What is Legalisation?

Legalisation is carried out to certify a document or documents so that they will be recognised by the legal system of a foreign country in this case Rwanda and this mostly applies to International Commerce.

Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a UK public document is genuine. Legalisation is usually required by foreign authorities before they will allow a UK document to be used for official purposes in their country (RWANDA).

Requirements for documents to be legalised/authenticated:

  • The documents are required to have a signature and seal from a Notary Public to verify to the authorities in Rwanda that the relevant checks have been carried out.
  • We require that the documents are then further authenticated by the British Foreign and Common Wealth Office as they are the only authority competent to issue an Apostille (the official certificate attached to the document) in the UK and to confirm validity of the notary’s signature and seal.
  • The documents then have to be reviewed and approved by our consular staff.
  • Please provide a copy of your passport , Proof of Payment of £50.00 into High Commission Bank account with details below and Proof of Ownership i.e. for letter of Power of Attorney or Proxy  (Commercial Purposes only).

Account name: High Commission of Rwanda Consular Account

Bank Account Payment Details A/C No: 23389012

Sort Code: 60-83-03

IBAN: GB95GTBI60830323389012 | SWIFT Code: GTBIGB2L

Address: GT Bank, 62 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TF.

Please use applicant’s name as payment reference

  • Please Note: The person receiving the documents also has to show proof of identification to be considered.

Please follow the links below for more information:
British Foreign and Common Wealth Office
Notary Public London