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International Apostille

What is an Apostille Certificate?

The Apostille is an official government issued certificate added to documents so they will be recognised in when presented in another country. 
 
Typically the Apostille Certificate is issued by the state from which the document originates although in some cases another state can issue the Apostille. Once a document has had an Apostille Certificate attached to it confirming the authenticity of signatures and seals it can be presented to any country which recognises the Apostille. The authority receiving the document should then accept the seals or signatures as true and valid without requesting further evidence or proof. 

The Apostille Certificate follows a prescribed format and must include the following information:
 
1. Country of issue  
2. Who has signed the document  
3. The capacity in which the person signed the document
4. Details of any seal on the document 
5. Place of issue
6. Date of issue 
7. Issuing authority 
8. Apostille Certificate number
9. Stamp of issuing authority 
10. Signature of representative of issuing authority 

Apostille Countries:
The following countries are all members of the Hague conference and have entered into force Convention 12 of 5 October 1961, Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. These countries will, therefore, accept the Apostille Certificate in place of any further legalisation process. Countries not listed will often still require an Apostille certificate but will then also require further legalisation or attestation via their embassy.

Albania
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan

Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burundi

Cape Verde
Chile
China (Hong Kong)
China (Macao)
Colombia
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic

Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic

Ecuador
El Salvador
Estonia

Fiji
Finland
France

Georgia
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala

Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary

Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan
Korea
Kosovo
Republic of Kyrgyzstan

Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg

Macao (China)
Macedonia (FYR of)
Malawi
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco

Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niue
Norway

Oman

Panama
Paraguay
Peru
The Philippines
Poland
Portugal

Republic of Moldova
Romania
Russian Federation

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Serbia
Seychelles
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland

Tajikistan
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey

Ukraine
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)
Uruguay
United States of America (USA)
Uzbekistan

Vanuatu
Venezuela