The Foreign & Commonwealth Office Legalisation Office which is the office which issues Apostilles in Central London will be closed on Monday 19 October due to an office move. Please bear this in mind if you have any deals which are currently going through which may require an Apostille.
On Friday 16 October there is also an early closure of that office. We advise clients that if they would like an Apostille that day to have it ready with us for 12.30pm as the Legalisation Office will close at 3.30pm. Also on Tuesday 20 October, although the FCO have indicated that they are operating normally, we would, from previous experience, expect there to be delays as the FCO team get used to their new surroundings.
New Office near St. James Park and Westminster Tubes
The Legalisation Office will move from its current position at Admiralty Arch by Trafalgar Square to The Department of Education Sanctuary Buildings Great Smith Street London SW1P 3BT. The nearest tube station is St. James Park which is a five minute walk away, or Westminster which is a ten minute walk away. The move will be effective from 20 October 2015.
Going Forward from 20 October
The FCO’s normal business hours are 9am to 12.30pm (last drop 11.30am for pre-lunch pick up) and 1.30pm to 5pm, with last drop off time for same day collection being 3.30pm.
We can deliver a same day Apostille if the documents leave our office around 9.30am on that day, therefore, if you need an appointment, it would need to be from 08.30am or latest, 09.15am. Similarly, in the afternoon, we would need to ensure documents leave our office by 1pm to ensure we can meet the FCO’s timing so appointments should be 1pm at the latest.
Only registered users can use the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Premium Service, for those who are not registered, you can still get an Apostille through the post, by making an application and payment online and posting the documents to their office. Click here to view the FCO’s postal service. To view the current cost of Apostilles, here.
If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please call 00 44 20 7499 2605 or contact us.