Macau (MNA) – The Philippine Consulate General in Macau SAR has indicated that with the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents to be enforced in the Philippines on May 14, documents issued in that country will no longer need authentication from the local consulate.
According to a warning issued by the Philippine Consulate General, documents originating from the Southeast Asian country which are to be used in the Macau SAR will be authenticated by the Office of Consular Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.
The documents authenticated by this Office will be affixed with an apostille – a specialised certificate – with a QR code for verification.
Certified documents issued in Macau to be used in the Philippines will also not require authentication by the Philippine Consulate General, with the Macau Legal Affairs Bureau (DSAJ) to take care of the authentication.
There were 32,254 Filipino workers in Macau as of the end of March this year.
The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents was drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law in 1961 and is currently signed by 117 parties.
The Macau SAR signed the treaty in 1969, with Hong Kong having joined in 1965. Mainland China has not adhered to the treaty.