What is Legalisation?
Legalisation simply means confirming that a signature, seal or stamp appearing on a document is genuine.
Why documents need to be legalised?
The signatures or seals of British public officials (such as solicitors, notaries public, registrars) on certain documents from the United Kingdom have to be confirmed before those documents can be accepted in Turkey.
Documents to be legalised by the Consulate:
The “Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents” in which Turkey is also a party abolishes the need of legalization by diplomatic or consular officers of an official document that is prepared in a contracting state to be used in another contracting state. Within this framework, documents prepared in the United Kingdom as being a contracting state of this agreement can be apostilled by the Legalization Office of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK without being approved by our Consulate General as to confirm the validity of the signatures and the stamps on the documents. In respect to this, the apostille certification process of such documents (export registry forms, contracts, custom documents, etc.) that are mentioned above needs to be done by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: Please be informed that the Turkish Consulate General in London will no longer legalize any documents (including Export Registry Forms) that can be apostilled by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The documents that have already been legalised/apostilled by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are exempt from certification by the Turkish Consulate. The legalised/apostilled documents can be used in Turkey after being translated (if needed).
CONVENTION ABOLISHING THE REQUIREMENT OF LEGALISATION FOR FOREIGN PUBLIC DOCUMENTS at http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.text&cid=41
HOW TO GET APPOSTILLE: https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
PO Box 6255