Apostille from Christmas Island

Schmidt & Schmidt offers the legalization of documents from Christmas Island by apostille.

As the external territory of Australia Christmas Island has joined The Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 on the July 11, 1994. The convention for Australia entered into force on March 16, 1995. Laws and international legal instruments ratified by the Australian authorities are valid on Christmas Island unless it is forbidden by a separate document. During its accession to the Hague Convention, Australia emphasized by a special declaration that the convention extends to all territories it is responsible for.

Responsible for issuing an apostille on Christmas Island is the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia (passport office). On August 1, 2015, the right to certify documents with an apostille, in addition to the central and regional passport offices, was also delegated to the diplomatic missions of the Australian Union abroad. The authenticity of the apostille affixed since December 2015 can be checked by number using a special online service - on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The process of legalization on Christmas Island includes checking the origin of the document and confirms that the signature, seal or stamp on the document is affixed by authorized officials. After passing through the described procedure, a special stamp is applied to the document - an apostille. As a rule, the apostille is placed on the back of the document, or on a separate sheet, after which the document is stitched.

An apostille is a stamp of rectangular shape. The heading "Apostille (Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961)" must be in French.

The following documents can be authenticated by apostille:

  • Certificates of civil status (certificates of birth, death, marriage and divorce)
  • Education documents (school reports, certificates, diplomas)
  • Trade register excerpts
  • Judicial decisions
  • Notarially certified copies of documents
  • Notarially certified translations
  • Further notarial documents (authorizations, last will, declarations)
  • Commercial documents legalized by a state organ of registration (articles of incorporation, registration certificates, tax registrations etc.)

Requirements for the documents:

An apostille can be issued exclusively on an original document. Therefore, the latter must be in an apparent good condition, all stamps and signatures have to be clear and readable. Furthermore, it must not contain alien marking and labels.

Additional services

In addition to the legalization of your documents, we can provide you with high quality translations.

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  • No registration or subscription
  • Fast and reliable processing
  • Payment by invoice

Schmidt & Schmidt guarantees the highest quality and reliability. We render all of our services in strict compliance with the applicable data protection laws. Our specialists are well-equipped and thoroughly acquainted with their tasks.

Working with us is easy and convenient!

Usually, processing the documents takes us 14 days.

Courier services are charged and invoiced separately according to the courier service’s rates.

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Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an apostille for a document from Christmas Island without international shipping from 595,00 € from 500,00 €

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In our video we are explaining what an apostille is and where to apply for it. Schmidt & Schmidt will assist you with all issues concerning the apostille.

Legalization of a document is a process, which allows to legitimate the document issued in one country for its usage in another.

It means, if you want to submit a document, issued in one country, to authorities in a target country, the document must primarily prove its authenticity. Legalization confirms the authority of the issuing official as well as an authenticity of his signature and seal.

Legalization is needed for official non-commercial documents.

There are following procedures of legalization of documents:

  • Consular legalization
  • Apostille (a simplified procedure of legalization)
  • Legalization of documents by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Consular legalization applies to countries, that have not signed the Hague Convention of 1961, which implemented a law about the procedure of apostille (a lot of European countries are member states of this convention).

Legalization of documents through the Chamber of Commerce is carried out in relation to commercial documents (contracts, invoices etc).

No, not always. In some cases, countries can make bi- or multilateral agreements that completely revoke legalization of documents for their recognition in the member countries.

For example, a CIEC convention from 1976 or bilateral treaties between Germany and Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Austria and Switzerland.

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