Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Egypt

Documents, certificates and letters available at British embassy in Egypt.

Overview

The British Embassy Cairo can only provide a very limited range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Egypt.

Where local notaries can provide services, the British embassy 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.

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

Services we provide in Egypt

Consular staff in Egypt can:

  • administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit (for marriage purposes only)
  • prepare a local burial permission letter
  • legalise very limited types of documents (see the legalisation paragraph for details)

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 by Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, or cash in the local currency on the day of the appointment.

Proof of address and identity

For all appointments for notarial services you will need to bring acceptable proof of your identity. We accept passports or national identity cards as proof of identity.

Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit

This service is for people who would like to get married in Egypt under the civil law.

What you will need to bring with you:

For information about documents relating to marriage, see the information on getting married abroad.

Book an appointment to administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit at the British Embassy Cairo.

Prepare a local burial permission letter

You will need to provide personal identification, proof that you are the legal next of kin, death notification from doctor or hospital and the deceased’s passport

Standard letters include:

  • for letters required by other embassies in order to get a visa to travel to their country. This includes the embassies of Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and others. Please download the Letter to Embassies, Letter to Spanish Embassy(PDF, 212KB, 1 page) free of charge which you can present at the respective embassy.
  • for letters of no objection to help with school/university admission, please download the attached file
  • for letters addressed to the traffic authority to help British nationals to apply for a driving/car licence, please download the attached file

Legalisation services

For a UK document to be recognised in Egypt, you have to:

For an Egyptian document to be used in the UK, it has to be:

  • legalised by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Egypt
  • then the Egyptian Consulate in London.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to legalise a document at the British Embassy Cairo.

Services provided elsewhere

We no longer witness life certificates for British nationals claiming a British pension abroad. Please refer to the list of people working in a recognised profession who can do this for you.

Certified true copy of passports

This could now be done at one of the English speaking lawyers officers available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/egypt-list-of-lawyers

Data protection

The Foreign & 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 / consulate by the relevant authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCO and the British embassy / consulate will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. For all notarial and legalisation services it is the responsibility of the customer to ascertain the precise requirements of the person requesting the notarial or legalisation service and to satisfy themselves that the service provided by the embassy/consulate will be accepted.

Published 5 April 2013
Last updated 16 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. updated notarial and documentary services guide
  2. Dear Subscriber, a visa letter addressed to the Spanish Embassy has been uploaded to help you obtain the visa.
  3. Updated letter required by other embassies for visa to travel to their country with the new Consul's signature. This includes the embassies of Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and others.
  4. Dear Subscriber, Letters of no objection to help with school/university admission are available online for download. Letters addressed to the traffic authority to help British nationals to apply for a driving/car licence are available online for download.
  5. Please note that Clickbook for consular appointments is down. If you wish to make an appointment with the consular section, please send your request to the following address Cairo.ConsularAppointments@fco.gov.uk Please ensure that you provide your contact details, and the notarial or documentary service you are applying for. Appointments are available 10:00 hrs – 13:00 hrs Sunday to Thursday.
  6. Updated the Notarial and documentary services guide for Egypt
  7. attachment updated
  8. civil marriage information added
  9. First published.