Which countries do and do not recognise Apostille Certificates?

Apostilled South-African public documents are accepted by all countries participating in the Hague Convention.

There are currently over 100 member countries of The Hague Convention recognising Apostille Certificates. Click on this link to view a list of these participating countries

In addition to those countries which are participants in The Hague Convention, there a few non-participating countries that will also recognise Apostille Certificates without themselves being members. We recommend you check with your principal source to ascertain whether or not an Apostille Certificate is acceptable.

If an Apostille Certificate is not recognised by a particular country, full embassy or consulate legalisation is necessary which for most countries involves the issue of an Authentication Certificate, certifying the seal or signature appearing on that document. Click on this link to view a list of non-participating countries.

Louwrens Koen Attorneys offers an comprehensive document legalisation service either through the use of an Apostille Certificate or through the more onerous Authentication method. Which process to use is dependent an various factors. Should you have any any questions as contact us that we can discuss your specific needs.


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