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Registering a Birth for Brits

Registering a Birth For Brits
Author: British Embassy, Athens

Greece - How to Register a British Birth


Registering a Birth for Britons in Greece or Cyprus when the child is born to a British national is automatically considered a British citizen, provided that one or both parents were born, naturalised, registered or adopted in the United Kingdom.

Registration of a birth (for a British Birth Certificate) while British parents are in Greece or Cyprus is optional.

If a British birth certificate is required, the following original documents need to be produced at the Consular Section of the British Embassy in Athens or British consulates around the country:

  • * the child’s Greek birth certificate (ΛΗΞΙΑΡΧΙΚΗ ΠΡΑΞΗ ΓΕΝΝΗΣΗΣ)
  • * the parents’ marriage certificate (where appropriate)
  • * one or both parents’ long version British birth certificates or certificates of naturalization/registration.


Note 1 - How to obtain copies of original birth/marriage certificates registered in the U.K. you will need to contact the General Registry Office for UK in Southport whose web site is http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/

Please ensure that you include your current postal address and daytime telephone number.

There is no time limit before which the registration must be effected.

Note 2: Children born to a Greek father or after 08/05/1984 to a Greek mother, are automatically considered Greek citizens although they may also be British citizens.

Application Costs for a British Birth Certificate

For information on the cost of this service and other possible expenses, please contact the British Embassy in Athens or your nearest consulate in Greece, or the British High Commission In Nicosia, Cyprus. There is an extra fee for posting the certificate to you. Costs are quoted in Sterling and converted into Euros at the prevailing exchange rate on display in each mission.

The completed form should be posted to the British Embassy in Athens or submitted by hand to the nearest Consular section during opening hours.

The telephone numbers and address of the British Vice-Consulate in Heraklion that covers the whole of the island of Crete is here.

The approximate waiting period for processing an application and issue of certificate(s) is 5 working days.

Copies of the Overseas Birth Registration application form are sent to the General Registry Office at Southport (as referred to above) and a copy is kept at the Consulate for reference.

Additional Advice from BritsinCrete:

This document is based on one written by the British Embassy, Athens. A number of contact details for registering a birth overseas changed in 2009. Visit the General Registry Office website http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/ for current information.