Legalization of documents

Since August 1, 2011, the Kyrgyz Republic has acceded to The Hague Convention of 1961, abolishing the requirement to legalize foreign official documents that are parties to this Convention.

   According to the Conventions on Legal Assistance and Legal Relations in Civil, Family and Criminal Cases, signed in Minsk on January 22, 1993, and in Chisinau on October 7, 2002, documents issued or certified by a competent institution or specially authorized person within its competence in the prescribed form and sealed with the official seal is accepted in the territories of the following states without any special certificate: Republic of Azerbaijan; Republic of Armenia; Republic of Belarus; Georgia; The Republic of Kazakhstan; The Republic of Moldova; Russian Federation; The Republic of Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; The Republic of Uzbekistan; Ukraine.

CONSULATE LEGALIZATION OF DOCUMENTS

Scheme (procedure) of consular legalization of documents drawn up in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic:

1) State notary office of the Kyrgyz Republic;

2) the Office of Notaries and Bar of the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic;

3) the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic;

4) A diplomatic mission accredited in the Kyrgyz Republic or a consular office of a foreign state in whose territory documents will be used, or a diplomatic mission or a consular agency of the Kyrgyz Republic accredited in a foreign country (in the territory of which documents will be used).

 Scheme (procedure) of consular legalization of documents drawn up in the territory of a foreign state:

1) The competent authority of a foreign state;

2) Diplomatic representation or consular establishment of the Kyrgyz Republic accredited in a foreign country;

3) Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Documents not subject to consular legalization:

According to the "Regulations on the Procedure for Consular Legalization", approved by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic No. 60 of February 21, 2011, the following documents are not subject to legalization:

• passports

• military tickets

• employment records

• driver's license

• technical passports on vehicle registration

• union tickets

• documents of belonging to estates and religions

Documents that may harm the interests of the Kyrgyz Republic or contain information that offends the honor and dignity of its citizens are also not subject to legalization.

Important information! According to the Conventions on Legal Assistance and Legal Relations in Civil, Family and Criminal Cases, signed in Minsk on January 22, 1993, and in Chisinau on October 7, 2002, documents issued or certified by a competent institution or specially authorized person within its competence in the prescribed form and sealed with the official seal, are accepted in the territories of the following states without any special certificate:

• 1. Republic of Azerbaijan;

• 2. Republic of Armenia;

• 3. Republic of Belarus;

• 4. Georgia;

• 5. Republic of Kazakhstan;

• 6. Republic of Moldova;

• 7. Russian Federation;

• 8. Republic of Tajikistan;

• 9. Turkmenistan;

• 10. Republic of Uzbekistan;

• 11. Ukraine.

      Official documents executed on the territory of the States parties to the Hague Convention, abolishing the requirement to legalize foreign documents, dated October 5, 1961 (see list of countries participating in the Hague Convention), are exempt from legalization (except documents issued by diplomatic or consular agents, and administrative documents directly related to commercial or customs operations). In this case, the documents are certified by affixing an apostille with the relevant authorized state bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic. At the same time, the Hague Convention, which cancels the requirement to legalize foreign documents of October 5, 1961, does not apply between the Kyrgyz Republic and the following states as a result of these states expressing objections to the accession of the Kyrgyz Republic to this Convention:

• 1. Republic of Austria;

• 2. Kingdom of Belgium;

• 3. Federal Republic of Germany;

• 4. Hellenic Republic.

Note: Documents for legalization are accepted from the owners. In the absence of the owner of the document, the document is accepted in the presence of a notarized power of attorney.

The amount of payment for the legalization of documents can be found   in the section Tariffs of consular fees. Payment of consular fees can be made at the bank terminal located in the building of the consular department of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic.