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SAUDI ARABIA JOINS THE HCCH APOSTILLE CONVENTION EXPLAINED

SAUDI ARABIA JOINS THE HCCH APOSTILLE CONVENTION EXPLAINED

Recently the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 5 October 1961. Let’s see what Saudi Arabia joins the HCCH apostille convention means. And have a look at how ex-pat couples can benefit from this new law.

What does it mean?

The HCC Convention is a multilateral treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies how certain types of documents issued in a signatory state can be certified in the other signatory states. And a certification pursuant to the Convention is an apostille. 

If the convention applies between Saudi Arabia and one of the other countries joining in, this is sufficient to certify a document’s validity. And, most of all, there’s no more need for double-certification. In other words, Saudi Arabia joins the HCCH apostille convention means that an apostille stamp issued by a foreign country would be considered as sufficient proof for legalization . It can be also used in any other convention member country.

SAUDI ARABIA JOINS THE HCCH APOSTILLE CONVENTION: BENEFITS FOR EX-PATS

The Apostille Convention will officially go into effect in Saudi Arabia on December 2022. From that date on, contracting parties need to waive the legalization requirement for public documents issued by Saudi authorities and accept apostilles issued by Saudi Arabia. Likewise, Saudi authorities must accept apostilles for incoming foreign public documents issued by the competent authorities of other contracting parties.

This is likely to reduce complexity, timelines, and possibly costs for the private sector in Saudi Arabia. Thanks to that, ex-pats will dramatically reduce the time and cost of getting documents by avoiding additional certifications. Apostilled documents are the ones for registering a company, opening a bank account, and other business transactions.

Currently, there is no information on what Saudi Arabia joins the HCCH Apostille means for couples looking to marry outside Saudi Arabia in Apostille countries. However, once we have more updates, we shall disclose the same.

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