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Countries

Many countries and territories are party to conventions to reduce the legalisation chain. This implies that certain documents originating from one state may also be used in another with only one legalisation or even no legalisation at all.

The best known legalisation treaty is the so-called The Hague Apostille convention. This convention has the provision that the legalisation is restricted to one only: the Apostille stamp. With such a stamp the document no longer needs to be legalised by the embassy or consulate of the country where the document is to be used. In the Netherlands the Law Courts provide such an Apostille stamp.

Member-States and territories of the Apostille Convention.

Albania
Andorra
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Bosnia-Herzegowina
Botswana
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Colombia
Cook Islands
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Ecuador
El Salvador
Estonia
Fiji
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Korea, Republic of
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxemburg
Macedonia
Malawi
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Moldavïa
Montenegro
Namibia
Netherlands, The
New Zealand
Niue
Norway
Panama
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent/Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Serbia
Seychelles
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States
Venezuela

 
 
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