4.2.4. Diplomatic legalisation

Legalization requests may be submitted to the Embassy of Hungary in person or by post. For personally submission of the documents, appointment has to be booked through mail at consulate.del@mfa.gov.hu

The Consular Section of the Embassy of Hungary in New Delhi provides for legalization of public documents issued by the authorities of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Distinction shall be made between legalisation procedures by Apostille Certificate and diplomatic legalisation. The authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the public document has acted and where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which it bears has to be certified by the responsible authority of the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka in the first place. Only the Embassy of Hungary in New Delhi can legalize such endorsed public document for future use in Hungary.

Public documents of India do not need legalization by the Embassy of Hungary in New Delhi, because India since 2005 is a member of the Hague Convention of October 5 1961 that abolished the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents.

Apostille is acceptable in 105 member-countries of the Convention (For more info please visit the website: www.hcch.net). Any document Apostilled in one member country is acceptable in all the other 104 member-countries, signatory to the referred convention of 1961 thus greatly simplifying the process of attestation by making it needless to get the documents attested in each or for each of the countries separately. (Countries under Hague Convention is available at the following link)

Please note that it takes 10 calendar days for the Consulate to prepare the legalisation and post it to the applicant.

If you lodge your application by post, consular services fee along with the postal fee is added. Please make sure to include a self-addressed envelope, as well as a cover note with your phone number or e-mail address.

For information about the fees please visit: “Consular fees”.
Fees vary on the number of pages of the document. If you lodge your application by post the cumulated consular services fee to be paid and its process will be communicated by mail.

Applicants should present a valid proof of ID (ID card, passport) when attending the appointment. If the application is sent by post a copy of proof of ID should be enclosed.