The Congress of the Republic of Guatemala recently approved through Decree Number 1- 2016, The Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents looking for its integration in the Apostille of The Hague.

This convention will be applied to all of the public documents issued in any of the States that are part of it, such as, documents issued by a judicial authority or a Public Ministry, administrative documents issued by government authorities, documents authorized by a Public Notary, among others.

To this day, all the foreign public documents that needed to take effect in Guatemala must comply with previous legalizations to get to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, this is the main reason why the application of this Convention becomes useful, in order to reduce costs and time needed for the process.

However, the Convention is not yet fully enforced in Guatemala, since it needs to comply with previous requirements, such as the deposit of the ratification before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands, who must notify the countries that are part of the Convention that Guatemala has ratified it, the countries that are part of the convention will have a term to present any objection, in case they have one; if there aren’t any objection, the Convention shall take effect 60 days after the due date of the aforementioned period.