We develop and maintain relations between the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and Zimbabwe. We also provide consular assistance to British nationals in Zimbabwe.

Our services

Out of hours emergency assistance

If you have been arrested, involved in an accident, been a victim of crime, have lost or had your passport stolen or a British National has died in Zimbabwe and you require consular assistance please call +263 4 8585 5200 after 08.00am and before 16.30pm.

For urgent consular assistance outside our office hours please ring the same number and your call will be connected to our Global Response Centre who can provide the same assistance/advice as the consular team in Harare.

Emergency travel documents

We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you cant get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact your nearest consulate as soon as possible.

For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below. Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:

  • you have never applied for a British passport before
  • you are applying on behalf of a child

An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in Harare

Passport renewal

For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website.

Visas

For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the Visa4UK website.

Births, deaths and marriages

Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.

Travel advice

Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.

Help for British nationals

Information on the support and advice we can give to British nationals when things go wrong abroad.

Complaints procedure

We are committed to providing a high-quality service to everyone we deal with and want to help you resolve your complaint as quickly as possible.

Legalisation service

How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.

Consular fees

A guide to fees charged for consular services in Zimbabwe.

Living in Zimbabwe

A guide for British nationals living in Zimbabwe, including information on health, education, employment and finance.

Notarial and documentary services

The British Embassy can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for Brtish nationals in Zimbabwe. Where local notaries can provide services, the British consulate will not provide them. In many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently.

You must make an appointment for each service that requires your personal attendance. Use the links after each service to make a reservation. A member of staff will contact you to confirm your appointment.

Before booking, makes sure you have selected the correct service and that the document will be accepted by the relevant authority. This could be the local municipal office, registry office, tax authorities, immigration office, or another authority either in Zimbabwe, the UK or a third country.

Consular staff in Zimbabwe can:

  • Administer an oath
  • Witness a signature
  • Make a certified copy of a document

What to bring to your appointment

See the individual services below for details of supporting documents to bring. Make sure you have acceptable proof of address and identity, and payment for any fees, See the full list of consular fees

Payment

We accept payment in cash (United States Dollars only) on the day of the appointment.

Proof of address and identity

For all appointments for notarrial services you will need to bring acceptable proof of your identity and address.

We accept passports as proof of identity.

We accept a letter from your place of employment or doctor certifying your place of residence as proof of your address.

Administer and oath

This service is for people who need to swear an oath, make an affirmation or make an affidavit in front of a consular offcer. The embassy will not draft documents for you. First check with the embassy what format they need and then have the document drawn up or checked by a professional.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • The oath, affirmation or affidavit that you will swear of affirm
  • The correct fee - see the list of fees
  • Proof of identity/address

Book an appointment to administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit in Harare

Witness a signature

This service is for customers who need to sign a document and have their signature witnessed by a consular officer. The document must be prepared before your appoinment as we will not draft documents for you. We do not handle wills or probate, or witness deed polls..

Please do not sign the document before your appointment.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • The document that you will sign before a witness
  • The correct fee - see the list of fees
  • Proof of identity/address

Book an appointment to witness a signature in Harare

Make a certified copy of a document

This service is for customers who need certified copies of British passports, Home Office registration/naturalisation certificates, UK educational documents (only those that have been issued in the UK by a recognised institution and are listed on the Legalisation Office website, British driving licences (both the plastic card and paper document are required) and British divorce decrees.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • The document that you need a certified copy of
  • The correct fee see the list of fees
  • Proof of identity/address

Book an appontment to make a certified copy in Harare

English speaking lawyers

We provide a list of English speaking lawyers in Zimbabwe.

Medical Practitioners

We provide a list of medical practitioners in Zimbabwe.

Translators/Interpreters

We provide a list of translators and interpreters in Zimbabwe.

Funeral Directors

We provide a list of funeral directors in Zimbabwe.

Prisoner Pack

An explanation of Zimbabwe’s legal and prison system to British nationals.

Adoption overseas

We can issue a letter of no objection for a British national who is not habitually resident in the UK and who is seeking to adopt a child through the Zimbabwe courts. Read more about the Zimbabwe Adoption No Objection Letter.

Police clearance

The embassy cannot issue police clearance certificates. Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service or the Criminal Records Office for more information.

How Else Can We Help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

What Our Consulate Cannot Do For You

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • Get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings.
  • Help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures .
  • Give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers.
  • Get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people.
  • Pay any bills or give you money.
  • Make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation.
  • Make business arrangements on your behalf.
  • Issue a full British passport.

Our people

HMA Catriona Laing CB

HMA Catriona Laing CB

British Ambassador to Zimbabwe

  • Chris Brown

    Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Harare

Contact us

British Embassy Harare

3 Norfolk Road,
Mount Pleasant,

Harare
Harare
Zimbabwe

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