Apostille & Consulate Legalization Approval in Turkey

What is Apostille?

According to the Hague Convention signed on 5 October 1961, the international legalization system used to validate a document from official institutions in other countries is called as the Apostille. It is necessary that an official document from a country be valid in other countries which are party to the Apostille Convention.

Where is Apostille Legalization Done in Turkey?

In Turkey, apostille certification approval is done in governorships and district governorships. In addition, the Office of the Ministry of Justice, the Heavy Penal Courts and the Justice Commission can make apostille approval for the documents within the Ministry of Justice.

How is Apostille Legalization Made in Turkey?

Apostille Legalization in Turkey can be made to the documents issued by the institutions in Turkey or the foreign country documents which have already been apostilled. Some procedures must be done in order to make apostille approval:

  1. First of all, a certificate of apostille legalization must be translated into the official language of the country of use by a certified translation office.
  2. Notarization must be made in a notary where a translation of this document is translated by a certified translation office.
  3. After the notarization, the provincial or district governor’s office in the province where the approval is made, the process is completed by making Apostille Approval.
  4. For countries that are party to the Apostil Agreement, no further approval is required at the embassies or consulates after this procedure.

Apostille Legalization Approval for Foreign Country Documents

Apostille certification can only be made to any document coming from abroad by the relevant institutions in Turkey if the relevant document has already apostilled or it has been legalized by the Turkish Embassy or Consulate of the issuing country. Oterwise, each country has the right to make apostille approvals in a document issued in its own borders. So, a document issued in a foreign country needs to be apostilled in that country and must be brought to Turkey as apostilled. However, the embassies and consulates of some countries in Turkey may apostille the documents of their country. You can contact the embassy and consulate to ask about this ooportunity. Otherwise, your documents must be sent to the country where your document is issued and it must be apostilled there.

Apostille Legalization Prices in Turkey

Institutions in Turkey receive only 5 TRY for apostilization transactions. However, the related document must be paid for the translation and notarization procedures. For example, there is a translation fee between 40 TRY and 100 TRY according to the language to be translated for a diploma. After the translation, the notarization price for a diploma is around 150 TRY. You can learn more about the notary certified translation prices here. In addition, some translation offices carry out apostille legalization on your behalf. A service fee of around 100 TRY is required for this transaction.

Apostille Validity Period

The documents approved under the Apostille Convention do not have a validity period. The validity period of apostille legalization is determined individually by the party countries. You can obtain information about the validity period, if any, in consultation with the country of use of the document.

Documents with Apostille Certification

All kinds of documents received from official institutions can be apostilled, and here are among mostly requested documents such as: diploma, student certificate, marriage certificate, court decision, criminal record, birth certificate, virginity certificate, power of attorney, consent and activity certificate, chamber registration, tax certificate, company documents, etc. 

Approval Procedures for Countries That Are Not Party of the Apostille Convention

The documents to be used in countries which are not parties to the Hague Agreement of October 5, 1961 have a different legalization procedure. In addition to the abovementioned procedures, a document is approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy or Consulate of the country concerned.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Consulate Certification Legalization  in Turkey

The legalization approval procedures for the documents to be used in the countries that are not party to the apostille convention such as Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi), Algeria, Palestine, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Sudan are as follows:

  1. First of all, a certificate of apostille legalization must be translated into the official language of the country of use by a certified translation office.
  2. Notarization must be made in a notary where a translation of this document is translated by a certified translation office.
  3. After the notarization, the provincial or district governor’s office in the province where the approval is made, the process is completed by making Apostille Approval.
  4. After the approval of the Apostille, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs legalizes the relevant document. The fee for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is around 60 TRY per document.
  5. Finally, the relevant document shall be submitted to the embassy or consulate which shall make the legalization approval. The approval process of the embassy or consulate lasts for a few days.
  6. In addition, each country has a different fee charged per document for legalization approval. In some countries these fees vary according to the document. The approval of documents such as diplomas is cheaper and the approval of company documents is more expensive. Fees for embassy / consulate legalization approval procedures of some countries are as follows:
Afghanistan 125 USD (company docs)
United Arab Emirates 159 BAE Dirhem
Algeria 5 USD – 50 USD
Palestine 10 USD – 20 USD
Morocco Diploma is free – company docs 25 USD – 50 USD
Iranian 15 USD – 60 USD
Train 27 USD – 50 USD
Kuwait 30 USD
Lebanon 15 USD – 30 USD
Egypt 30 USD
Nigeria 50 TL – 150 TL
Pakistan 125 TL
Saudi Arabia 100 TL
Jordan 60 TL

Countries Party to the Apostille Convention

Last update: 12-IX-2018
Number of Contracting Parties to this Convention: 117
The expression “Contracting Party” covers both cases in which the Convention has, and cases in which the Convention has not yet, entered into force for that Party following the deposit of its instrument of ratification, accession, acceptance or approval (see column EIF in the chart).


Contracting Parties to this Convention that are also Members of the HCCH (i.e., the Organisation) are in bold; Contracting Parties that are not Members of the HCCH are in italics.

Albania Brazil El Salvador Israel           Mauritius Poland South Africa
Andorra Brunei Darussalam Estonia Italy Mexico Portugal Spain
Antigua and Barbuda Bulgaria Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) Japan Monaco Republic of Moldova Suriname
Argentina Burundi Fiji Kazakhstan Mongolia Republic of North Macedonia Sweden
Armenia Cabo Verde Finland Korea, Republic of Montenegro Romania Switzerland
Australia Chile France Kosovo Morocco Russian Federation Tajikistan
Austria China, People’s Republic of Georgia Kyrgyzstan Namibia Saint Kitts and Nevis Tonga
Azerbaijan Colombia Germany Latvia Netherlands Saint Lucia Trinidad and Tobago
Bahamas Cook Islands Greece Lesotho New Zealand Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Tunisia
Bahrain Costa Rica Grenada Liberia Nicaragua Samoa Turkey
Barbados Croatia Guatemala Liechtenstein Niue San Marino Ukraine
Belarus Cyprus Guyana Lithuania Norway Sao Tome and Principe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Belgium Czech Republic Honduras Luxembourg Oman Serbia United States of America
Belize Denmark Hungary Malawi Panama Seychelles Uruguay
Bolivia Dominica Iceland Malta Paraguay Slovakia Uzbekistan
Bosnia and Herzegovina Dominican Republic India Marshall Islands Peru Slovenia Vanuatu
Botswana Ecuador Ireland   Philippines   Venezuela

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