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Legalisation of Philippine Documents

Official documents issued by Philippine authorities must be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and legalized by the Embassy before they can be considered valid documents for official use in Denmark.

In order to book an appointment, please contact VFS Global or walk in from 07:00am - 09:00am from Monday to Friday. Please see below contact details:

VFS Global - Denmark Visa Application Centre


Ground Floor, Ecoplaza Bldg.,
Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
1231 Philippines

Phone: (+63) 2 790 4901


Website: VFS Global (Legalization of Philippine Documents)


If you will not be present and wish to send a representative to legalize your documents, the following must be presented to VFS:
    ◾authorization letter or special power of attorney from the owner of the document stating the name of the representative and the purpose of legalization
    ◾passport copy of the owner of the document
    ◾valid ID of the representative  

Important: In the Philippines, all official documents must be authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) before they can be legalized by the embassy. The embassy cannot act as a mediator in legalization procedures with Philippine authorities. Therefore, it is the client’s responsibility to ensure that the document has fulfilled the requirements of the DFA as well as the embassy.

Kindly take note that DFA authentication (red ribbon) must be issued within the last 6 months.

Only documents drafted and signed by local authorities in the Philippines could be legalized by the Embassy. Philippine documents drafted abroad cannot be legalized by the embassy in Manila.


Civil registry documents must be registered at the Philippine Statistics Authority and printed in PSA security paper before having them authenticated by the DFA.

For the procedure on authenticating local documents, please check the DFA authentication guidelines found on their website.


In general, it takes about three (3) working days to legalize a document.

Please note that the embassy reserves the right to reject legalization of a document with incorrect information or clerical errors even though it may have already been legalized by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.


When a Danish document is to be used for the Philippine authorities, it is usually required that  the original document has been legalised by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen. Please click HERE for more information.