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The Philippine Consulate General in Istanbul does not authenticate Philippine-sourced documents which have been authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs. DFA-authenticated documents must be verified and passed upon by the foreign consular official of the country where the document is intended to be used, following internationally accepted procedures of document legalization. This is especially true for non-Apostille Convention contracting parties.

Philippine-issued documents intended to be submitted to authorities of the Republic of Turkey should be apostilled  by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.



When a foreign authority performs a notarial or other official act on a document intended to be used in the jurisdiction of the Republic of the Philippines, the official character of the foreign executing official is verified by a duly commissioned consular officer of the Philippines where the document was sourced, through the registered mark, stamp, or signature of the foreign government official.

This authentication service is necessary in order for the foreign document to have a valid legal force and effect in the Philippines.

The authentication service is only applicable to foreign documents sourced from states/countries which are NOT party to the “Convention of 05 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents” (commonly referred to as the Apostille Convention).

The Republic of Turkey is a Contracting Party to the Apostille Convention since 29 Sep 1985. With the Philippines’ accession to the Apostille Convention becoming effective on May 14, 2019,  foreign documents sourced in Turkey and duly apostilled by Turkey’s competent national apostille authority* are deemed ready for use in the Philippines. Submitting these apostilled documents for authentication by the Philippine Consulate is no longer necessary.  (The complete list of State contracting parties to the Hague Apostille Convention can be confirmed from this link.)

 *Please refer to provincial governorship office / local office of Ministry of Justice for authoritative information on Turkey's apostille issuance

Sample Question/Tanong:

  • Pwede bang dito nalang po ako kumuha sa Philippine Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey ng Overseas Employment Certificate o OEC. Pauwi po ako nitong 15 January 2021 at babalik ng Turkey ng 15 March 2021. Work permit holder po ako at first time na uuwi in almost 5 years.


  • Ang Konsulado Heneral ng Pilipinas sa Istanbul ay hindi nagpa process ng Overseas Employment Certificates or OECs. Instead, ang mga tanong hinggil sa OEC ay masasagot ng Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Lebanon (or POLO Lebanon). Sa ilalim po ang kanilang detalye:


Labor Attache

Philippine Overseas Labor Office

Philippine Embassy-Lebanon

2nd Flr., W-Building, Mar Geries St.

Hadath, Baabda, Mount Lebanon

Postal code: 1003


Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel. Number: +961 595 3523

Whatsapp Hotline: +961 71 418 657

Official Facebook page: @pololebanon

POLO & OWWA Hotline (for work-related complaints requiring immediate assistance)
+961 71-178 241 or +961 595 3523


  • Ang Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Lebanon o POLO Lebanon ay sangay ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) na syang nagpapatupad ng patakaran ng Pilipinas hingil sa overseas work. Isa sa mga pangunahin nilang trabaho ay ang mag verify ng employment contracts and work papers in Turkey
  • Once na maverify ang inyong employment contract, maglalagay ng stamp ang POLO Lebanon sa inyong employment contract. Ang stamp na ito ang syang ipapakita ng isang OFW sa pinakamalapit na POEA office, para ma-bigyan ang OFW ng kaukulang OEC. Ang OEC na ito ang ipapakita ng OFW sa mga awtoridad sa airport sa Pilipinas para sila ay makabalik sa pinagtatrabahuhan nila sa Turkey. -End.