Documents for use in the Bahamas do not usually need to be legalised if they have been signed/authenticated by a UK notary public (s.
102 (1)(a) of the Bahamian Evidence Act 1996).
The Bahamas High Commission in London offers attestation of documents originated from the Bahamas which have been attested by their local Ministry of Foreign Affairs for use in other countries such as the UAE, if required.
Please confirm the legalisation requirements with the local instructing party to avoid rejection.
If FCDO Apostille is required, the FCDO Apostille fee is £40 for standard service, £100 for premium service or £35 for e-Apostille service.
If consular attestation is required, the consular fee per document is £80.
The FCDO turnaround time is likely to be 1-2 working days for standard service (paper-based), 5-6 hours for premium service or 5-48 hours for the e-Apostille service.
The Bahamas High Commission processing time is 1-2 working days.
For the Standard Apostille Next-Day Service (paper-based Apostille), we must receive the original documentation by 11:00 am to be despatched next working day.
The Premium Apostille is a limited service the FCDO can provide for a few eligible types of documents and they require evidence to support the urgency requirement. Please contact our Legalisation Team for further details.
Documents eligible for the e-Apostille must be first notarised with an Advanced Electronic Signature (AES) or a Qualified Electronic Signature (QES).
If legalisation by the Bahamas High Commission is required, photocopy of the document is needed.
Method of payment: cash only
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