Overseas Death Certification Update

December 9, 2014   //   No Comments

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Registration at British Consulates overseas are being gradually withdrawn throughout 2014 and early 2015.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 and September 2014,  59 countries and territories were repatriated. On 11 December, a further 83 countries will be repatriated with the aim to complete the transfer of remaining countries in two further phases in the first half of 2015.

For information on countries affected, please visit the government’s website.   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.

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.  Further information is available on the government’s website.