Apostille of Documents


What is the Hague Apostille?

The Hague Convention Apostille, popularly known as the Hague Apostille, is one of the most important agreements between countries, mainly because it makes the mutual recognition of documents abroad simpler and less bureaucratic. It allows you to authenticate the origin of public documents, so that they are also valid abroad.


What documents must be apostilled?

  • Criminal Record
    • You must re-issue an updated criminal record close to your arrival to Portugal. This because the one you shared with us previously might be expired upon your arrival.

  • Travel Insurance
    • Schengen travel insurance, must last for at least 6 months and needs to cover 30.000,00 euros.

  • Marriage Certificate
    • It is necessary to submit an apostille and bring it to Portugal, only when there is family reunification.

  • Birth Certificate
    • Spouses, if they are in a stable union - apostilled.
    • Of children to be used in family reunification – complete and apostilled.

  • To register children in school:
    • Parents must already have a lease agreement.
    • From the 1st grade onwards: the child's academic record, apostilled.
    • Child's Tax Identification Number (NIF).


Tip: The apostilled documents necessary to bring to Portugal must be requested shortly before arrival. In Portugal, only documents issued in the last 6 months are accepted.


Where can I apostille my documents?

You can apostille your documents at notary offices, so we suggest you contact the notary office closest to your area of residence.