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Attestation of South African Documents

If you are on this page you have likely been requested by an employer (or friend / family member) in the Middle East to have documents attested. What this basically means is that the documents have to go through certain processes at the relevant South African government departments before also being stamped at the relevant Embassy of the country that the documents will be used in.

The processing time for attesting documents at the moment due to the current Covid lockdown restrictions is currently approximately 10 - 20 working days from the time we receive your original and verified documents that are needing to be attested.

Should you require documents to be apostilled / authetnicated for any country outside of the Middle East, our sister company Be Authentic will gladly assist with this. their details can be found here.

Documents we can Attest

  • Home Affairs Documents (Birth and Marriage Certificates, Letters of Non-Impediment, Etc)

  • Academic documents (Degrees, Diplomas, Matric certificates, etc)

  • Police Clearance Certificates

  • Medical Reports

  • Passport Copies, Letters, Notarised Powers of Attorney, Divorce Orders, Etc

  • Contracts and Trade / Shipping Documents

Where can Documents be Attested?

The majority of documents that are required to be attested can only be attested in Pretoria as this is where DIRCO (The Department of International Relations and Cooperation a.k.a Foreign Affairs) is located.

In order for documents to be attested they have to go to one or more of the following places:

  • Notary Public and the High Court

  • Department of Basic Education as well as Umalusi

  • SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority)

  • HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa)


  • The Relevant Embassy / Consulate

Popular Destinations and Their General Attestation Requirements

Through experience we have come to know which documents are most often required to be attested for certain countries by our clients, which we have decided to list below. This is just a guideline and we do recommend that you still communicate with your recruiter / employer or the relevant authorities for your specific requirements as this can differ from case to case.

United Arab Emirates
  • Highest Qualification Certificate (Eg. Degree)

  • Marriage and Birth Certificates

  • Matric Certificate

  • Highest Qualification documents (Eg. Degree + Transcripts + University Letter)

  • Police Clearance Certificate

  • Marriage and Birth Certificates

  • Highest Qualification Certificate (Eg. Degree)

  • Marriage and Birth Certificates

  • Medical Reports

  • Police Clearance Certificate

  • Visa and Passport

Saudi Arabia
  • Highest Qualification Certificate (Eg. Degree)

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