Costa Rica: Document Legalization Simplified

The country joined the 'Apostille Convention', a method of legalizing documents to verify their authenticity in the international arena.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The present Convention shall apply to public documents which have been approved in the territory of a Contracting State and submitted in the territory of another Contracting State.

"'The Apostille' is a kind of seal that will apply to all documents that must be taken abroad and allow recognition in the 97 member countries of the Convention," wrote

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The Apostille Convention, an instrument that streamlines the procedures for the legalization of foreign public documents, is now in effect.

A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica reads:

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