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Apostille and Document Authentication

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Everything you need to know

The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, (“the Apostille Convention”) is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

The Apostille Convention specifies the requirements through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries (South Africa being one of them) can be certified for legal purposes and used in all other signatory countries.

The certification is called an apostille.

The apostille does not give information on the content of the underlying document, rather it certifies the signature, capacity of the signatory and correctness of the seal or stamp on the document.

The apostille is done in Pretoria at the Department of Foreign Affairs by EasyApostille on behalf of applicants.

Documents we can apostille for you

  • Marriage Certificates / Birth Certificates / Letters of no impediment / Any document issued by the Department of Home Affairs
  • Matric Certificates / Tertiary Degrees, Diplomas, Qualifications*
  • South African Police Clearance Certificates**
*Matric certificates / tertiary degrees, diplomas or qualifications require verification from the relevant Government governing body prior to submission for the apostille. EasyApostille will submit documentation to the Department of Higher Education, Department of Basic Education or Umalusi Council for verification prior to the apostille.

**SAPS Certificates remain valid for 6 months.

Documents we can authenticate and apostille for you

  • Decree of Divorce / Court Order issued from any South African Court
  • Agreements / Contracts / Trade Documents / Power of Attorney
  • Medical / Radiological reports
  • Copy of Passport / ID Book / Drivers Licence
  • Translations
Authentication requires that a South African Notary notarises the document.

We can also submit documentation for Consular / Embassy Authentication


Submission fees vary depending on the Embassy / Consulate.

Embassy / Consulate turnaround times to process the documentation also vary.

Once your instruction is received and the Embassy / Consulate is confirmed, we will advise on the submission fees and time to finalise the documents.

Convenient

Drop documents at the EasyApostille office in Sandton, arrange for collection and delivery in Johannesburg or courier the documents from anywhere in the world. Select your pricing option and we will submit the documentation for the apostille and arrange to get the documents and certifications back to you.

Tailor-made Packages

Select one of three options dependent on your budget or the urgency of the application.

Reliable

With over 10 years in the industry our experience is unrivalled.

Select a price that fits your budget

You will be directed to a form where you can complete all of your details

2 Day Urgent DIRCO Apostille Package
R1500/ once off.
You deliver and collect from our office
We collect & deliver in JHB
additional R 250
We courier back SA address
additional R 200
We courier back international
additional R 650
Choose
Normal Apostille Package
R750/ once off
You deliver and collect from our office
We collect & deliver in JHB
additional R 250
We courier back SA address
additional R 200
We courier back international
additional R 650
Choose
High Court Apostille
R1500/ once off
You deliver and collect from our office
We collect & deliver in JHB
additional R 250
We courier back SA address
additional R 200
We courier back international
additional R 650
Choose

Want to meet us in person? Let’s arrange a meeting at: SIMPLEX ATTORNEYS, 8th Floor, Sinosteel Plaza, 159 Rivonia Road, Sandton, 2057
Have an urgent question you need answered now? Call, whatsapp, viber or telegram us on: +27 (0) 83 630 9001
Need something in writing? Send us an email on: [email protected] (We will reply within 24 hours)

What our customer say about us

Easy, Efficient, Hassle Free

EasyApostille made the Apostille process quick and easy – thank you for taking the stress away and the whatsapp pictures updating me. Marilyn, Gauteng – 31 July 2019.
EasyApostille makes the process seamless, thank you so much. David, Amsterdam – 9 August 2019
Thank you, Peter and Nico, for great client service and experience. I recommend this company for Apostille of documents. Baloyi, Australia – 15 July 2019

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Dear Client,

South Africa under a Presidential ordered “lockdown”, which has been defined into different levels. South Africa is currently under level 4 lockdown since 1 May from a level 5 lockdown in force during mid-February and April.

You may view the latest Directive published on 29 April 2020, most notably Annexure D on page 35 headed “Essential Services” pertaining to Level 4 lockdown - https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/202004/43258rg11098gon480.pdf

We have the following updates on the services we offer:-

DIRCO – CLOSED until further notice, no communication received.

 

Courts – PARTIALLY OPENED - with skeleton staff working on a rotational basis for Apostilles, not authentications.

SAQA – CLOSED until further notice, no communication received.

The SAPS police clearance department – OPEN - with skeleton staff working on a rotational basis.

 

VFS – CLOSED the latest information received: VFS will open under level 2 lockdown and start with collections only (dates unconfirmed). VFS will then open for new applications at a later unconfirmed date.

The Department of Home Affairs have advised, by published Directive, that foreign nationals will not be penalised on their visa conditions as long as the expiry of the visa is a result of the lockdown. All COVID affected visas are deemed to be valid if expired during lockdown. More information on the DHA website (please note that the info has not been updated and may not apply under level 4 lockdown): http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/1336-temporary-measures-to-deal-with-immigration-issues-during-the-national-lockdown

The Department of Home AffairsImmigration matters – PARTIALLY OPENED but they are clearing backlogs of visa and permanent residence applications. No new applications in RSA or at the Embassy. Visa exempted countries have been suspended, foreign nationals must travel with a newly authorised visa and may be subject to forced quarantine for 14 days on arrival. (Some Embassies are accepting  visitors visa applications for urgent matters, i.e. death in the family. The application must contain a detailed motivation to consider the visa application).  

The Department of Home AffairsCivic Affairs – PARTIALLY OPENED only processing certain new applications like birth/death certificates relating to the last few months & COVID. Rotational staff are also clearing backlogs of existing applications. Reissuing of certificates is closed until further notice.

SA EMBASSIES – Some are open, some closed; with no consistency or notice of opening/closing. The Embassies are acting autonomously. We advise that you contact your nearest Embassy should you need any Embassy services.

FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN SA – Majority are closed, most notably the Chinese Embassy in SA is closed which will affect TEFL applications for teaching in China which require the Embassy Stamp on the documentation.

SENDING/RECEIVING DOCUMENTS – documents can only be sent to us by courier and we can only return documents by courier door to door (we use DHL). For new and upcoming applications we advise that you send the documents to us in the interim so when Departments open we can submit immediately. Currently we cannot meet face to face, but happy to discuss by telephone call, skype, whatsapp call or video conference.

Please feel free to call or email us with regards to the services and support we can provide for you during the lockdown period. Our Sandton office premises remains closed, but we are still open and fully operational with staff working remotely respecting and adhering to Government directives.

Please note that all of the above is subject to change without notice. We will post updates as and when we receive clarification.

Keep safe and Godspeed during these difficult times.