Notarial and documentary services guide for Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at British Embassy in Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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The British Embassy in Pyongyang temporarily closed in May 2020 due to travel restrictions put in place by the DPRK Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently unable to provide any consular assistance. You can contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office on +44 (0)20 7008 1500, if you require any urgent consular assistance.

British Nationals thinking of travelling to North Korea should regularly check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s travel advice for North Korea.


The British Embassy in Pyongyang has consular responsibility for all categories of British nationals (including dual nationals) and their non-British dependants as well as Irish and unrepresented Commonwealth nationals. We share responsibility with other EU missions in Pyongyang for unrepresented EU nationals in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The British Embassy in DPRK issues a range of legal documents for British nationals. Please make an appointment for each service.

Notarial services

We offer:

  • certifying copies of official documents issued in the UK
  • administering oaths, affirmations
  • statutory declarations
  • witnessing signatures

These services are available for a fee. We cannot provide refunds of consular fees a for certificates or notarial services that are not accepted by the requesting authority. Fees for consular certificates and documents are paid on the day of the appointment and can be paid in cash (by Euros).

Please note that we cannot certify copies of British birth, marriage or death certificates. To obtain a copy of these certificates, you should apply to the appropriate local Register Office or the relevant General Register Office (GRO) in the UK. You can find details of how to do this from GOV.UK (for England and Wales); (for Scotland) and (for Northern Ireland).


Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp is genuine. The British Embassy can only legalise seals and signatures of officials of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

For legalisation or apostille services of UK official documents, please visit the website of our colleagues in the Legalisation Office.

If you cannot find what you are looking for in the list below please refer to the list of services which may be provided elsewhere.

Please also see our additional information on marriage

If you still cannot find what you are looking for you can contact the embassy

Book an appointment for a notarial act or certificate

Please contact the British Embassy Pyongyang if you would like to make an appointment for notarial services.

Contact Us

British Embassy Pyongyang
Munsu-dong Diplomatic Compound
Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Switchboard: +850 2 381 7980 Tel from inside DPRK: (0) 2 832 7980 Emergency Tel (outside DPRK):+850 191 250 7980 Emergency Tel (inside DPRK) : 191 250 7980

We are open from 09.00 to 18.00 from Monday to Thursday and 09.00 to 13.00 on a Friday.

Published 5 April 2013