For what i need an Apostille and what is it?

The Apostille, also known as the Hague Apostille, is a form of authentication in international document traffic. It is used in legal relations between the following countries as an exemption from legalization of foreign public documents.

It confirms the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the signatory has acted and, if applicable, the authenticity of the seal or stamp affixed to the document.

The simplification of legal relations achieved by the Hague Convention is now making a major contribution to the development of globalisation by enabling international legal channels to be established quickly and unbureaucratically.

The apostille is placed on authentic instruments. Article 1 of the Convention regulates which documents are to be regarded as authentic instruments, whereby the domestic law of the issuing authority applies in each case. The apostille shall be represented by a stamp in the form of a square with a side length of at least nine centimetres. It may be completed in the official language of the issuing authority. The title "Apostille (Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961)" is compulsory in French.

These are the members of the Hague Convention for the Hague Apostille:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • China (only for documents from the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions)
  • Colombia
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark (except Greenland and Faroe Islands)
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Grenada
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lesotho
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand (without Tokelau)
  • Nicaragua
  • Netherlands (also for Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten and the Caribbean part, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba)
  • Niue
  • Northern Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • South Africa
  • South Korea (Republic of Korea)
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland (see Eswatini)
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • United States
  • United Kingdom (also for Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands),
    Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Saint Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands)