Louwrens Koen Attorneys specialise in notarisation, legalisation and the obtaining of Apostille Certificates for all original South-African public, company, commercial and educational documents. (Document list)
Apostille is a French word meaning a certificate issued by a government of a country, authenticating the signature and or seal of a public official on a public document issued by that country, and intended for use in a foreign country. It is a truncated process in terms of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.
South-African public, company, commercial or educational documents, including documents witnessed, attested, notarial copies that are certified and sealed by an South-African Notary Public, when affixed or attached with an Apostille Certificate, issued by the South-African Government, will automatically be accepted for legal use in foreign countries who are signatories to the Hague Convention.
Apostille Certificates are restricted in their use to those countries which are signatories to The Hague Convention. If the documents are destined for use in an country which are not a signatory to the Hague Convention a lengthier legalisation process called chain authentication and possibly an embassy or consulate legalisation procedure must be followed.
The following countries recognise and issue Apostilles for the international legalisation of documents. These are collectively known as ‘member countries of the Hague Apostille Convention’.
Albania, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Anguila (UK), Aruba (NL), Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan
Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda (UK), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, British Antarctic Territory (UK), British Virgin Islands (UK), Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of Burundi, Brazil
Cayman Islands (UK), China (only special administrative regions of Hong Kong & Macao), Colombia, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech-Republic, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Curacao (NL), Caribbean part of the Netherlands (the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba)(NL), Chile
Dominica, Dominican Republic, Denmark
Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia
Falkland Islands (UK), Fiji, Finland, France
Germany, Gibraltar (UK), Greece, Grenada, Guernsey (Bailiwick of)(UK), Georgia
Iceland, Ireland (Northern), Isle of Man (UK), Israel, Italy, India
Japan, Jersey (UK)
Kazakhstan, Korea (South)(also called the republic of Korea), Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo
Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of), Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat (UK), Maldova Republic, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco
Namibia, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles (NL), New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Nicaragua
Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Poland, Peru
Romania, Russian Federation
Saint Lucia, Saint Helena (UK), Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Vincent & The Gernadines, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Sae Tome & Principe, Sint Maarten (NL)
Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Turks & Caicos Islands (UK), Republic of Tajikstan
Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Uruguay
If the above is a bit confusing do not stress. We literally legalise thousands of documents every year. Leave the process, queuing and stress to us. We deliver a comprehensive legalisation service of almost any document to anywhere in the world.
Louwrens Koen - Notary Public South-Africa
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