what is an apostille

APOSTILLE

An apostille is the authentication of a document for use outside of the United States. Apostille in its truest defintion means "to authenticate".  Anytime someone plans on using a document in a different country for any type of  official use, the document must have an apostille attached to it. Think of it like a passport for your documents that allows those documents to travel to other places. 

HAGUE CONVENTION

The Hague Convention is a treaty that was signed on October 8th, 1961 that abolished the requirment of legalization of foreign documents. The countries that signed this treaty accept and recognize an apostilled document as authentic. The countries that did not sign this treaty still require legalization in order for them to recognize the documennts as authentic. 


List of countries that accept an Apostille

Albania
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burundi
Cape Verde
Colombia
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica, Commonwealth of
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Estonia
Fiji
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Honduras
Hong Kong*
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Korea, Republic of (South)
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao*
Macedonia, FYR of
Malawi
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niue
Norway
Oman
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Samoa
San Marino
Serbia
Seychelles
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uruguay
USA
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela

* As concerns The People's Republic of CHINA, it is only Hong Kong and Macao that accept the Apostille legalisation without an extra legalisation from the Chinese Embassy. 

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