Document Attestation

Document Attestation

"Legalisation (or ATTESTATION/APOSTILLE as it is commonly known) is the process of authenticating and stamping a South African document to the required level so that countries all over the world will accept it as authentic.

Attestation is most commonly used to authenticate academic, marriage or legal documents for employment or higher education purposes abroad.

Our processing time for attestation is largely dependent on which embassy you require stamping from and your documentation.”



    Head Office

    5 Helene Avenue, Blackheath, Cape Town, South Africa
    Tel: (+27) 21 418 1843
    Tel: (+27) 21 554 7861
    Alternate Number:(+27) 21 905 6786
    Cell:(+27) 82 672 6786
    Whatsapp: (+27) 071 290 0165
    Fax: (+27) 86 519 5786

    Johannesburg Office

    Ground Floor, Fredman Towers, 13 Fredman Drive, Sandton
    Tel: (+27) 11 883 0029
    Mobile/Whatsapp: (+27) 61 430 1450

    Cape Town

    26A JDN House, 3rd Floor, Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001
    Tel: (+27) 21 418 1843
    Tel: (+27) 21 554 7861
    Tel: (+27) 60 926 7626
    Corporate Consultant is Abdul Karriem Parker

    Visa Logistics

    Cape Town

    Landline: (+27) 021 418 1843
    Landline: (+27) 021 554 7861
    Alternate Number:: (+27) 21 905 6786
    Cell: (+27) 82 672 6786
    Whatsapp: (+27) 071 290 0165
    Fax: (+27) 86 519 5786


    Landline: (+27) 011 883 0029
    Mobile/Whatsapp: (+27) 61 430 1450

    Documents we can legalise and authenticate (Attest)

    We specialise in the authentication of required documents for use in other countries, such as:

    • Degree certificates, diplomas, matric certificates and academic transcripts
    • Medical reports and certificates
    • Powers of attorney
    • Unabridged birth and marriage certificates
    • Passport copies and Letters of no impediment
    • Contracts and trade documents
    • Police clearance certificates


    Document Attestation Services

    We have offices in Pretoria and have access to all Embassies and Government departments in South Africa's Capital City.

    We help and accept documents from individuals and companies from South Africa as well as those that are abroad with their various document requirements by providing a quick and 100% genuine attestation/apostille service.

    Visa Logistics also offers a range of services that simplifies the entire process of attestation/Apostille like:

    • State Attestation
    • HRD Attestations
    • Chamber of Commerce attestation
    • Translation Services


    What you need to know

    Apostille (also known as notarial and authentication) is the term given to the authentication of the seals and signatures of officials on public documents. In order to be valid for international use, birth certificates, notarials, court orders and any other document issued by public authority must be apostilled.


    When will you need an apostille?

    Apostilles are needed when requiring stamped documents for use in countries that are parties to the Hague 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.

    What is the Hague Convention?

    A treaty developed by Hague Conference on Private International Law (83 Members: 82 States and 1 Regional Economic Integration Organisation) to prevent children under the age of 16 years of being internationally abducted by a parent and removing them from their home country.

    Please see here a list of these countries:

    Visa Logistics also offers a range of services that simplifies the entire process of Attestation/Apostille like:

    • Overnight courier (collecting & delivering)
    • Overnight courier to multiple embassies/consulates
    • Sworn Translation Services
    • Authentication by the Notary Public & High Court
    • Authentication by Departments of Basic & Higher Education
    • Authentication by HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa)
    • Authentication by DIRCO

    We at Visa Logistics strive to provide the best and most efficient services to meet your needs and deadlines. We carry out all queries and processes immediately but we cannot be held liable if third parties or issuing authorities delay the process or if they do not issue your documents before the intended date. We cannot be held liable for any losses incurred with regards to flights and accommodation if visas or other documents are not processed in time.

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    Document Attestation

    What is the general procedure for stamping documents?

    Understanding the requirements of the country you wish to travel to. Do you require apostille or attestation?

    Documents needing to be attested will be sent directly to the Embassy of the country you wish to travel to. Middle Eastern embassies provide stamps and authentication that are higher than the Notary Public, High Court, Department of Basic & Higher Education, HPCSA and DIRCO.

    Documents needing apostille will be sent to the relative offices for stamping/authentication. This will add to your processing timeline.