The Embassy hereby informs the public that beginning 14 May 2019, we will no longer authenticate public documents issued in Norway, Iceland, and Sweden that will be used in the Philippines. Such documents must instead bear an Apostille from the appropriate authority of the document’s origin country. Apostillized documents from these countries no longer have to be authenticated by any other entity and will automatically be accepted in the Philippines.
For civil registry applications from the above countries (Report of Birth, Report of Marriage, Report of Death), Apostillized documents will also be accepted.
Please refer to the links below regarding which authorities can issue an Apostille:
- Norway: https://www.hcch.net/en/states/authorities/details3/?aid=337
- Iceland: https://www.hcch.net/en/states/authorities/details3/?aid=649
- Sweden: https://www.hcch.net/en/states/authorities/details3/?aid=348
For Philippine public documents (ex. PSA Birth and Marriage Certificates, CENOMAR) to be used in Norway, Iceland, and Sweden, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will also issue Apostilles instead of authentication certificates beginning 14 May 2019. Such documents no longer need to be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy in Oslo, nor those countries’ Embassies or Consulates in the Philippines, for use in those countries.
For Norwegian au pair contracts, the present attestation procedure by the Philippine Embassy in Oslo also remains. Such contracts should not be Apostillized. Meanwhile, contracts of au pairs bound for Iceland and Sweden should be Apostillized beginning 14 May 2019.
For Finland, the present process of double authentication still applies for Finnish public documents to be used in the Philippines (authentication first by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, then by the Philippine Embassy in Oslo or Philippine Consulate General in Helsinki). The same double authentication process also still applies to au pair contracts from Finland. Apostillized documents will not be accepted.
Likewise, Philippine public documents to be used in Finland will still need to be authenticated by the DFA in the Philippines, then by the Consular Office of Finland in Manila.
Until further notice from the POEA, all employment contracts of Filipinos bound for work in Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden will still need to undergo the authentication process and should not be Apostillized.
Please refer to the link below for more information on Apostille: https://www.dfa.gov.ph/dfa-news/statements-and-advisoriesupdate/22114-public-advisory-apostille-convention-on-authentication-of-documents-takes-effect-in-ph-on-14-may-2019
The Philippine Embassy in Oslo will continue to provide notarial (“red-ribbon”) services, such as acknowledgment of Special Power of Attorney and other affidavits, to Filipinos.
For information and guidance of all.