Apostille (including Hague Apostille Country List)

Updated: Sep 28



1. What is Apostille?


An Apostille (pronounced “ah-po-steel”) is a French word meaning certification. It certifies the authenticity of a public document, signature or stamp. It is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. Here is a list of countries that accept Apostilles.


The apostille ensures that public documents issued in one member country will be recognized as valid in another member country.  Since the introduction of the apostille as a form of notarial certification, the international transfer of documents has become far easier and faster. Apostilles require no further diplomatic or consular legalization.


2. What's the process of Apostille?


A. Have your documents notarized by a notary public (if any) or get an original document or a certified copy from the authorities.


B. Get the Apostille from the Secretary of State or the U.S. Department of State.

  • State-issued documents need to be apostilled by the Secretary of State where the documents were issued. A state-issued document with an apostille does not require additional certification by the U.S. Department of State or legalization by a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas to be recognized in a participating country.

  • Federally-issued documents need to be apostilled by the U.S. Department of State.


3. What countries are members of the Hague Apostille Convention?


The Hague Conference has currently 83 Members: 82 States and 1 Regional Economic Integration Organisation.



A

Albania

Andorra

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

B

Belarus

Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

C

Canada

Chile

China (Hong Kong)

China (Macao)

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

D

Denmark

E

Ecuador

Egypt

Estonia

European Union

F

Finland

France

G

Georgia

Germany

Greece

H

Hungary

I

Iceland

India

Ireland

Israel

Italy

J

Japan

Jordan

K

Kazakhstan

Korea, Republic of

L

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

M

Malaysia

Malta

Mauritius

Mexico

Monaco

Montenegro

Morocco

N

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

O

Oman

P

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

R

Republic of Moldova

Republic of North Macedonia

Romania

Russian Federation

S

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

Spain

Sri Lanka

Suriname

Sweden

Switzerland

T

Tunisia

Turkey

U

Ukraine

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

United States of America

Uruguay

V

Venezuela

Viet Nam

Z

Zambia


The above Hague Apostille Country List is from The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)


Please note that if the document is issued by or will be used in a country that is not a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, the document should be authenticated (not apostilled) by the competent authorities and need additional legalization by a Consulate or Embassy office.


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