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.

British consular officers in Commonwealth countries have no powers under the Commissioners for Oaths Act 1889 as read with the Consular Relations Act 1968 to undertake notarial acts, witnessing a signature, make a certified copy of a document or administer oaths, affirmations or affidavits. If you require these services you should contact a local notary. A standard letter is available to confirm that we do not offer these services.

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.

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 19 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Amended information
  2. Updated to include birth and death registration links
  3. First published.