e-APP Progress in Five Contracting Parties

Despite the current limitations on cross-border mobility, public documents still require authentication for presentation abroad. The realities of the current global situation have led many authorities and jurisdictions to more seriously explore innovative ways to enhance their issuance and authentication procedures, in many cases offering remote and online solutions. For over a decade, the...

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Apostille Convention enters into force for Palau

On 23 June 2020, the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for Palau following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 17 October 2019. The Apostille Convention currently has 118 Contracting Parties. Palau is not a Member of the HCCH yet, and this is the first HCCH Convention that Palau...

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Palau accedes to the Apostille Convention

On 17 October 2019, the Republic of Palau deposited its instrument of accession to the HCCH Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (HCCH Apostille Convention). With the accession of Palau, the HCCH Apostille Convention now has 118 Contracting Parties; it will enter into force for Palau on 23 June 2020. Palau joins other small island...

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Now available: C&R of the 11th e-APP Forum

From 16 to 18 October 2019 the 11th International Forum on the electronic Apostille Programme (e-APP Forum) was held in Fortaleza, Brazil. Over 350 participants from over 40 Contracting and Non-Contracting Parties to the HCCH Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) attended this 11th Forum. The Conclusions and Recommendations...

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Updated Agenda: 11th International Forum on the e-APP

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that an updated version of the draft Agenda for the 11th International Forum on the e-APP (electronic Apostille Programme), which will take place in Fortaleza (Brazil), from Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 October 2019, is now available on the Apostille Section of the HCCH website.  Although the deadline for...

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Apostille Convention enters into force for Philippines

On 14 May 2019, the HCCH Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for Philippines, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 12 September 2018. The Apostille Convention currently has 117 Contracting Parties. Member State of the HCCH since 2010, Philippines is currently...

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Apostille Convention enters into force for Guyana

On 18 April 2019, the HCCH Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for Guyana, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 30 July 2018. The Apostille Convention currently has 117 Contracting Parties. While not a Member State of the HCCH yet, Guyana is currently Party to...

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Save the date: 11th International Forum on the e-APP

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that the 11th International Forum on the e-APP (electronic Apostille Programme) will take place in Fortaleza (Brazil), from Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 October 2019. For over a decade, the e-APP has contributed to the facilitation of the effective and secure operation of the HCCH Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public...

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Cuba accedes to 1980 Child Abduction Convention; Paraguay accedes to 1996 Child Protection Convention; Philippines accedes to 1961 Apostille Convention

On 12 September 2018, Cuba, Paraguay and the Philippines joined various Hague Conventions, coinciding with the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (the “HCCH”).  Cuba deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International...

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