About Us Attestation/Apostille by Foreigner

Instructions about legalisation of Apostilled documents – reg.

The Hague Apostille Convention, 1961, abolishes the requirement of legalization of foreign documents for use in any member country, once an Apostille certificate (including e-Apostille) has been issued by a competent authority of the country where the document originates. Therefore, no further attestation or legalization by an Indian Mission/Post of an apostilled document is required for use in India as India is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

2. Copy of a Note on “Issuing and Accepting Apostilles” regarding the provision, is enclosed for ready reference. The full text of the Hague Apostille Convention and list of its member countries are available at: https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/specialised-sections/apostille .”
(Enclosure: Issuing and Accepting Apostilles) Pdf

Attestation/Apostille by Foreigner

How to Apply: Download the Miscellaneous Services Form  (Click Here To View)and submit along with:

  • http://www.cgicapetown.gov.in/http://www.cgicapetown.gov.in/images/bullet_new.gif Self attested copy of passport (first page and last page);

  • http://www.cgicapetown.gov.in/http://www.cgicapetown.gov.in/images/bullet_new.gif Self attested copy of visa/work permit/residence permit;

  • http://www.cgicapetown.gov.in/http://www.cgicapetown.gov.in/images/bullet_new.gif Proof of Residential address in South Africa. This can be a copy of any one of the following:

  • (i) South African Driving license.

  • (ii) Water or landline telephone bill displaying applicant’s address

  • (iii) House Lease Agreement

  • (iv) State Identification Card

  • (v) Note: Bank/credit card/mobile phone statements are not accepted as residence proof

  • http://www.cgicapetown.gov.in/http://www.cgicapetown.gov.in/images/bullet_new.gif Any other document as specified by the Consular Officer;

For a foreigner, the following steps/action are required to get the GPA apostilled:


The applicant must get the documents verified by a Public Notary (Attorney registered at the High Court) of your choice.  The Public Notary will verify the contents of the documents.  (Refer to www.northernlaw.co.za for a list of Public Notaries).


The verified documents must then be taken to the Registrar of the High Court of South Africa – in the same jurisdiction as the Public Notary.  The Registrar will verify the signature of the Public Notary.

Note: Documents to be Authenticated (for non-Hague Convention countries) or Apostilled (for countries that are signatory to the Hague Convention).  Please visit www.hcch.net for further information on signatory countries.

India is a signatory to the Hague Convention.


After authentication (for non-signatory countries) by the High Court, the documents must be submitted to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) – Legalisation Section for further authentication. 

Note: If a country is signatory to the Hague Convention, the High Court should issue and affix an apostle to the document.  This document need not be submitted to the DIRCO – Legalisation Section.

Any other document as specified by the Consular Officer;

Supporting Documents:

Please carry originals of all the supporting documents to be presented to the Consular Officer (photocopies of which are to be attached with the application).

(One set of supporting documents and a copy of papers to attested to be attached with the application- These will be kept by the High Commission/Consulate)

Service Fee: ZAR 365 [non-refundable] + ICWF ZAR 40
[non-refundable (Please see banking details for payment)