Authentication (Legalization) of Documents

Foreign countries often require “official” documents to be “authenticated” before such documents can be accepted. An “authentication” is a governmental act by which a designated public official certifies the genuineness of the signature and seal and the position of the official who has executed, issued, or certified a copy of a document. As long as this document is authenticated by an apostille it is internationally accepted and valid in countries that are Party to the Convention de La Haye du 5 October 1961.

The sole function of the apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature on the document in question by identifying any stamp or seal affixed to the document. The apostille either must be attached as an annex to the official document or placed on the document itself by means of a stamp.

At the Ministry, this process may take one (1) working day once the documents meet the requirements. Please note that the document(s) must be hand-delivered to the Ministry where an officer will ensure that they meet the necessary requirements for processing. 

Further information regarding this process can be obtained from:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation
Head Quarter, Shacab Area, Road  #01
Telephone: +252-63-7944677