Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Tunisia

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

Overview

The British consulate can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Tunisia.

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 you to attend in person using the links on this page.

Services we provide in Tunisia

Consular staff in Tunisia can:

  • administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit
  • witness a signature
  • make a certified copy of a document
  • unite documents
  • prepare a document in English or the local language
  • exchange a certificate of no impediment issued by a UK registrar

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

Booking an appointment

All notarial and documentary services including marriage should be booked with the British Embassy Tunis.

See the individual services below for details of supporting documents to bring and use the link for the service to book your appointment.

The opening hours for appointments (local time) are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00am to midday (Local time). Wednesday: closed.

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

Payment is taken when you attend your appointment preferably by credit or debit card but you can pay in cash in the local currency.

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 a utility bill, Tunisian address certificate or carte de sejour 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.

You may need to make an affirmation or affidavit of marital status in order to get married in Tunisia. See getting married abroad to find out what you need to do. The consulate will not draft documents for you. First check with the consulate 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 – see the full list of consular fees

  • proof of identity/address – birth certificates from both parties

Send us an enquiry using our web form with the reason you need this service and we will contact you if we can provide the service to make an appointment.

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 or probate, or witness deed polls.

Do not sign the document before your appointment.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the document that you will sign before a witness

  • the correct fee – see the full list of consular fees

  • proof of identity/address

Book an appointment to witness a signature at the British Embassy in Tunisia.

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:

Book an appointment to make a certified copy of a British passport at the British Embassy in Tunisia.

Getting married in Tunisia

For information about documents relating to marriage if you are living abroad, such as a certificate of no impediment (CNI) and affirmations or affidavits of marital status, see getting married abroad.

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 (PDF, 17.8KB, 2 pages).

Legalise a document

This service is for customers who require confirmation that the signature, seal or stamp on a document is genuine. It does not certify the authenticity or a document or give approval of its content. UK public documents can be legalised by the Legalisation Office.

Download Marriage Information Note

We have produced the following information note that you can download free of charge to present to the local authorities: Note - Recognition or Validity of Marriage (PDF, 721KB, 1 page).

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 4 April 2015
Last updated 28 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'getting married' section

  2. This is an updated version of the notarial and documentary services for Tunisia

  3. changes

  4. Fees Update

  5. We have produced the following information note that you can download free of charge to present to the local authorities.

  6. https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised

  7. Consular appointments system changed

  8. First published.