Are there different legalisation requirements for different countries?
Hague Convention Countries – if a document is to be legalised for use in a Hague Convention Country (a country that has signed onto the Hague Convention), the document should first be notarised, before it is taken to High Court for an Apostille certificate. Click here for an updated list on Hague Convention Countries
Non-Hague Convention Countries – If a document is to be legalised in a non-Hague Convention Country (i.e. a country not on the list above such as the United Arab Emirates) the document shall need to be notarised, taken to The High Court, DIRCO and then the document shall need to be presented to the relevant embassy or consulate for attestation.
Different embassies or consulates may require additional documents or steps to be carried out. The above is only a basic guide. Please give us a call for a free consultation to work out exactly what steps you shall need to take.