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Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Senegal now accede to the Apostille Convention

Updated: Mar 31, 2023



🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia


On April 8, 2022, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention).


The Apostille Convention entered into force for Saudi Arabia on 7 December 2022.


🇵🇰 Pakistan


On July 8, 2022, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention).


The Apostille Convention entered into force for Pakistan on 9 March 2023.


Head of Prime Minister's Strategic Reforms Salman Sufi tweeted: “A big relief for overseas Pakistanis. The Accession to Apostille Convention has been approved.”


He added that the Foreign Office was working to implement and notify notaries across Pakistan to attest documents that would be acceptable in all Hague convention signatory countries. He also said the process would take about six months.


🇸🇳 Senegal


On July 13, 2022, the Republic of Senegal deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention).


The Apostille Convention entered into force for Senegal on 23 March 2023.


According to media reports, one of the factors that forced the Senegalese authorities to speed up the decision on the question of accession to the Convention was the presence of a large diaspora of representatives of the local population abroad. According to various estimates, there are currently between 550,000 and 2.5 million Senegalese citizens abroad who are constantly struggling to legalize documents. Today, more than 100,000 immigrants from Senegal live in France alone.


💡 Tips:

  • Embassy legalization is still required until the above effective date.

  • Click here for the latest and full list of Hague Apostille Country.



 

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