Apostille Certificates and the Hague Convention

Apostille Certificates and the Hague Convention

Louwrens Koen Attorneys and Notary specialise in obtaining Apostille Certificates for all original South-African public, company, commercial and educational documents.

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.

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’.

A

Albania, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Anguila (UK), Aruba (NL), Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan

B

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

C

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

D

Dominica, Dominican Republic, Denmark

E

Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia

F

Falkland Islands (UK), Fiji, Finland, France

G

Germany, Gibraltar (UK), Greece, Grenada, Guernsey (Bailiwick of)(UK), Georgia

H

Honduras, Hungary

I

Iceland, Ireland (Northern), Isle of Man (UK), Israel, Italy, India

J

Japan, Jersey (UK)

K

Kazakhstan, Korea (South)(also called the republic of Korea), Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo

L

Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg

M

Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of), Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat (UK), Maldova Republic, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco

N

Namibia, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles (NL), New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Nicaragua

O

Oman

P

Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Poland, Peru

R

Romania, Russian Federation

S

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)

T

Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Turks & Caicos Islands (UK), Republic of Tajikstan

U

Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Uruguay

V

Venezuela, Vanuatu

 

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.

Popular South-African Public Documents we legalise

  • Consent letter for children to travel or visit overseas;
  • Powers of Attorney;
  • Certified translations;
  • University, degrees, diplomas, course certificates, school certificates and transcripts;
  • Doctor and Dentist applications for overseas appointments;
  • Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates;
  • Change of Name documents;
  • Single Status Certificates;
  • Letter (Certificate) of No   of No Impediment to marriageto overseas ;
  • Statutory Declarations;
  • Status Declaration;
  • Proof of residence;
  • Morgage loans;
  • Applications for employment overseas;
  • Certificates of origin;
  • Chamber of commerce certifcate;
  • Probate, Letters of Administration;
  • Land Transfer documents;
  • Affidavits, sworn Statements, and depositions sworn before an South-African Notary Public;
  • Certificate of Incorporation of South-African Company issued by CIPC and miscellaneous original company documents;
  • Notarised copy of Passport, Drivers Licence and other identity documents;
  • Certificate of Divorce issued by the Court of South-Africa;
  • Police Clearance Certificate ("no criminal record") issued by SAPS;
  • Miscellaneous notarised documents for use overseas.

This list is not exhaustive. If you have a document not listed above which you require legalised through Apostille or Authentication do not hesitate to contact us for expert professional guidance and a no obligation quote.

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Written by Louwrens Koen Thursday, 26 November 2015 Posted in Apostille Certificate Services South-Africa
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