Rs 0.172.030.4 Convention Of 5 October 1961 Abolishing The Requirement Of Legalization Of Foreign Public Documents (With Annex And Lists)

Original Language Title: RS 0.172.030.4 Convention du 5 octobre 1961 supprimant l’exigence de la légalisation des actes publics étrangers (avec annexe et listes)

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0.172.030.4 original text Convention abolishing the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents concluded at the Hague on 5 October 1961, approved by the Federal Assembly on 27 April 1972 Instrument of ratification deposited by the Switzerland on 10 January 1973 entry into force for the Switzerland March 11, 1973 (State on June 11, 2015) States signatories to this Convention Who want to abolish the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents, consular or diplomatic have resolved to conclude a Convention for this purpose and have agreed on the following provisions: art. 1. this Convention applies to public documents which have been established on the territory of a Contracting State and which must be produced in the territory of another Contracting State.
Are considered as public acts, within the meaning of this Convention: a) the documents emanating from an authority or official under the control of a Court of the State, including those emanating from the public prosecutor, a clerk or bailiff; b) administrative documents; c) notarial acts; d) official statements such as references to registration, visas for certain date and signature certifications placed on a private deed.

However this Convention does not apply: a) to documents drawn up by diplomatic or consular agents; b) to administrative documents relating directly to a commercial or customs operations.

Art. 2 each of the Contracting States provides legalization the acts covered by the present Convention and which must be produced on its territory.
Legalization in the sense of the Convention only covers the formality by which the diplomatic or consular agents of the country in the territory of which the Act must be produced certify the veracity of the signature, the quality in which the signatory of the deed has acted and, where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which this Act is covered.

Art. 3. the only formality that may be required to attest the veracity of the signature, the quality in which the signatory of the deed has acted and, where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp that this Act is covered, is the addition of the certificate defined in art. 4, issued by the competent authority of the State originating the document.
However the formality referred to in the preceding paragraph may not be required when either the laws, regulations or practices in force in the State where the Act is produced or an agreement between two or more Contracting States spread it, her simplify or provide the Act of legalization.

Art. 4. the apostille under art. 3, al. 1, is affixed on the Act itself or an extension. It must conform to the model annexed to the present Convention.
However it can be written in the official language of the authority that delivers. The standard terms appearing therein may also be given in a second language. The title "Apostille (Hague Convention of 5 October 1961)" must be mentioned in the French language.

Art. 5. the apostille is issued at the request of the signer or any carrier of the Act.
Completed, it attests the veracity of the signature, the quality in which the signatory of the deed has acted and, where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which this Act is covered.
The signature, seal or stamp appearing on the certificate are exempt from any certificate.

Art. 6. each Contracting State shall designate the authorities taken ès qualités, to which is attributed competence to issue the apostille under art. 3, al. 1. it shall notify this designation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands at the time of the deposit of its instrument of ratification or accession or its declaration of extension. It shall give notice as any change in the designation of such authorities.

Art. 7 each of the authorities designated in accordance with article 6 shall keep a record or file in which it takes note of apostilles issued indicating: a) the order number and date of the certificate, b) the name of the signatory of the document and the quality in which it acted, or, for unsigned acts, the indication of the authority who has affixed the seal or stamp.

At the request of any interested party, the authority which issued the apostille is required to check if the inscriptions on the apostille correspond to those of the registry or the file.

Art. 8. when there are between two or more Contracting States a treaty, a convention or an agreement, containing provisions that submit the attestation of the signature, seal or stamp to certain formalities, this Convention not there exception if such formalities are more stringent than that provided for in art. 3 and 4.

Art. 9. each Contracting State will take the necessary measures to avoid its diplomatic or consular agents proceed to the legalisation in cases where this Convention prescribes the dispensation.

Art. 10. the present Convention is open for signature by the States represented at the ninth session of the Hague Conference of private international law, as well as that of the Ireland, the Iceland, the Liechtenstein and the Turkey.
It will be ratified and the instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands.

Art. 11. the present Convention take effect on the sixtieth day after the deposit of the third instrument of ratification under art. 10, al. 2. the Convention will enter into force for each State party ratifying subsequently, the sixtieth day after the deposit of its instrument of ratification.

Art. 12. any State not covered by art. 10 may accede to the present Convention after its entry into force under art. 11, al. 1. the instrument of accession shall be deposited with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands.
The accession shall have effect only in relations between the State joining and Contracting States that's have not raised objection against her within six months after the receipt of the notification provided for in art. 15, let. (d) such an objection shall be notified to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands.
The Convention will enter into force, between the State party and States having not raised objection against membership, the sixtieth day after the expiry of the period of six months referred to in the preceding paragraph.

Art. 13. any State, at the time of signature, ratification or accession, may declare that this Convention will extend to all the territories that it represents internationally, or to one or more of them. This statement will be effective upon the entry into force of the Convention for that State.
Subsequently, any extension of this nature will be notified to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands.
When the extension declaration will be made by a State having signed and ratified the Convention, it will enter into force for the territories covered under the provisions of art. 11 when the extension declaration will be made by a State which has acceded to the Convention, it will enter into force for the territories covered under the provisions of art. 12 art. 14. the present Convention will have a duration of five years from the date of its entry into force in accordance with art. 11, al. 1, even for States which have ratified it or acceded are later.
The agreement will be renewed tacitly five in five years unless denunciation.
The information will be, at least six months before the expiry of the five-year period, notified to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands.
It may be limited to some of the territories to which the Convention applies.
The denunciation shall have effect only in the State that it will be notified. The Convention will remain in force for the other Contracting States.

Art. 15. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands shall notify the States referred to in art. 10, as well as to the States which have acceded in accordance with the provisions of art. 12: a) the notifications referred to in art. 6, al. 2, b) signatures and ratifications referred to in art. 10; c) the date on which this Convention will enter into force in accordance with the provisions of art. 11, al. 1; d) the accessions and objections referred to in art. 12 and the date on which the accessions take effect; e) the extensions referred to in art. 13 and the date on which they take effect; f) the denunciations referred to in art. 14, al. 3. in faith of what, the undersigned, duly authorized, have signed this Convention.
Done at the Hague on 5 October 1961, in french and English, the french text being authoritative in case of divergence between the texts, in a single copy which shall be deposited in the archives of the Government of Netherlands, and of which a certified copy shall be given, through diplomatic channels, to each of the States represented at the ninth session of the Hague Conference on private international law as well as in the Ireland, the Iceland, the Liechtenstein and the Turkey.
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Annex model to apostille the apostille will have the shape of a square of 9 centimeters aside at least Apostille (Hague Convention of 5 October 1961) 1.

Countries: The present public deed 2.

has been signed by 3.

acting as 4.

bears the seal/stamp of declare 5.

6. 7.

by 8.

under N 9.

Seal/stamp: 10. Signature:


List of the Switzerland authorities to issue the apostille Convention abolishing the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents approved by the federal Council on December 21, 1972. authority of the Confederation: the Chancery Federal B. cantonal authorities: Canton of Zurich: Die Staatskanzlei Canton of Bern: Die Staatskanzlei (the State Chancellery) Canton of Lucerne: Die Staatskanzlei Canton of Uri : Die Standeskanzlei Canton Schwyz: Die Staatskanzlei of Canton Obwalden: Die Staatskanzlei Canton of Nidwalden: Die Staatskanzlei Canton of Glarus: Die Staatskanzlei Canton of Zug: Die Staatskanzlei Canton of Fribourg: the State Chancellery (Die Staatskanzlei) Canton of Solothurn: Die Staatskanzlei Canton of Basel-Stadt: Die Staatskanzlei Canton of Baselland: Die Landeskanzlei Canton of Schaffhausen: Die Staatskanzlei Canton of Appenzell Rh. - ext.: Die Kantonskanzlei Canton of Appenzell Rh. - int.. : Die Ratskanzlei Canton St. Gallen: Die Staatskanzlei Canton of Grisons: Die Standeskanzlei (the Cancelleria dello Stato) Canton of Aargau: Pass-und Patentamt Canton of Thurgau: Die Staatskanzlei of Canton Ticino: the Cancelleria dello Stato Canton of Vaud: Prefecture of the district of Lausanne, Canton of Valais: the Chancery of State (Die Staatskanzlei) Canton of Neuchâtel: the Canton of Geneva State Chancellery: Department of the Canton of Jura Institutions : The State Chancellery list of competent foreign authorities to issue the apostille under art. 3, al. 1, of the Convention the designation has been adapted in application of art. 12 al. 2 of the Act of 18 June 2004 on official publications (RS 170.512).
The name was amended in application of art. 12 al. 2 of the Act of 18 June 2004 on official publications (RS 170.512).
The name was amended in application of art. 12 al. 2 of the Act of 18 June 2004 on official publications (RS 170.512).
The name was amended in application of art. 12 al. 2 of the Act of 18 June 2004 on official publications (RS 170.512).
The list of foreign authorities is not published to the RO. Lists in french and English will be available at the address of the website of the Hague Conference: http://hcch.e-vision.nl/index_fr.php?act=conventions.authorities&cid=41 or obtained at the Direction of public international law (FDFA), the international treaties Section, 3003 Bern.

State June 11, 2015 scope June 11, 2015 States parties Ratification, accession (A) Declaration of estate (S) entry into force August 3, 1994 South Africa has 30 April 1995 Albania 3 September 2003-9 May 2004 Germany 15 December 1965 13 February Andorra 15 April 1966 1996-31 December Antigua and Barbuda 17 May 1996 S 1985, 1 November 1981 Argentina * 8 May 1987 was February 18, 1988 in Armenia 19 November 1993-14 August 1994

Australia * 11 July 1994 has 16 March 1995 Austria November 14, 1967 January 13, 1968 may 13, 2004 Azerbaijan has 2 March 2005 Bahamas 10 May 1976 of July 10, 1973 Bahrain April 10, 2013 to 31 December 2013 Barbados August 30, 1995 S November 30, 1966 Belarus June 16, 1992 S 31 May 1992 Belgium December 11, 1975 9 February 1976 Belize 17 July 1992 has 11 April 1993 Bosnia and Herzegovina * 1 October 1993 S 6 March 1992

Botswana 16 September 1968 S September 30, 1966 Brunei 23 February 1987 A December 3, 1987 Bulgaria 1 August 2000 29 April 2001 Burundi 10 June 2014 13 February 2015 Cape - Verde 7 May 2009 has February 13, 2010 China Hong Kong * June 12, 1985 1st July 1997 Macao December 10, 1999 December 20, 1999 Cyprus July 26, 1972 has 30 April 1973 Colombia * April 27, 2000 January 30, 2001 (South) Korea October 25, 2006 has 14 July

2007 Costa Rica 6 April 2011 was December 14, 2011 Croatia 23 April 1993 S October 7, 1991 Denmark October 30, 2006 December 29, 2006 Dominique 22 October 2002 S November 3, 1978 El El Salvador 14 September 1995 has 31 May 1996 Ecuador * July 2, 2004 April 2, 2005 Spain * July 27, 1978 September 25, 1978 Estonia 11 December 2000 was September 30, 2001 United States * 24 December 1980 has 15 October 1981 Fiji 29 March 1971 S 10 October

1970 Finland 27 June 1985 26 August 1985 France 25 November 1964 24 January 1965 Comoros November 25, 1964 January 24, 1965 Guadeloupe November 25, 1964 24 January 1965 Guyana (French) November 25, 1964 January 24, 1965 Wallis - and - Futuna Islands 25 November 1964 January 24, 1965 Martinique November 25, 1964 24 January 1965 New Caledonia November 25, 1964 January 24, 1965 New Hebrides (Anglo-French condominium) December 17, 1965 A February 15, 1966 French Polynesia November 25, 1964 January 24, 1965 meeting

November 25, 1964 24 January 1965 Miquelon November 25, 1964 24 January 1965 territory of the French Somali coast (also french territory of the Afars and the Issas of Djibouti) November 25, 1964 24 January 1965 Georgia * August 21, 2006 May 14, 2007 Greece 19 March 1985 may 18, 1985 Granada July 17, 2001 April 7, 2002 Honduras 20 January 2004 was September 30, 2004 Hungary * 18 April 1972 18 January 1973 Cook Islands July 13, 2004 At April 30, 2005 Marshall Islands 18 November 1991 at 14 August 1992 India October 26, 2004 A July 14, 2005 Ireland January 8, 1999 9 March 1999 Iceland September 28, 2004 November 27, 2004 Israel November 11, 1977 A 14 August 1978 Italy 13 December 1977 11 February 1978 Japan may 28, 1970 27 July 1970 Kazakhstan * April 5, 2000 at the January 30, 2001 Kyrgyzstan November 15, 2010 A 31 July 2011 Lesotho 24 April 1972 S October 4

1966 Latvia 11 May 1995 January 30, 1996 Liberia 24 May 1995 was 8 February 1996 Liechtenstein 19 July 1972 September 17, 1972 Lithuania 5 November 1996 has 19 July 1997 Luxembourg April 4, 1979 3 June 1979 Macedonia 23 September 1993 of 17 September 1991 Malawi 24 February 1967 to 2 December 1967 Malta 12 June 1967 has 3 March 1968 Maurice 20 December 1968 S March 12, 1968 Mexico December 1, 1994 was 14 August 1995 Moldova

June 19, 2006 to March 16, 2007 Monaco 24 April 2002 was 1 November 2002 Mongolia 2 April 2009 31 December 2009 Montenegro January 30, 2007 of June 3, 2006 Namibia 25 April 2000 was January 30, 2001 Nicaragua September 7, 2012 May 14, 2013 Niue 10 June 1998 has 2 March 1999 Norway may 30, 1983 July 29, 1983 New Zealand * February 7, 2001 November 22, 2001 Oman 12 May 2011 has 30 January 2012 Uzbekistan 25 July 2011 to April 15, 2012 Panama October 30, 1990 has 4 August 1991 Paraguay 10 December 2013 has 30 August 2014 Netherlands 9 August 1965 October 8, 1965 Aruba 1 March 1967 April 30, 1967 Curaçao 1 March 1967 has April 30, 1967 part Caribbean (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba) 1 March 1967 April 30, 1967 Sint Maarten 1 March 1967 April 30, 1967 Peru 13 January 2010 has 30 September 2010 Poland November 17, 2004 August 14, 2005 Portugal 6 December 1968 4 February 1969 Portuguese territories October 22, 1969 at 21 December 1969 Dominican Republic 12 December 2008 was 30 August 2009 Czech Republic June 23, 1998 March 16, 1999 Romania 7 June 2000 has 16 March 2001 United Kingdom August 21, 1964 24 January 1965 Anguilla February 24, 1965 was April 25, 1965 Bermuda 24 February 1965 at 25 April 1965 Gibraltar 24 February 1965 was April 25, 1965 Guernsey 21 August

1964 January 24, 1965 British Guiana February 24, 1965 25 April 1965 Isle of Man August 21, 1964 has 24 January 1965 24 February 1965 Cayman Islands has 25 April 1965 24 February 1965 Falkland Islands 25 April 1965 Gilbert Islands and Ellice 24 February 1965 25 April 1965 24 February 1965 British Solomon Islands has 25 April 1965 Turks and Caicos 24 February 1965 was April 25, 1965 British Virgin Islands 24 February 1965 At 25 April 1965 Jersey August 21, 1964 at 24 January 1965 Montserrat 24 February 1965 was April 25, 1965 New Hebrides (Anglo-French condominium), on February 24, 1965 at 25 April 1965 February 24, 1965 Southern Rhodesia was April 25, 1965, St. Helena and dependencies (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha) February 24, 1965 at April 25, 1965 British Antarctic Territory, on February 24, 1965 was April 25, 1965 Russia September 4, 1991 31 May 1992 Saint - Kitts - and - Nevis 26 February 1994 December 14

1994 saint - Marin May 26, 1994 February 13, 1995 Saint - Vincent - and - the Grenadines 2 May 2002 S April 25, 1965 St. - Lucia, on December 5, 2001 April 7, 2002 Samoa 18 January 1999 September 13, 1999 Sao Tome - and - principle 19 December 2007 13 September 2008 Serbia April 26, 2001 of January 24, 1965 Seychelles 9 June 1978 to 31 March 1979 Slovakia 6 June 2001 A February 18, 2002 Slovenia June 8, 1992 25 June 1991 Sweden 2 March 1999 1 S May 1999 Switzerland 10 January 1973 March 11, 1973 Suriname 11 November 1976 S 25 November 1975 Swaziland July 17, 1978 S 6 September 1968 Tonga * October 28, 1971 of June 4, 1970 Trinidad and Tobago October 28, 1999 to 14 July 2000 Turkey 31 July 1985 29 September 1985 Ukraine April 2, 2003 December 22, 2003 Uruguay 9 February 2012 was October 14, 2012 Vanuatu 1 August 2008 of July 30, 1980 Venezuela July 1, 1998 to March 16, 1999


* Reservations and declarations. Reservations and declarations are not published to the RO. Texts in french and English can be found at the address of the website of the Hague Conference: http://hcch.e-vision.nl/index_fr.php or obtained in the Direction of public international law (FDFA), the international treaties Section, 3003 Bern.



The accession of Burundi has not been accepted by the Germany, the Austria, the Poland and the Czech Republic.
April 25, 1965, until June 30, 1997, the Convention was applicable to Hong Kong on the basis of a declaration of territorial expansion of the United Kingdom. Starting from July 1, 1997, Hong Kong became a special administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. Under the Chinese statement on June 12, 1985, the Convention is also applicable to the RAS Hong Kong from July 1, 1997.
February 4, 1969 to December 19, 1999, the Convention was applicable in Macao on the basis of a declaration of territorial extension of the Portugal. From December 20, 1999, Macao became a special administrative region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. Under a declaration of the People's Republic of China on Dec. 10. 1999, the Convention is applicable to the Macao Special administrative Region (SAR) from 20 dec. 1999. the Convention does not apply to the Greenland or the Faroe Islands.
This country became independent. No statement was made on the maintenance in force of the Convention. Date of independence: British Guiana became the Republic of Guyana (May 26, 1966); British Solomon Islands became the Solomon Islands (July 7, 1978); the Gilbert Islands and Ellice respectively became Kiribati (July 12, 1979) and Tuvalu (1 oct. 1978); the New Hebrides became Republic of Vanuatu (30 July 1980); St. Lucia (February 22, 1979); the Southern Rhodesia became the Republic of the Zimbabwe (18 April 1980).
Membership of the Georgia was not accepted by the Greece.




Membership of the Mongolia was not accepted by the Germany, the Austria, the Belgium, the Finland and the Greece.
Membership of the Uzbekistan has not been accepted by the Belgium, the Germany, the Austria and the Greece.
Membership of the Paraguay has not been accepted by the Germany.

The accession of the Dominican Republic was not accepted by the Germany, the Austria, the Belgium and the Netherlands.

The accession of Gibraltar was not accepted by the Spain.

RO 1973-354, 1982-155, 2003-2401, 2008 85, 2009 1657 art. 1 al. 1 of the AF of the April 27, 1972 (RO 1973 346) RO 1973 352, 1976-477, 1977-765, 1978 210 1718, 1980 669, 1982-154, 1983-1175, 1986-175, 1987 317, 1988-1177, 1993 973, 1998 2318, 2003 2401, 2006 619, 2007 3345, 2010 4609, 2010 783 2011 4609, 2013 1235, 2015 2121. A version of the update scope is published on the web site of the FDFA (www.dfae.admin.ch/traites).

State on June 11, 2015

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