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Albania: Entered into force for Albania 5/9/04. 9-V-2004
Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain raised an objection to the accession of Albania within the period of six months specified in Article 12, paragraph 2, and expiring on 10 March 2004. The Convention will not enter into force between Albania and these five countries.

Competent Authority:
Office of Authentications of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Drejtoria Konsullore,  Zyra e Legalizimeve, Ministria e Puneve te Jashtme)

Address: Bulevardi "Gjergj Fishta" Nr.6
Tirane
Albania (Shqiperi)
Telephone: +355 (4) 364090 ext. 185
+355 (4) 364685
+355 (4) 340358
Fax: +355 (4) 362084/5
E-mail: DrKonsullore@mfa.gov.al
info@mfa.gov.al
General website: http://www.mfa.gov.al/shqip/drejtoriakonsu.asp
(in Albanian only)
Andorra: Entered into force for Andorra 12/31/96. Competent Authority: On December 13, 2001, Andorra advised that the competent authorities to issue the certificate in accordance with Article 3, paragraph 1 are:

El Ministre d'Afers Exteriors
El Ministre de Justícia i Interior
All legalization requests are centralized through the following address:

Ministeri d'Afers Exteriors
Prat de la Creu
Edifici del Govern
Andorra la Vella
Principat d'Andorra

Tel.: 376-875-700
Fax: 376-869-559
E-mail: exteriors.gov@andorra.ad

Angola: Now Independent. No confirmation issued by Angola that Convention is deemed to apply. On October 22, 1969, Portugal extended Convention to Angola. Portugal declared the competent authority to be the Governor General ("Les Gouverneurs generaux ("Governadores Gerais"). Current Competent Authority Unknown.

Anguilla: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to the Saint Christopher, Nevis and Anguilla which entered into force April 25, 1965. Antigua achieved independence on November 1, 1981 as Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua and Barbuda declared on May 1, 1985 that it considered itself bound by the Convention effective the date of independence. Extended by the United Kingdom to Anguilla February 24, 1965. Competent Authority: the Governor of Anguilla.



Antigua and Barbuda: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Antigua which entered into force April 25, 1965. Achieved independence in 1981 and Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua and Barbuda declared that it considers itself bound by the Convention. Competent Authority: a. Governor-General, Antigua-Barbuda; b. Registrar of the The High Court; High Street; St. John's, Antigua, West Indies; tel: 809-462-3147

Argentina: Entered into force 2/18/88. Competent Authority: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, Reconquista 1088, 1003 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Armenia: Entered into force 8/14/94. Competent Authority: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Justice

Australia: Entered into force 3/16/95. Competent Authority: Secretary to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Commonwealth

Austria: Entered into force 1/13/68. Competent Authority: 1. Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bundesministerium fur auswartige Angelegenheiten; 2. The Presidents of any Civil Court of First Instances, with the exception of the Commercial Court (Handelsgericht) of Vienna and the Juvenile Court (Jugendgerichtshof) of Vienna, or their representatives authorized to issue the apostille; 3. The Governors of the Provinces (Landeshauptmanner); 4. Governments of the Provinces (Landesregierungen)

Azerbaijan: Entered into force 3/2/05. Some Contracting States raised an objection to the accession of Azerbaijan before 1 January 2005, namely the Netherlands and Germany and, whose declarations are given below. Therefore, the Convention will not enter into force between Azerbaijan and the above-mentioned Contracting States.
Competent Authority:

Ministry of Justice - for documents emanating from courts, public prosecutors and justice authorities, including documents certified in notarial order and state civil acts registration documents;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - for other documents.
Contact details:

Address: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
4, Sh. Gurbanov str
Baku city, AZ1009
Azerbaijan
Telephone: +994 (12) 492 9692
Fax: +994 (12) 498 8480
E-mail: secretariat@mfa.gov.az
General website: http://www.mfa.gov.az/eng/

Address: Ministry of Justice
1, Inshaatchilar avn
Baku city, AZ1073
Azerbaijan
Telephone: +994 (12) 430 0977
Fax: +994 (12) 430 0981
E-mail: minjus@azdata.net
General website: http://www.justice.gov.az/eng_index.html
Bahamas: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to the Bahamas which entered into force April 25, 1965. Bahamas achieved independence on July 10, 1973. On April 30, 1976 the Bahamas declared that it considered itself bound by the Convention effective the date of independence. Competent Authority: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, East Hill Street, P. O. Box N-3746, Nassau, Bahamas, tel: (242) 328-4145. The minister with responsibility for the Central Authority is the Honorable Frederick A. Mitchell, MP. The Permanent Secretary at the Central Authority is Mrs. A. Missouri Sherman-Peter.

Barbados: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Barbados which entered into force April 25, 1965. Barbados achieved independence November 30, 1966. By a note of August 1995 to the depositary, the Government of Barbados declared that it considers itself bound by the Convention effective the date of independence. Competent Authority: 1. Solicitor-General; 2. Deputy Solicitor General; 3. Registrar of the Supreme Court of Barbados Law Courts, Bridgetown, Barbados, tel: 809-42-75537; 4. The Permanent Secretary - Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tourism and International Transport; 5. The Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tourism and International Transport

Belarus: Entered into Force May 31, 1992. Competent Authority: Ministry of Justice (judicial/court documents); Ministry of National Education(educational documents); Committee for Archives and Administration (state archives documents); Ministry of Foreign Affairs (all other documents)

Belgium: Entered into force 2/9/76. Competent Authority: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, External Trade and Cooperation in Development (Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres, du Commerce exterieur et de la Cooperation au Developpement)

Belize: Entered into force 4/11/93. Competent Authority: The Registrar General

Bermuda: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to the Bermuda which entered into force April 25, 1965. Competent Authority: On October 17, 1968 the competent authority was declared to be the Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bermudas or Somers Islands or any member of his staff signing on his behalf and using his official seal.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Entered into Force: December 20, 1991. Competent Authority: By Note dated 17 August 2000, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina informed the depositary of the following:

"(...) the authorities designated by Bosnia and Herzegovina who are competent to issue the certificate referred to in the first paragraph of Article 3 of the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents concluded at The Hague on 5th October 1961, are Municipal Courts in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the Republic of Srpska. These certificates shall be subject to certification by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and Communications of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Minstry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina."

Botswana: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to the Bechuanaland Protectorate which entered into force April 25, 1965. The Bechuanaland Protectorate achieved independence September 30, 1966 as Botswana. On September 16, 1968, Botswana declared that it considered itself bound by the Convention effective the date of independence. Competent Authority: 1. Permanent Secretary; 2. Registrar of the High Court; 3. District Commissioner; 4. Any person appointed or empowered to hold a subordinate court of the first class; 5. Such other person as the President may appoint by notice in the Gazette.

British Virgin Islands: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to the British Virgin Islands which entered into force April 25, 1965. Competent Authority:

Registrar of Courts
Tortola, BVI
Phone: 284-494-3492
Fax: 284-494-6664

Brunei: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Brunei which entered into force April 25, 1965. Brunei achieved independence January 1, 1984. Brunei declared that it considers itself bound by the Convention December 3, 1987. Competent Authority: Chief Registrar, Deputy Chief Registrar and Registrars of the Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam; Chief Magistrate, Magistrates and Registrars of subordinate Courts of Brunei Darussalam.

Bulgaria: Entry into force April 29, 2001. Competent Authority: Ministry of Justice regarding documents of the courts and notaries; Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding other documents.

Cayman Islands: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to the Cayman Islands which entered into force April 25, 1965. Competent Authority: declared October 17, 1968 to be the Governor of the Cayman Islands

China, Hong Kong S.A.R. ONLY: Entered into force 6/3/97 in accordance with an exchange of diplomatic notes. Applies only to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Convention is not/not in force for other jurisdictions in the People's Republic of China. Competent Authority: Registrar, Supreme Court; Deputy Registrar or Assistant Registrar, Supreme Court; and Deputy Chief Secretary, Supreme Court, Registrar, Hong Kong Supreme Court, 38 Queensway, Hong Kong, tel: (852) 2825-4254. See Hong Kong SAR.

Colombia: Entered into force January 30, 2001. Colombian Competent Authority to Issue Apostille:

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
Oficina de Legalizaciones
Doctor Carlos Guillermo DIAZ BUITRAGO
Transversal 17A, NO. 9-45
Santafe de Bogota, Colombia
tel: (1) 525-1862, 525-1860, 522-3697

Cook Islands : Entered into force 5/30/2005. Cook Islands Competent Authority to Issue Apostille:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration

Contact details:

Address: P.O.Box 105
2nd Floor
Cold Store Building Avarua
Rarotonga
Cook Islands
Telephone: +682 29347
Fax: +682 21247
E-mail: secfa@mfai.gov.ck
General website: -
Practical Information:

Price: NZ $20 per Apostille
Useful Links: http://www.mfai.gov.ck/
Comoros Islands: Now Independent. No formal confirmation that Convention is deemed to apply. When France extended its accession to the Convention to the Comoros Islands (Moroni), the competent authority to affix the Convention "apostille" certificate was the General Procecutor of the Republic at the High Court of Appeal at Moroni (le Procureur de la Republique pres le Tribunal Superieur d'appel de Moroni.)

Croatia: Entered into force October 8, 1991. Competent Authority: Municipal courts or the Ministry of Justice and Administration of the Republic of Croatia

Cyprus: Competent Authority: Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Cyprus

Czech Republic: Signed the Convention June 23, 1998; ratified the Convention January 8, 1999. Entered into force: May 1, 1999. Competent Authority: Designation of the competent authorites to issue the certificate in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 1: 1. the Ministry of Justice, International Department (certificates issued by authorities of justice, including certificates issued or certified by notaries); 2. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Consular Department (documents issued by authorities of State Administration or by the other ones).

Denmark: Entered into force: 12/29/2006. Competent Authority:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Contact details:

Address:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Legalisation Office
Asiatisk Plads 2 B
1448 Copenhagen K
Denmark

Telephone: +45 33 92 12 33
Fax: +45 33 92 01 38
E-mail: legalisering@um.dk
Contact person: -
General website (see also "Practical Information") : www.um.dk
Practical Information:

Price: 160 DKK (approx. € 22)
Useful Links: Apostille Endorsements (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Djibouti: Now Independent. No confirmation issued by newly independent country that Convention is deemed to apply. When France extended its accession to the Convention to the Affars and the Issas (now Djibouti), the competent authority to affix the Convention "apostille" certificate was the General Procecutor of the Republic at the High Court of Appeal at Djibouti (le Procureur de la Republique pres le Tribunal Superieur d'appel de Djibouti.) Current Competent Authority: Unknown.

Dominica: No confirmation issued by newly independent country that Convention is deemed to apply. On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Dominica which entered into force April 25, 1965. Dominica achieved independence November 3, 1978 and became the Commonwealth of Dominica. Competent Authority: Unknown.

Ecuador: Entered into force: 4/2/2005. Competent Authority:

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
Dirección General de Asuntos Consulares y Legalizaciones

Contact details:

Address: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
Dirección General de Asuntos Consulares y Legalizaciones
Carrión 10-40 y Av. 10 de Agosto
Edificio La Granja
segundo piso
QUITO
Ecuador
Telephone: +593 22560888
+593 22500800
+593 22993224
+593 22993284 ext. 3425
Fax: +593 22500800
+593 22993226
+593 22993273
+593 22993274
E-mail: dgasucon@mmrree.gov.ec
subasumigcon@mmrree.gov.ec
General website: http://www.mmrree.gov.ec/ ( in Spanish only )
El Salvador: Competent Authority:

Minisisterio de Relaciones Exteriores de El Salvador
Departamento de Tramites Registrales
Seccion Autenticas y Apostillado
Plan Maestro Centro de Gobierno
17 Ave Norte
Edificio 4, 1er Piso
San Salvador, El Salvador
Cost: No fee
Tel: 271-3266 x 2138 or 231-1336/1337

Estonia: Accession - December 11, 2000; Entry into Force - October 1, 2001. Designation of the competent authorities to issue the certificate in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 1:

1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Legal Division, Consular Department, Islandi väljak 1, 15049 Tallinn, phone +372 6317 440, fax +372 631 7454;
2. Estonian Ministry of Education, Administrative Department, Room 104, Tönismägi 11, 15192 Tallin, phone +372 6 281 243, fax +372 6 281 390;
3. Administrative Department, Munga 18, 51007 Tartu, phone +372 7 350 252, fax +372 7 350 250;
4. Monitoring Department, Munga 18, Tartu, phone +372 7 350 231, fax +372 7 350 250;
5. Ministry of Justice, Courts' Department, Tartu mnt 85, Room 103, 10115 Tallinn, phone +372 612 7810, fax +372 612 7811;
6. Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Administrative Department, Legal Services office, Lai 40 , 10133 Tallinn, phone +372 612 5199, fax +372 5198;
7. Ministry of Social Affairs, Public Relations and Training Department, Gonsiori 29, 15027 Tallinn, phone +372 626 9875, fax +372 699 2209.

Falkland Islands: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to the Falkland Islands which entered into force April 25, 1965. Competent Authority: On October 17, 1968 competent authority declared to be the Governor of the Falkland Islands

Fiji: Now independent. On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Fiji which entered into force April 25, 1965. Fiji achieved independence October 10, 1970. Fiji declared on March 29, 1971 that it considered itself bound by the Convention. Fiji's accession to the Convention was effective the date of Fijian independence. Competent Authority: The Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Fiji.

Finland: As of September 21, 2000, Finland announced multiple new authorities competent to issue the apostille certificate. See the Hague Conference on Private International Law website at http://www.hcch.net/e/status/stat12e.html

France: Departments in Europe and Overseas Departments (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Reunion): The General Prosecutors at the Courts of Appeal (Les Procureurs generaux pres les cours d' appel

French Overseas Territories:

New Caledonia: Extended by France 11/25/64. Competent Authority: The General Prosecutor at the Court of Appeal of Noumea (le Procureur general pres la Cour d'appel de Noumea

Wallis and Futuna: The Judge of the Section of the Court of First Instance of Noumea at Mata Utu (le Juge de la Section du Tribunal de premiere instance de Noumea siegeant a Mata Utu)

French Polynesia: The Prosecutor of the Republic at the High Court of Appeal at Papeete (le Procureur de la Republique pres le Tribunal superieur d'appel de Papeete)

St. Pierre and Miquelon: The President of the High Court of Appeal of Saint-Pierre (le President du Tribunal Superieur d'appel de Saint-Pierre)

Georgia, Entered into force: 5/14/2007. Two Contracting States raised an objection to the accession of Georgia, namely Germany and Greece. Therefore, the Convention will not enter into force between Georgia and these two States. Competent Authority:

Ministry of Justice of Georgia
Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia
Germany, Federal Republic of: Competent Authorities: (a) Federal Authorities: 1. Federal Administrative Office (Bundesverwaltungsamt in Koln); 2. President of the German Patent Office (Prasident des Deutschen Patentamtes); (b) Authorities of the "Lander"; 3. Minister of Justice (Ministerium (Senator) fur Justiz Land-, (Amts-) gerichtsprasident); 4. President of the Provincial Court (Landgerichtsprasident); 5. President of the District Court/Court of First Instance (Amtsgerichsprasident); 6. Minister of Home Affairs, Ministerium (Senator) fur Innere Regierungsprasident (Prasident des Verwaltungsbezirks); 7. Ministerium (Senator) fur Inneres Regierungsprasident (Prasident des Verwaltungsbezirks); 8. Head of the Provincial Government (Regierungsprasident); 9. Head of the Administrative District (Prasident des Verwaltungsbezirks)

With the reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990 , Convention apostille certificates from the new federal Lander of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia is the responsibility of the following Land authorities: 1. Minister of Justice, Die Ministerien fur Justiz sowie die Prasidenten der Langerichte (Bezirksgerichte); 2. Head of the Provincial Government, Die Ministerien fur Inneres sowie die Regierungsprasidenten (Bezirksregierungen) und das Landesverwaltungsamt (Thuringen); 3. Minister of Home Affairs, Die Ministerien fur Inneres; 4. Die Regierungsprasidenten (Bezirksregierungen), die Ministerien fur Justiz sowie die Prasidenten der Landgerichte (Bezirksgerichte)

Gibraltar: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Gibraltar which entered into force April 25, 1965. Competent Authority: declared on October 17, 1968 to be the Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the City and Garrison of Gibraltar

Greece: Competent Authority: local nomarchy (department). Specifically, for Athens, administrative documents come from the Athens Nomarchy, Stadiou 29, Athens, Greece. All judicial documents, both penal and civil, as well as notarial deeds, are legalized by the local court of first instance, in the area where the decision or the notarial deed was issued.

Grenada: Now Independent. No confirmation issued by newly independent country that Convention is deemed to apply. On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Grenada which entered into force April 25, 1965. Grenada achieved independence February 7, 1974. Competent Authority: Unknown.

Guyana: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to British Guyana which entered into force April 25, 1965. British Guyana achieved independence in May 26, 1966 and became Guyana. Confirmation to U.S. Embassy in Georgetown,Guyana December, 1996 that Guyana considers itself bound by the Convention. Competent Authority: Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Takuba Lodge 254 South Road Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana, Tel: 011-592-2-54166 or 011-592-2-54151, Fax: 011-592-2-59192

Guernsey: Extended to Guernsey by the United Kingdom January 24, 1965. Competent authority declared January 17, 1968. Competent Authority: The Lieutenant Governor of the Bailiwick of Guernsey

 
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