LEGALISATION REQUIREMENT FOR South Africa

Documents for use in the Republic of South Africa usually do not need to be legalised if they are signed/authenticated by a UK notary public (r.
63(2)(e) of the South African Uniform Rules of Court (version as of 26th June 2009).

In some cases, the FCDO Apostille legalisation may be required. Please confirm the requirements with the local requesting party in South Africa or the Consulate in London to avoid rejection.

FEES

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

PROCESSING TIME

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.

IMPORTANT NOTES

For the Standard Apostille Next-Day Service (paper-based Apostille), we must receive the original documentation by 11:00 am to be despatched the 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).

CONSULATE ADDRESS

15 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DD

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