Help for British nationals overseas – guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Greece

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at British consulates in Greece

Overview

The British consulate can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Greece. 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. Use the links after each service to make an appointment. Use the links after each service to make a reservation. A member of staff will contact you to confirm your 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 Greece, the UK or a third country.

Services we provide in Greece

  • legalisation of the signature of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • make a certified copy of a document
  • issue of a Certificate of Non-Impediment for marriage in Greece
  • various informative notes and letters

For information about documents relating to marriage, such as a certificate of no impediment (CNI) and 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 Greece

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 credit card and cash.

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.

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 (both the plastic card and paper document are required) and British divorce decrees.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • The document that you need a certified copy of
  • The correct fee – see the list of fees and [payment options]{add anchor link}
  • Proof of identity/address

[Book an appointment to make a certified copy in the British Embassy in Athens

Prepare a document in English or the local language

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. We can prepare these documents in English or in the local language. Please ensure you select the correct service and note the difference in fees.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • Original written evidence to support your request for a letter from the consulate
  • The correct fee – see the list of fees and payment by Credit card or cash
  • Proof of identity/address – see above what we will accept as proof

Book an appointment to prepare a document in English in British Embassy in Athens

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 of a document or give approval of its content. UK public documents can be legalised by the Legalisation Office.

What you will need to bring with you: * The document to be legalised * The correct fee – see the list of fees and payment by credit card or cash * Proof of identity/address – see above what we will accept as proof

Book an appointment to legalise a document in British Embassy in Athens

Other services we provide

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] (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/209857/Life_Certificate_Witness_Options.pdf) who can do this for you.

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.