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Apostilles to be issued for all documents legalised by SAL from 16 September 2021

Date:

09/02/2021


Apostilles to be issued for all documents legalised by SAL from 16 September 2021

On 18 January 2021, Singapore acceded to the HCCH Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (“Apostille Convention"). To operationalise the Apostille Convention, the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) will be issuing Apostilles for all Singapore documents bound overseas from 16 September 2021.

An Apostille is a certificate issued under the Apostille Convention authenticating the origin of a public document. Contracting Parties to the Apostille Convention can agree to accept Apostilles in place of any other form of legalisation or authentication. The intention is to simplify cross border laws and remove the need for various legalisation rules which may differ from one jurisdiction to another.
From 16 September 2021, SAL will affix Apostilles for ALL documents irrespective of which country the document is destined to be used.

Once the Apostille has been issued on a document, it can then be presented outside of Singapore in any Contracting Party to the Apostille Convention, including Italy, and should be accepted as a document containing legitimate legal signatures or seals.
For more information and Apostille application visit: : https://legalisation.sal.sg


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