Apostille and Legalisation
The holder of a document with an apostille stamp no longer needs to legalize this document by an embassy or consulate. This applies only to countries that have signed the Apostille Convention.
The apostille is stamped on the document itself or on an extension. The size of the apostille is at least 9 centimeters in the square and the inscription 'Apostille (Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961)' must be in French. The rest of the data may be in the official language of the authority that places the apostle stamp.
If a notary declares that the person in question has indeed put his signature under a particular document, it is called single legalization. If a notary declares that a copy of a particular document indeed corresponds to the original document, it is called a certified copy.
Some agencies want to make sure that the signature of the notary under that declaration is indeed the notary's signature and that the notary is authorized to issue the statement. Usually, the authorities abroad require this.
The statement about the notary's competence is called apostille. The apostille is actually the legalization of the notary's signature. In the Netherlands, these are issued by the court.
An apostille is valid only for countries that are part of the "Apostille Convention" (Convention for the abolition of the requirement of legalization of foreign public acts)
Below you will find a list of countries that have not signed the Convention. Please note that this list might not be up-to date and that there are disputes in the recognition of apostilles between some countries that have signed the convention.
UAE (United Arab Emirates)