Authentication of Public Documents: Apostille or Certificate of Authentication
What is an Apostille?
An Apostille is an authentication of a public document issued pursuant to the 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.
The Convention provides for the simplified certification of public (including notarized) documents to be used in countries that have joined the convention.
When a document is to be used in a foreign country, it may be necessary to have the document authenticated. An authentication certifies the signature and the capacity of the official who has executed the document.
The authentication may also authenticate the seal of the official.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation authenticates public documents originating in the territory of the Republic of Fiji for use in foreign countries. Only public documents issued by the Government of the Republic of Fiji which are signed by a notary public or other public official (i.e. Court Clerk, Registrar General, Immigration or other State official), will be authenticated.
The country of destination determines whether the authentication is in the form of an "Apostille" or a "Certificate of Authentication".
What type of certification must my document(s) contain before requesting an Apostille or a Certificate of Authentication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation?
The Apostille Stamp applies only to public documents. The main examples of public documents for which Apostille are issued in practice include:
Immigration: (Fiji passports only)
Documents which do not require Apostille Stamp / Certificates of Authentication:
How long will it take to process my request for an Apostille or Certificate of Authentication?
What is the Fee for an Apostille or Certificate of Authentication?
Please Note: Apostilles/ Certificates of Authentication will not be issued without these certification.
For further information please contact Jaljeet Kumar (Ph: 323 9641) or Sarika Lata (323 9642).
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji