On 6 October 2023, Rwanda signed up to the Hague Apostille Convention, becoming the 126th contracting country. This will come into force on 5 June 2024. This means that documents going to Rwanda, no longer need to be legalised by the Rwandan High Commission.
Most documents to be used in Rwanda will need to be notarised and apostilled. As a Commonwealth country, there may be instances where the Rwandan authority requesting your document accepts it without an apostille, and so it’s worth checking them with. If you do need an apostille, certain documents can be apostilled directly without needing notarisation. In the UK an apostille is only issued by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
Our experienced notary team can help you through the steps of getting notarisation and an apostille. Contact us today to get started.