The Use of Foreign Documents in Indonesia and Indonesian Documents Abroad
In 5 October 1961, the Hague Conference on Private International Law Conference (The Hague) organized a Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Document (“Apostile Convention”). The Apostile Convention aims to simplify the legalization of public documents among several countries. However, Indonesia is not a party to the Apostile Convention; therefore, a longer procedure needs to be taken to use of the Indonesian documents abroad and foreign documents in Indonesia.
Based on the Regulation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs No. 3 of 2019 on General Guidelines for Foreign Relations By Regional Government, these are the procedures to use of Indonesian documents abroad and foreign documents in Indonesia.
- For the use of Indonesian documents abroad, the documents should be notarized by a public notary and legalized by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the destination country. Please note that some specific documents, e.g., court’s decision and marriage certificate, may require different government institutions to legalize those documents.
- For the use of foreign documents in Indonesia, the documents should be notarized by a public notary having a jurisdiction where the document is signed and legalized by the nearest Indonesian Embassy/Consulate where the signing takes place.
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