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What’s an ‘apostille’?

In Australia, an apostille is a stamp/certificate issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) certifying that a document is either an original Australian government document or a document that has been notarised by a notary public. Certified copies of original Australian government documents must also be notarised before they can be stamped with an apostille.

An apostille will only be recognised in a country that is a signatory (like Australia) to the Apostille Convention otherwise known as the Hague Apostille Convention or officially known as the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. For more information, please contact DFAT on 1300 935 260 or visit their website smartraveller.gov.au.

Which countries are members of the Apostille Convention?

Countries that are members of the Apostille Convention in alphabetical are as follows (updated 31 August 2021):

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Palau
    • Panama
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • No countries as at 31 August 2021
    • 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
    • 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 31 August 2021
    • No countries as at 31 August 2021
    • No countries as at 31 August 2021
    • No countries as at 31 August 2021

    Notary public services and apostille services

    We also help clients with obtaining an apostille from DFAT on their original Australian government documents or documents that we notarise as part of our notary public services. This apostille service means our clients avoid the hassle and effort of making their own arrangements with DFAT for the apostille.

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    I don’t need an apostille, I need something else…

    If the intended destination country is not a signatory to the Apostille Convention, it will not recognise an apostille. Instead, you must have your document ‘authenticated‘ by DFAT and then legalised by the foreign representative office (ie, consulate or embassy) of the intended destination country. DFAT can authenticate documents that are either original Australian documents or documents that have been notarised by a notary public.

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    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.
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