Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Ethiopia

This is a detailed notarial and documentary services guide at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa.

Overview

The British Embassy in Ethiopia can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Ethiopia. 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, including legalising a document, preparing documents in English, oaths affirmations and affidavits, witnessing a signature, making a certified copy of a document, British citizenship oath and ceremony, and issuing an Emergency Travel Document.

You must make an appointment for each service that requires your personal attendance. Use the links after each service to make an appointment. 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 Ethiopia, the UK or a third country.

Services we provide in Ethiopia

Consular staff in Ethiopia can:

  • administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit
  • witness a signature
  • make a certified copy of a document
  • prepare a document in English or the local language
  • legalise a document

For information about documents relating to marriage, such as affirmations or affidavits of marital status, see getting married abroad.
If you can’t find the service you are looking for on this page, see other services provided by the British embassy in Ethiopia

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 only 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 documents accepted as proof of address in post 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 Ethiopia. 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:

Book an appointment to administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa

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 Addis Ababa

Make a certified copy of a document

This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of British passports, Home Office registration/naturalisation certificates, UK educational documents (only those that have been issued in the UK by a recognised institution and are listed on the Legalisation Office website), British driving licences and British divorce decrees. What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to make a certified copy at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa

Prepare a document in English

This service is for customers who require a signed and stamped version of one of our standard letters. In a limited number of cases consular staff can write a statement of fact (‘preparing a certificate’) to help British nationals with various local authorities. The wording must be cleared with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, which means these documents will take longer to prepare. We can only provide this service if we have proof that the wording/content you require is correct and unambiguous. This service is provided at the discretion of consular staff and we can refuse to provide it. Please contact the consulate before making an appointment. Please ensure you select the correct service and note the difference in fees. What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to prepare a document in English at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa

Legalise a document

This service is for customers who require confirmation that the signature, seal or stamp on a document is genuine so they can use it for off. 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. You may need to get a document originating in Ethiopia legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before it can be legalised by the British consulate. What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to legalise a document at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa

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.