Documents legalization

Abolition of legalization of documents issued by embassies and consulates

List of States Parties to the European Convention on the Abolition of Legalisation of Documents executed by Diplomatic Agents or Consular Officers, done at London on June 7, 1968

Last update: August 17, 2012
Documents issued or authenticated by embassies or consulates of a state included in the list below are exempt from legalization to be presented to the authorities of the other countries from this list: 1

No. State Party Date of signature Date of ratification
or accession
Date of entry
into force
1 Austria 08.02.1971 09.04.1973 10.07.1973
2 Cyprus 29.10.1968 16.04.1969 14.08.1970
3 Czech Republic 04.11.1997 24.06.1998 25.09.1998
4 France 07.06.1968 13.05.1970 14.08.1970
5 Estonia 11.02.2011 16.03.2011 17.06.2011
6 Germany 07.06.1968 18.06.1971 19.09.1971
7 Greece 07.06.1968 22.02.1979 23.05.1979
8 Ireland 28.11.1996 08.12.1998 09.03.1999
9 Italy 06.11.1968 18.10.1971 19.01.1972
10 Liechtenstein   06.11.1972 07.02.1973
11 Luxemburg 07.06.1968 30.03.1979 30.06.1979
12 Moldova 11.05.2001 30.05.2002 31.08.2002
13 Netherlands 16.09.1969 09.07.1970 10.10.1970
14 Norway 07.05.1981 19.06.1981 20.09.1981
15 Poland 10.10.1994 11.01.1995 12.04.1995
16 Portugal 22.11.1979 13.12.1982 14.03.1983
17 Romania 21.05.2010 02.01.2012 03.04.2012
18 Spain 15.04.1982 10.06.1982 11.09.1982
19 Sweden 07.06.1968 27.09.1973 28.12.1973
20 Switzerland 07.06.1968 19.08.1970 20.11.1970
21 Turkey 01.09.1980 22.06.1987 23.09.1987
22 United Kingdom 07.06.1968 24.09.1969 14.08.1970
1 In accordance with art. 2 and 3 of the European Convention on the Abolition of Legalisation of Documents executed by Diplomatic Agents or Consular Officers, done at London on June 7, 1968, each State Party shall exempt from legalisation documents which have been executed by diplomatic agents or consular officers of a State Party, acting in their official capacity and exercising their functions in the territory of any state, and which have to be produced either in the territory of another State Party, or to the diplomatic agents or consular officers of another State Party exercising their functions in the territory of a State which is not a party to this Convention. This Convention shall also apply to official certificates, such as those recording the registration of a document or the fact that it was in existence on a certain date, and authentications of signatures, appended by diplomatic agents or consular officers to documents other than those referred above.

The updated list of States Parties can be found on the Council of Europe website:
http://conventions.coe.int/