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South Africa is a signatory to the Apostille convention also known as the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961. Being a member state of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 means that all signatory countries use one single legal formality to apostille public documents for legal use in other countries. This way of apostilling official documents replaced the old way of apostilling documents which often took time and required that each country individually legalised and authenticated official documents, for legal use abroad. There are currently 91 member states of the Hague Convention and South Africa is one of them.

When did South Africa become a signatory to the Apostille Convention?

Is South Africa a signatory to the Apostille Convention_-capetown-durban-pretoriaSouth Africa became a signatory to the Apostille Convention on the 30th of April 1995. South Africa like all other contracting states decided to join the Apostille Convention because one single formality to authenticate public documents was much more easier than the tiresome long process of apostilling documents. In order for a country to become a signatory to the Apostille Convention, the acceding state must send in their request to the depository at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, it must be in the two official languages that the convection uses (English or French) or either be translated into them. It should be delivered personally or sent through the mail.

The signatory states have a right to object. The acceding state and all contracting states that did not raise objections to the accession, accede into the convention together. From then on the Depositary will notify all contracting states of the date the Convention enters into force, between the contracting states and the acceding state.

What is the Hague Apostille Convention?

Is South Africa a signatory to the Apostille Convention_-sandton-pretoria-capetown-durbanThe Hague Apostille Convention was formed as a desire to ban the old tiresome process of legalising public documents for legal use in foreign nations. It was formed on October 5 1961, hence it is called the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961. With the establishment of the convention, they adopted one single legal formality of legalising official documents, to be used in other nations.

The legalised apostille only applies to contracting nations of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961. The public document would be apostilled in your country of origin and then be presented in another signatory state as a legal document to use in that country. Countries which are not member states have to go through Embassy Legalisation, where they have to get their documents apostilled at either the South African High Court or DIRCO and then certified at the embassy of the country to which they intend to go to.

Signatory countries of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961

Below are 125 signatory states of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961.

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Bosnia and HerzegovinaIsraelRepublic of Korea
BrazilItalyRepublic of Moldova
Burkina FasoJordanRussian Federation
CanadaKazakhstanSaudi Arabia
Costa RicaLuxembourgSlovakia
CyprusMaltaSouth Africa
Czech RepublicMauritiusSpain
DenmarkMexicoSri Lanka
Dominican RepublicMonacoSuriname
El SalvadorMoroccoGrenadaThailand
European UnionNetherlandsTürkiye
FinlandNew ZealandUkraine
FranceNicaraguaUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
GermanyNorwayUnited States of America
HungaryPeruVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Viet NamGrenadaPakistan
Antigua and BarbudaGuyanaSaint Kitts and Nevis
BahamasEswatiniSaint Lucia
BahrainGuatemalaSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)JamaicaSan Marino
BotswanaKyrgyzstanBrunei Darussalam
LesothoSao Tome and PrincipeSenegal
Brunei DarussalamSeychellesCabo Verde
ColombiaMarshall IslandsTrinidad and Tobago
Cook IslandsVanuatuNiue

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