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A Complete Guide to Apostille in India

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A Complete Guide to Apostille in India

Apostille in India is a part of a treaty of Hague Convention. It is  a simplified document legalization procedure followed for the procurement of study, employment or business visa.  In literal sense, Apostille is a stamp or a seal produced by the authority at the back of a document in order to verify it and label it with a unique identification code. 

How does Apostille Work?

A total of 117 countries have joined a treaty to minimize the document legalization procedure in order to make trading and visa procurement a smooth task.  The treaty is known as Hague Convention that was established to eliminate the requirement of Legalization for foreign Public Documents.  In Countries of Hague Convention, legalization of documents is generally a one-step process of obtaining the stamp on the documents from the assigned authority.  The certificates are then called apostilled. 

Countries Accepting Apostilled Certificate

An Apostille is only acceptable in the countries which are a part of the Hague Convention.  Gratefully, MEA, India can provide the Apostile document and accept from other apostilled nations, which are:

  • Albania

  • Andorra

  • Antigua and Barbuda

  • Argentina

  • Armenia

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Azerbaijan

  • Bahamas

  • Bahrain

  • Barbados

  • Belarus

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Botswana

  • Brazil

  • Brunei Darussalam

  • Bulgaria

  • Burundi

  • Cape Verde

  • Chile

  • China, People’s Republic of

  • Colombia

  • Cook Islands

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Dominica

  • Dominican Republic

  • Ecuador

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Fiji

  • Finland

  • France

  • Georgia

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Grenada

  • Honduras

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • India

  • Ireland

  • IsraelTitle Page

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • Kazakhstan

  • Korea, Republic of

  • Kosovo

  • Kyrgyzstan

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Liberia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Malawi

  • Malta

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mauritius

  • Mexico

  • Monaco

  • Mongolia

  • Montenegro

  • Morocco

  • Namibia

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Niue

  • Norway

  • Oman

  • Panama

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Republic of Moldova

  • Romania

  • Russian Federation

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis

  • Saint Lucia

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Samoa

  • San Marino

  • Sao Tome and Principe

  • Serbia

  • Seychelles

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Spain

  • Suriname

  • Swaziland

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Tajikistan

  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

  • Tonga

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Turkey

  • Ukraine

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • United States of America

  • Uruguay

  • Uzbekistan

  • Vanuatu

  • Venezuela

Documents Required for Apostille

All significant personal and educational documents require Apostille (stamp) for the procurement of visa.  A detailed list:

Procedure of Apostille

Although Apostille is relatively a simpler procedure than attestation, it still involves a variety of documents that demand special procedure, which is explained in detail below.


  1. Personal Documents

The Personal Document Apostille involves the following steps


The documents provide a valid proof of your education history and academic accomplishments over time. 

The process of getting Educational documents apostilled is:

 For Countries with mandatory HRD Attestation 


 Where Can I get Apostille in India?

Getting documents Apostilled in India is easy and can be initiated on the internet.  However, the more reliable way of getting it done is through a recognized  Attestation agency that is equipped with expertise and required resources.  Genuine Attestation is one such agency that assists you in obtaining Apostille service across India within stipulated time and regular updates.