On 14 May 2019, the Philippines officially became a party to the Apostille Convention. An apostille is a certificate that authenticates the origin of a public document. It is issued by a country that is party to the Apostille Convention to be used in another country which is also a party to the Convention.

With this development, documents sourced in Japan and intended for use or submission to Philippine authorities/ institutions no longer need to undergo consular authentication by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General as long as these have already been apostillized by the Japanese Foreign Ministry (Gaimusho).

As such, the Philippine Consulate General shall no longer authenticate documents originating from Japan if these have already been issued an apostille by the Japanese Government. However, the Consulate General shall continue to provide acknowledgement and jurat services to walk-in applicants (please see Notarials Section).

For details on how to obtain an Apostille, please check this link of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

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