In case a foreign document is issued in the state which is NOT a signatory to the Apostille Convention, it must be legalised by a Slovak foreign mission in that state for the use in Slovakia.
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.
In addition to legalisation of documents, Slovak foreign missions also certify the authenticity of signatures, 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. Honorary consulates have no authority to legalise documents – i.e. to verify the authenticity of the stamp and the signature of a Foreign Affairs Ministry consular department official. Slovak honorary consulates verify the authenticity of signatures, duplicates and photocopies, which are then deemed valid in the Slovak Republic.
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, and, subsequently, by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Documents in Arabic, Indian, Chinese or Russian languages are translated into English before they are submitted to the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
The administrative fee for the legalisation by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is paid in the form of a 20 € electronic duty stamp (confirmation of paying 20 €). Clients are required to obtain duty stamps in advance (at the post office).
Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Consular Section – legalisation
Hlboká cesta 2, 833 36 Bratislava
Telephone: +421/2/59 78 59 78, +421/2/59 78 11 11, +421 906 07 59 78
Monday: 8:00 - 15:00
Wednesday: 8:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 8:00 - 12:00