Apostille vs. Attestation: Here is a Simplified Guide

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Understanding Apostille vs. Attestation: Simplifying Legalisation Processes

If you’ve ever needed to use your documents abroad, you might have come across the terms “Apostille” and “Attestation.” These terms refer to the process of making your documents legally valid in another country. Let’s dive deeper into what Apostille and Attestation mean and when you might need them.

Apostille: What is it?

An Apostille is a special certificate that verifies the authenticity of your documents. It’s used when you need to use your documents in a country that’s part of the Hague Apostille Convention. This convention simplifies the process of legalising documents between member countries.

Attestation: What does it involve?

Attestation is a similar process but is used for countries that are not part of the Hague Apostille Convention. It involves getting your documents verified by various authorities, including the government of the country where the document was issued and the embassy or consulate of the country where you plan to use the document.

Key Differences:

  • Scope: Apostille is for countries in the Hague Apostille Convention, while Attestation is for non-member countries.
  • Procedure: Apostille requires a single certificate, while Attestation involves multiple levels of verification.
  • Validity: Apostille is generally accepted without further legalisation, while Attestation may require additional verification by the destination country’s embassy or consulate.

Which One Do You Need?


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