An apostille is a specific type of stamp affixed to a document to certify its authenticity. Affixing an apostille on a document makes it legal in the other country being a party to Hague Convention of 1961, inter alia: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Albania, Andorra, Argentine, Armenia, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Virgin Islands of the United States, Brunei, Great Britain, Hungary, Venezuela, Guadeloupe, Germany, France, Honduras, Gibraltar, Grenada, Greece, Georgia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Israel, India, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, China, Hong Kong, Columbia, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA, Turkey, Ukraine, Finland, Croatia, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia, Republic of South Africa, Japan.

An apostille may be affixed to an official document only, in particular:

  • documents issued by educational institutions (diplomas, transcripts, training programmes, educational certificates etc.),
  • certificates (marriage certificates, birth certificates, certificate of dissolution of marriage, certificate on convictions etc.),
  • court decisions,
  • documents authenticated with a notary (articles of association, statements, powers of attorney, affidavits, etc.).