Legalisations

VisaExpress offers fast, easy, and secure processing of document legalisation services.

Legalisation is the official process of document authentication granted by international governments. If your travels require the use of a UK public document in an overseas country, you may find that the local authorities require it to be legalised before it can be used.  Each country has its own legalisation requirements which are determined by the type of document being legalised and its intended use.  Your document must be legalised by both the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and in many cases, also at the embassy of the foreign country in order for it to be considered genuine.

Documents requiring legalisation services can include:

Academic Certificates
Birth, Civil Partnership, and Marriage Certificates
Business Contracts
Certificates of Incorporation
Certificate of No Impediment
Documents from British Overseas Territories
Export Certificates
Religious Documents

VisaExpress can obtain document legalisations in as little as one day.  We will collect your documents and submit them to the FCO and appropriate embassy on your behalf.  Print, fill out and sign the order form and return it to VisaExpress and we will begin processing your order.




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To learn more about VisaExpress’s legalisation services email legalisations@visaexpress.co.uk or call 020 7251 4822.

The Hague Convention

The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents is an international agreement that took place in The Hague, Netherlands in 1961.  This agreement eliminated the need for additional legalisation requirements for document use between nations.  The Hague Convention provides that an Apostille is the only form of legalisation required for travel between participating countries.  An Apostille is an official stamp issued by the Foreign Commonwealth Office stating that your documents are genuine. 

These countries are members of the Hague Convention

Foreign Office Apostille Services

When carrying documents abroad, an Apostille stamp is required to ensure the authenticity of your official documents.  Apostilles are the official seal of the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) certifying your documents as genuine.  VisaExpress can obtain an Apostille on your behalf.  We will collect your documents and submit them to the FCO for authentication.

The following list of documents can receive an Apostille from the FCO:

Affidavits

Association of Police Chief Officer

Birth Certificates

Civil Partnership & Marriage Certificates

Death Certificates

Declarations

Disclosure Documents

Divorce Certificates

Documents from HM Revenue and Customs

Export Certificates

Certificates of No Impediment

Certificates of Incorporation

Change of Name Deed Polls

Documents from British Overseas Territories

Foreign Documents

Foreign Language Translations of UK Documents

Medical Documents

National Identification Certificates

Notarial Acts

Passports

Pet Travel Schemes

Powers of Attorney

Religious Documents

UK Court Documents

UK Crown Dependency Documents

UK Educational Documents

Wills

Receive an Apostille from the FCO certifying your documents as genuine.   Print, fill out and sign the order form and return it to VisaExpress and we will begin processing your order. VisaExpress can obtain an Apostille in as little as one day. 

 

Albania  Dominican Republic  Lithuania  San Marino 
Andorra  Ecuador  Luxembourg  Sao Tome & Principe
Antigua & Barbuda  El Salvador  Macao  Serbia 
Argentina  Estonia Macedonia  Seychelles 
Armenia  Fiji  Malawi  Slovakia 
Aruba Finland  Malta  Slovenia 
Australia  France  Marshall Islands  South Africa 
Austria  Georgia  Mauritius  Spain 
Azerbaijan  Germany  Mexico  St. Kitts & Nevis 
Bahamas  Greece  Moldova St. Lucia 
Barbados  Grenada  Monaco  St. Vincent & Grenadines 
Belarus  Honduras  Mongolia  Suriname 
Belgium  Hong Kong Montenegro Swaziland 
Belize  Hungary  Namibia  Sweden 
Bosnia & Herzegovina  Iceland  Netherlands  Switzerland 
Botswana  India  New Zealand  Tonga 
Brunei Darussalam  Ireland  Nicaragua  Trinidad & Tobago 
Bulgaria  Israel  Niue  Turkey 
Cape Verde  Italy  Norway  Ukraine 
Colombia  Japan  Oman  United Kingdom 
Cook Islands  Kazakhstan  Panama  Uruguay 
Costa Rica   Korea, Republic of Peru  USA 
Croatia  Kyrgyzstan  Poland  Uzbekistan 
Cyprus  Latvia  Portugal  Vanuatu 
Czech Republic  Lesotho  Romania  Venezuela 
Denmark  Liberia  Russian Federation   
Dominica  Liechtenstein  Samoa   

To learn more about VisaExpress’s Apostille services email legalisations@visaexpress.co.uk or call 020 7251 4822.

Notarisation Services

Notarisation is the process of verifying the authenticity of facts set out in a document. Documents to be used in other countries often require notarisation before they are presented for use.  VisaExpress provides notarisation services to assure that your important documents are considered valid and legal in the country they are intended for.

To learn more about VisaExpress’s Notarisation services email legalisations@visaexpress.co.uk or call 020 7251 4822.

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