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
|Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Korea, Republic of
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
|United States of America
Do you have any questions?
Sending documents from Australia to other countries can be complicated. We make it simple.
If your documents must be stamped with an apostille or authenticated and then legalised, we can help with that too. We've also created a flowchart to explain the process.
So, what's next?
Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?
We're a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney. We're known for our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries, our low-cost fixed fees and service offering, and our availability to help on short notice.
Our office is conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area. We help clients from across Sydney and beyond with personal, professional and timely notary public services.
This website is maintained by Phang Legal, a boutique law firm in Parramatta and a leading provider of quality notary public services to satisfied clients across Sydney.
Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.