Saudi Arabia Approves the Accession to The Hague Convention


RIYADH – The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia enacted the Royal Decree M/40 dated 26/05/1443 H approving the Kingdom’s accession to The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille).

It is worth mentioning that Saudi Arabian legal practice relies on certified documents; foreign public documents need to be legalized in order to be recognized by authorities in Saudi Arabia. The legalization is the internationally accepted procedure for verifying public documents by the state in which the document will be used.

Under The Hague Convention, certain authorities in the country of origin of the document will be given an apostille, which will be sufficient for certification and for use in other member states of the Convention. 

For further information in this regard, please contact AGIP office in Saudi Arabia at

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