Published On: Tue, Mar 26th, 2019

Guyanese nationals no longer need Apostille

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PHILIPSBURG — Guyanese Nationals will no longer need to have their documents stamped with the Apostille to ensure that it is authentic. This was brought to the attention of the Guyanese diaspora through a recent publication which was issued by the Guyana government.

Guyanese ApostilleAccording to the publication on August 16, 2018, the Permanent Bureau was informed that the Cooperative Republic of Guyana had deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, abolishing the legislation for foreign documents (Apostille Convention) on July 19, 2018.

With the accession of Guyana, the Apostille Convention now has 116 contracting parties; it will enter into force for Guyana on April 18, 2019.

Guyana is not a member of the HCCH yet, and the Apostille Convention is the first Hague Convention that Guyana has joined. Guyana has become the 152nd state to be connected to the HCCH. This shows that the Organization continues to make good progress on its path forward universally which is a central tenet of its operational strategy, the document stated.

Honorary Consul to Guyana Cleavland BeresfordThis is a significant initiative by Guyana government said Guyanese Nationals living on St. Maarten since they had to ensure that the documents have an Apostille before submitting their documents to the Immigration and Naturalization Department of St. Maarten.

Guyana Honorary Consul Cleveland Beresford in his comments said that this will make his work easier since he will no longer have to travel to get this done.