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 have AGREED to participate in "The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents"

Albania
Andorra

Antigua & Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

South-Africa

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Bermuda

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Botswana

British Guyana

Brunei Darussalam

Bulgaria

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

China (Hong Kong-Special Administrative Region (SAR) only)

China (Macau-Special Administrative Region (SAR) only)

Colombia

Comoros Islands

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

El Salvador

Estonia

Fiji

Finland

France, including:

French Guiana

French Polynesia       

Guadeloupe    

Martinique     

Germany

Georgia

Greece

Grenada

Guernsey

Guyana

Hong Kong (SAR of China)

Honduras

Hungary

Iceland

India

Ireland

Isle of Man

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Korea (Republic of)

Latvia

Lesotho

Liberia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macau (SAR of China)

Macedonia

Malawi

Malta

Marshall Islands

Mauritius

Mexico

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montengro

Montserrat

Namibia

Netherlands (The), including:

Aruba, Suriname, Netherlands Antilles: (Curacao, Bonaire, St Martin, St Eustatius, & Saba)

New Zealand

Niue

Norway

Oman

Peru

Panama

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russian Federation

St. Christopher (Kitts) & Nevis

St. Georgia & South Sandwich Islands

St. Helena

St Pierre & Miquelon

St. Lucia

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino, Republic of

Sao Tome and Principe

Serbia

Seychelles

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Suriname

Swaziland

Sweden

Switzerland

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Tuvalu

United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, including:

Anguilla, Guernsey, Bahamas, Isle of Man, Barbados, Jersey, Bermuda, Montserrat, Brunei, Mauritius, British Antarctic Territory, St. Georgia & the South Sandwich Island, British Virgin Islands, St Helena, Cayman Islands, Tonga & Caicos Islands, Dominica, Turks & Caicos, Falkland Islands, Virgin Islands, British Gibraltar                    

 

United States of America, including:

           50 USA States           

 The District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam (Territory of),   Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

 

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Venezuela

Yugoslavia

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