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Hague Convention Language Requirements and Forms

Published: September 13, 2017
Most Hague Convention countries describe their language and translation requirements on the Hague Conference website in their Country Profiles.
  • OCSE has summarized these requirements under these headings in the table below:
    • Hague Country
    • Routine Communication: The language that the country is willing to use for email, telephone, and other communication related to processing Convention actions from the U.S. Most countries allow routine communication in English.
    • Languages for Forms and Documents: The language requirements for Hague application forms and accompanying documents being submitted to the country. Countries typically - but not always - require forms and documents to be translated into their national language. OCSE has some Hague Convention forms available in other languages, as noted in the table.
    • Notes: Additional relevant information.
  • Before a state child support agency prepares Hague Convention forms and translates documents, the agency should check the information in the table.
  • There is no federally mandated type of translation provider that state agencies should use. However, OCSE urges state agencies to have general policies concerning translation.
  • If more assistance is needed, contact OCSE.

Language Requirements

Hague Country ROUTINE COMMUNICATION LANGUAGES FOR FORMS AND Documents NOTES

Albania

English

The official language of Albania is Albanian.

Austria

English

 

Belgium

English

Belgium has 4 linguistic areas: a Dutch-speaking area (Flanders), a French-speaking area (Wallonia), a bilingual area (Brussels), and a German-speaking area. For assistance, contact OCSE.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

English

Bosnia and Herzegovina has 3 national languages: Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. Each language has official status in different parts of the country. For assistance, contact OCSE.
Brazil English
  • Portuguese
 

Bulgaria

English

  • Bulgarian
 

Croatia

English

  • Croatian
 

Cyprus

English

The official languages of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish. If any documents are in Greek or Turkish, they do not need to be translated into English.

Czech Republic

English

The official language of the Czech Republic is Czech, but forms and documents may be submitted in Czech or Slovak.

Estonia

English

The official language of Estonia is Estonian. If any documents are in Estonian, they do not need to be translated into English.

Will accept abstracts.

Finland

English

The official languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish. If any documents are in Finnish or Swedish, they do not need to be translated into English.

France

French

 

Germany

English

 

Greece

English

The official language of Greece is Greek. If any documents are in Greek, they do not need to be translated into English.

Hungary

English

  • Hungarian
 

Ireland

English

The official languages of Ireland are Irish and English. If any documents are in Irish, they do not need to be translated into English.

Italy

English

  • Italian
Will accept abstracts.

Latvia

English

  • Latvian
 

Lithuania

English

The official language of Lithuania is Lithuanian. If any documents are in Lithuanian, they do not need to be translated into English.

Luxembourg

French

Will accept abstracts.

Malta

English

The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English. If any documents are in Maltese, they do not need to be translated into English.

Will accept abstracts.

Montenegro

English

  • Montenegrin
 

Netherlands

English

  • Dutch
 

Norway

English

The official language of Norway is Norwegian. If any documents are in Norwegian, they do not need to be translated into English.

Poland

English

  • Polish
 

Portugal

English

  • Portuguese
 

Romania

English

  • Romanian
Will accept abstracts.

Slovakia

English

The official language of Slovakia is Slovak, but forms and documents may be submitted in Slovak or Czech.

Slovenia

English

  • Slovene
 

Spain

English

  • Spanish
 

Sweden

English

  • Swedish
 

Turkey

English

  • Turkish
 

Ukraine

English

The official language of Ukraine is Ukrainian.

United Kingdom
(England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)

English

 

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Last Reviewed: May 21, 2018
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