Apostille is an arrangement under the Hague convention whereby one signatory government certifies to another that a legal document is genuine and “fit for purpose”. Cyprus and UK are signatories.

The EU has a separate EU legislation recognizing members states documents.

With UK no longer an EU country , then UK government and formal documents to be used in Cyprus will require an apostille. ( e.g Marriage, birth, divorce, adoption, Powers of attorney, Certificates)

Without Apostille the recognition process is lengthy, complex buried in “leagalese2 and expensive. The required site is:


It can be initiated on-line

You will  need:

      • e-mail.
      • The documents you want to legalise.
      • A credit or debit card for payment.
      • The address you want your documents returned to.
      • Access to a printer.
      • Cost £30 plus courier £15.

There is also a Premium fast track service available:


e-mail: legalisationenquiries@fcdo.gov.uk

Telephone: 03700 00 22 44
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm


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