USE OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS IN COSTA RICA
Public Documents from Germany, Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic can be used in Costa Rica, if they have the "Apostille" attached (document which certifies the authenticity of the signature in the public document).
¿Where can I acquire the "Apostille" for my document?
- Germany: Please look at the following information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany here.
- Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic: In order to acquire the "Apostille" in your document, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country.
Once the document has the "Apostille", you can present it in any costarican authority. It´s NOT necessary to send the document to the Embassy of Costa Rica in Germany.
IMPORTANT: The Embassy or Honorary Consulates can´t legalize public documents authenticated after December 14th, 2011.
- - Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention)