LEGALIZATION AND APOSTILIZATION OF DOCUMENTS

Legalization and apostille of documents

All documents issued by the Albanian administration and intended for use abroad must be legalized. Foreign documents that will be presented to our authorities must also be legalized.

Legalization of documents in our representations and in the MFA

Legalization is the procedure of recognizing the regularity of a foreign document. For this, the consular diplomats confirm the responsible official and the institution, respectively certifying the signature and the seal. The issuing authority must have previously notified the persons entitled to issue the documents and deposited their signatures.

The authorities responsible for legalizing documents for each foreign country can be found on the official websites of the foreign ministries.

The legalization of Albanian documents for use abroad and the legalization of foreign documents to be presented to the Albanian authorities is regulated by DCM no. 134, dated 07.03.2003.

Attached:

List of places for which legalization of documents is required: List of places with legalization

Apostille of documents

Albania is a member of the Hague Convention "On the abolition of the obligation to legalize foreign official documents" of 5 October 1961, which means that Albanian documents to be used in the member countries of the same Convention, and vice versa, will not to be legalized by diplomatic and consular missions. For more: http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=text.display&tid=37

Under this Convention, documents are provided with an Apostille stamp by the competent authority of the country where they were issued and can then be used directly in the relevant institution (Civil Registry, court, educational institution, etc.) of the host country.

The authorities responsible for the apostille of documents are located at:

http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.authorities&cid=41

Attached:

List of countries for which document apostilization is required: List of countries with apostille

Based on the agreements with the authorities of the respective countries Italy, Belgium, Austria, Kuwait, the translation / notarization of the documents in the country, in the language of the state where it will be used, is taken for granted after legalization / apostilization by the MFA

Countries for which legalization / apostilization of documents is not required

By bilateral agreement documents for some countries (Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Bulgaria) are accepted directly without the need to legalize or apostille.

Attached:

List of countries whose documents are accepted without being legalized or apostilized: List of countries directly

Responsible institutions

In Albania, the authority responsible for the legalization and apostille of documents is the MFA, the Consular Directorate. In other countries it may be the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, or even various local structures.

The authorities responsible for legalizing documents for each foreign country can be found on the official websites of the foreign ministries.

The authorities responsible for the apostille of documents are located at:

http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.authorities&cid=41

Submission of documents for legalization

The submission of documents for legalization abroad is done directly in our representations abroad.

Submission of documents for legalization in Albania is done through postal services.

For more:

Legalization of foreign documents;

Apostille of documents;

Legalization of Albanian documents;