When should I get an Apostille?

Which countries will accept an apostille?

In many cases, notarising your document is only the beginning. The ultimate goal is for your document to be accepted in the intended destination country. To achieve this goal you may have been asked to have your document legalised – maybe with an apostille or even ‘according to the Hague Convention’. By this stage you are searching Google for the words ‘notary public’, or ‘apostille’ or ‘Hague Convention’ and perhaps that is how you found this article. You are in the right place.

Unless your document is an original Australian government document (sometimes referred to as a ‘public document’), you will need to have your document notarised – meaning, if you are signing a document and need to have your signature witnessed, or you are intending to send a certified copy of any kind of document, you will need to have that document notarised by a notary public. This is our core notary public service.

As a leading notary public in Sydney, we provide a range of notary public services depending on your document, your intended destination country and your specific requirements – or the requirements that you have been told about by your foreign counterpart in the intended destination country. While many of our clients feel frustrated by the number of things they are asked to do by their foreign counterpart, please be aware that we do not make these rules or regulations or impose these requirements – we only assist you to satisfy them, whatever they may be.

Member Countries of the Hague Convention

The list below may help you to determine whether the intended destination country for your documents will recognise (or require) that your document be stamped with an apostille. If you are unsure after all the research you have done on Google, then perhaps it is time for you to stop searching and just call our office.

List of countries that recognise the apostille

A Albania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
B Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
C Chile
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
D Denmark
E Ecuador
Estonia
F Finland
France
G Georgia
Germany
Greece
H Hungary
I Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
J Japan
K Korea, Republic of
L Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
M Macedonia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Morocco
N Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
P Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
R Romania
Russian Federation
S Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
T Turkey
U Ukraine
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
Uruguay
V Venezuela
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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what next?

If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.

Ern Phang, Notary Public


Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.

is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct as at the time of publication. You should only rely on information and advice that is specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.

Posted: 2016-03-15 08:30:57 / Last edited: 2018-05-26 15:09:09