How to legalize documents for Tunisia? Embassy or apostille? - New York Apostille Services


FEBRUARY 20, 2018 

sidi bou said rooftops 1232973 free imageStarting March 30, 2018 Tunisia will be accepting Hague apostilles. 

On July 10, 2017, Tunisia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Apostille Convention"). Following the usual procedural steps, the Convention will enter into force for Tunisia on March 30, 2018. This means that U.S. documents bearing Hague apostilles will be valid and legal in Tunisia. No embassy / consulate legalization will be necessary.

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How to legalize documents for Tunisia?

The Apostille Convention (also known as the Treaty of Apostille, or The Hague Convention will abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents) was signed on October 5, 1961.  Now that Tunisia joined the Convention the procedure of document legalization for this country is becoming much less complicated. Before you had to go through multiple steps to have your documents legalized (in many case these steps included notarization, county clerk authentication, Secretary of State level (foreign certificate), federal level (U.S. Department of State in Washington DC), and, finally, the embassy. Now, the legalization will be complete at the New York state level. The Office of the New York Secretary of State will issue an apostille, and your document will be good to be shipped to Tunisia. A New York apostille will make your document valid and legal in Tunisia.

Until March 30, the embassy legalization procedures are still in effect. Read more about the legalization of documents for Tunisia until March 30, 2018.


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The NYS Secretary of State office does not have over-the-counter service yet. The processing time for New York apostilles is currently between two and three  weeks. 

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