"Legalisation (or ATTESTATION/APOSTILLE as it is commonly known) is the process of authenticating and stamping a South African document to the required level so that countries all over the world will accept it as authentic.
Attestation is most commonly used to authenticate academic, marriage or legal documents for employment or higher education purposes abroad.
Our processing time for attestation is largely dependent on which embassy you require stamping from and your documentation.”
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(+27) 21 418 1843
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Corporate Consultant is Abdul Karriem Parker
Cell: +27 82 672 6786
Tel: (+27) 21 418 1843
Tel: +27 (21) 554 7861
Fax: +27 86 519 5786
Documents we can legalise and authenticate (Attest)
We specialise in the authentication of required documents for use in other countries, such as:
- Degree certificates, diplomas, matric certificates and academic transcripts
- Medical reports and certificates
- Powers of attorney
- Unabridged birth and marriage certificates
- Passport copies and Letters of no impediment
- Contracts and trade documents
- Police clearance certificates
Document Attestation Services
We have offices in Pretoria and have access to all Embassies and Government departments in South Africa's Capital City.
We help and accept documents from individuals and companies from South Africa as well as those that are abroad with their various document requirements by providing a quick and 100% genuine attestation/apostille service.
Visa Logistics also offers a range of services that simplifies the entire process of attestation/Apostille like:
- State Attestation
- HRD Attestations
- Chamber of Commerce attestation
- Translation Services
What you need to know
Apostille (also known as notarial and authentication) is the term given to the authentication of the seals and signatures of officials on public documents. In order to be valid for international use, birth certificates, notarials, court orders and any other document issued by public authority must be apostilled.
When will you need an apostille?
Apostilles are needed when requiring stamped documents for use in countries that are parties to the Hague Apostille Convention. Any country not appearing on this list is not a signatory and as such documents cannot be apostilled for that country and will instead have to be authenticated / attested.
What is the Hague Convention?
A treaty developed by Hague Conference on Private International Law (83 Members: 82 States and 1 Regional Economic Integration Organisation) to prevent children under the age of 16 years of being internationally abducted by a parent and removing them from their home country.
Please see here a list of these countries: https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members
Visa Logistics also offers a range of services that simplifies the entire process of Attestation/Apostille like:
- Overnight courier (collecting & delivering)
- Overnight courier to multiple embassies/consulates
- Sworn Translation Services
- Authentication by the Notary Public & High Court
- Authentication by Departments of Basic & Higher Education
- Authentication by HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa)
- Authentication by DIRCO
We at Visa Logistics strive to provide the best and most efficient services to meet your needs and deadlines. We carry out all queries and processes immediately but we cannot be held liable if third parties or issuing authorities delay the process or if they do not issue your documents before the intended date. We cannot be held liable for any losses incurred with regards to flights and accommodation if visas or other documents are not processed in time.
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Understanding the requirements of the country you wish to travel to. Do you require apostille or attestation?
Documents needing to be attested will be sent directly to the Embassy of the country you wish to travel to. Middle Eastern embassies provide stamps and authentication that are higher than the Notary Public, High Court, Department of Basic & Higher Education, HPCSA and DIRCO.
Documents needing apostille will be sent to the relative offices for stamping/authentication. This will add to your processing timeline.
The processing timeline is solely dependent on which Embassy you require stamping from and the documents in question.
- Saudi Arabian Embassy: 2 weeks
- UAE Embassy: 3-5 working days
- Qatar Embassy: 1-2 weeks
- Kuwait Embassy: 1 week
- DIRCO: 2-3 working days
- HPCSA: 1 week
- Notary Public & High Court: 2-3 working days
- Department of Basic & Higher Education: 3-5 working days
You may attest any original educational qualification, unabridged birth, marriage and death certificates.
The majority of documents that are required to be attested can only be attested in Pretoria as this is where DIRCO (The Department of International Relations and Cooperation a.k.a Foreign Affairs) is located.
In order for documents to be attested they have to go to one or more of the following places:
- Notary Public and the High Court
- Departments of Basic and Higher Education as well as Umalusi
- HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa)
- The Relevant Embassy / Consulate
An Apostille is a form of authentication issued for documents that will be used in countries that participate in the Hague Convention.
Authentications refer to countries that are not members of the Apostille Convention and require different forms and certifications. The process is similar to obtaining an apostille; however it requires the additional Embassy Legalization by the Embassy of the country in which the document is to be presented.
Here at Visa Logistics, we have formed strong bonds with the Gulf region embassies in South Africa. We specialise in facilitating documents within the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwaiti embassies. In our years of dealing with these particular embassies, we have grown to understand their requirements and regulations.
We pride ourselves in producing services in the fastest time possible. We understand the deadlines of life and the strenuous admin that comes with it. That’s why we offer full services of collecting your documents, facilitating and delivering back to your doorstep.