When to submit your documents, how much will it cost?
Documents for authentication (legalization) can be submitted at the Visa Counter of the Embassy, twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday between 10 and 11 AM or in the Honorary Consulate in Cebu (in consultation with the responsible persons of the Consulate and only for Belgian citizens registered in the Embassy's population registries)
Authenticated documents will be released after 1 week (longer if lodged in Cebu because of the postal delays) to the applicant unless further verification is deemed necessary.
There are no age limits to a document to be accepted for authentication, as long as the Embassy is in possession of the specimen of signatures we will attest. One should however observe that some Belgian administrations (for example Belgian Embassies, some communes, ...) do not accept documents older than six months after authentication by NSO (National Statistics Office) and DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs)
For the cost please refer yourself to the updated consular fees/rates on our website
Which documents, How to proceed?
· The Embassy can only authenticate Philippine documents drafted and signed by local authorities in the Philippines.
· Belgian documents have to be authenticated by SPF Foreign Affairs in Brussels to be accepted in the Philippines.
· Philippine documents drafted abroad can not be accepted for authentication by the Embassy in Manila.
· All Philippine documents must be authenticated by Department of Foreign Affairs BEFORE you submit them to the Embassy.
· Civil Registry documents such as Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Certificates of Non-Appearance in the National Indices of Marriages or Single Status Certificates should be registered at the National Statistics Office main office in Quezon City.
These documents should also be printed on NSO Security Paper before having them authenticated by DFA. Local Civil Registry formats printed on NSO Security Paper will not be accepted for authentication.
· Philippine diplomas or degrees need certification by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) before authentication by DFA.
· You can have your own signature legalized on a document only in the Embassy in Manila and only if you sign the document in the Embassy.
Office of the Civil Registrar - National Statistics Office- G/F Vibal Bldg. Cor. EDSA & Times Street - West Triangle, Quezon City - (8 AM to 12 noon and 1 PM to 5 PM) - Tel No. 926-7333 - NSO Helpline Plus 737-1111
Department of Foreign Affairs - Authentication Division, Consular Services - Old ADB Building, Roxas Boulevard - Pasay City - 8 AM to 12 noon and 1:30 PM to 5 PM - Tel No. 834-4000
Address of the Embassy of Belgium - 9th Flr. Multinational Bancorporation Centre - 6805 Ayala Avenue, Makati City - (10 AM to 11 AM) - Tel No. 845-18-69
In some cases, an official verification of the documents may be requested before authentication.
In some exceptional cases (when serious doubt exists on the authenticity of the documents) a more thorough investigation about the document could be requested.
If you cannot come in person to the Embassy and wish to delegate a representative, the following is required: