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

Written by Louwrens Koen on . Posted in Uncategorised

 

We 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 yhe Gague Convention:

 

Algeria

Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Afghanistan

Guinea – Bissau

Palestine

Angola

Haiti

Paraguay

Bahrain

Indonesia

Philippines

Bangladesh

Iran

Qatar

Benin

Iraq

Rwanda

Bhutan

Jamaica

Saudi Arabia

Bolivia

Jordan

Senegal

Brazil

Kenya

Sierra Leone

Burkina Faso

Kiribati (Tarawa)

Singapore

Burma

Kuwait

Solomon Islands

Burundi

Kyrgyzstan

Somalia

Cambodia

Laos

Sri Lanka

Cameroon

Lebanon

Sudan

Canada

Libya

Taiwan

Madagascar

Syria

Tajikistan

Chad

Malaysia

Tanzania

Chile

Maldives

Thailand

China

Mali

Togo

Comoros

Mauritania

Tunisia

Congo

Micronesia

Turkmenistan

Costa Rica

Mongolia

Tuvalu

Cote d'Ivoire

Morocco

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Cuba

Mozambique

Uganda

Djibouti

Myanmar

Uruguay

Dominican Republic

Nauru

Uzbekistan

East Timor

Nepal

Vanuatu

Egypt

Nicaragua

Vietnam

Eritrea

Niger

Yemen

Ethiopia

Nigeria

Zambia

Gabon

North Korea

Zimbabwe

Gambia

Oman

 

Ghana

Pakistan

 

Guatemala

Palau

 

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.
For instance:
It may require a written translation of the contents of a document from the English language into their country's own lnguage, and that such translation be henticated by the South-African Government
Some countries require a Chamber of Commerce Certificate affixed to commercial documents as well as authentication
Other countries, especially Middle Eastern Arab states, charge huge fees to legalise commercial documents and are closed on their national holidays and religious days
As at 1st January, 2010, the following countries have NOT AGREED to participate in "The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents"

Countries not appearing on the above list require documents to be legalised by their Embassies or Consulates in South-Africa and do not accept Apostille Certificates.
Another complicating factor is that some foreign Countries do not have Embassies or Consulates located in South-Africa.
Most of these countries however, have arrangements in place with other countries represented here to assist them with the legalisation of South-African public documents; otherwise, their Embassies or Consulates located in nearby countries assist.