.

The British Embassy in Kabul has suspended in-country operations. All UK
diplomatic and consular staff have been temporarily withdrawn. The ability
to provide consular support to British nationals is extremely limited and
is being provided virtually. If you are a British national in Afghanistan
and need to speak to a consular officer call the FCDO on +441908 516666
(or 01908 516666 in the UK). The FCDO cannot offer advice on the safety of
travelling to any alternative departure point.

British nationals who remain in Afghanistan are strongly encouraged to
[2]register their presence in order to receive important updates. This
will enable us to validate the numbers of British nationals seeking
assistance, and to provide essential information to British nationals that
remain in Afghanistan, when it becomes available.

If you are an Afghan national and are eligible or have been approved for
assistance under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP),there
is more information here:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

If you are a non-British national in Afghanistan, or are the family member
of a non-British national in Afghanistan, and in need of assistance,
please see
[4]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-...
or call +44 2475 389 980 (or 02475 389 980 in the UK).

Current and former locally employed UK government staff, ie those who were
employed directly by the UK government, not through a third party, should
apply to ARAP following this link:
[5]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....

Further information on the ARAP scheme can be found here:
[6]https://homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021...

If you have already applied for ARAP, and would like an update on your
application, please re-send your query here:
[7][email address]

 

Non-Afghanistan related Consular Assistance for British Nationals  

 

If you are a British national seeking urgent consular assistance, please
call the Consular Assistance Team on 020 7008 5000 (or +44 20 7008
5000).   

 

ATAS Certificates

 

Email [8][email address] if you have a query about your application. We
are unable to reply to any query on an application.

 

Legalisation

 

Contact the Legalisation Office if you need an update on an application or
if you have a general enquiry: [9][email address], Telephone:
03700 00 22 44
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, [10]Find out about call charges

 

Visas

 

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contact [12]UK Visas and immigration for help.

 

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advice page. You can follow FCDO Travel social media channels
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6. https://homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021...
7. mailto:[email address]
8. mailto:[email address]
9. mailto:[email address]
10. https://www.gov.uk/call-charges
11. https://www.gov.uk/apply-to-come-to-the-uk
12. https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-o...
13. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
14. https://twitter.com/fcdotravelgovuk
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Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

Updated ICO.

Information Rights, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Dear Amanda Hart,

 

Thank you for your email to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
in relation to IR2023/12907.

 

We have responded to your request for an Internal Review. Please could you
clarify that you wish to proceed with your questions below as a new
Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

 

Once we receive your confirmation, we will inform you of the new FOI
reference number.

 

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Unit

 

 

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Dear Information Rights,

IR2023/12907

Following input from the ICO I would like to withdraw the pending request as we do not think you hold the information we are asking for. Thank you for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Amanda Hart
Stop UK lies and Corruption.

Information Rights, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Thank you for contacting the FCDO Information Rights Unit (IRU).

 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING ADVICE

 

Once we have officially accepted your request, we are unable to provide
progress updates within the initial 20 working day deadline for response.

Please do not send multiple emails about the same enquiry, as this is
likely to cause a delay in our response time. 

Should you need assistance in making or refining your request you may wish
to consult the gov.uk guide on [1]How to make a Freedom of Information
(FOI) request

 

The Information rights Unit are not able to respond to queries on the
issues mentioned below. Emails about these issues will be deleted without
response. Please note the relevant guidance and redirect your query
accordingly. 

 

 

Afghanistan related enquiries

The UK evacuation operation has now ceased. The security situation in
Afghanistan remains extremely volatile. There is an ongoing and high
threat of terrorist attack. The potential for terrorist attacks,
particularly around Kabul airport, remains very high. British nationals
remaining in Afghanistan need to consider carefully the risks should they
attempt to leave by any route. We advise against all travel to
Afghanistan. We continue to closely monitor events in Afghanistan. Please
check our travel advice for our latest advice for British nationals, and
subscribe for updates.

The British Embassy in Kabul has suspended in-country operations. All UK
diplomatic and consular staff have been temporarily withdrawn. The ability
to provide consular support to British nationals is extremely limited and
is being provided virtually. If you are a British national in Afghanistan
and need to speak to a consular officer call the FCDO on +441908 516666
(or 01908 516666 in the UK). The FCDO cannot offer advice on the safety of
travelling to any alternative departure point.

British nationals who remain in Afghanistan are strongly encouraged to
[2]register their presence in order to receive important updates. This
will enable us to validate the numbers of British nationals seeking
assistance, and to provide essential information to British nationals that
remain in Afghanistan, when it becomes available.

If you are an Afghan national and are eligible or have been approved for
assistance under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP),there
is more information here:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

If you are a non-British national in Afghanistan, or are the family member
of a non-British national in Afghanistan, and in need of assistance,
please see
[4]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-...
or call +44 2475 389 980 (or 02475 389 980 in the UK).

Current and former locally employed UK government staff, ie those who were
employed directly by the UK government, not through a third party, should
apply to ARAP following this link:
[5]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....

Further information on the ARAP scheme can be found here:
[6]https://homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021...

If you have already applied for ARAP, and would like an update on your
application, please re-send your query here:
[7][email address]

 

Non-Afghanistan related Consular Assistance for British Nationals  

 

If you are a British national seeking urgent consular assistance, please
call the Consular Assistance Team on 020 7008 5000 (or +44 20 7008
5000).   

 

ATAS Certificates

 

Email [8][email address] if you have a query about your application. We
are unable to reply to any query on an application.

 

Legalisation

 

Contact the Legalisation Office if you need an update on an application or
if you have a general enquiry: [9][email address], Telephone:
03700 00 22 44
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, [10]Find out about call charges

 

Visas

 

Please see guidance on [11]Applying for a visa to come to the UK or
contact [12]UK Visas and immigration for help.

 

Travel Advice

If you require travel advice for your destination country, please visit
the [13]Travel Advice pages, which contain the latest information on
coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and areas where the
FCDO advises against travel. You can also subscribe to travel advice
email alerts for your destination and monitor the FCDO coronavirus travel
advice page. You can follow FCDO Travel social media channels
on [14]Twitter, [15]Facebook and [16]Instagram. If you have a question
about the advice or a topic that is not covered, [17]please submit an
enquiry.  

 

Follow us online: www.gov.uk/fcdo

This email is intended for the addressee(s) only: All messages sent and
received by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office may be
monitored in line with relevant [18]UK legislation

References

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2. https://www.register-afghanistan.service...
3. https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
4. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-...
5. https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
6. https://homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021...
7. mailto:[email address]
8. mailto:[email address]
9. mailto:[email address]
10. https://www.gov.uk/call-charges
11. https://www.gov.uk/apply-to-come-to-the-uk
12. https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-o...
13. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
14. https://twitter.com/fcdotravelgovuk
15. https://www.facebook.com/fcdotravel
16. https://www.instagram.com/travelaware/
17. https://www.contact-embassy.service.gov....
18. https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

Gadawodd Amanda Hart anodiad ()

As this was ultimately authorised by the Cabinet Office please refer to this link https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Information Rights, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Dear Amanda Hart,

 

Thank you for your email confirming that you would like to withdraw this
request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights Unit

 

 

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