Apostille Certificates and the Hague Convention
Apostille is a French word (pronounced "ah-poh-steel"), 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.
South-African public, company, commercial or educational documents, including documents witnessed , 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 signatories to the Hague Convention.
Apostille Certificates are restricted in their use to those countries which are signatories to The Hague Convention otherwise a full embassy or consulate legalisation procedure is necessary.
South-Africa is a member of The Hague 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
An Apostille Certificate is the appropriate form of legalisation, if your South-African public document is required to operate in any of the above participating Hague Convention countries.
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