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.

 

As at 1st January, 2010, 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

 

Brazil

 

Bosnia-Herzegovina

 

Botswana

 

British Guyana

 

Brunei Darussalam

 

Bulgaria

 

Cape Verde

 

Cayman Islands

 

Chile

 

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

 

Morocco

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Certificate of No Impediment to Overseas Marriage

 

Statutory Declaration signed before a Notary Public

 

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 Apostilled, Contact us for free professional guidance.

 

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Written by Louwrens Koen Saturday, 18 February 2017 Posted in Apostille FAQ
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