On 14th May 2019, the Philippines will become an effective member state of the Apostille Agreement, part of the Hague Convention. This will mean that for many people wishing to legalise documents for use in the Philippines, the current process of seals and red ribbons applied by the Embassies worldwide will be a thing of the past.
When it comes to legalisation, unfamiliar terminology can often cause confusion to those who are not well versed in the processes involved. Some terms, such as “legalisation” and “attestation” can be used interchangeably, but essentially mean the same thing.
At present, Islamic marriages are not recognised as legally binding by UK law. This is out of step with many other religious ceremonies which are recognised such as Jewish and Quaker marriages. Unless the married couple go on to seek a civil ceremony, their marriage is not considered legal and will miss out on rights enjoyed by other married couples.
The 5th of February 2019 marks the beginning of Chinese New Year. During this period, there will be some temporary closures of government departments, with the Chinese Embassy in London closed on the 4th and 5th of February to signify the start of the celebrations.
Cruises are a great way to check off a lot of destinations in one trip, but they can also be perilous in terms of documentation. A recent incident where a couple were forced to disembark their cruise liner halfway through their holiday highlights the importance of checking visa requirements before you leave!
A United Kingdom passport is ranked in the 5th band of most powerful passports, with visa-free entry into 118 countries, a visa being issued on arrival in 42 and only requiring a visa prior to travelling in 38 countries. But do you know which countries require a visa and which one’s don’t?
A few months ago we told you that we’d changed our name to Vital Consular to better reflect the services we offer, and the services we plan to offer in the future. Today, we’re proud to announce the first of those new services. We’re now offering Travel Visas for use across the world.
As our company continues to venture into new territories, the name we’d chosen for ourselves didn’t seem to fit anymore. That’s why Vital Legalisation has now rebranded as Vital Consular. We still legalise documents, but this rebrand allows us to offer a wider range of services, whilst unifying our existing services to make them accessible in one place.