Which Countries require Apostille?

On October 5, 1961, many nations joined to create a simplified method of “legalizing” documents for universal recognition and agreed on the Apostille Section of the the Hague Convention. They adopted a document referred to as an Apostille that is internationally recognized by all member nations.

The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states. Such a certification is called an apostille . It is an international certification comparable to a notarisation in domestic law, and normally supplements a local notarisation of the document.

The apostille itself is a stamp or printed form consisting of 10 numbered standard fields with APOSTILLE written on top.

Apostilles are affixed by Competent Authorities designated by the government of a state which is party to the convention.

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Almost every kind of personal or corporate documents can be apostilled for use in another country.

Personal Documents:

  • Indentity documents or Passport copies
  • Marriage Certificates, Divorce agreements, Divorce Decree
  • Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates,
  • No record of a Marriage
  • Criminal Record – Criminal Background Check
  • FBI Criminal Background Check certificate (Federal Document)
  • Local Police certificate, Police clearance certificate, Certificate of No criminal record
  • Power of Attorney – General, Special, Finance, Real Estate etc.
  • Notarized copies of Passport, Affidavits, and other documents
  • Papers for Adoption purposes,
  • Deeds and Wills, Private Documents
  • Agreements, Bills of sale, Proof of ownership
  • Medical or Health certificates
  • Transcripts (High School, College, University, or any other issuing agency)
  • School/College/University Diploma, Degree Certificates, Graduation Records
  • Permission to Travel, Consent by Parent(s) to travel with Minor Children
  • Certificate of Naturalization (Federal Document)

Business / Corporate Documents:

  • Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Incorporation
  • Merger Agreements
  • Authorization letter for Bank, Finance, Office, and related company matters
  • Certificates of Amendment
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Power of Attorney
  • Certificate of Incumbency
  • Corporate Resolution
  • Certification of Free Sale
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Certificate of Analysis
  • Corporate Forms
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Stock Purchase Agreement in Foreign Companies
  • Business Letter of Invitation

https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members

Members

The Hague Conference has currently 83 Members: 82 States and 1 Regional Economic Integration Organisation. For the dates of membership, please consult the status table of the Statuteof the Hague Conference.

Albania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Canada
Chile
China, People’s Republic of
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Egypt
Estonia
European Union
Finland
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Korea, Republic of
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Moldova
Romania
Russian Federation
SSaudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
TTunisia
Turkey
UUkraine
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
Uruguay
VVenezuela
Viet Nam
ZZambia

Non-Members

The following States (68) are not Members of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, but have signed, ratified or acceded to one or more Hague Conventions or are in the process of becoming a Member.

Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Botswana
Brunei Darussalam
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cambodia
Colombia
Cook Islands
Côte d’Ivoire
Cuba
DDominica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Fiji
GGabon
Ghana
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Haiti
Holy See
Honduras
Iraq
JJamaica
KKenya
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
LLebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mongolia
Namibia
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Niue
Oman
Pakistan
Rwanda
SSaint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Swaziland
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
ZZimbabwe


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