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Embassy Attestation Service

Consular Legalisation

In some cases, a country may require Apostille legalisation of a document as well as consulate legalisation. My Public Notary London works with most of the embassies in the UK to ensure that we can provide you with a comprehensive embassy attestation service.

Trying to legalise documents on your own with an embassy can be tiring and frustrating. There are many different types of documents that our clients typically work to authorise for use in foreign countries. They include, amongst other things:

–    A copy of passports or visas

–    Government forms

–    Wills and testaments

–    Marriage certificates

–    Lasting Powers of Attorney

–    Work applications

–    Birth and death certificates

–    Overseas copyright applications

–    Registration forms

–    Corporate and commercial documentation

–    Medical results and other documentation for travel.

–    Proof of address

My Public Notary London has a renowned team of notaries that will take care of all processes and legalisation procedures that have to do with embassy attestations, consulates, and High Commissions in London.

We have an in-depth knowledge of each embassy’s document rules, payment procedures, and we will waste no time with delays or finding out standard information.

Country Requirements for Legalisation

Any country is either a British Commonwealth country, a member of the Hague Convention or not either one of these. An embassy attestation is, in most cases, a requirement if a state is neither a British Commonwealth country nor a member of the Hague Convention.

Even though a country is not a Hague Apostille Member Country, you will still have to get an Apostille Certificate from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to legalise a document for that country.

Let’s take a look at the embassy legalisation requirements by country.


The UAE consular service has a number of terms and conditions that you have to meet to legalise an original document or a photocopy of a document. Our embassy attestation service includes obtaining a certification from the department of foreign affairs, if necessary, as well as an Apostille certification from the FCO.

We will then present the content of your application to the UAE embassy for attestation.


Qatar requires that all UK-issued documents be legalised with an Apostille certificate as well as an attestation at the Qatar embassy in London. Since Qatar has multiple job prospects, many people make use of our services to legalise education certificates like degrees and diplomas.


All documents that are issued by UK authorities need an Apostille certificate from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to legalise it for use in Kuwait. Depending on the document type, it may also have to be attested at the Kuwait embassy.


Although Brazil is now a Hague Apostille Member Country, Brazilian authorities may still require that some documents be legalised by embassy attestation. My Notary Public London’s services offer Apostille services and, if necessary, attestation at the Brazilian embassy in London.


Legalising documents for use in China can be a challenging process. Not only do almost all types of documents need an Apostille certificate, but they also have to be attested at the Chinese embassy. The documentation also has to meet many requirements to ensure a successful attestation.


Like China, all documents for use in Egypt have to be attested by the Egyptian consulate. Additionally, a document may also need an Apostille certificate from the FCO. We offer a comprehensive Egyptian document legalisation service that can save you a lot of time and money.

Saudi Arabia

The only documents that British citizen can process via the Saudi Embassy are company documents. Unfortunately, you will not be able to legalise personal documents for use in this country. We can, however, provide you with a complete corporate document legalisation service.


Like most other countries in this list, legalisation of documents for use in Vietnam requires an Apostille stamp as well as an attestation by the Vietnamese embassy in London. Many of our UK clients use our notarial services to legalise documents for trade with Vietnamese suppliers.


Malaysia has somewhat stricter requirements than most of the other countries on this list.

Legalising documents for use in Malaysia take around five working days. After the Foreign and Commonwealth Office attached the Apostille certificate, we will present the document to the Malaysian High Commission for attestation as part of our services.


Most of our clients that use our services for Guatemalan legalisation have commercial or employment documentation that they want to submit. Most documents require an FCO Apostille certificate as well as an attestation by the Guatemalan embassy.


Although Jordan is a member country of the Hague Convention, they have not signed up to the 1961 Apostille Convention. The effect of this is that your document needs an Apostille certification from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as an attestation from the Jordanian embassy.


Indonesia is not a member country of the Hague convention. The result is that you have to obtain an Apostille certificate from the FCO as well as an attestation from the Indonesian embassy in London. The good news is that, although the process can take as long as six days, they are relatively more lenient than, say, Malaysia to approve the document for use in their country.


Legalising documents for use in Ethiopia can pose a challenge if you are not familiar with their rules. If you use our services, we will take care of the entire process and make sure that your documents are legalised with the proper authorities.


The process for legalising documents for use in Iraq is somewhat different than with other countries.  We check and verify each document before handing it over to one of our solicitors for certification. If necessary, we will then present the document to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for certification with an Apostille.

Next, we will present the document to both the local Chamber of Commerce and the Arab British Chamber. Upon approval by these two bodies, we will serve the document upon the Iraqi embassy for attestation.

Since the entire process has many steps involved, legalisation can take up to 15 workdays.


The legalisation process for documents for use in the Philippines may also require certification with an Apostille and attestation by the embassy of the Philippines in London. We may also have to present the document to our solicitors for additional certification.

You can expect the legalisation process for the Philippines to take around seven working days.


Our services will allow you to legalise both personal and business documents in Thailand. The process is as simple as can be for these countries. We will get the Apostille certificate for you and then present the document to the embassy of Thailand for attestation.

Take note, however, that you can expect the legalisation process for Thailand to take around six working days, excluding holidays.


India is a Commonwealth country, which means that, in general, documents submitted for legalisation to the Indian authorities and ministry of foreign affairs may not require attestation or even an Apostille certificate.

Our Embassy Attestation Services

In 2018, the required details and submissions for legalising documentation can be quite extensive, especially as far as the countries in the list above are concerned.

My Notary Public London has an extensive privacy policy that is geared toward protecting your rights. Our embassy attestation service links your documents with the national law system of other countries.

Please feel free to get more details about fees and relations with embassies in London. You can also contact us by phone or email.