Legalisation/Attestation of documents/Powers of Attorney/Will etc.
The general principle is that any document signed/issued by a person abroad which has to be used/produced before the authorities in India has to be attested/legalised before the Indian Mission/Post concerned.
(a) If you are an Indian national with valid Indian passport -
The documents to be attested in original by the Notary Public and then by the Chancery of State
(No. 2, Hotel de ville, Geneva) (together with a photocopy of each).
Valid passport along with one photocopy
Valid residence permit along with one photocopy (if applicable)
In case of Power of Attorney/Will, two photographs of the executants (together with a photocopy).
NOTE 1: The Document(s) / Affidavit(s) must be signed in the presence of the Consulate officials.
NOTE 2: India is one of the signatories to The Hague Apostille Convention and the new scheme was implemented in India on 29.8.2007. The purpose of the Convention was to reduce the two stage authentication of public documents to one single stage. If a public document is apostilled by the country of origin, it does not require re-authentication by authorities of the country in whose territory it has to be produced.
NOTE 3: Birth, Death, Marriage and Educational Certificates etc. issued by the Indian authorities in India can also be attested by the Consulate General of India on payment of required fees provided the same have been authenticated by the Consular Section of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Patiala House, New Delhi-110001.
Attestation of civil documents (affidavits, educational degrees, sponsorship certificates, marriage certificates, wills, etc.)
Where a Consular Officer draws up or assists in the drawing up of any document mentioned in item 1(A) as per Consular Manual.
Attestation of affidavits / documents pertaining to sale, purchase, power of attorney, mortgage, transfer, gift etc. of real estate or moveable properties or issue of a document by a Consular Officer pertaining to such matters and Power of Attorney..
Where a Consular Officer draws up or assists in drawing up of any document mentioned at item 2 (A) above.
Attestation of Trade/Commercial documents or issue of any certificate ‘country of origin etc.’ pertaining to exports from foreign country to India.
Attestation of Trade/Commercial documents or issue of any certificates pertaining to exports from India to a foreign country.
Consular Officer solemnizing a marriage, registration of a marriage certificate and a certified copy of the entry (all)
Attestation of documents pertaining to sale, purchase, mortgage, transfer of vessel or transfer of one’s interest in merchant vessel.
Attestation of other documents pertaining to ship/vessel for issue of a certificate or verification or acceptance of a document or taking any action as per Chapter IX of the Consular Manual on ‘Merchant Shipping’. The Shipping Company (or Captain of vessel on behalf of Company) being applicant /payee of consular fee.
Attestation of documents of issue of certificates to a sailor as per Chapter IX of the Consular Manual on ‘Merchant Shipping’ (individual sailor being applicant for his individual use).
For administration or distribution, or both of the property situated in country, of the Consular Officer’s residence, of an Indian Citizen or any other person, not being a seaman, dying intestate, or if not intestate, when undertaken in the absence of a legally competent representative of the deceased in the country of his death or on request of legal heirs of deceased living in India as the case may be.
CHF 460.00 or 2.5% of estimated value of the property/ estate, whichever is more
If such property is in country of concurrent accreditation of a Consular Officer.
CHF 1817.00 or 2.5% of estimated value of the property/ state, whichever is more
Issue of succession certificate as laid down in the Consular Manual.
2.5% of estimated value of the estate or property.
Services requiring visits or attendance of Consular Officer on request of an applicant away from Chancery.
Attestation of pension papers, life certificate etc. pertaining to pensioners.
For affixing Consular Officer’s signature and seal, if required, for declarations of pay or pension.
Other miscellaneous attestations, issue of civil certificates, notarial services as per Consular Manual, not falling within any of the above categories, registration of birth & a certified copy of the entry.
Where Consular Officer draws up or assists in drawing up of any documents pertaining to services mentioned at item 9 (A) above.
Registration of death and issue of a certified copy of entry.
Cancellation of Indian passport of an Indian national who dies abroad.
Declaration of Renunciation of citizenship under Section 8 or Registration for acquiring Indian citizenship under Section 5 (1)(a) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 made by a citizen of India who is also a citizen or national of another country
Penalty clauses applicable if, passport not surrendered within three years, after acquiring foreign passport; used the Indian passport to visit India thereafter, or renewed the Indian passport