How someone in Greece can get documents legalised, witnessed or certified, take an oath of British citizenship and obtain informative notes.
Please note that the British Embassy Athens premises and British Vice Consulates premises around Greece are closed to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic until further notice.
Notarial services and documentary services for UK nationals wishing to marry in Greece have been temporarily suspended.
The British consulate can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Greece.
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.
Some services may be available by post. You must make an appointment for each service that requires your personal attendance. Use the links after each service to make a reservation. A member of staff will contact you to confirm your 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 Greece, the UK or a third country.
Services we provide in Greece
- make a certified copy of a British passport
- various informative notes and letters
For information about documents relating to marriage, such as a certificate of no impediment (CNI) and affirmations or affidavits of marital status, see getting married abroad.
If you can’t find the service you are looking for on this page, see other services provided by the British embassy in Greece
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
We accept payment by credit card and cash.
Proof of address and identity
For all appointments for notarial services you will need to bring acceptable proof of your identity and address.
We accept passports or national identity cards as proof of identity.
We accept the following as proof of your address:
If you live in Greece proof of address would usually be your original, valid Greek Registration Certificate (Veveosi Engrafis /Βεβαίωση εγγραφής) or Permanent Residence Certificate (Engrafo Monimis Diamonis/Έγγραφο Μόνιμης Διαμονής).
In the absence of either of these, you will be expected to provide a recent original of either:
tax certificate: Greek tax certificate [εκκαθαριστικό] in your name issued within the last 3 months
utility bills (not ones printed off the internet): Greek water / electric / telephone landline bill [but NOT mobile phone bill] in your name issued within the last 3 months
bank/building society/credit card statement (not ones printed off the internet): recent letter from Greek bank or printed bank statement issued within the last 3 months
Make a certified copy of a British passport
This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of British passports.
What you will need to bring with you:
- British passport that you need a certified copy of
- correct fee – see the list of fees and by cash or Mastercard/Visa debit/credit card
- proof of address
Book an appointment to make a certified copy in the British Embassy in Athens
Prepare a document in English
This service is for customers who require a signed and stamped version of one of our standard letters.
What you will need to bring with you:
- the correct fee – see the list of fees and payment can be made by cash or Visa/Mastercard debit/credit card.
- proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof
You do not have to travel to the British Embassy for this service – you can request the certificate to be issued and sent to you by post and pay the fee / postal costs by credit card. To make a request, contact us using our web form
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.
Services we cannot provide
- legalise a UK document
Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on an official public document is genuine. It does not certify the authenticity of a document or give approval of its content. UK public documents such as birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates can be legalised by the UK government in the UK. This is also known as an Apostille.
The Legalisation Office in the UK can legalise UK public documents and you can find information on how to do this here. The British Embassy and Consulates in Greece are unable to legalise UK public documents.
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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.