14: Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters

Entry into force: 10-II-1969


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Last update: 9-XI-2017
Number of Contracting Parties to this Convention: 73
The expression “Contracting Party” covers both cases in which the Convention has, and cases in which the Convention has not yet, entered into force for that Party following the deposit of its instrument of ratification, accession, acceptance or approval (see column EIF in the chart).


Contracting Parties to this Convention that are also Members of the HCCH (i.e., the Organisation) are in bold; Contracting Parties that are not Members of the HCCH are in italics.

Contracting Party S 1 R/A/S2 Type3 EIF4 EXT5 Auth6 Res/D/N7
Albania 1-XI-2006 A 1-VII-2007 3
Andorra 26-IV-2017 A
Antigua and Barbuda 1-V-1985 Su 1-XI-1981 1
Argentina 2-II-2001 A 1-XII-2001 2 D,Res 5,10,15,16
Armenia 27-VI-2012 A 1-II-2013 1
Australia 15-III-2010 A 1-XI-2010 7 5 D 5,8,9,10,15,16,17,29
Bahamas 17-VI-1997 A 1-II-1998 1
Barbados 10-II-1969 A 1-X-1969 1
Belarus 6-VI-1997 A 1-II-1998 1
Belgium 21-I-1966 19-XI-1970 R 18-I-1971 2 D 8,15,16
Belize 8-IX-2009 A 1-V-2010 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina 16-VI-2008 A 1-II-2009 1
Botswana 10-II-1969 A 1-IX-1969 3 D 5,10,15
Bulgaria 23-XI-1999 A 1-VIII-2000 3 D 5,8,10,15,16
Canada 26-IX-1988 A 1-V-1989 4 D 15,16
China, People's Republic of 6-V-1991 A 1-I-1992 8 D,N 5,8,10,15,16
Colombia 10-IV-2013 A 1-XI-2013 1 D 7
Costa Rica 16-III-2016 A 1-X-2016 1
Croatia 28-II-2006 A 1-XI-2006 3 D,Res 5,6,8,9,10,15,16
Cyprus 26-X-1982 A 1-VI-1983 4 D 8,10,15,16
Czech Republic 28-I-1993 Su 1-I-1993 4 D,Res 8,10,15,29
Denmark 7-I-1969 2-VIII-1969 R 1-X-1969 3 D 10,15,16
Egypt 1-III-1966 12-XII-1968 R 10-II-1969 1 Res 8,10
Estonia 2-II-1996 A 1-X-1996 1 D 10,15,16
Finland 15-XI-1965 11-IX-1969 R 10-XI-1969 2 D 2,9,10
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 23-XII-2008 A 1-IX-2009 1 D,Res 5,6,8,9,10,15,16,21
France 12-I-1967 3-VII-1972 R 1-IX-1972 1 3 D 8,15,16
Germany 15-XI-1965 27-IV-1979 R 26-VI-1979 3 D 5,8,10,15,16
Greece 20-VII-1983 20-VII-1983 R 18-IX-1983 1 D 8,10,15
Hungary 13-VII-2004 A 1-IV-2005 3 D 2,5,6,8,9,10,15,16
Iceland 10-XI-2008 A 1-VII-2009 1 D,Res 10,15,16
India 23-XI-2006 A 1-VIII-2007 1 D,Res 8,10,15,16
Ireland 20-X-1989 5-IV-1994 R 4-VI-1994 3 D,Res 10,15
Israel 25-XI-1965 14-VIII-1972 R 13-X-1972 2 D,Res 10,16
Italy 25-I-1979 25-XI-1981 R 24-I-1982 3 D 5,12
Japan 12-III-1970 28-V-1970 R 27-VII-1970 3 D 10,15
Kazakhstan 15-X-2015 A 1-VI-2016 D 5,16
Korea, Republic of 13-I-2000 A 1-VIII-2000 2 D,Res 8,10,15
Kuwait 8-V-2002 A 1-XII-2002 3 D,Res 6,8,9,10,15,16,18
Latvia 28-III-1995 A 1-XI-1995 4 D 5,8,10,15
Lithuania 2-VIII-2000 A 1-VI-2001 3 D,Res 8,10,15,16
Luxembourg 27-X-1971 9-VII-1975 R 7-IX-1975 1 D,Res 5,8,15,16
Malawi 24-IV-1972 A 1-XII-1972 1
Malta 24-II-2011 A 1-X-2011 1 D 8,10
Mexico 2-XI-1999 A 1-VI-2000 2 D 5,6,7,8,10,12,15,16
Monaco 1-III-2007 A 1-XI-2007 2 D 8,10,15,16
Montenegro 16-I-2012 A 1-IX-2012 2 D 8,10,15
Morocco 24-III-2011 A 1-XI-2011 1
Netherlands 15-XI-1965 3-XI-1975 R 2-I-1976 1 5 D 15,16
Norway 15-X-1968 2-VIII-1969 R 1-X-1969 3 D,Res 8,10,15,16
Pakistan 7-XII-1988 A 1-VIII-1989 3 D 8,15,16
Poland 13-II-1996 A 1-IX-1996 4 Res 8,10
Portugal 5-VII-1971 27-XII-1973 R 25-II-1974 2 D 8,15,16
Republic of Moldova 4-VII-2012 A 1-II-2013 2 D,Res 5,8,15,16
Romania 21-VIII-2003 A 1-IV-2004 2 D 8,16
Russian Federation 1-V-2001 A 1-XII-2001 4 D,Res 2,3,5,6,8,9,10,12,15
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6-I-2005 Su 27-X-1979 3 D 5,10,15
San Marino 15-IV-2002 A 1-XI-2002 3 D 8,10,15
Serbia 2-VII-2010 A 1-II-2011 2 D 5,6,8,10,15,16
Seychelles 18-XI-1980 A 1-VII-1981 1 D 8,10,15,16
Slovakia 15-III-1993 Su 1-I-1993 4 D 8,10,15,29
Slovenia 18-IX-2000 A 1-VI-2001 1 D,Res 8,10,15,16
Spain 21-X-1976 4-VI-1987 R 3-VIII-1987 3 D 15,16
Sri Lanka 31-VIII-2000 A 1-VI-2001 3 D 7,8,10,15
Sweden 4-II-1969 2-VIII-1969 R 1-X-1969 2 D 5,10
Switzerland 21-V-1985 2-XI-1994 R 1-I-1995 3 D,Res 1,5,8,10,15
Tunisia 10-VII-2017 A 1-II-2018 D 8, 15, 16
Turkey 11-VI-1968 28-II-1972 R 28-IV-1972 3 Res,D 8,10,15,16
Ukraine 1-II-2001 A 1-XII-2001 3 D,Res 8,10,15,16
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 10-XII-1965 17-XI-1967 R 10-II-1969 14 4 D 2,5,10,15,16,18
United States of America 15-XI-1965 24-VIII-1967 R 10-II-1969 1 1 D 2,15,16,29
Venezuela 29-X-1993 A 1-VII-1994 1 D,Res 5,8,10,1516
Viet Nam 16-III-2016 A 1-X-2016 3 D,N

1) S = Signature
2) R/A/Su = Ratification, Accession or Succession
3) Type = R: Ratification;

A: Accession;
A*: Accession giving rise to an acceptance procedure; click on A* for details of acceptances of the accession;
C: Continuation;
Su: Succession;
Den: Denunciation;

4) EIF = Entry into force
5) EXT = Extensions of application
6) Authorities per Convention = Designation of Authorities
7) Res/D/N = Reservations, declarations or notifications