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:

  • 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 Commonwealth 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.
  • Proof of Payment of £50.00 into High Commission Bank account with details below

Payment can be made via Bank Transfer to the 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

      FOR POWER OF ATTORNEY:

    • Letter of Power of Attorney MUST include full contact information i.e. address, telephone and email of the principal (person giving the power) and of the nominee(s) (person receiving the power).
    • A copy of your passport
    • A copy of your Rwandan ID (if applicable)
    • Proof of address (utility bill or bank statement)
    • Proof of ownership of property (if applicable)
    • Proof of parental/kinship responsibility (if applicable)
    • If you wish for your documents to be collected by Proxy, please provide a written consent with a copy of ID and proof of address of the proxy. The proxy will also need to present proof of I.D. when collecting.
    • Please Note: The person receiving the documents also has to show proof of identification to be considered.
    • POST YOUR DOCUMENTATION:

    • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are encouraging those who require legalisation of documents to use the postal services for the drop off and collection of documentation. Please notify us via email or phone that you have sent documentation at uk@rwandahc.org or call +44 (0)20 7224 9832.
    • Please include a pre-paid envelope with your address on in your mail to us so we can return your documentation to you.
    • Our postal address is:
      Rwandan High Commission
      120 – 122 Seymour Place
      London
      W1H 1NR

    BOOK A TIME TO DROP OFF YOUR DOCUMENTATION:

  • If you require an appointment at the High Commission to drop off your documentation please book a time slot here:
    https://rwandahc.org/book-your-legalisation-appointment/

  • Please specify the type of document you will be dropping off and add any further relevant details.
  • Please note your documentation will not be notarised on the day you drop it off. Please bring a pre-paid envelope and we can return your documentation to you in the post or we can contact you to arrange a time to collect the documentation.

Please follow the links below for more information:
– Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Notary Public London