|Address||1 Supreme Court Road,|
Admiralty, Hong Kong Island
|Consul General||HE Andrew Heyn,|
HM Consul-General Hong Kong
|Website||British Consulate-General Hong Kong|
|British Consulate-General, Hong Kong|
The British Consulate-General Hong Kong, located at 1 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong Island, is one of the largest British Consulates-General in the world and is bigger than many British Embassies and High Commissions. It is responsible for maintaining British ties with Hong Kong and Macau.
Together with the Consulate General of the United States of America, Hong Kong and Macau, the Consulate General of Malaysia, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, the British Consulate-General is among the few Consulates-General in Hong Kong to be housed in its own building.
Due to Hong Kong's status as a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, the Consul-General in Hong Kong reports directly to the China Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, instead of to the British Ambassador in Beijing, unlike Consuls-General in mainland China. The Consulate-General in Hong Kong also serves Macau, with several diplomats accredited specifically to Macau.
The British Consulate-General was also the Regional Passport Processing Centre, handling passport applications from British citizens resident elsewhere in Asia.
Previously, it also processed applications received by the British Trade and Cultural Office (now called the British Office) in Taipei, Taiwan. It also received registrations of marriages from British nationals in Taiwan, although there was no legal requirement for British nationals to do so.
When Hong Kong was under British rule, the Governor represented the British government, as well as the British monarch as head of state. Matters relating to British nationality were handled by the Hong Kong Immigration Department.
During the negotiations between Britain and China on the future of Hong Kong, the British proposed the establishment of a "British Commissioner" following transfer of sovereignty to China. Some of the diplomatic representatives of Commonwealth countries in Hong Kong were already known as "Commissioners". This was rejected by the Chinese as an attempt to make the future Hong Kong Special Administrative Region into a member or associated member of the Commonwealth.
However, the United Kingdom's commercial interests were represented by the British Trade Commission. The last Senior Trade Commissioner (1993-1997), Francis Cornish, became the first British Consul-General following the transfer of sovereignty to China, on 1 July 1997.
The Consulate-General was designed by British architects Terry Farrell and Partners. Opened by Princess Anne on 30 January 1997, it was a HK$290 million project, with the British Council in an adjoining building opened in December that year.
List of HM Consuls-General in Hong Kong:
|Name||Tenure began||Tenure ended||Date of birth (and age)|
|1 July 1997||November 1997||18 May 1942|
|Sir Andrew Burns
|November 1997||June 2000||21 July 1943|
|Sir James Hodge
|June 2000||November 2003||24 December 1943|
|November 2003||March 2008||4 April 1958|
|March 2008||September 2012||20 April 1954|
|September 2012||September 2016||12 August 1970|
|Andrew Heyn||September 2016|