Help for British nationals overseas – guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Ethiopia

Certificates and letters available at the British Embassy Addis Ababa


The British Embassy in Ethiopia issues a range of notary documents for British nationals.

It is essential to check with the relevant local authority either in the UK, Ethiopia (eg Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Immigration Office, Ethiopia municipal offices/Sub Cities) or a third country, where the consular certificate or service will be accepted. Only the relevant authority can confirm which service you will require. This information cannot be verified by the British Embassy Addis Ababa.

Book an appointment

No appointment is required. Our opening hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 1.30pm to 4.00pm, except public holidays. Notary services take at least 1 working day to process.

The services we provide

The following services are available at the British Embassy Addis Ababa:

  • affirmation of marriage
  • single status declaration
  • search for records held at the embassy
  • verification of signatories from the Ethiopian MFA/Dependent Territories (where the relevant information is held at the embassy)
  • witnessing of signatures
  • administering a declaration or affirmation
  • certifying copies of documents
  • verification of some letters of support for adoption from the UK

We provide letters of introduction/no objection for the following purposes:

  • applying for work permits
  • applying to renewing work permits
  • applying for travel to Sudan/Djibouti/Democratic Republic of Congo
  • applying for police clearance


Fees for consular certificates and documents are paid at the Consular Section, British Embassy Addis Ababa. Fees are paid on the day, in cash. Refunds will not be given for certificates or notarial services that are not accepted by the requesting authority.

Proof of address and identity

Customers need to provide the following:

  • current British passport (for all services)
  • name, date of birth and year of registration (applies to searches for records)
  • the original documentation for the notary service requested

Data protection

The Foreign and 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 by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCO and the British embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.