Notarial and documentary services guide for Zambia

How someone in Zambia can get documents legalised, witnessed or certified, take an oath of British citizenship and obtain informative notes.


The British High Commission Zambia can provide a limited range of document services for British nationals in Zambia.

For legal reasons, we cannot provide notarial services or take affidavits in Commonwealth countries. You should contact a local notary. A standard letter is available to confirm we do not offer these services in Zambia.

You must make an appointment for each service that requires your personal attendance.

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 Zambia, the UK or a third country.

Administer Oath of Allegiance

We offer the administration of Oath of Allegiance. You will be contacted to book an appointment for your Oath of Allegiance once your citizenship certificate has been received at the Embassy from the Home Office.

Book an appointment to administer Oath of Allegiance in Lusaka

Emergency travel documents

We can issue an Emergency travel document if you’re in Zambia and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

Book an appointment to get an emergency travel document in Lusaka

Services provided elsewhere

Witness life certificates

To 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.

Legalise a document

This service only confirms that the signature or seal on a document is genuine. It does not certify the authenticity of a document or give approval of its content. UK public documents can be legalised by the Legalisation Office.

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.


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 11 November 2015
Last updated 11 December 2018 + show all updates
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