Legalisation of Swedish Documents Destined for the Use in Ukraine
On 22 December 2003 Ukraine acceded the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The Convention provides for the simplified certification of public (including notarized) documents by means of an Apostille (certificate) to be used in countries that have joined the convention.
Ukraine's accession means that the "authentication chain" will no longer be required. Instead, Swedish documents destined for use in Ukraine (and Ukrainian documents to be used in the Sweden) should be certified by one of the officials in the jurisdiction in which the document has been executed.
With this certification by the Hague Convention Apostille, the document is entitled to recognition in Ukraine, and no legalization by the Consular Section of the Embassy of Ukraine is required.
Please note that all official documents, which were legalized through the regular Ukrainian or Swedish authentication chains before 22 December 2003 will remain valid and should be accepted by all Ukrainian and Swedish agencies.