Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Cyprus

Documents, certificates and letters available at the High Commission in Cyprus.

Overview

As Cyprus is a Commonwealth country, the British high commission is not able to perform notarial acts or legalise documents.

Some examples of notarial acts include certifying documents as true copies of originals, administering oaths or taking affidavits. Persons requiring notarial work or the legalisation of documents, should contact a local notary public. In the case of legalising documents, the Legalisation Office in the UK can also be contacted. Those requiring a certified copy of a British passport should contact a local lawyer. We have published a list of English-speaking lawyers who are members of the Cyprus Bar Association.

Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a UK public document is genuine. Legalisation is often required by foreign authorities before they will allow a UK document to be used for official purposes in their country; legalisation does not certify the authenticity of a document or give Foreign & Commonwealth Office approval of its content.

If you do send documents to the Legalisation Office, please ensure that registered post is used to and from the UK.

Services provided by the British High Commission Nicosia

  • verify a signature of an official document from the Republic of Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • prepare or forward a letter of introduction for a British national applying for a visa

Verify the signature of an official document from the Republic of Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This service is for customers that need to verify a signature of an official document from the Republic of Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • original document from the Republic of Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees
  • proof of identity such as your passport or identity card

Book an appointment to verify the signature of an official document from the Republic of Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the British High Commission Nicosia.

Prepare or forward a letter of introduction for a British national applying for a visa

This service is for customers that need a letter of introduction for a British national applying for a visa.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • proof of identity such as your passport or identity card
  • proof of your residential address (for example, two recent utility bills)
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees

Book an appointment to prepare or forward a letter of introduction for a British national applying for a visa at the British High Commission Nicosia.

Data Protection

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998. 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 16 April 2013
Last updated 3 September 2013 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include birth and death registration links
  2. First published.