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Convention of 5 October 1961, Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents

Convention du 5 octobre 1961 supprimant l'exigence de la légalisation des actes publics étrangers

This Convention (Hague Apostille Convention) facilitates the circulation of public documents executed in one State party to the Convention and to be produced in another State party to the Convention. It does so by replacing by often costly formalities of a full legalization process with the mere issuance of an Apostille (also called Apostille Certificate or Certificate).

The effect of an Apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted, and where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which the document bears. The Apostille does not relate to the content of the underlying document itself (i.e., the apostillised document).

The Hague Apostille Convention only applies as between States parties. Apostilles may only be issued by a Competent Authority designated by the State from which the public document emanates.

The Hague Legalization Convention is in force in the following countries.

1. Albania
2. Andorra
3. Antigua and Barbuda
4. Argentina
5. Armenia
6. Austria
7. Australia
8. Azerbaijan
9. Bahamas
10. Barbados
11. Belarus
12. Belize
13. Belgium
14. Botswana
15. Bosnia and Herzegovina
16. Brunei Darussalam
17. Bulgaria
18. Cape Verde
19. China, People's Republic of
20. Colombia
21. Cook Islands
22. Croatia
23. Cyprus
24. Czech Republic
25. Denmark
26. Dominica
27. Dominican Republic
28. Ecuador
29. Estonia
30. El Salvador
31. Fiji
32. Finland
33. France
34. Georgia
35. Germany
36. Greece
37. Grenada
38. Hungary
39. Honduras
40. Iceland
41. India
42. Ireland
43. Israel
44. Italy
45. Japan
46. Kazakhstan
47. Korea, Republic of
48. Latvia
49. Lithuania
50. Lesotho
51. Liberia
52. Liechtenstein
53. Luxembourg
54. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
55. Malta
56. Malawi
57. Marshall Islands
58. Mauritius
59. Mexico
60. Moldova, Republic of
61. Monaco
62. Mongolia
63. Montenegro
64. Namibia
65. The Netherlands
66. New Zealand
67. Niue
68. Norway
69. Panama
70. Poland
71. Portugal
72. Romania
73. Russian Federation
74. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
75. Saint Kitts and Nevis
76. Saint Lucia
77. Samoa
78. San Marino
79. Sao Tome and Principe
80. Serbia
81. Seychelles
82. Slovakia
83. Slovenia
84. South Africa
85. Spain
86. Suriname
87. Swaziland
88. Sweden
89. Switzerland
90. Tonga
91. Trinidad and Tobago
92. Turkey
93. Ukraine
94. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
95. USA
96. Vanuatu
97. Venezuela


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