If You’re Organizing an International Depo, Make Sure You Read This Article! (Updated 2018)

The most essential first step in organizing any international depo is to find out the legality of holding a U.S. deposition in that country. The U.S. Department of State website is a great resource for finding out this information and can give you a quick overview of the official rules on taking testimony of willing witnesses in specific countries. We have included links to every country page on the U.S. Department of State website below. This is a complete and comprehensive list that will save you from wasting hours on the U.S. Department of State website. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back to it when needed.

If you can’t find your country, that doesn’t mean there are no rules or regulations about taking depositions for foreign courts. And if your country says there is no way to take a deposition, that doesn’t mean it is impossible to get the testimony you need.  After learning a little bit more about the official rules, contact us for more insider tips and advice on how we can make your international deposition happen as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.

U.S. Department of State Links

Click on the country name to be taken to the U.S. Department of State page. Don’t forget to check out the additional info links for extra goodies.

CountryHague Evidence Convention?Additional Info
BelgiumNoDeposing a Willing Witness in Belgium
Bosnia and HerzegovinaYes
BrazilNo*Options for Deposing a Witness in Brazil
Cabo Verde (formerly Cape Verde)No
CanadaNoHow to Set Up a Deposition in Canada
ChinaYesDepos in China: Are they possible?
Czech RepublicYes
El SalvadorNo
FinlandYesHow to Depose Willing Witnesses in Finland
FranceYes Depositions in France
GermanyYesPlanning a Deposition in Germany – Guidelines for Legal Professionals
GreeceYesDepositions in Greece: Taking Testimony of Willing Witnesses
Hong KongYesThe Ultimate Guide to Organizing a Deposition in Hong Kong (Infographic)
IndiaYes7 Tips for Scheduling Depositions in India (Infographic)
IrelandNo Depositions in Ireland
IsraelYes7 Tips To Know Before Scheduling a Deposition in Israel
ItalyYesDepos in Italy
JapanNoYour Ultimate Guide to Depositions in Japan
KuwaitYesDepositions in Kuwait: What You Can and Can’t Do.
MexicoYesU.S. Depositions in Mexico
NetherlandsYes Depositions in the Netherlands
New ZealandNoDeposing a Willing Witness in New Zealand
North KoreaNo
PhilippinesNoDepositions in the Philippines
SingaporeYesSetting Up a Deposition in Singapore
South KoreaYes Important Guidelines For Setting Up a Deposition in South Korea
SpainYesDepositions in Spain
SwedenYesHow to Set Up a Deposition in Sweden
SwitzerlandYesDepositions in Switzerland
TaiwanNoHow To Set Up a Hassle-Free Deposition in Taiwan
ThailandNoHow to Set Up a Deposition in Thailand
TurkeyYesTaking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Turkey
United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)YesYour Ultimate Guide to Depositions in England

* The United States has not accepted Brazil’s accession to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters.

** The United States has not accepted the Russian Federation’s accession to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters because the Russian Federation did not name a central authority at the time of its accession, and did not make any specific declarations or reservations regarding methods of obtaining evidence.


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