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Frequently Asked Questions

Still Need Convincing?

Why is it better to book through you than to just do it myself?


There are many reasons. First, you don’t have to worry about all the little things because we handle them for you so that you can focus on having fun. It’s your vacation, after all. Second, you’ll get much more out of your trip with our best-in-country guides and services. We have spent 20 years identifying and cultivating the top guides, transport companies, and other service providers. Third, you will benefit from our 20-plus years of experience that you may not yet have, and you will avoid the pitfalls of trying to plan a trip in a country that does not always function so well. Fourth, unless you happen to be friends with an ambassador or two, you will have access to people and places with us that you would never have on your own. Last, you will have 24/7 in-country assistance should you need anything whatsoever during your travels.




Why is it better to book through you than to use a locally based company?


Again, many reasons. First of all, we are based here in the United States and incorporated in Morocco. Second, we operate by American ethics and standards of professionalism; bluntly said, there are many travel companies overseas that don’t. Third, for all the fancy websites, at the end of the day it is about trust – about our ability to understand what you seek and to make it happen. We see ourselves as that bridge between you and the realities of the places you travel and we are well equipped to understand your perspective. Fourth, we’re really good at what we do. Just because someone is local does not guarantee anything. Finally, the way we see it, between our in-country team and our New York team, you have the best of both worlds.




Are you expensive?


Your trip cost depends on what you are looking for and when you are traveling. We believe we offer good value, but we have no interest in being the “cheapest.” There are many variables in the cost of a trip and we are always happy to adjust the details of your trip to lower to your price. We work with a full range of 4 and 5-star properties




What if I’m not looking for bells and whistles, but just want a really great trip?


No problem. That is exactly why every trip is designed from scratch. Our clients are across the spectrum in terms of what they want to include, their budget, their taste, and their pace. Our only “rule” is that we need to do all the components of your trip (accommodations, guiding, and land transport where needed) except air. We just don’t provide ad hoc services.




Do you do group trips for institutions?


Yes, we love working with great museums, universities, religious institutions, and groups of people with shared interests (industry term is affinity groups); from jewelry collectors to the 200 top designers and architects in North America. Visit Group Travel.




Do you do set-departure motorcoach tours?


No, we don’t. Although they provide a great social component (with a good group), we hear from most clients that have traveled in a group and traveled privately that they much prefer a private trip designed just for them.





Why On Earth…

What’s next?


We are happy to work through email if that is your preferred method, but we always like to start off with a phone call so we can get to know your likes and dislikes, your passions, your pace, and your style. So give us a ring, or submit the form on Contact Us, and we will get back to you shortly.




How are you compensated?


Most clients book air on their own. If you would like to work with a professional travel advisor, we are happy to give you a few names. Unless you prefer to do it yourself, we book internal flights during your trip.




What do you need from me when we speak?


Just be honest. We don’t judge. Be prepared to tell us what you loved in other trips, things your kids enjoy, things you have always dreamt about doing.




And after we speak, what happens?


See How It Works. But don’t worry; we will walk you through everything. We want it to be fun for you as well.





Nuts and Bolts

Who is a Notary Public?


A Notary Public is a senior lawyer with at least 15 years of experience practicing in Singapore, be at least 40 years old, and who has been appointed and approved to act as a Notary Public by the Senate of Singapore Academy of Law, as pear the Notaries Public Rules of Singapore.

The Notaries Public Act Chapter 208, Section 8 sets out the rules with regards to the regulation of the services that the Notary Public undertakes. The Notary Public acts as an independent and neutral party, performing the function of notarising documents for overseas usage.

Overseas instituition such as foreign banks, government agencies, educational sector and lawyers may require the assurance that the documents submitted are certified as genuine and properly executed.

Our Notary Public is a lawyer registered with the Legal Servivces Regulatory Authority, and regulated by the Law Society.




What is Notarisation?


With an increasing number of transactions taking place across countries, notarisation is a common and good practice to verify whether a document from another country is genuine.

As proof of notarisation, a notarial certificate, bind together with the documents, sealed and signed will be issued by the Notary Public to you, the client.

In what instance do I require notarisation and legalisation?

- Documents originated from Singapore that are to be used abroad.
- Documents originated from overseas that are to be used in Singapore.
- If you are managing an overseas business or property and are involved in litigation overseas.
- Completing the sale and purchase forms for your overseas properties.
- Selling your company incorporated overseas.

The above list is not exhaustive and may be subject to change according to the needs of the individual/organisation.




What does a Notary Public do?


The Notary Public does general notarisation to attest that a document is valid, and/or certify copies of documents as true copies of the original.

Examples of the type of documents are:

1) Certifying true copies of the original

This means that the Notary Public will state that copies of the document are indeed true copies after examining the relevant documents. The Notary Public will do this by visually comparing the original documents with the copies. i.e. photocopies of the original.

Examples are:

- Academic Transcripts
- Graduate Certificate
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate
- Passport

The above list is not exhaustive and may differ according to the needs of the individual or organisation. Sometimes a Notary may be asked to certify that a document downloaded from an authoritative website, such as the e-bills to prove that it is a true document.

2) Attestation of the signature and execution of document.

Generally, the execution of documents refers to the signing of the documents in accordance with the requisite formalities. For example, the law may require that the document be signed by a certain number of people, or in the presence of a number of witnesses.

In the latter cases, a Notary Public may act as such a witness. This may happen, for example, in the signing of deeds, contracts, documents for the incorporation of a company or property transfers.

Examples are:

- Power of Attorney (POA)
- Deeds
- Contracts
- Incorporation Documents
- Transfer of Property
- Other instruments that are to be used abroad.

3) Administer oath or affirmation in connection with:

- Affidavit
- Statutory Declaration

4) Note and protest Bills of Exchange

A bill of exchange is an unconditional order in writing by one party to another that binds that other party to pay a fixed sum of money to yet another party, usually called the ‘payee’ on demand or at a date fixed beforehand. In this sense, it is similar to a cheque , which is used by one person to pay a sum to money to another.

Protesting the bill of exchange comes into play when it has been dishonoured. Dishonouring a bill of exchange happens when the bill of exchange is not accepted, or where the payment required under it is not made, such that the holder of the bill of exchange is not able to collect the sum due.

In such circumstances, the holder of the bill of exchange must enlist a Notary Public to note such dishonour on the bill of exchange.

5) Ship's Protest

A Ship’s Protest is a declaration made under oath by the master of the ship stating that any damage caused to the ship or cargo due to instances such as bad weather or a maritime accident, rather than due to the master or crew’s negligence.

This is often done following the ship’s entry into port after a rough voyage. The purpose of a Ship’s Protest is to protect the shipowner, master or crew from any liability from damage to the cargo or the ship.

In general, you should seek advice from a lawyer (not the Notary Public), the person, or the organisation on the precise procedural requirements, on which of the notary public’s service(s) you will need to obtain for your document.




What is Authentication, Verification or Legalisation?


Documents that are to be used overseas may need to go through the process of authentication, verification, legalisation/apostille.

The process is as follows:

1) Notarisation of document by a Notary Public (us), who will attach the mandatory Notarial Certificate to it

Cost starts from $85 ($75 for the mandatory Notarial Certificate and $10 for the first document to certify true copy). For more information, please read the page on Our Rates.

2) Authentication is the act of confirming the identity of the Notary Public. And the authentication of the Notary Public’s signature is by the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL)

Link: www.sal.org.sg

  • Cost: S$85.60 per document, immediate collection.
  • Location: ​The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street, #08-06, Singapore 179803
  • Operating hours: 9am to 4.30pm (weekdays only).
  • (The last queue ticket will be issued at 4.00pm)

3) Verification of the document by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)

Link: https://www1.mfa.gov.sg
  • Cost: S$10 per document
  • Location: 1 Sherwood Road (near Dempsey), Singapore 248163
  • Operating hours: 9am to 4.30pm (weekdays only).
  • (The last queue ticket will be issued at 3.30pm)

In some countries or scenarios, the document may not need to be verified by MFA and are able to skip step 3 to go to step 4. You are advised to check with the person or the organisation (‘requiring party’) on the precise procedural requirements

4) Legalisation by the respective embassy/consulate to confirm the origins of a document – usually by affixing an official stamp and signature on the document.

Link: https://www1.mfa.gov.sg/Overseas-Missions/Foreign-Representatives-To-Singapore

Check with the respective embassies, consulates or commission in Singapore on the administrative fee.
(For example the fee est. S$30 per document at the Indonesian Embassy and S$750+ per document at the UAE Embassy)




What is Apostille?


Apostille is the certificate which verifies and confirms the seal and signature of person who authenticated the document.

Not all countries can issue Apostille, but only the countries who had signed ‘Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents’.

As Singapore is not a party to the Convention, Singapore Notary Public cannot issue Apostille. An alternative to Apostille is the Singapore Notary Public who will issue the mandatory Notarial Certificate.







Who decides the Notary Public Fees?


The fees payable to the Notary Public are set out in the First Schedule of the Notaries Public Rules of Singapore.

All other notarial acts not specifically mentioned in the Schedule, a notary public may charge such fee as may be considered reasonable in the circumstances.

Please refer to Our Rates section for more information.







Can you give me a discount?


The fees payable to notaries public are fixed by the law.







What if I do not need a Notarial Certificate?


With effect from 15 Feb 2017, as per the Notaries Public Rules of Singapore, the Notary Public must issue and sign a certificate for each document executed/attested by the Notary Public, or in connection with which the Notary Public has administered an oath, affirmation, or certify true copies.

​All documents must be bound by a Red Ribbon, completed with the notarial seal (issued by SAL), Notary Public’s signature and stamp (issued by SAL). Any attempts to peel it off renders the document invalid due to the security feature of the seal which you will see the appearance of “Void” at the back of the seal.







Do I need authentication by the Singapore Academy of Law?


From 1 October 2019 onwards, every notarial certificate has to be authenticated by the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) and would cost an additional $85.60 authentication fee which we are obliged to collect on behalf of SAL.







What type of payment modes do you accept?


We accept Cash, Cheque and PayNow. No Credit Cards





Getting Started:

What’s next?


We are happy to work through email if that is your preferred method, but we always like to start off with a phone call so we can get to know your likes and dislikes, your passions, your pace, and your style. So give us a ring, or submit the form on Contact Us, and we will get back to you shortly.




How are you compensated?


Most clients book air on their own. If you would like to work with a professional travel advisor, we are happy to give you a few names. Unless you prefer to do it yourself, we book internal flights during your trip.




What do you need from me when we speak?


Just be honest. We don’t judge. Be prepared to tell us what you loved in other trips, things your kids enjoy, things you have always dreamt about doing.




And after we speak, what happens?


See How It Works. But don’t worry; we will walk you through everything. We want it to be fun for you as well.





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