When traveling abroad, there are always documents that you will need to bring. But more than that, the destination country will often ask to have those documents certified as authentic – or apostilled (or legalized).
And medical records are no different.
What is an Apostille?
An apostille is a certificate attached to your document, in this case, your medical records, and authenticates the validity of the records. In 1961 many countries agreed upon the Apostille as a certification to be recognized by all signing countries. Those countries that did not agree to the Apostille process ask that we follow their legalization process.
But don’t worry, we know which countries requires your medical records to be apostilled and which ones need legalization, and we can handle both.
Why Do You Need to Apostille Medical Records?
But why is the country asking for your medical records? Some instances in which a foreign country will require these are:
- When getting married abroad
- For overseas adoption
- Requesting a work permit
- Filing for citizenship / permanent visa
There are just a few countries that will ask you to provided apostilled medical records. But you must present them when requested.
About the Medical Record
The first step is to obtain your medical records from your physician. Let them know you will need these documents for overseas, and they will be apostilled.
I tell you this because the records must be notarized. This means the doctor must sign the medical records in front of a notary. If they do not have a notary on staff, you can hire a traveling notary to meet you at the doctor’s office.
Some common items that must show on the records are:
- Your blood type
- HIV test results
- Hepatitis B & C test results
- Syphilis test results
- Having no contagious diseases
It is best to verify what tests the destination country requires before making the doctor’s appointment.
Contact One Source Process
Once you’ve notarized the medical records, you’re almost done. The next step is to contact us at One Source Process to obtain the documents’ apostille or legalization.
Our process is easy. Simply fill out the Form on our website with the needed information. We will then give you a price quote and timeline for completion. At this time, we will also let you know of any missing information or other required documents.
When you’re ready, we will start the apostille process. We have worked with every state and just about every country to obtain the apostille for your medical records quickly.
Please Contact Us if you have any questions. We are here 7 days a week to help.