Legalisation is a proof for the document emanating from the authorities of the state or compiled with the assistance of the authorities and consistent with the law of that state. It lies in the authentication of signature of the person signing the document and the seal of the authorized state body.
In accordance with international practice, there is no need for the legalisation of passports and substituting documents.
The documents and acts that are contrary to the laws of Turkmenistan or its content may harm the interests of Turkmenistan or contain information discrediting the honor and dignity of citizens, as well as the originals and copies of passports, work books, military cards, identity cards, the ownership of the property, documents that are directly related to commercial or customs operations (accounts, documents on the movement of goods across the border, the agreement for the supply of goods, customs declarations, etc.) are not subject to legalisation. The following procedure should be carried out prior to submitting the documents to the Embassy of Turkmenistan for legalisation:
1. Documents need to be certified by a public notary.
2. Documents should be legalised by the Legalisation Office of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
3. Each document should be certified and legalised separately and sealed properly with a ribbon (as shown in the picture).
4. Photocopies of all the documents must be provided to the Embassy of Turkmenistan.
Please note that if any of these requirements are not fulfilled, the Embassy reserves the right not to accept the documents for legalisation.
The fee for the legalization depends on the service the applicant prefers:
normal service during 7-10 business days and
express service – during 2-3 business days
The request of the legalisation can be made in person at the Embassy or by post. If applying by post, please send a self addressed, stamped and pre-paid envelope along with the documents for legalisation.
The legalisation fee should be paid in GBP (£) on the day of applying. Payments in cash only. Please contact the Embassy to check the fee.