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LIST OF THE HAGUE APOSTILLE CONVENTION MEMBERS

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The Hague Apostille Convention is also known as the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961, was formed to eliminate the old tedious and costly way of legalising foreign public documents and was replaced with one single formality of apostilling public documents. With this put in place all signatory states of the Hague Apostille Convention were able to legally use their public documents in other contracting countries. Each contracting state chooses a Competent Authority within their country to be the legal body responsible for issuing the apostille certificate. In South Africa, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the South African High Court are the Competent Authorities responsible for issuing Apostille certificates. Currently, there are 120 contracting states and 91 members. Below is a list of the Hague Apostille Convention Members and when they joined.

List of the Hague Apostille Convention Members

 

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ContinentContracting PartyEntry Into Force
EuropeAlbania4-June-2002
Andorra11-June-2015
Austria 15-July-1955
Belarus12-July-2001
Belgium 15-July-1955
Bosnia and Herzegovina7-June-2001
Bulgaria22-April-1999
Croatia12-June-1995
Cyprus8-October-1984
Czech Republic28-January-1993
Denmark15-July-1955
Estonia13-May-1998
European Union3-April-2007
Finland2-December-1955
France 20-April-1964
Germany 14-December-1955
Greece26-August-1955
Hungary 6-January-1987
Iceland 14-November-2003
Ireland26-August-1955
Italy 26-June-1957
Latvia11-August-1992
Lithuania23-October-2001
Luxembourg12-March-1956
Malta30-January-1995
Monaco8-August-1996
Montenegro1-March-2007
Netherlands15-July-1955
Norway15-July-1955
Poland29-May-1984
Portugal 15-July-1955
Republic of Moldova 16-March-2016
Romania 10-April-1991
Serbia 26-April-2001
Slovakia26-April-1993
Slovenia 18-June-1992
Spain 15-July-1955
Sweden 15-July-1955
Switzerland 6-May-1957
Ukraine3-December-2003
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland15-July-1955
South AmericaArgentina28-April-1972
Brazil 23-February-2001
Chile 25-April-1986
Ecuador 2-November-2007
Paraguay28-June-2005
Peru29-January-2001
Suriname 7-October-1977
Uruguay27-July-1983
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)25-July-1979
El Salvador20-March-2023
AsiaArmenia 28-April-2015
Indonesia3-July-2021
Israel 24-September-1964
Japan27-June-1957
Jordan13-June-2001
Pakistan8-July-2022
Malaysia 2-October-2002
Mongolia 15-July-1955
Singapore16-September-2022
Philippines 14-July-2010
Republic of Korea20-August-1997
Saudi Arabia19-October-2016
Singapore9-April-2014
India 13-March-2008
Uzbekistan4-March-2020
Viet Nam10-April-2013
Sri Lanka27-September-2001
Suriname 7-October-1977
China7-November-2023
OceaniaNew Zealand5-February-2002
Australia1-November-1973
Europe/AsiaAzerbaijan29-July-2014
Georgia 28-May-2001
Kazakhstan 14-June-2017
Türkiye26-August-1955
Russian Federation6-December-2001
North AmericaCanada7-October-1968
Costa Rica27-January-2011
Dominican Republic4-March-2020
El Salvador2-March-2022
Jamaica3-July-2021
Honduras 9-September-2021
Mexico18-March-1986
Nicaragua21-October-2020
Panama29-May-2002
United States of America15-October-1964
AfricaBurkina Faso16-October-2013
Egypt 24-April-1961
Mauritius19-January-2011
Botswana1-March-2023
Morocco 6-September-1993
Namibia19-January-2021
South Africa14-February-2002
Tunisia 4-November-2014
Senegal8-July-2022
Zambia 17-May-2013
Senegal23-March-2023

How to become a member of the Hague Apostille Convention?

Depositing the instrument of accession

 

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  • Any country wishing to join the Hague Apostille Convention, is called an acceding  State. The acceding State must send their instrument of accession to the Depository of the Convention, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands.
  • The instrument of the accession may be delivered personally or sent through the mail. It should either be in French or English or translated into either one of these languages.
  • The acceding State shall notify the Depositary of the chosen Competent Authority of the accession, in either English or French (In South Africa the Competent Authority is the South African High Court and DIRCO). 
  • If a new Competent Authority is appointed or an old one no longer serves as a Competent Authority, the Depository should be notified.
  • Additionally, States must inform the Permanent Bureau of any designations (by email to secretariat@hcch.net) in order for this information to be posted on the website’s apostille section. Where applicable, the URL of the e-Register should also be included in the correspondence sent to the Permanent Bureau(s).

Objections to accessions and how to avoid them

  • When a state delivers their instrument of accession with the depository, it’s not granted membership immediately after the instrument of accession has been delivered, all contracting states are then notified and are given an objection period of six months.
  • During this period, objections may be raised by contracting States, who are against the accession. A State does not need to give a reason for raising an objection. The depository must be notified of this objection, in turn, all contracting States are notified by the depository about the objection. Though contracting states are only notified of objection after the six-months objection period.
  • If a contracting State raises an objection to an acceding State, it means that the Convention won’t enter into effect for both the contracting state that raised an objection and the acceding state. Contracting States are given six months to object, if a contracting State objects after the six-month period the objection will have no effect whatsoever.
  • If a State wants to withdraw their objection, they can do so anytime by notifying the depository. Once the depository receives the notification to withdraw, the convention will immediately come into effect between the contracting State and acceding State.
  • Objections to acceding states are usually slim, but to minimise the chances of objections, acceding states can do the following:
      • Choose Competent Authorities who are reliable and willing to meet the demands of issuing Apostilles.
      • The acceding State should provide all details, including contact details about the Competent Bodies.
      • The accession should also be published on relevant government websites.
      • All embassies and consulates of the acceding State in other countries should be informed once the Convention comes into effect so that they should know that there is no need to legalise public documents anymore to be used abroad unless its legalisation outside of Apostilling. 
      • Consider implementing the e-APP, specifically the e-Register component.  

The entry into force of the Convention

 

  • From here on out, the Convention comes into effect between the contracting States who did not raise an objection and the acceding State.
  • In order for the Convention to enter into effect with a contracting State that has withdrawn its objection, the depository should be notified first. 
  • Consequently, Contracting States are not required to expressly accept an accession if they do not want to object to it. The Convention shall become effective between a Contracting State and the newly acceding State if no objection has been made by the Contracting Party within the six-month objection period.

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