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Legalisation and Apostille

Stamps and signatures on documents

Legalisation and apostille

Legalisation is a confirmation that the signature on a document is genuine. The actual legalisation process consists of a stamp (Apostille) and a signature. Legalisation does not have anything to do with the contents of a document.

The following of the Embassy's accredited countries are apostille countries (i.e. countries where legalisation of e.g. a birth or marriage certificate is done with an apostille): Botswana, eSwatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa.

If you need to have Danish documents legalised, you must contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen. See link here > Legalisation of Danish documents.

South Africa
If you need to have a South African document legalised you must contact the South African authorities. See link here >

Please note that the Embassy of Denmark cannot legalise documents.