Finding the correct process to legalise a document from one country for use in another can seem like a daunting process. Fortunately, the Hague Apostille convention has simplified this process considerably for many countries. The Apostille is all that is required when presenting a document in a country that is a member of the Hague Apostille convention.
When presenting a document in a non-member country embassy legalisation will often be required. Embassies in the UK can issue their own attestation stamps to the document once the apostille has been issued.
Which Countries May Require Embassy Legalisation?
The following countries are not currently a member of the Apostille convention:
UAE (United Arab Emirates)
If you intend to present your documents in any of the countries listed above then your documents may also need to be attested by the respective embassy.
Certain countries, whilst not formally a member of the Apostille convention, may still recognise documents issued with the apostille. We recommend contacting the authorities in the country you intend to use the document to confirm their exact requirements if you are unsure.
How can we help?
We provide an embassy attestation service for most countries that require this. Not all countries have an active embassy in the UK so, in these cases, it may not be possible for the documents to be legalised by the embassy.
Please contact us if you need embassy attestation services for any of the countries listed above. Our experienced advisors are at hand to confirm the fees and the correct process for the country in question.