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Saudi Arabia Accedes To The Apostille Convention

On the 8th of April 2022, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia deposited its instrument of accession to the Apostille Convention. (convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Documents).

The ceremony was held in the Netherlands. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Depositary for the HCCH Conventions. Saudi Arabia was represented by H.E. Mr. Ziad Al Atiyah, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, also, Mr Nasser Alghanoom, Deputy Head of Mission and Minister Plenipotentiary, and Mr Meshal Al Blawi, Head of Political and Economic Affairs.

The Permanent Bureau of the HCCH was represented by Dr Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary General, Mr Brody Warren, Attaché to the Secretary General, and Ms Nicole Sims, Legal Officer. The Depositary was represented by Mr Jules van Eijndhoven, he is the Head of the Treaties Division, and Mr Rieks Boekholt, a Legal Officer. Saudi Arabia has been a Member of the HCCH since 2016 and the Apostille Convention is the first HCCH Convention or instrument that it has joined.

The Apostille Convention will enter into force for Saudi Arabia on 7 December 2022. Now, the Apostille Convention now has 122 Contracting Parties. Saudi Arabia is the 5th Arab country to join the Hague Convention after Morocco, Tunisia, Kingdom ofBahrain, and Oman.

December 7, 2022 is the official date when the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will officially go into effect as an active member of the Apostille Convention. No more documents legalization will be required from embassies or consulates of Saudi Arabia if the document was issued in any country joined / member of the Hague. As the United State is a member of the Hague, all personal and business documents destined to Saudi Arabia should obtain the Apostille from their state. Business or commercial documents may still need to be stamped by the US Arab Chamber of Commerce .

Saudi Arabia Apostille

Saudi Arabia To be recognized by Saudi Arabian authorities, foreign documents (from government authorities, notaries, or courts) must be legalized. Legalization is an internationally recognized technique for the state where the document would be used to verify public records. This is a time-consuming and lengthy procedure.

Saudi Arabia has officially signed the Hague Apostille Convention Abolishing the Legalization Requirement for Foreign Public Documents to address this issue. Specific authorities in the nation of origin of the document issue an apostille stamp in accordance with the Convention. This stamp is adequate for certification and uses in other Convention member states.

When compared to document legalization, the procedure of obtaining an apostille is substantially faster.

Saudi Arabia recently passed Royal Decree M/40, dated 26/05/1443 H, to incorporate the Convention into national law. The official procedures to make the Convention a binding international agreement for the Kingdom are still in progress.

On April 8, 2022, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia registered its instrument of accession to the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Legalization Requirement for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention).

The Apostille Convention is supposed to enter into force for Saudi Arabia on December 7, 2022. The Apostille Convention has now 122 Contracting Parties as a result of this addition.

Saudi Apostille will help you to apostille your documents and authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on business documents, public documents, or any other document issued by a federal agency or certified by an American or foreign consul, so the document can be recognized in foreign countries that are members of the Hague Convention. Because of our over 10 years of experience and hundreds of papers validated monthly, individuals and corporations entrust us with their most significant legal documents.