Pursuant to Ministerial Decree No. 47/2009, the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the accession of Oman to the Apostille Convention (Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents). The Convention will be effective in the country as of January 30, 2012.

Accordingly, Oman will start accepting Apostille legalization of documents related to trademarks, patents, industrial designs and all other IP related matters. There will be no need for further legalization up to the Omani Consulate as long as the applicant’s home country is a member of the Apostille Convention.

It is worth noting here that Oman is the only Arab country that is currently a member of the Apostille Convention, which now has a total of 101 member states.

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