Spain is a member of the Hague Convention of 1961 and the FCDO Apostille only should suffice for documents to be used in Spain.
The FCDO Apostille fee is £40 for standard service, £100 for premium service or £35 for e-Apostille service.
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.
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).
All UK original public documents (e.g. GRO certificates, ACRO, Medical Report, etc.) must be Apostilled attesting the signature of the UK public officials directly. Such documents if certified by notary public or solicitor are not accepted.
ACRO Certificate is the only UK Criminal Records acceptable for Spanish visa application. Apostille must attest to the signature of the ACRO Officer.
The Apostille on Medical Reports must attest the signature of the medical practitioner who must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) the specimen signature must be registered on the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) database in order to be Apostilled.
If the doctor’s signature is not registered on the UK FCDO database, they will need to verify the authenticity of such signature with the Surgery/Medical Practitioner in order to Apostille the medical report. The certification by a solicitor or notary public is not accepted by the Spanish authorities on medical reports/letters.
For the legalisation of UK educational documents, the Spanish authorities require the UK notaries to verify the authenticity of the award with the relevant institution and make a statement of authenticity otherwise they will not accept it.
Other UK documents which are not ink signed or sealed by UK public officials, must be certified by UK notary public only. The Spanish authorities do not accept documents certified by UK solicitor/commissioner for oaths.
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