Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Update of Changes to Birth and Death registration overseas
Phase three of the transfer to the UK, of overseas birth and death registrations of British Citizens will begin on 11 December.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is changing the way that it registers the birth and death of British Citizens overseas. Registration at British Consulates overseas are being gradually withdrawn throughout 2014 and early 2015. Registrations will be carried out instead in a central registration unit in the UK.
In June 2014, we repatriated 26 countries and territories and in September, a further 33 countries and territories were repatriated. On 11 December, we will repatriate a further 83 countries and aim to complete the transfer of remaining countries in two further phases in the first half of 2015.
This latest transfer of services will affect all applications from the following countries or territories:
|Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia , Aruba, Bahamas, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad , Comoros, Congo , Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti , Honduras, Iran, Côte d’Ivoire, Jamaica, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Moldova, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Palau, Paraguay, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Maarten, St Vincent & Grenadines, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zimbabwe.|
There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same but customers will need to allow extra time for documents to be sent to and from the UK.
Consular birth registration is an optional service and is only available to those born overseas who have an automatic entitlement to British Nationality at birth. There is no legal requirement for a consular birth registration and a local birth certificate with a certified translation if necessary should be sufficient for all purposes in the UK including applying for a passport. Similarly there is no requirement for a consular death certificate – the local certificate should be sufficient for winding up the affairs and obtaining probate in the UK.
Centralisation of consular birth and death registration into a single-purpose unit in the UK will allow the FCO to provide a common online application procedure with credit card payment facility, which will be more efficient and convenient for customers. Centralisation will also help FCO staff overseas give greater focus to their primary function of assisting British nationals in distress.
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