Finding the correct process to legalise a document from one country for use in another can seem like a daunting process. Fortunately, the Hague Apostille convention has simplified this process considerably for many countries. The Apostille is all that is required when presenting a document in a country that is a member of the Hague Apostille convention.
As of the 18th of September 2017 the Apostille convention has entered into force in Guatemala. The state of Guatemala is now one of 115 states that recognise the apostille with more countries signing up to the convention each year.
The Apostille Convention was introduced in 1961 as a means to reduce the bureaucracy involved when recognising a foreign public document between member states.
In simple terms, this means that the state of Guatemala will now accept any foreign document that has been issued with the apostille.
We know, from assisting thousands of customers every year that many people have never heard of an apostille until they need one. Even more common is the frustration customers feel trying to work out the best way to get documents apostilled.
Not sure what document legalisation is and struggling to understand the best way to obtain an apostille quickly, people begin to search online for answers. With a lot of misleading advice and various websites offering to provide apostilles, it is understandable that customers sometimes need assistance.