Legalization and apostille

Legalization of a document is necessary to certify its legal status in case it has to be used in a foreign country. Thus, if you have to send a document issued in the Russian Federation abroad you must legalize it.

The process of legalization of a document includes verification of the authority, the authenticity of the signature, and, in some cases, the authenticity of the stamp of the official who issued the document.

There are two types of legalization: stamping with "Apostille" and consular legalization.

Stamping with "Apostille" is used in cases when the country where the document is to be sent (the target country) is a participant in the Hague convention of 1961*. The "Apostille" stamping is performed by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.

In all other cases, the document has to undergo the process of consular legalization in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the consulate of the target country.

The employees of The Open World translation bureau have vast experience in legalizing documents and are acquainted with all the peculiarities of the process. Please contact us, and we can help you to get everything done quickly and efficiently.

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*List of countries that are participants in the Hague convention of 1961:

Australia Latvia Serbia and Montenegro
Austria Lesotho Slovenia
Azerbaijan Liberia Slovakia
Albania Lithuania USA
Andorra Liechtenstein Surinam
Antigua and Barbuda Luxembourg Tonga
Argentina Mauritius Turkey
Armenia Macedonia Trinidad and Tobago
The Bahamas Malawi Fiji
Barbados Malta Czech Republic
Belarus Marshall Islands Finland
Belize Kazakhstan France
Bulgaria Columbia Croatia
Belgium Mexico Switzerland
Botswana Monaco Sweden
Bosnia and Herzegovina Namibia Ukraine
Brunei-Darussalam The Netherlands Ecuador
Great Britain* Niue Estonia
Hungary Norway South African Republic
Venezuela New Zealand Japan
Germany Panama  
Gilbert Islands and Ellice Islands Poland * Great Britain also extended the convention to the following territories:
Grenada Portugal Jersey Baliwick Guernsey
Greece Romania The Isle of Man
Honduras Russia Bermuda
Dominica El-Salvador New Hebrides
Israel San-Marino Cayman Islands
India Samoa Falkland Islands
Ireland Saint Vincent and Grenadines Gibraltar
Iceland Saint Kits and Nevis Montserrat
Spain Saint Christopher and Nevis St. Helena (Netherlands Antilles)
Italy Saint Lucia Turk and Caicos Islands
Cyprus Swaziland Virgin Islands
China (only Hong Kong and Macao) Seychelles  
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