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Namibia: Entry into force January 30, 2001. Competent Authority: Unknown

Netherlands: Competent Authority: Kingdom in Europe: Registrars of the Courts of First Instance (Griffiers van de arrondissementsrechtbanken)

Netherlands Antilles: Extended by the Netherlands March 1, 1967. Entered into force for the Netherlands Antilles April 30, 1967. Competent Authority: declared to be Lieutenant Governor of an Island or Group of Islands (Gezaghebber van het eilandgebied)

Curacao: Competent Authority: the Lieutenant Governor of the Island of Curacao -- has delegated his authority to: (1) the Head of the Births, Deaths and Marriages, Population and Electoral Registers of the island of Curacao, and (2) the acting Head of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, Population and Electoral Registers of the island of Curacao.

Aruba: Competent Authority: Centraal Bureau Juridische Zaken en Algemene Zaken (Central Bureau Legal and General Affairs), Att. Ms. Cecilia Solagnier, Vondellaan 19-C, Oranjestad, Aruba; tel: 011-297-835002; fax: 011-297-831772

Nevis: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Saint Christopher (Kitts), Nevis, and Anguilla which entered into force April 25, 1965. Now independent, Saint Kitts and Nevis (formerly Saint Christopher and Nevis) acceded to the Convention on February 26, 1994. The Convention entered into force on December 14, 1994. Competent Authority: 1. The Chief Secretary in the Office of the Premier. 2. The Legal Adviser in the Legal Department or 3. The Deputy Registrary of the Supreme Court. Ministry of Legal Affairs, P.O. Box 186, Government Headquarters, St. Kitts-Nevis, West Indies, tel: 809-465-2521

New Zealand: Signature - February 7, 2001; Accession - September 23, 2001; Entry into Force - November 22, 2001. With the following declaration: This accession shall not extend to Tokelau unless and until a declaration to that effect is lodged by the Government of New Zealand with the depository, in accordance with Article 13 of the Convention; and designates the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs as its competent authority for the purposes of Article 6 of the Convention.

Niue: Signed the Convention June 10, 1998; ratified the Convention January 1, 1999. Entered into force: March 2, 1999. By Note dated 22 June 1999, the Government of Niue informed the depositary that in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 1, of the Convention, the designated authorities are: (a) the Attorney General; (b) the Financial Secretary; (c) Crown Counsel; (d) the Registrar International Business Companies; (e) Deputy Registrar International Business Companies; (f) the Registrar, High Court of Niue; (g) Secretary to Government.

Norway: Competent Authority: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the County Governors, namely:

Fylkesmannen i Oslo og Akershus, Postboks 8111 Dep., N-0032 Oslo 1, tel: 02-42-90-85
Fylkesmannen i Ostfold, Postboks 325, N-1501 Moss, tel: 032-54-100
Fylkesmannen i Hedmark, Postboks 308, N-2301 Hamar, tel: 065-26-080
Fylkesmannen i Oppland, N-2600 Lillehammer, tel: 062-66-000
Fylkesmannen i Budkerud, N-3000 Drammen, tel: 03-83-81-50
Fylkesmannen i Vestfold, N-3100 Tonsberg, tel: 033-17-515
Fylkesmannen i Telemark, N-3700 Skien, tel: 03-52-70 20/52 82 74
Fylkesmannen i Aust-Agder, Postboks 55, N-4801 Arendal, tel: 041-25-860
Fylkesmannen i Vest-Agder, Tinghuset, N-4600 Kristiansand S, tel: 042-28-000
Fylkesmannen i Rogaland, Postboks 59, N-4001 Stavanger, tel: 04-52-70-60
Fylkesmannen i Hordaland, Postboks 106, N-5001 Bergen, tel: 05-23-70 00
Fylkesmannen i Sogn og Fjordane, N-5840 Hermansverk, tel: 056-55-000
Fylkesmannen i More og Romsdal, Fylkeshuset, N-6400 Molde, tel: 072-58 000
Fylkesmannen i Sor-Trondelag, N-7000 Trondheim, tel: 07-51-08 11
Fylkesmannen i Nord-Trondelag, N-7700 Steinkjer, tel: 077-66-722
Fylkesmannen i Nordland, N-8000 Bode, tel: 081-62-1000
Fylkesmannen i Troms, Postboks 595, N-9001 Tromso, tel: 083-87530
Fylkesmannen i Finnmark, N-9800 Vadso, tel: 085-51 761/53 001

Panama: Competent Authority: 1. Concerning documents authorized by competent court authorities or officials, the Secretary of the Supreme Court or his legal substitutes; 2. Concerning deeds drawn up by a notary or private documents authenticated by a notary, the officials of the Department of Administrative Service of the Ministry of Justice; 3. Regarding documents issued by any central government bodies, any autonomous or semi-autonomous bodies, municipal or police authorities or a Public Ministry, the officials of the Consular and Legalization Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 4. Regarding all other public documents, any of the three preceeding procedures are allowed.

Poland: Entered into force 8/14/2005. Competent Authority:

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Contact details:

Address: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Consular Division
Legalization Section
Al. Szucha 23
00-580 Warszawa
Poland
Telephone: +48 (22) 523 9463
+48 (22) 523 9128
Fax: +48 (22) 523 8872
E-mail: dkip@msz.gov.pl
General website: http://www.msz.gov.pl/
Contact person: Mr Zygmunt Matynia, Deputy Director Consular Dept.
tel.: +48 (22) 523 9441
fax: +48 (22) 523 8029
e-mail: z.matynia@msz.gov.pl
Language spoken: English
Portugal: Entered into force October 22, 1969. Competent Authority: Applicable on entry into force to entire territory of the Republic of Portugal Portugal:General Prosecutor of the Republic (Procurador General de Republica) and Prosecutors of the Republic at the Courts of Appeal (Procuradores da Republica junto dos Tribunals da Relacao), Other Overseas Departments: Les gouverneurs ("Governadores")

Macau, territory of: see Macau

Angola and Mozambique: see Angola and Mozambique

Romania: Entry into force March 16, 2001. Competent Authority: Ministry of Justice for the certificates referred to in Article 1 a,c,d, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the official certificates referred to in Article 1 b.

Russian Federation:

Competent Authority:

Ministry of Justice (documents of organizations and institutions directly subordinate to the Ministry)
Ministries of Justice of the Republics within the Russian Federation and judicial bodies of the administration of krais, regions and autonomous formations as well as of the towns of Moscow and St. Petersburg shall certify documents of judicial bodies subordinate to them and institutions and corresponding bodies of law of the republic, krai, region, district or town.
Republican registry offices of the republics within the Russian Federation, central registry offices of krais, regions and districts as well as of the towns of Moscow and St. Petersburg shall certify certificates of civil status of the above-mentioned bodies or registry offices subordinate to them;
The Department of documentary and reference work of the Archives Committee of the Russian Federation shall certify documents issued by the central state archives of Russia;
Archives bodies of autonomous formations and archive departments of krais and regions shall certify documents issued by archives subordinate to them;
The Department of Procurator General's Office of the Russian Federation shall certify documents made through the channels of the bodies of prosecution.
St. Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands: Competent Authority: declared by the United Kingdom October 17, 1968, the Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Saint Helena: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Saint Helena which entered into force for Saint Helena April 25, 1965. Competent Authority: declared October 17, 1968. The Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Island of St. Helena and its Dependencies.

St. Kitts (Christopher): On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Saint Kitts which entered into force for Saint Kitts April 25, 1965. Competent authority declared October 17, 1968. Now independent, Saint Kitts and Nevis (formerly Saint Christopher and Nevis) acceded to the Convention on February 26, 1994. The Convention entered into force on December 14, 1994. Competent Authority: 1. The Attorney General; 2. The Solicitor General; 3. The Chief Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister; 4. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; or 5. The Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ministry of Legal Affairs, P.O. Box 186, Government Headquarters, St. Kitts-Nevis, West Indies, Tel: 809-465-2521.

Saint Lucia: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Saint Lucia which entered into force for Saint Lucia April 25, 1965. Achieved independence in 1979. On December 5, 2001, Saint Lucia acceded to the Convention in its own right. The Convention enters into force in Saint Lucia June 1, 2002. Competent Authority:

On accession, December 5, 2001, Saint Lucia designated the following competent authorities to issue the certificate in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 1:

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
The Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, International Financial Services and Consumer Affairs
The Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, International Financial Services and Consumer Affairs
The Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property
The Registrar of the Supreme Court
The Solicitor General

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Saint Vincent which entered into force for Saint Vincent April 25, 1965. St. Vincent achieved independence October 27, 1979 as St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Confirmation provided by local authorities to U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados (whose consular district includes St. Vincent and the Grenadines) that country considers itself bound by Convention. Competent Authority: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, W.I., tel: 809-456-1111. Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards to Registrar's Office

Samoa: On January 18, 1999, Samoa signed the Convention. Samoa ratified the Convention July 15, 1999 and the Convention entered into force September 13, 1999. In accordance with Article 6, paragraph 1, of the Convention, the Independent State of Samoa has designated as its competent authority: The Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, P.o. Box L1861, Apia, Samoa; telephone: 685-63333; fax: 685-21504.

San Marino: Acceded to Convention May 26, 1994. Convention entered into force February 13, 1995. Competent Authority: 1. The Minister for Foreign Affairs (Il Segretario di Stato per gli Affari Esteri della Repubblica di San Marino) or 2. a person delegated and officially authorized by him/her to sign and authenticate legal instruments and documents issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and other of the Republic's public bodies.

Serbia, Entered into Force 1/24/1965. Competent Authority:

Contact details:

Address: Ministry of Justice of Serbia
Nemanjina 22-26
11000 BELGRADE
Serbia
Telephone:
+381 11 3620 540
+381 11 3620 596

Fax: +381 11 3620 540
E-mail: kabinet@mpravde.sr.gov.yu
General website: http://www.mpravde.sr.gov.yu/
http://www.srbija.sr.gov.yu/
Seychelles: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to the Seychelles which entered into force for the Seychelles April 25, 1965. Now independent. Acceded to Convention June 9, 1978. Convention entered into force March 31, 1979. Competent Authority: The Registrar, Supreme Court, Victoria, Mahe

Slovakia: Accession - June 6, 2001; Enters into Force - December 20, 2001. With the following declaration:

"The Slovak Republic, under Article 6 of the Convention, designates for purposes of Article 3 of the Convention as authorities competent to issue the certificate the following:

The Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic ( Ministerstvo spravodlivosti Slovenskej republiky ) for:
public documents issued or certified by courts, notaries, hussiers de justice or other judicial officers;
translations executed by official (court appointed) translators;
The Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic ( Ministerstvo vnutra Slovenskej republiky ) for public documents emanating from authorities within its jurisdiction with the exception of documents specified in point 6 lit. a) below;
The Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic ( Ministerstvo srkolstva Slovenskej republiky ) for public documents emanating from authorities within its jurisdiction;
The Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic ( Ministerstvo zdravotnictva Slovenskej republiky ) for public documents emanating from authorities within its jurisdiction with the exception of documents specified in point 6 lit. b) below;
The General Headquarters of the Army of the Slovak Republic ( Generalny stab Armady Slovenskej republiky ) for public documents emanating from authorities within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic;
Office of the Regional Administration ( krajsky urad ) for:
documents from the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages ( matrika ) with the exception of decisions on civil status;
documents issued by health facilities established by the Office of Regional Administration;
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic ( Ministerstvo zahranicnych veci Slovenskej republiky ) for any other public documents issued in the Slovak Republic not specified above."
Slovenia, Republic of: Entered into Force June 25, 1991. Competent Authority: Ministry of Justice and Administration, Republic of Slovenia

Solomon Islands: No confirmation issued by country that Convention is deemed to apply. On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to the British Solomon Islands Protectorate which entered into force April 25, 1965. The British Solomon Islands Protectorate achieved independence July 7, 1978 as the Solomon Islands. Competent Authority: Unknown.

South Africa: Entered into force August 3, 1994. Convention entered into force April 30, 1995. Competent Authority: 1. Any magistrate or additional magistrate. 2. Any registrar or assistant registrar of the Supreme Court of South Africa 3. Any person designated by the Director-General: Justice 4. Any person designated by the Director-General: Foreign Affairs

Spain: Entered into force September 25, 1978. Competent Authority: by a note to the depositary dated November 10, 1978, Spain notified a modification in the designated competent authorities: 1. For documents drawn up by competent judicial authorities or officials: the Secretaries of "Territorial Courts" (Secretarios de Gobierno de las Audiencias) or their deputies; 2. For documents authenticated by a notary public, or private documents where the signatures have been authenticated by a notary public: the President of the relevant Association of notaries public or the person legally responsible for its affairs; 3. For other public documents, excepting those issued by central administrative bodies: any of the officials referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2, above; 4. For documents issued by authorities of the central administration: Head of the Central Section of the Ministry of Justice (Jefe de la Seccion Central de la Subsecretaria) Ministerios de Justicia Registro General c/ San Bernardo 45 28015 Madrid, Spain, tel: 34-1-390-2000

Suriname: Extended by the Kingdom of the Netherlands May 16, 1967. Achieved independence November 25, 1975. Suriname declared on October 29, 1976 that it considers itself bound by the Convention. Effective date of accession is date of independence. Competent Authority: Registrar at the Court of Justice of Suriname (Griffier by het Hof van Justitie in Suriname)

Swaziland: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Swaziland which entered into force for Swaziland April 25, 1965. Achieved independence September 6, 1968. Swaziland declared on July 3, 1978 that it considers itself bound by the Convention. Competent Authority: 1. The Deputy Prime Minister; 2. The Attorney General; 3. The Registrar of the High Court; 4. The Head of Department not specified in paragraphs 2 and 3; 5. A District Commissioner; 6. A Magistrate; 7. Such other officer as the Deputy Prime Minister may, by notice published in the Gazette, specify.

Sweden: Signed the Convention March 2, 1999; ratified the Convention March 2, 1999. Entered into force: May 1, 1999. Competent Authority: The instrument of ratification contains the following declaration: "The Government of Sweden declares, in accordance with Article 6, that the competent authorities to issue certificates are all Notaries Public and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."

Switzerland: Competent Authority: (a) Federal Authorities: The Federal Office (La Chandellerie federale); (b) Cantonal Authorities: Canton of.State Office (Die Staatskanzlei): State Office (Die Staatskanzlei): Aargau, Basel-Stadt, Lucerne, St. Gallen, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Thurgau, Zug, Zurich.

State Office (Die Staatskanzlei): Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Uri.
State Office (Die Staatskanzlei/La Chancellerie d'Etat): Bern, Freiburg, Wallis.
Government Office (Die Regierungskanzlei): Glarus.
Office of the Land (Die Landeskanslei): Basel-Landschaft.
State Office (La Chancellerie d'Etat): Geneva, Neuchatel, Vaud.
Canton Office (Die Kantonskanzlei): Appenzell Z.-Rh.
Council Office (Die Ratskanzlei): Appenzell I.-Rh.
State Office (Die Standeskanzlei/La Cancelleria dello Stato): Graubuden.
State Office (La Chancelleria dello Stato): Ticino.

Tonga: Tonga declared on October 28, 1971 that it considers itself bound by the Convention. On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Tonga which entered into force for Tonga April 25, 1965. Competent Authority: The Secretary to Government, Prime Minister's Office, Nuku'alofa

Trinidad and Tobago: Signed the Convention October 28, 1999, ratifed or acceded to the Convention May 15, 2000 for which the Convention entered into force July 14, 2000. Competent Authority: By Note dated 27 July 2000, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago informed the depositary of the following: "(...)the Registrar General (in Port-of-Spain) has been designated the competent authority to affix the Convention Apostille. By Note dated 9 March 2001, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago informed the depositary of the following:

"... further to Note ... informing that the Registrar General has been designated the competent authority to affix the Convention Apostille, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and the Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Enterprise Development, Foreign Affairs and Tourism, have also been designated competent authorities to issue certificates of authenticity under Article 3 of the Convention. Each competent authority may delegate his function to a deputy or deputies as circumstances warrant.

Turkey: Competent Authority: 1. Administrative documents: a. In Provinces: Governor, Deputy-Governor, Director of Juridical Matters; b. In towns: Vice-Governor; 2. Judicial Documents: Presidencies of the Judicial Commissions where the high criminal courts exist.

Turks and Caicos Islands: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to the Turks and Caicos Islands which entered into force for the Turks and Caicos Islands April 25, 1965. Competent Authority: The Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands

Tuvalu: 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 Ellice Islands which entered into force April 25, 1965. The Ellice Islands achieved independence as Tuvalu on October 1, 1978. Competent Authority: Unknown.

 
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