Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Oman

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British Embassy Muscat.

Overview

The British Embassy can provide certain notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Oman.

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. Please 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 registry office, tax authorities, immigration office or another authority either in Oman, the UK or a third country.

Services we provide in Oman

Consular staff in Muscat can:

  • administer an affirmation or affidavit
  • witness a signature
  • make a certified copy of certain UK documents
  • unite documents
  • prepare a document in English

For documents relating to marriage, such as a certificate of no impediment (CNI), please see getting married abroad.

If you can’t find the service you are looking for on this page, please see other services provided by the British embassy in Oman.

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 cash in local currency or credit card eg: Visa, MasterCard.

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 as proof of identity.

We accept a tenancy/lease agreement or a letter from your employer as proof of your address .

Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit

This service is for people who need to swear an oath, make an affirmation or make an affidavit in front of a consular officer.

The embassy will not draft documents for you. First check with the embassy what format they need and then have the document drawn up or checked by a professional.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the oath, affirmation or affidavit that you will swear or affirm

  • the correct fee

  • proof of identity/address

  • the correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options

Book an appointment for an oath, affirmation or affidavit the British Embassy Muscat

Witness a signature

This service is for customers who need to sign a document and have their signature witnessed by a consular officer. The document must be prepared before your appointment as we will not draft documents for you. We do not handle wills, power of attorney, or witness deed polls.

Please do not sign the document before your appointment.

Local authorities require you to provide a letter of no objection for spouse/children to change sponsorship.You will need to show proof of relationship, i.e. a marriage certificate or birth certificates of children.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the document that you will sign before a witness

  • the child/children’s birth certificate(s)

  • marriage certificate

  • proof of identity/address

  • the correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options

Book an appointment for witnessing a signature at the British Embassy Muscat

Make a certified copy of a document

This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of British passports to be used overseas (documentary evidence required), Home Office registration/naturalisation certificates and British divorce decrees.

From 1st February 2014 British educational degrees and vocational certificates will only need to be verified by the British Council. Once verified the document can be taken directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for endorsement. It is not necessary for the Embassy to further stamp and legalise the British Council signature. Call the British Council call centre on 800 24680 for more information.

We are unable to legalise or provide certified copies of marriage, birth or death certificates, you will have to send these certificates to FCO legalisation office in Milton Keynes. Detailed guidance is available on the website. Any Document with FCO legalisation (Apostille) can be directly used in Oman it does not need further stamping by the British Embassy. Alternately, the certificates can be legalised (Apostille) at the Foreign and Commonwealth’s legalisation office in UK.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment for certified copies at the British Embassy Muscat

Unite documents

This service joins documents together using ribbon and a seal and is usually only needed for legal reasons.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to unite documents at the British Embassy Muscat

Prepare a document in English

In a limited number of cases consular staff can write a statement of fact (‘preparing a certificate’) to help British nationals with various local authorities. The wording must be cleared with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, which means these documents will take longer to prepare.

We can only provide this service if we have proof that the wording/content you require is correct and unambiguous. This service is provided at the discretion of consular staff and we can refuse to provide it. Please contact the Embassy before making an appointment.

We can prepare these documents in English.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the wording or content and proof it is correct and unambiguous

  • proof of identity/address

  • the correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options

Book an appointment to prepare a document in English at the British Embassy Muscat

Other services we provide

Services provided elsewhere

We no longer provide 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.

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 12 December 2013