What is an apostille?

Apostilles are very useful documents for travelling abroad, but not everyone knows what they are. We shall tell you all you need to know about apostilles.
What is an apostille?

If you have ever wondered ‘what is an apostille?’ then we have made a guide just for you.

The Apostille Certificate is a document introduced by the Hague Convention, also known as the Apostille Convention. This convention took place in 1961, and involved the creation of a treaty that simplifies the requirements to legalise people’s documents to travel abroad. 

Over the years since its introduction, more and more countries have adopted apostilles. Today, 125 countries are party to the treaty.

Why do countries use apostilles?

Apostilles were introduced because the alternative system of legalisation takes longer. 

If you want to go to a country that does not accept apostilles, you would need to first get your documents notarised which our friends at Woodcock Notary can assist with; then the documents need to be verified with that country’s embassy or consulate in the UK. 

Then, those documents are sent to your destination country to be attested further. Once approved, your documents can then be used there.

However, legalising documents with apostilles just requires you to get your documents sent to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), who attach your documents with an apostille. Then, the documents can be used in all 126 countries party to the Apostille Convention

How do I find out if I need an apostille?

If you are unsure whether the country you want to go to needs an apostille or not, we recommend contacting us. 

We can not only help you with figuring out which process you will need to carry out, but we can also manage the entire application process for you.

How much is an apostille?

The cost of an apostille depends on how quickly you need it. We offer three apostille service options:

  • Standard – this option takes 10 to 15 working days and is most suited to those with no time constraints
  • Fast-track – our faster apostille option takes 5 to 7 days and is for those who need an apostille much sooner

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If you need our services, request a no-obligation quote today.