Superlegalisation (consular legalisation)


In case a foreign document is issued in the state which is NOT a signatory to the Apostille Convention, it must be legalised by (by the ministry of foreign affairs of the given state) and superlegalised (by a Slovak foreign mission in that state) for the use in Slovakia.

An updated list of countries that are signatories to the Hague Convention

Legalisation of public documents means the certification of the authenticity of signatures and official seals or stamps, which they bear against their specimens that are available to the foreign mission. Slovak foreign missions verify the authenticity of a previous certificate issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the country of origin of the respective document. Honorary consulates have no authority to legalise documents.

Slovak foreign missions certify the authenticity of signatures appearing on documents, photocopies of documents and their translations into Slovak; if a translator is available at the foreign mission, the mission may also provide translations of certain documents. 

If Slovak foreign mission does not provide translation services, a list of official translators into Slovak can be found HERE.

If no Slovak foreign mission exists in the country, which has issued the document, further procedures may be as follows – the document must be certified in the country of its origin, with the last stamp affixed to it being that of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the respective country. The authenticity of the stamp is then certified by a competent foreign mission of that country accredited for the Slovak Republic.