What is Benefits of the Apostille and which countries recognise Apostille certificates?

Updated time: Mar 8, 2016 , 17:31 (UTC+08:00)

Benefits of the Apostille

With the Hague Convention the whole legalisation process has been deeply simplified by the delivery of a standard certificate entitled: “Apostille”. Authorities of the State where the document was issued must place the certificate on it; it will be dated, numbered and registered. This makes the verification and registration much easier to be finalized: a request of information to the authorities who forwarded the certificate.

List of countries which recognise Apostille certificates

The Hague convention has currently over 60 countries as members; furthermore many others will also recognise an Apostille certificate.

  • A Albania, Andora, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan (from 02/03/2005)
  • B Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria
  • C Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic
  • D Dominica
  • E El Salvador
  • F Fiji, Finland, France, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • G Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guyana
  • H Honuras, Hong Kong (SAR), Hungary
  • I Ireland, Israel, Italy
  • J Japan
  • K Kazakhstan, Kiribati
  • L Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
  • M Macau (SAR), Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco
  • N Netherlands (including Aruba; Netherlands Antilles), New Zealand, Niue, Norway
  • P Panama, Portugal (including Madeira)
  • R Romania, Russian Federation
  • S Samoa, Serbia and Montenegro, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, San, Marino, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain (including the Canary Islands), Sri Lanka, Surinam, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland
  • T Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu
  • U Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America (including Puerto Rico)
  • V Vanuatu, Venezuela
  • Y Yugoslavia

Other Countries

The countries listed below have approved the Apostille Certificate as proof of legalisation. Although it is likely to be accepted most of the times, a consultation with the legal entity supposed to receive it is recommended

  • A Affars and the Issas, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Aruba
  • B Bermuda, Brazil, British Antarctic Territory, British Virgin Islands
  • C Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Comoros Islands
  • D Denmark, Djibouti
  • E Egypt, Estonia
  • F Falkland Islands, French Guiana, French Polynesia
  • G Georgia, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Guernsey (Bailiwick of), Guyana
  • I Iceland
  • J Jersey, Jordan
  • M Malaysia, Martinique, Montserrat , Morocco, Mozambique
  • N New Caledonia
  • S Sri Lanka, St. Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, St. Pierre and Miquelon
  • T Turks and Caicos
  • V Virgin Islands
  • W Wallis and Futuna


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