What is the Difference between Apostille and Consular Legalization?

Dealing with documents preparation in foreign institutions, we are faced with the necessity to give them legal force. With this inevitably emerge the concepts of "consular legalization" and "apostille". Uninitiated person is difficult enough to understand the niceties of one or another procedure, and to catch the difference between them. In fact, everything is easier.

In what cases do you need to affix apostille?

Stamp "apostille" on documents is a simplified method of registration of documents for their use abroad. This stamp is accepted by the countries-participants of the Hague Convention, which was signed in 1961. Since then, the list of countries-participants is constantly updated.

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Apostille is affixed on papers from such agencies of Ukraine as:

  • MFA;
  • MinJust;
  • Ministry of Education.

The main purpose of apostille affixing is the confirmation of signature of the officer, who signed the document, which it is necessary to present abroad.

Mainly, apostille is affixed on document original or copy, but there are the countries, which accept only double apostille, this means that besides the stamp on the document original, it shall be translated into the language of the country, in which you are going, to notarize the translation and to apostille the translated paper.

You can affix apostille within the following terms and for the following prices:

Service of apostillization

Price in UAH

Terms of affixing

Apostille in MFA



8-10 w.d.


5 w.d.

Apostille from MinJust


7-10 w.d.

Apostille from MES on certificates and diplomas of old form


30 w.d.


20 w.d.


1 w.d.**

Apostille from MES on certificates and diplomas of new form


30 w.d.


10 w.d.


3 w.d.


1 w.d.**

** Apostille from MES in 1 working day is possible in the case of the response of your educational institution to the ministry’s inquiry in the day of inquiry.
*** The price is not a public offer.

When consular legalization is necessary?

Consular legalization is carried out for all other countries, which didn’t sign the Hague Convention. The process of consular legalization itself is a little bit difficult than apostille affixing, and may include the following stages:

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  1. Certification of document and its translation at a notary;


  2. Certification in MinJust;


  3. Certification in MFA;


  4. Certification of all aforesaid documents in the embassy of host country.


Also note that the legalization stamp itself is affixed on document original or its notarized copy.

Below you will see our prices for consular legalization:


Price in UAH

Term (working days)

Legalization in MinJust



Legalization in MFA





Legalization in the embassy of host country

300 (25% discount upon ordering 3 or more documents) + consular fee

From 2 days + the embassy term

*The price is not a public offer

Let’s summarize

As it was mentioned above, apostille is accepted only in the countries of the Hague Convention. If you submit in the embassy of the state, which has not signed the convention, only consular legalization will be suitable for you. The key difference consists that once apostilled document will be valid in all countries-participants of the Hague Convention, and document legalized in the embassy, becomes valid only in the country, the consulate of which certified it.

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