An Apostille is a certificate that proves the authenticity or due execution of a document from its country of origin. If a country is a part of the Apostille Convention, one country can issue an Apostille which may be validly be used in another country needing such a requirement, assuming, of course, that the country for which this apostilled document is to be used is also a member of the said Convention.
Which countries need attestation in addition to apostillization?
However, there are certain countries that are in need of additional requirements as they do not require or recognize Apostille since this country is not a member of the Apostille convention. This means your document will have to beauthenticated by the DFA and then Authenticated (Legalized) by the Embassy of the country of destination.
Since your document is coming from the Philippines, and the Philippines is a party to the Apostille Convention, you will need this additional step of authentication or attestation in the following countries:
- Countries that are not part of the Hague Convention, such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Qatar, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Vietnam, etc.
- As well as, four Apostille countries that objected to the Philippine accession, which are: Austria, Finland, Germany, and Greece.
Under international law, what an attestation or legalization does is that it certifies the authenticity of a legal document issued in a particular country. Compared to the process of getting an Apostille, the process of attestation is a more tedious one because it requires a further step after going through with the Philippine’s Department of Foreign affairs or the DFA. It is recommended that you ask the assistance of an apostille service provider in the Philippines to help you navigate through the process.
For example, as a Filipino, or a resident of the Philippines, if you plan to work in the above-listed countries, and your documents are from the Philippines, you need to have your documents attested as these documents are usually needed in securing a work permit in your country of destination. Considering that this takes time and long lines at the DFA, securing the assistance of an apostille service provider in the Philippines may be more cost-effective for you. This apostille service provider in the Philippines can help you both in the apostille of your documents and also in the legalization or authentication, in case the country of destination of these documents is not a member of the Apostille Convention.
In handling your requirements, look for a reliable Apostille service provider in the Philippines. Avail of FileDocsPhil services in obtaining your documents’ Apostille certifications for a hassle-free transaction. For a free quote, Apostille Form.