DFA to affix ‘Apostille’ instead of ‘red ribbons’ starting May 14
Marje Pelayo • May 8, 2019 • 11312
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has advised the public that it will no longer issue authentication certificates starting Tuesday next week.
This is in accordance with the Apostille Convention on Authentication of Documents that will take effect in the Philippines on May 14, 2019.
“After authentication by the DFA, there is no more need for authentication (legalization) by the concerned Foreign Embassies or Consulates General if the country or territory of destination of the authenticated document is already a member of the Apostille Convention,” DFA said in an advisory Tuesday (May 7).
Instead, the agency will affix an “Apostille” or a certificate giving a public document a legal effect for use in other countries.
Meanwhile, documents issued in Apostille member countries and territories (except Austria, Finland, Germany and Greece) which will be used in the Philippines no longer need authentication from Philippine Embassy or Consulate General once Apostillized.
The DFA clarified, however, that public documents coming from countries and territories not part of the Apostille Convention need to undergo the previous authentication process.
“Documents still have to be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General before they can be used in the Philippines,” the advisory said.
“Also, there is still a need for authentication (legalization) by the concerned Foreign Embassies or Consulates General if the country of destination of the authenticated document is not yet a member of the Apostille Convention,” it added.
Authentication fees will remain at P100 for regular processing and P200 for expedited processing per document. – Marje Pelayo
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 74 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), bringing the total number to 8,762 as of Wednesday (July 8).
Most of the new cases reported are in the Middle East, the DFA said.
Meanwhile, the total number of OFWs under treatment has reached 2,932.
Nineteen new recoveries were also reported, bringing the total of OFWs who have recovered from the disease to 5,237.
However, 13 new deaths were recorded in the Middle East bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities among OFWs to 590.
With the resumption of international flight operations at NAIA Terminal 3 on Wednesday, the DFA expects a rise in repatriations.
The agency assures its steadfast commitment to effectively facilitating and coordinating the safe return of Filipinos affected by the pandemic.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced that 31 countries have already lifted the inbound border restrictions on Filipino travelers subject to medical protocols.
The latest additions to the list of countries that have recently opened their borders include Bahamas, Egypt, Ethiopia, and UAE.
This is out of 177 nations and territories that declared travel bans due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
However, the DFA said a total of 68 countries and territories still do not allow entry into their borders such as Cuba, Haiti, Palau, Timor Leste, France, and most countries in the Middle East/Africa, among others.
About 78 countries/territories, despite inbound border closures, give entry exemptions to Filipinos who are citizens of the destination country and returning residents, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with work visas and contracts, diplomatic or UN passport holders going to post or on official travel.
The new update under this category is Macau SAR, with imposed medical protocols.
Likewise, the DFA said the updated list confirms that 138 countries now allow Filipinos to return to the Philippines, subject to flight availability and other special arrangements.
New countries which have allowed departures for the Philippines include the mentioned countries which also recently opened their inbound restrictions.
Meanwhile, with the recent announcement of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on the resumption of international flight operations at NAIA Terminal 3 beginning 12:01 a.m. of July 8, the DFA reiterated that travel restrictions can change without prior public notice.
The DFA advises all travelers to always check ahead of travel dates with the airlines that will be used as well as with relevant embassies or consulates before departure or before booking a ticket.
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