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Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents

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Authorities Latvia(26 June 2019)

06-06-2019

Designated competent authorities: (…) Sworn Notaries of Latvia will be the designated competent authorities described in Article 6 of the Convention (…) as from 1 July 2019. (…) Sworn Notaries will certify public documents issued in the Republic of Latvia electronically (i.e., with e-Apostille); documents for certification with apostille could be submitted to Sworn Notaries either in paper form [or] electronically (i.e., e-documents). During temporary leave of a Sworn Notary, an assistant to a Sworn Notary may substitute him or her performing all official duties of a Sworn Notary including issuing an apostille.

Authorities Uzbekistan(26 June 2019)

07-06-2019

Designated authorities (modification) (…) there have been changes in the designated authorities of the Republic of Uzbekistan which are competent to issue the certificate referred to [in] the first paragraph of Article 3 and the following authorities have been designated to issue the certificate (apostille): - Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, departments of justice of the regions and Tashkent city - on official documents emanating from justice authorities and civil registry offices; - Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan - on official documents emanating from courts; - Prosecutor General's Office - on official documents emanating from the prosecution, investigation and inquiry authorities; - State Testing Center under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan - on official documents emanating from education and science authorities; - Ministry of Foreign Affairs - on all other official documents.

Reservations, declarations and objections(2 May 2019)

Estonia, 30-04-2019

Estonia takes note of the Declarations submitted by Ukraine on 16 October 2015 regarding the application of the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961), the Convention on the service abroad of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (1965), the Convention on the taking of evidence abroad in civil or commercial matters (1970), the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980) and the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children (1996) to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and of the Declarations submitted by the Russian Federation on 19 July 2016 in relation to the Declarations made by Ukraine. In relation to the Declarations made by the Russian Federation, Estonia declares, in line with the conclusions of the European Council of 20/21 March 2014, that it does not recognise the illegal referendum in Crimea and the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation. As regards the territorial scope of the above-mentioned Conventions, Estonia therefore considers that the conventions in principle continue to apply to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as part of the territory of Ukraine. Estonia further notes the Declaration by Ukraine that the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are temporarily not under the control of Ukraine and that the application and implementation by Ukraine of its obligations under the Conventions is limited and not guaranteed in relation to this part of Ukraine's territory, and that only the central authorities of Ukraine in Kyiv will determine the procedure for relevant communication. As a consequence of the above, Estonia declares that it will not engage in any direct communication or interaction with authorities in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and will not accept any documents or requests emanating from such authorities or through the authorities of the Russian Federation, but will only engage with the central authorities of Ukraine in Kyiv for the purposes of the application and implementation of the conventions.

Objection to accession Philippines(14 March 2019)

Greece, 12-03-2019

In accordance with Article 12, paragraph 2, of the Hague Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents of the 5th October 1961, the Government of the Hellenic Republic hereby objects to the accession of the Republic of the Philippines to the above mentioned Convention.

Objection to accession Dominican Republic(11 March 2019)

Belgium, 24-06-2009

The Embassy hereby wishes to raise an objection to the accession of the Dominican Republic to the mentioned Convention, in accordance with Article 12.

Withdrawal, 08-03-2019

In 2009 Belgium raised an objection to the accession of the Dominican Republic in accordance with article 12, paragraph 2, of the Convention. […] Belgium has decided to withdraw this objection.

Objection to accession Philippines(7 March 2019)

Austria, 05-03-2019

The Republic of Austria raises an objection to the accession of the Republic of the Philippines with reference to Article 12, paragraph 2 of the Convention.

Parties(1 March 2019)

Party Signature Provisional application Ratification

S=Signature without reservation or requirement of ratification
R=Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Notification
A=Accession
Su=Succession
NK=Not Known

Entry into force Renunciation Termination
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of 20-09-1993 (VG) 17-11-1991

Parties(1 March 2019)

Party Signature Provisional application Ratification

S=Signature without reservation or requirement of ratification
R=Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Notification
A=Accession
Su=Succession
NK=Not Known

Entry into force Renunciation Termination
North Macedonia 20-09-1993 (VG) 17-11-1991

Authorities Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of(1 March 2019)

20-09-1993

Central Authority: The Ministry of Justice.

11-08-1997

Central Authority (addition): [...] that beside Ministry of Justice, competent authorities for the issuance of such documents [... certificate reffered to in the first paragraph of Article 3 of the Convention ...] are all 27 First Instance Courts in the Republic of Macedonia.

Authorities North Macedonia(1 March 2019)

20-09-1993

Central Authority: The Ministry of Justice.

11-08-1997

Central Authority (addition): [...] that beside Ministry of Justice, competent authorities for the issuance of such documents [... certificate reffered to in the first paragraph of Article 3 of the Convention ...] are all 27 First Instance Courts in the Republic of Macedonia.

Authorities Tunisia(26 February 2019)

26-02-2019

(...) the Tunisian Notaries are designated as Competent Authorities within the meaning of Article 6, paragraph 2, of the Convention (...). Notaries will be the only authority authorized in Tunisia to issue the Apostille in accordance with the provisions of the Convention (...) as of 1 March 2019. The list of notaries practicing this profession in Tunisia is fixed by order of the Tunisian Minister of Justice.

Objection to accession Philippines(8 February 2019)

Finland, 07-02-2019

Pursuant to Article 12, second paragraph, of that Convention, Finland hereby raises an objection to the accession of the Republic of the Philippines.

Objection to accession Philippines(1 February 2019)

Germany, 29-01-2019

[…] the Federal Republic of Germany herewith objects to the accession of the Philippines in accordance with Article 12, paragraph 2 of the Convention abolishing the Requirements of Legalization for Foreign Documents (The Hague, 5 October, 1961).

Authorities Bulgaria(1 November 2018)

22-10-2018

The Republic of Bulgaria declares that as of 19.10.2018 the following authorities are entitled to issue the certificate under Article 3 (1) of the Convention: 1. The Ministry of Justice - for acts of the courts and notaries; 2. The National Center for Information and Documentation - for educational and certification documents, issued by the higher schools, by the institutions in the system of pre-school, school and vocational education and training and by the Ministry of Education and Science and its units; 3. (as from 01.01.2019) the regional administrations - for documents issued by the mayors and the municipal administrations; 4. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs - for all other acts.

Reservations, declarations and objections(2 October 2018)

Finland, 19-09-2018

The Government of Finland takes note of the Declarations submitted by Ukraine on 16 October 2015 regarding the application of the Convention on Civil Procedure (1954), the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961), the Convention on the service abroad of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (1965), the Convention on the taking of evidence abroad in civil or commercial matters (1970), the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980) and the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children (1996) and the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007) to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and of the Declarations submitted by the Russian Federation on 19 July 2016 in relation to the Declarations made by Ukraine. In relation to the Declarations made by the Russian Federation, Finland declares, in line with the conclusions of the European Council of 20/21 March 2014, that it does not recognise the illegal referendum in Crimea and the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation. As regards the territorial scope of the above Conventions, Finland therefore considers that the conventions in principle continue to apply to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as part of the territory of Ukraine. Finland further notes the Declaration by Ukraine that the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are temporarily not under the control of Ukraine and that the application and implementation by Ukraine of its obligations under the Conventions is limited and not guaranteed in relation to this part of Ukraine's territory, and that only the central authorities of Ukraine in Kyiv will determine the procedure for relevant communication. As a consequence of the above, Finland declares that it will not engage in any direct communication or interaction with authorities in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and will not accept any documents or requests emanating from such authorities or through the authorities of the Russian Federation, but will only engage with the central authorities of Ukraine in Kyiv for the purposes of the application and implementation of the said conventions.

Authorities Switzerland(1 October 2018)

06-04-2018

The list of authorities designated by Switzerland and to which competence is conferred to issue apostilles is replaced by a reference to the website which contains the contact details of the Federal Chancellery as the authority of the Confederation, a regularly updated document with the contact details of the 26 cantonal authorities and other relevant information, namely https://www.bk.admin.ch/bk/fr/home/Service/legalisations.html.

Authorities Poland(20 September 2018)

27-08-2018

[...] the Republic of Poland [...] has the honour to inform that […] as of 1 September 2018 the following institutions of the Republic of Poland are entitled to issue apostilles: 1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Legalisation Section 2. Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, The Department of Art and Culture Education The following documents are subject to its competence: -certificates, diplomas, indexes or authentications issued by art schools -documents issued by schools, other than mentioned above, intended for legal transactions with foreign countries. 3. National Agency for Academic Exchange The following documents are subject to its competence: 1) diplomas of graduation with supplements, 2) copies of diplomas of graduation, 3) certificates of diplomas and post-graduate certificates, 4) duplicates of diplomas and post-graduate certificates, 5) certificates of graduation, 6) doctoral and postdoctoral diplomas, as well as their duplicates and copies - in the case of doctoral and post-doctoral degrees awarded by the authorized organizational units of the university. 4. Ministry of National Education The following documents are subject to its competence: -certificates issued by schools and vocational schools in Poland, mentioned in Article 8 para. 2 letter c of the Educational Law (Consolidated text: Journal of Laws of 2018 position no. 996) and by schools, vocational schools and school consultation points at the diplomatic representations, consular offices and military representations of the Republic of Poland. 5. School superintendents appropriate for the seat of the school The following documents are subject to its competence: -promotion certificates and certificates of graduation as well as indexes issued by schools; -documents issued by schools, continuing education facilities and practical educational facilities, other than mentioned above, intended for legal transactions with foreign countries. 6. Directors of regional exam commissions: The following documents are subject to its competence: -certificates of completion of primary and secondary education at the level of external exams, certificates of secondary education, annexes to the secondary education certificates, certificates confirming professional qualifications, diplomas and certificates issued by regional exam commissions.

Parties(12 September 2018)

Party Signature Provisional application Ratification

S=Signature without reservation or requirement of ratification
R=Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Notification
A=Accession
Su=Succession
NK=Not Known

Entry into force Renunciation Termination
Philippines 12-09-2018 (T) 14-05-2019

Reservations, declarations and objections(12 September 2018)

Philippines, 12-09-2018

The Government of the Republic of the Philippines wishes to draw the attention of State Parties to the Apostille Convention to Sections 4 and 5 of the Philippine Extradition Law (Presidential Decree No. 1069 [s.1977]) which pertains to documents submitted to the Government of the Philippines in support of extradition requests, and wish to convey that the Apostille Convention does not supersede or override the provisions of the Philippine Extradition Law. The Certification by apostille under the Apostille Convention does not satisfy the requirements under the Philippine Extradition Law. Extradition requests directed to the Republic of the Philippines should be conveyed in the manner provided for by the Philippine Extradition Law.

Authorities Philippines(12 September 2018)

12-09-2018

Competent Authority: Authentication Division Office of Consular Affairs Department of Foreign Affairs

Parties(29 August 2018)

Party Signature Provisional application Ratification

S=Signature without reservation or requirement of ratification
R=Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Notification
A=Accession
Su=Succession
NK=Not Known

Entry into force Renunciation Termination
Eswatini 03-07-1978 (VG) 06-09-1968

Parties(29 August 2018)

Party Signature Provisional application Ratification

S=Signature without reservation or requirement of ratification
R=Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Notification
A=Accession
Su=Succession
NK=Not Known

Entry into force Renunciation Termination
Swaziland 03-07-1978 (VG) 06-09-1968

Authorities Eswatini(29 August 2018)

03-07-1978

Central Authority: The Principal Secretary's Office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Authorities Swaziland(29 August 2018)

03-07-1978

Central Authority: The Principal Secretary's Office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Authorities Moldova(24 August 2018)

14-08-2018

(modification) For administrative documents: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration For all other public documents: The Ministry of Justice, the Agency for Legal Information Technology Resources

Parties(16 August 2018)

Party Signature Provisional application Ratification

S=Signature without reservation or requirement of ratification
R=Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Notification
A=Accession
Su=Succession
NK=Not Known

Entry into force Renunciation Termination
Guyana 30-07-2018 (T) 18-04-2019

Authorities Guyana(16 August 2018)

30-07-2018

Competent Authority: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Protocol and Consular Affairs Department

Authorities Andorra(3 August 2018)

13-04-2017

Competent authorities to issue the Apostille in accordance with Article 3, paragraph 1, of the Convention (modification): El/la ministre/a d'Afers Exteriors (The Minister of Foreign Affairs) El/la director/a d'Afers Bilaterals i Consulars (The Director of Bilateral and Consular Affairs) El/la director/a d'Afers Multilaterals i Cooperació (The Director of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation) El/la cap de l'Àrea d'Afers Generals i Jurídics (The Head of the General and Legal Affairs Unit)

Reservations, declarations and objections(10 July 2018)

Romania, 14-06-2018

Romania takes note of the Declarations submitted by Ukraine on 16 October 2015 regarding the application of the Convention on Civil Procedure (1954), the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961), the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980), the Convention on the service abroad of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (1965) and the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children (1996) to the "Autonomous Republic of Crimea" and the city of Sevastopol and of the Declarations submitted by the Russian Federation on 19 July 2016 in relation to the Declarations made by Ukraine. In relation to the Declarations made by the Russian Federation, Romania declares, in line with the conclusions of the European Council of 20/21 March 2014, that it does not recognise the illegal referendum in Crimea and the illegal annexation of the "Autonomous Republic of Crimea" and the city of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation. As regards the territorial scope of the above Conventions, Romania therefore considers that the Conventions in principle continue to apply to the "Autonomous Republic of Crimea" and the city of Sevastopol as part of the territory of Ukraine. Romania further notes the Declarations by Ukraine that the "Autonomous Republic of Crimea" and the city of Sevastopol are temporarily not under the control of Ukraine and that the application and implementation by Ukraine of its obligations under the Conventions is limited and not guaranteed in relation to this part of Ukraine's territory, and that only the central authorities of Ukraine in Kiev will determine the procedure for relevant communication. As a consequence of the above, Romania declares that it will not engage in any direct communication or interaction with authorities in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and will not accept any documents or requests emanating from such authorities or through the authorities of the Russian Federation, but will only engage with the central authorities of Ukraine in Kiev for the purposes of the application and implementation of the conventions.

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