Apostille – Certification of documents in Cyprus

Apostille is a certification by the Ministry of Justice and Public Order, that the signatures on a document are valid, so that in can be used in countries outside Cyprus. All countries that have signed the Hague Convention of 5th October 1961, among which is Cyprus, accept Apostille. 

What documents can be apostilled in Cyprus?

All official local public documents issued by an authority in Cyprus. The apostille can be put on the original document or on a true copy, provided that it has been authenticated by the authority which has issued the original.

Documents proving civil status:

  • Passport
  • Identity Card
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce certificate
  • Death certificate
  • Certificate of adoption
  • Evidence of a change of surname, name
  • Clear criminal record and others.

Documents related to education:

  • Diploma
  • Certificate

Documents which can be apostilled only if they are original

  • Corporate documents issued by the Department of the Registrar of Companies in Cyprus.
  • Power of Attorney
  • Statements
  • Consent
  • Contracts

How many days are required for the certification of documents with apostille?

Provided that the original documents are in order, they can be certified within one working day.

Can a document in a foreign language be certified in Cyprus?

Only documents that are in Greek or in English can be apostilled in Cyprus without any additional procedures. If the document is in a language other that these two, then an affidavit will be required.

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