Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Cuba

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British Consulate in Havana.

Overview

The consulate at the British Embassy in Havana can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Cuba.

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 an appointment. A member of staff will contact you to confirm your appointment.

Refunds of consular fees are not given for certificates or notarial services that are not accepted by the requesting authority. Fees for consular certificates and documents are paid at the consulate on the day of the appointment and can be paid by credit card, debit card or in cash.

Services we provide in Cuba

  • witnessing a signature
  • make a certified copy of a British passport
  • legalise a document

Please also see our additional information on getting married abroad.

What to bring to your appointment

See the individual services below of supporting documents to bring. Make sure you have acceptable proof of address and identity, and payment for any consular fees. Fees can be paid in cash or by a credit or debit card.

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 appointment 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
  • proof of identity and address

Book an appointment to witness a signature at the British Embassy Havana

Make a certified copy of a British passport

This service is for customers who need a certified copy of a British passport.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • your British passport
  • the correct fee
  • proof of identity and address

Book an appointment to make a certified copy of a British passport at the British Embassy Cuba

Legalise a document

For official UK documents, see get a document legalised (certified as genuine).

The consulate can only legalise the signature of a local official from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs who has signed and stamped the local document issued such as Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates, etc.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the local document issued with the signature of a local official from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • the correct fee
  • proof of identity and address

Book an appointment to legalise a signature of a local official from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs who has signed and stamped the local document

Copies of British certificates

For copies of British birth, death and marriage certificates, visit the General Register Office.

Data Protection

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998 (which may be viewed at Information Commissioner’s Officer. Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.

Disclaimer

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCO and the British embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 17 April 2013