Legalising and Authentication of documentation destined for Countries that have not subscribed to the Hague Convention.

Louwrens Koen Attorneys specialise in legalising all South-African public, company, commercial, and educational documents at Embassies and Consulates of foreign countries represented or located in South-Africa and elsewhere.

If the foreign country in which you require your South-African public, commercial or educational document to operate is not a country which is a signatory to The Hague Convention. Apostille Certificates are unacceptable in countries which have not ratified the Hague Convention. The following countries are not signatories to the Hague Convention:

  • Algeria

  • Afghanistan

  • Angola

  • Bahrain

  • Bangladesh

  • Benin

  • Bhutan

  • Bolivia

  • Burkina Faso

  • Burma

  • Burundi

  • Cambodia

  • Cameroon

  • Canada

  • Madagascar

  • Chad

  • China

  • Comoros

  • Congo

  • Costa Rica

  • Cote d'Ivoire

  • Cuba

  • Djibouti

  • Dominican Republic

  • East Timor

  • Egypt

  • Eritrea

  • Ethiopia

  • Gabon

  • Gambia

  • Ghana

  • Guatemala

  • Guinea

  • Guinea – Bissau

  • Haiti

  • Indonesia

  • Iran

  • Iraq

  • Jamaica

  • Jordan

  • Kenya

  • Kiribati (Tarawa)

  • Kuwait

  • Kyrgyzstan

  • Laos

  • Lebanon

  • Libya

  • Syria

  • Malaysia

  • Maldives

  • Mali

  • Mauritania

  • Micronesia

  • Mongolia

  • Mozambique

  • Myanmar

  • Nauru

  • Nepal

  • Nicaragua

  • Niger

  • Nigeria

  • North Korea

  • Oman

  • Pakistan

  • Palau

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Palestine

  • Paraguay

  • Philippines

  • Qatar

  • Rwanda

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Senegal

  • Sierra Leone

  • Singapore

  • Solomon Islands

  • Somalia

  • Sri Lanka

  • Sudan

  • Taiwan

  • Tajikistan

  • Tanzania

  • Thailand

  • Togo

  • Tunisia

  • Turkmenistan

  • Tuvalu

  • United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)

  • Uganda

  • Uruguay

  • Uzbekistan

  • Vanuatu

  • Vietnam

  • Yemen

  • Zambia

  • Zimbabwe

In most cases, your South-African public document needs first to be authenticated by the South-African Government before acceptance for legalisation by an Embassy or Consulate, and this is achieved by the issue of an Authentication Certificate stamped or attached to it.

Embassy or Consulate legalisation is a complex, difficult and sometimes expensive legal process. Each Embassy or Consulate has its peculiar opening hours, rules, procedures, guidelines, and fees payable, all of which you must deal with to legalise your South-African document for use in their country.

It is a tricky and sometimes costly exercise to conduct on your own. Consult us for expert document legalisation advice and a no obligation quotation.

For further information, please contact:

Louwrens Koen Attorneys

Loftus Versveld Northern Pavillion (Gate12), 2nd Floor Office 4, 416 Kirkness Street, Arcadia, Pretoria

Tel: 087 0010 733

Cell: 084 316 3765

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Which Countries do and do not accept Apostille Legalisation Certificates

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Text of Rule 63 of the SUPREME COURT ACT 59 OF 1959 relating to Authentication of documents executed outside the republic for use within the republic

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