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Hague Convention Requirements

Published: August 13, 2018

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:

  • 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.
  • Official Language: Most countries have one or more official language, which is a language with a special legal status in that jurisdiction, or in a part of that jurisdiction. Official languages are the languages that are generally used in countries' governments and courts.
  • Forms and Documents: Many Hague Convention countries have specified the language(s) to be used for application forms and accompanying documents being submitted to that country. OCSE has some of the Hague Convention forms available in various foreign languages.
  • Payments Information: If a country has notified OCSE of a payment method that it requires for outgoing child support payments — from the U.S. to the other country — that information is shown here.

Before a state child support agency prepares Hague Convention forms and translates documents, the agency should check the information in the table and also in the relevant Country Profile.

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 into other languages.

If more assistance is needed, contact OCSE.

Albania

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Albanian

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Albanian

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Austria

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
German

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Bilingual English/German forms

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

Austria no longer accepts child support payments by check. States should send wire payments.

Bank Account Details:

  • Name of Bank: BAWAG P.S.K.
  • Address of Bank: Georg-Coch-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna, AUSTRIA
  • Bank Branch: Zentrale
  • Name of Account Holder: Ministry of Justice
  • Address of Account Holder: Museumstraße 7, 1070 Vienna, AUSTRIA
  • Account Number: 5490000
  • SWIFT/ BIC Code: BUNDATWW
  • IBAN Number: AT100100000005490000

Contact Information for Payment Details:

  • Name of Contact Person: Dr. Robert Fucik
  • Address: Museumstraße 7, 1070 Vienna, AUSTRIA
  • Email Address: robert.fucik@bmvrdj.gv.at
  • Phone Number: 011-43 1 52152 2731
  • Fax Number: 011-43 1 52152 2829

 

Belarus

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES:
Belarusian and Russian

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Belarusian or Russian

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Belgium

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES:
Belgium has 4 language areas:

  • a Dutch-speaking area (Flanders),
  • a French-speaking area (Wallonia),
  • a bilingual area (Brussels), and
  • a German-speaking area

For assistance, contact OCSE.

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES:
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.

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Contact OCSE

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Brazil

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Portuguese

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Portuguese

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Bulgaria

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Bulgarian

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Bulgarian

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Croatia

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Croatian

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Croatian

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Cyprus

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES:
Greek and Turkish

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
English

If any documents are in Greek or Turkish, they do not need to be translated into English.

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Czech Republic

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

The Czech Republic no longer accepts child support payments by check. States should send wire payments.

Bank Account Details:

  • Name of Bank: Komercni banka (Komercni banka, a.s.)
  • Address of Bank: Headquarters: Na Prikope 33, 114 07 Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
  • Name of Account Holder: Urad pro mezinarodnepravni ochranu deti
  • Address of Account Holder:
    Silingrovo namesti 3/4, 602 00 Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC
  • Account Number: CZ2601000348330080851621
  • SWIFT/ BIC Code: SWIFT: KOMBCZPPXXX
  • IBAN Number: for payments in USD: Z2601000348330080851621

Contact Information for Payment Details:

  • Name of Contact Person: Petra Hubova
  • Address: Silingrovo namesti 3/4, 602 00 Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC
  • Email Address: petra.hubova@umpod.cz
  • Phone Number: 011-420 542 215 526
  • Fax Number: 011-420 542 212 836

Additional Comments: 

Provide the Czech central authority's reference number and the child's/children's names.

 

Estonia

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Estonian

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
English

If any documents are in Estonian, they do not need to be translated into English.

Will accept abstracts.

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Finland

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES:
Finnish and Swedish

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
English

If any documents are in Finnish or Swedish, they do not need to be translated into English.

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

France

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
French

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
French

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:

French

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Germany

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
German

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Bilingual English/German forms

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Greece

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Greek

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
English

If any documents are in Greek, they do not need to be translated into English.

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Hungary

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Hungarian

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Hungarian

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Ireland

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES:
Irish and English

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
English

If any documents are in Irish, they do not need to be translated into English.

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Italy

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Italian 

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Italian

Will accept abstracts.

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Latvia

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Latvian

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Latvian

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Lithuania

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Lithuanian

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
English

If any documents are in Lithuanian, they do not need to be translated into English.

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Luxembourg

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
French

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES:
French and German

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:

Will accept abstracts.

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Malta

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES:
Maltese and English

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
English

If any documents are in Maltese, they do not need to be translated into English.

Will accept abstracts.

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Montenegro

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Montenegrin

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Montenegrin

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Netherlands

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Dutch

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Dutch or English

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Norway

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Norwegian

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
English

If any documents are in Norwegian, they do not need to be translated into English.

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Poland

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Polish

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Polish

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Portugal

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Portuguese

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Portuguese

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Romania

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Romanian

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Romanian

Will accept abstracts.

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Slovakia

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

Slovakia no longer accepts child support payments by check. States should send wire payments.

Bank Account Details:

  • Name of Bank: Statna pokladnica
  • Address of Bank: Radlinskeho 32, 810 05 Bratislava, SLOVAKIA
  • Bank Branch Number: 8180
  • Name of Account Holder:
    Centre for the International Legal Protection of Children and Youth
  • Address of Account Holder:
    Spitalska 8, P. O. BOX 57, 814 99 Bratislava, SLOVAKIA
  • SWIFT/ BIC Code: SPSRSKBA
  • IBAN Number: SK 14 8180 0000 0070 0011 7737

Contact Information for Payment Details:

  • Name of Contact Person: Katarina Zubkova
  • Address: Spitalska 8, P. O. BOX 57, 814 99 Bratislava, SLOVAKIA
  • Email Address: katarina.zubkova@cipc.gov.sk
  • Phone Number: 011-421 2 2046 3208
  • Fax Number: 011-421 2 2046 3258

Additional Comments:
Provide the Slovakian central authority's reference number and the child's/children's names.

 

Slovenia

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Slovenian

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Slovenian

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Spain

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Spanish

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Spanish

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Sweden

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Swedish

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Swedish

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Turkey

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Turkish

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Turkish

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

Ukraine

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
Ukrainian

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
Ukrainian

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

 

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

ROUTINE COMMUNICATION:
English

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:
English

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:
English

PAYMENTS INFORMATION:

See the incoming application or the IRG.

Last Reviewed: August 30, 2018
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