Saudi Arabia – Apostille Now

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Saudi Arabia is now a member of the Apostille Convention. From today (7 December 2022) Saudi Arabia will accept documents that have been stamped with an apostille from other member countries, like Australia. Accordingly, if you’re sending documents from Australia to Saudi Arabia, those documents must now be stamped with an apostille.

Before Saudi Arabia became a member of the Apostille Convention, documents from Australia had to be notarised by a notary public, authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and then attested by the Embassy of Saudi Arabia. This process is known as ‘legalisation’. Without legalisation, documents from Australia would not be accepted in Saudi Arabia. The apostille process replaces the legalisation process.

Who issues the Apostille in Australia?

In Australia, the DFAT is the issuing authority for the apostille. DFAT can stamp an apostille on original Australian government documents or documents that have been notarised by a notary public in Australia.

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we can help you with:

  • Notarisation of documents, and
  • Obtaining the apostille from DFAT on original Australian government documents or documents that we’ve notarised.

Attestation by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission

In the past, some documents intended for Saudi Arabia (such as education documents) had to be attested by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Australia (SACM). We’ve been advised by the SACM that once stamped with an apostille, a document no longer requires attestation by the SACM.

This means, if your intended recipient requires SACM attestation, your document must still be legalised by the Embassy of Saudi Arabian. The SACM will not attest your document if it has been stamped with an apostille.

المملكة العربية السعودية تعترف الآن بالأبوستيل.

المملكة العربية السعودية أصبحت الآن عضوًا في اتفاقية الأبوستيل. اعتبارًا من اليوم (٧ ديسمبر ٢٠٢٢)، ستقبل المملكة العربية السعودية الوثائق التي تم ختمها برسم الرسم الرسمي (الأبوستيل) من الدول الأعضاء الأخرى، مثل أستراليا. وبناءً على ذلك، إذا كنت ترسل وثائقًا من أستراليا إلى المملكة العربية السعودية، يجب الآن أن تكون هذه الوثائق قد تمت ختمها برسم الرسم الرسمي (الأبوستيل).

قبل أن تصبح المملكة العربية السعودية عضوًا في اتفاقية الأبوستيل، كان يتعين توثيق الوثائق القادمة من أستراليا بواسطة كاتب العدل، وتصديقها من قبل وزارة الشؤون الخارجية والتجارة (DFAT)، ثم تصديقها من قبل سفارة المملكة العربية السعودية. يُعرف هذا العملية بـ ‘التوثيق’. بدون التوثيق، لن تكون الوثائق القادمة من أستراليا مُقبلة في المملكة العربية السعودية. عملية الأبوستيل تحل محل عملية التوثيق.

من يُصدر الأبوستيل في أستراليا؟

في أستراليا، وزارة الشؤون الخارجية والتجارة (DFAT) هي السلطة الصادرة للأبوستيل. يمكن لـ DFAT ختم الأبوستيل على الوثائق الأصلية الخاصة بالحكومة الأسترالية أو الوثائق التي تمت مصادقتها من قبل كاتب عدل في أستراليا.

بصفتنا مزوّدين رائدين لخدمات كتاب العدل العام في سيدني، يمكننا مساعدتك في:

  • تصديق الوثائق، و
  • الحصول على الأبوستيل من DFAT على الوثائق الأصلية الخاصة بالحكومة الأسترالية أو الوثائق التي قمنا بتصديقها.

التصديق من قبل البعثة الثقافية السعودية

في الماضي، كان يتعين توثيق بعض الوثائق المخصصة للمملكة العربية السعودية (مثل وثائق التعليم) من قبل البعثة الثقافية السعودية في أستراليا (SACM). تم توجيهنا من قبل SACM بأنه بمجرد ختم الوثيقة برسم الرسم الرسمي (الأبوستيل)، لا تحتاج الوثيقة إلى تصديق من قبل SACM.

وهذا يعني، إذا كان المستلم المقصود يتطلب تصديق SACM، يجب أن تظل وثيقتك قابلة للتوثيق من قبل سفارة المملكة العربية السعودية. لن تقوم SACM بتصديق وثيقتك إذا كانت قد تمت ختمها برسم الرسم الرسمي (الأبوستيل).

Which countries are members of the Apostille Convention?

Countries that are members of the Apostille Convention in alphabetical are as follows (updated 31 October 2023):

    • Albania

    • Andorra

    • Antigua and Barbuda

    • Argentina

    • Armenia

    • Australia

    • Austria

    • Azerbaijan

    • Bahamas

    • Bahrain

    • Barbados

    • Belarus

    • Belgium

    • Belize

    • Bolivia

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    • Botswana

    • Brazil

    • Brunei Darussalam

    • Bulgaria

    • Burundi

    • Cabo Verde

    • Canada (from 11 January 2024)

    • Chile

    • China, People's Republic of (from 7 November 2023)

    • Colombia

    • Cook Islands

    • Costa Rica

    • Croatia

    • Cyprus

    • Czech Republic

    • Denmark

    • Dominica

    • Dominican Republic

    • Ecuador

    • El Salvador

    • Estonia

    • Eswatini

    • Fiji

    • Finland

    • France

    • Georgia

    • Germany

    • Greece

    • Grenada

    • Guatemala

    • Guyana

    • Honduras

    • Hungary

    • Iceland

    • India

    • Indonesia

    • Ireland

    • Israel

    • Italy

    • Jamaica

    • Japan

    • Kazakhstan

    • Korea, Republic of

    • Kosovo

    • Kyrgyzstan

    • Latvia

    • Lesotho

    • Liberia

    • Liechtenstein

    • Lithuania

    • Luxembourg

    • Malawi

    • Malta

    • Marshall Islands

    • Mauritius

    • Mexico

    • Monaco

    • Mongolia

    • Montenegro

    • Morocco

    • Namibia

    • Netherlands

    • New Zealand

    • Nicaragua

    • Niue

    • Norway

    • Oman

    • Pakistan (from 9 Mar 2023)

    • Palau

    • Panama

    • Paraguay

    • Peru

    • Philippines

    • Poland

    • Portugal

    • Republic of Moldova

    • Republic of North Macedonia

    • Romania

    • Russian Federation

    • Saint Kitts and Nevis

    • Saint Lucia

    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    • Samoa

    • San Marino

    • Sao Tome and Principe

    • Saudi Arabia (from 7 Dec 2022)

    • Senegal (from 23 Mar 2023)

    • Serbia

    • Seychelles

    • Singapore

    • Slovakia

    • Slovenia

    • South Africa

    • Spain

    • Suriname

    • Sweden

    • Switzerland

    • Tajikistan

    • Tonga

    • Trinidad and Tobago

    • Tunisia

    • Turkey

    • Ukraine

    • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    • United States of America

    • Uruguay

    • Uzbekistan

    • Vanuatu

    • Venezuela

    • Albania

    • Andorra

    • Antigua and Barbuda

    • Argentina

    • Armenia

    • Australia

    • Austria

    • Azerbaijan

    • Bahamas

    • Bahrain

    • Barbados

    • Belarus

    • Belgium

    • Belize

    • Bolivia

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    • Botswana

    • Brazil

    • Brunei Darussalam

    • Bulgaria

    • Burundi

    • Cabo Verde

    • Canada (from 11 January 2024)

    • Chile

    • China, People's Republic of

    • Colombia

    • Cook Islands

    • Costa Rica

    • Croatia

    • Cyprus

    • Czech Republic

    • Denmark

    • Dominica

    • Dominican Republic

    • Ecuador

    • El Salvador

    • Estonia

    • Eswatini

    • Fiji

    • Finland

    • France

    • Georgia

    • Germany

    • Greece

    • Grenada

    • Guatemala

    • Guyana

    • Honduras

    • Hungary

    • Iceland

    • India

    • Indonesia

    • Ireland

    • Israel

    • Italy

    • Jamaica

    • Japan

    • Kazakhstan

    • Korea, Republic of

    • Kosovo

    • Kyrgyzstan

    • Latvia

    • Lesotho

    • Liberia

    • Liechtenstein

    • Lithuania

    • Luxembourg

    • Malawi

    • Malta

    • Marshall Islands

    • Mauritius

    • Mexico

    • Moldova, Republic of

    • Monaco

    • Mongolia

    • Montenegro

    • Morocco

    • Namibia

    • Netherlands

    • New Zealand

    • Nicaragua

    • Niue

    • North Macedonia, Republic of

    • Norway

    • Oman

    • Pakistan (from 9 Mar 2023)

    • Palau

    • Panama

    • Paraguay

    • Peru

    • Philippines

    • Poland

    • Portugal

    • No countries as at 1 August 2023

    • Republic of Moldova

    • Republic of North Macedonia

    • Romania

    • Russian Federation

    • Saint Kitts and Nevis

    • Saint Lucia

    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    • Samoa

    • San Marino

    • Sao Tome and Principe

    • Saudi Arabia (from 7 Dec 2022)

    • Senegal (from 23 Mar 2023)

    • Serbia

    • Seychelles

    • Singapore

    • Slovakia

    • Slovenia

    • South Africa

    • Spain

    • Suriname

    • Sweden

    • Switzerland

    • Tajikistan

    • Tonga

    • Trinidad and Tobago

    • Tunisia

    • Turkey

  • Ukraine

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • United States of America

  • Uruguay

  • Uzbekistan

    • Vanuatu

    • Venezuela

    • No countries as at 1 August 2023

    • No countries as at 1 August 2023

    • No countries as at 1 August 2023

    • No countries as at 1 August 2023

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