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Guide For Getting An Apostille for Macau

Macau joined the Hague Apostille Convention on the 4th of February 1969, eliminating the need for consular/embassy legalization. As a result, an Apostille for Macau from MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) India is enough to visit the country and conduct various activities within the borders.

4 Simple steps to get MEA Apostille on your Documents 

  1. Register on Apostille Portal 
  2. Collect all  Documents you want to Apostille 
  3. Submit the Original / Photocopies of documents
  4. Receive Documents with Apostille Directly to your home

Defining Apostille For Macau

An apostille for Macau is a form of a certificate that authenticates your public documents, making them credible and recognized in Macau. With an apostille, you can reduce the requirement of various levels of authentication and save a lot of time, effort, and money. An Apostille is a square-shaped stamp/certificate that includes the following details:

  • Name of the Country
  • Name of the recipient of the document
  • Name of the person signing the certificate
  • Date and Place of Issue
  • Type of document
  • Seal/Stamp of the authority providing the apostille 
  • Signature of the authority providing the apostille

Simplifying The Difference Between Apostille And Attestation

The term attestation has several types, including Notary Attestation, Apostille Attestation, and Embassy Attestation. Your selection of the above-mentioned attestation methods will depend on the purpose of the attestation.

Notary Attestation – A notary attestation is required if you intend to use an Indian document inside of India.

Apostille Attestation -You need an apostille certification from MEA India if you want to use an Indian document in a nation that is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

Embassy Attestation – If you intend to use your Indian documents in a Non-Hague Convention country, then you require embassy attestation

Documents Required To Get An Apostille For Macau

The primary purpose of getting an apostille is to apply for a Macau visa. An apostille on your documents will inform visa authorities that your document is legitimate and genuine. To apply for various visas, an apostille on these documents is required:

Work Visa  

For a work visa, you need these documents 

Student Visa 

For a student visa, you need the following documents 

Dependent Visa 

To obtain a dependent visa you need these documents 

Commercial Visa

To apply for a commercial visa you need to get an apostille for the following documents 

Keep in mind that you have to submit your original documents for authentication. Also, your documents must be clean and do not contain any missing information.  You should have your passport while obtaining an apostille for Macau.

Procedure For Obtaining An Apostille For Personal Document

The steps to get a Macau apostille for your personal documents are as follows:

Local Verification – Local verification is usually done by the authorities that originally issued your documents.  For instance – 

Birth Certificate – These documents are verified by the Registrar of Birth

PCC – Police Clearance Certificates are verified by the Passport Office or Local Police Station

Driving License – RTO (Regional Transport Office) verifies your driving license

Divorce Certificate – Verification of Divorce Decree Certificate is done by the Registrar of the district court  

Notary Attestation – After local verification, your documents are submitted to the Notary Public Office. In this step officials at Notary Public Offices check the legality of your personal documents and affix a Notary stamp to the documents if the data contained within is accurate.

State/SDM Attestation – You have two options for obtaining an apostille for Macau: State Attestation or Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Attestation. Below, we have explained both the attestation methods in depth:

State Attestation – In State Attestation, the district secretariat verifies and examines your documents. A stamp or signature is applied to your State-issued documents if every detail is in order and complete. State attestation is regarded as an expensive and time-consuming procedure as many government agencies are involved. More than 30 working days are needed to get an apostille through state attestation.

SDM Attestation –  On the other hand, if you want to get an apostille for Macau fast and don’t want to spend too much then go for SDM attestation. Here your documents are submitted to the Sub Divisional Magistrate for verification. Through SDM attestation an apostille may be obtained for Macau in approximately 3-4 working days. Sub Divisional Magistrate Attestation is a preferred and recommended choice for countries that are part of the Hague Apostille Convention such as Macau. 

MEA Attestation – Your documents are prepared to get an apostille from MEA once you have got authentication from all of the aforementioned authorities. In India, the MEA (Ministry Of External Affairs) is the official government body to issue an apostille for Macau. After MEA Attestation your documents get legalized and accepted in Macau. 

It’s always better to talk to your Apostille helpline, they will guide you on which process you need.

Procedure For Obtaining A Macau Apostille For Commercial Document

These are the 3 steps to obtain an apostille Macau

  • Local Verification
  • Global Chamber Of Commerce
  • MEA Attestation

Local Verification  – At first, your documents get thoroughly reviewed by the Registrar of Companies 

Global Chamber Of Commerce – Then the commercial documents are reviewed and authenticated by a class of business organization known as the Global Chamber Of Commerce.

MEA Attestation – The MEA India legalizes your commercial document for use in Macau. An apostille on commercial documents will help you conduct any business related-activities internationally

How To Get An Apostille Macau

To get an apostille for Macau you need to follow these steps:

  • Fill your details in your Apostille Registration Form 
  • Submit your original personal or commercial documents 
  • Based on your needs select the type of attestation methods (SDM Attestation or State Attestation)
  • Make a secure online payment 
  • Wait for the whole document authentication process to complete 
  • Receive your documents with an apostille at your doorstep

Always remember that the requirements for getting an apostille can vary from country to country and may change over time. Therefore, to stay updated about recent updates you must contact your local Apostille Service provider.

Why Apostille Service?

At Apostille Service, we help you navigate the document authentication process effectively and efficiently. Our experienced professionals stay up-to-date with every regulation and requirement for obtaining an apostille. We take strict security measures, ensuring that your documents are handled with utmost care. Moreover, we guide you at every step of the process and swiftly respond to all your queries. Register with Apostille Service Now to make your document authentication process as seamless as possible. 

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Frequently asked questions

Apostille Attestation is Legalization of your documents from Ministry of External Affairs in India. Apostille can be given for the documents issued in India by any authority or issued by any Indian authorities outside the country like Embassy / Consulate. Apostille from MEA can be used in any particular country apart from India.

Check out this article  more details on what is apostille .

Apostille and Attestation are similar words. But Apostille will be given from the Ministry of External Affairs in India. Attestation has a broader meaning. Attestation from MEA is called Apostille. Attestation can be given by State Government or Embassy.

For Educational documents attestation from state government is called HRD attestation.

For Non Educational documents such as Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Affidavits state attestation is called home department attestation.

Attestation for any documents from Indian Embassy is called Embassy Attestation.

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Ministry of External Affairs Attestation ( Apostille ) can be done in 2 ways.

  1. State Authentication / Attestation,
  2. Sub Divisional Magistrate ( SDM ) Attestation / Authentication.

State Attestation Process takes longer time compared to SDM attestation. It’s better to do SDM Apostille since it is fast.

If you are travelling to Italy or Austria, then state attestation is required. For all the other Hague nations SDM Apostille is enough, legal, valid and accepted.

Procedure to get Apostille on your Documents:

  • Register for Apostille
  • Submit the documents with us.
  • Pay for the Apostille
  • Receive documents after Apostille to your Address.