India is a member of the Hague Convention of 1961 and the FCDO Apostille only should suffice for documents to be used in India.

However, in practice notwithstanding that India has ratified The Hague Convention 1961, some local authorities in India usually require further attestation by the Indian High Commission (IHC).

Please check the requirements with the local requesting party in India to avoid rejection.


The FCDO Apostille fee is £40 for standard service, £100 for premium service or £35 for e-Apostille service.

The Indian High Commission fee is £45.44 per company document plus VFS Global fees.


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 Indian High Commission via VFS Global processing time is likely to be 3-5 working days from the date of submission.


The IHC shall attest commercial documents ONLY if the company in question is incorporated in the UK and if these documents are required by the requesting party in India to be attested by the High Commission.

Only commercial/company documents can be legalised via Agents.
For any type of private documents, if further legalisation by the IHC is required, the document holder must attend the consular section in person with a valid original ID.

For submission of commercial documents for attestation by the IHC via VFS Global, the following subordinate documents are required:

  1.  Miscellaneous Application Form dully filled in and signed by the applicant/representative of the company;
  2. A request letter for the service on Company Letterhead paper with the seal of the company stamped on the Company. The request letter should be signed by one of the Directors of the Company and should be accompanied by a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation in respect of the company duly notarised & Apostilled by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office;
  3. The document(s) to be attested in original along with a photocopy set of the original document(s). All commercial documents issued in the UK that require attestation should be duly notarised & Apostilled by the UK FCDO;
  4. The commercial documents must be submitted along with the valid original passport and photocopy of the passport pages containing personal particulars of one of the Directors of the Company. If due to any reason, the original passport cannot be submitted, duly notarised copies of the passport pages containing personal particulars of one of the Directors of the Company should be submitted.

The legalisation of documents is currently carried out by an external agency (VFS Global) and an appointment for submission of the documentation must be booked in advance.

We are unable to assist with the legalisation of commercial documents for India.

Method of payment: card or cash only


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