If a document is issued in a foreign country which has joined the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Documents of 5 October 1961, it must be authenticated with an Apostille by the competent institution of the relevant foreign country.
Document issued in the EU, the member states of the European Economic Zone and in the Swiss Confederation can be submitted to Latvian institutions without any further authentication.
A document issued in a foreign country which has not joined the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Documents of 5 October 1961 must be legalised by the competent institution of the relevant country (its foreign ministry or a diplomatic/consular mission) and then – by the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Public documents issued in countries with an increased risk of terrorism or illegal immigration are subject to in-depth checks, which could increase the duration of the legalisation process. Please consult the Consular Department in a timely manner on the possibilities for the legalisation of specific documents.
Documents cannot be legalized if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not have at its disposal a specimen signature of the undersigning official and a sample of the relevant seal or stamp of the foreign country.