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 your personal attendance using the links below.

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

The opening hours for appointments (local time) are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 12.00pm (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

We accept payment by 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 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

Book an appointment to administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit in the British Embassy in Tunisia

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.

Please do not sign the document before your appointment.

What you will need to bring with you:

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.

If you are living in the UK and are planning to get married in Tunisia, you’ll be asked to provide a certificate of no impediment (CNI) to prove you’re allowed to marry. You can normally get a CNI by giving a notice of marriage at your local register office or registrar in the UK. Find your local office or registrar in England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey or Guernsey. A CNI issued in Scotland is valid for 3 months. A CNI issued in England, Wales or Northern Ireland will not expire. Check with your local register office to find out how long a CNI is valid if you live in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. You should also check with the local authorities in Tunisia to find out how long a CNI is valid under local law.

You’ll need to exchange your certificate of no impediment issued by UK registrar for one that’s valid in Tunisia at the British Embassy in Tunis.

The local authorities may require additional documents such as your birth certificate or evidence of the termination of any previous marriage. You should clarify this with the local authorities. The names on all documents you provide must appear exactly as they do on your passports - if not, the authorities may refuse to allow the marriage to go ahead. You may need to provide evidence if the name on your passport is different to your birth certificate (eg marriage certificate or deed poll).

Exchange a certificate of no impediment issued by a UK registrar

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to exchange a certificate of no impediment at the embassy in Tunis.

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 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

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.

NOTE-Recognition or Validity of Marriage (PDF, 721KB, 1 page)

Published 4 April 2015
Last updated 8 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. changes
  2. Fees Update
  3. We have produced the following information note that you can download free of charge to present to the local authorities.
  4. https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised
  5. Consular appointments system changed
  6. First published.