• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • As of 14th August 2005 the Republic of Poland abolished the need for diplomatic or consular legalisation of foreign documents, under the provisions of the 5th October 1961 Hague Convention.

    This change applies to public documents executed in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which have to be presented in the territory of the Republic of Poland.

    These are:

    1. documents from an authority or an official connected with the courts or tribunals of state, including those from a public prosecutor, a clerk of court or a process server (hisser de justice)
    2. administrative documents
    3. notarial acts
    4. official certificates placed on documents signed by a person in their own private capacity

    The only formality that may be required in order to certify the authenticity of the document is the addition of the “Apostille” certificate, issued by The Legalisation Office, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Norfolk House (West), 437 Silbury Boulevard Milton Keynes, MK9 2AH, tel. 03700 00 22 44 e-mail legalisationenquires@fco.gsi.gov.uk.

    Following the above, the performance of legalisations by the diplomatic or consular agents to which the Convention applies shall be exempted.

    The present Convention does not apply to:

    1. documents executed by diplomatic or consular agents
    2. administrative documents dealing directly with commercial or customs operations, such as “End User Certificates”

    Detailed information is available on the following websites:

    1. www.hcch.e-vision.nl
    2. www.sejm.gov.pl (the Journal of Laws No 112, 2005)


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