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