Pakistan: notarial and documentary services guide

List of documentary services we provide and information about why we cannot provide notarial services in Pakistan.


Consular staff in Commonwealth countries have no general powers to perform notarial acts. As Pakistan is a Commonwealth country, the British High Commission in Islamabad and the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi do not provide notarial services.

Services we provide in Pakistan

standard letter is available to confirm that we do not offer notarial services.

We also provide a list of local lawyers.

If you still cannot find what you’re looking for, you can contact the [British High Commission in Islamabad or Deputy High Commission in Karachi].

Services provided elsewhere

If you require notarial services you should contact a local lawyer or notary.

If you need to get a UK public document ‘legalised’ or ‘apostilled’ so authorities will accept the document overseas, read our guidance on getting a document legalised.

Data Protection

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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.


This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the high commission by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly, the FCDO and the British High Commission will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Updates to this page

Published 4 April 2013
Last updated 17 August 2023 + show all updates
  1. Visa introduction letters have been removed from the list of services because they are no longer provided.

  2. Changes to the services offered by consular at the British High Commission Islamabad

  3. Change in contact no.

  4. Updates in the process of booking appointments.

  5. Online appointment link is added.

  6. First published.

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