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We will arrange for all your Apostille certification needs, to make the whole process easier and faster for you.

Continue reading for more information about how the process works. If you still have questions please contact us.

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An Apostille certificate simply means that your document that originates in South Africa has been authenticated or legalized by The Legalisation Section at the Department of International relations and Cooperation (The Department of Foreign Affairs), which is in Pretoria.

What documents get Apostilled?

Basically any document that you need for travel or work may need to be Apostilled.

These documents include, but are not limited to:

Can I get documents Apostilled from outside South Africa?

We only Apostille documents that originate in South Africa and they are Apostilled here in South Africa.

If you are outside South Africa needing South African documents Apostilled and sent to you, yes we can arrange that for you with pleasure.

You will just need to contact us to make the relevant arrangements for us to receive the documents.

In order to obtain an Apostille Certificate for a South African document, the country that will be receiving the document must be a signatory to the Apostille Convention (Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961).

We are able to assist with the apostilling of all documents issued in South Africa for use overseas with the processing time being approximately 5-7 working days depending on the documents requiring apostilling (Please note that under Covid lockdown conditions, this process is currently taking 6-8 weeks to complete).

Below is a list of all of the countries that are signatories to the Apostille Convention. Any country not appearing on this list is not a signatory and as such documents cannot be apostilled for that country and will instead have to be authenticated / attested.


  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands, The
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

The Americas:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Rest of the world:

  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Macau
  • Malawi
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Niue
  • Oman
  • Palau
  • Philippines
  • Samoa
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Swaziland
  • Tajikistan
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu

How to apply

Please follow the below steps after completing your online order:

  1. Download: Dirco Cover Letter
  2. Email us the completed Dirco Cover Letter, along with scanned copies of your documents for our records to
  3. Send the Original documents to our offices at: Shop No.4 Erasmia Shopping Center, Upper Level Bruno Street, Erasmia, Pretoria, 0183

NB: Please state for which country you need the Apostille

Please make sure that you understand this before making use of your service.

Lead time

Approximately: 5 - 7 working days from the day that we receive your documents

(please note that under Covid lockdown conditions, this process is currently taking 6-8 weeks to complete)

Disclaimer: Certificates RSA does in no way guarantee lead times in any way and does not accept responsibility for any loss due to delays in issue of certificates and/or certificates issued with faulty information.

Additional costs

Cash deposits: If you will be making a cash deposit, you will be responsible for any banking charges. A separate invoice will be issued if applicable.

International payments: Please make sure to cover bank charges from your side or add R250.00 to the above amount

Courier: Once the certificate/s are ready they will be sent to you via courier. Courier fees are not included and a separate invoice will be issued to cover these costs.

  • Courier fee (South Africa / main area) – R280.00
  • Courier fee (South Africa / outlying area) – R500.00
  • Courier fee (abroad) – R900.00


The departments we work with may be experiencing high application volumes and backlogs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Certificates RSA has no control over these departments and cannot accept responsibility for exceeding the quoted timeframe.