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

AAlbania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
BBelarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
CChile
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
DDenmark
EEcuador
Estonia
FFinland
France
GGeorgia
Germany
Greece
HHungary
IIceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
JJapan
KKorea, Republic of
LLatvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
MMacedonia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Morocco
NNetherlands
New Zealand
Norway
PPanama
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
RRomania
Russian Federation
SSerbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
TTurkey
UUkraine
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
Uruguay
VVenezuela
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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

Whether you're notarising a document for the first time or the hundreth time, the requirements, processes, and terms can be confusing and daunting - or just a pain and a hassle (especially if you need an apostille, or to authenticate or legalise as well). Don't worry! We're here to simplify it, explain it, and help you with what you need to achieve it.

Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our notary public services. We've also created a flowchart to help explain notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what's next?

Visit our Notary Fees page for a free quote for our notary public services or just call us on +61 2 9687 8885 to speak with our friendly team about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We're a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney 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. With our offices 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.

Ern Phang, Notary Public
Ern Phang
Notary Public

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.

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