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Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Embassy of Finland, Singapore: Services: Legalization

EMBASSY OF FINLAND, Singapore

101 Thomson Road
#21-03 United Square, Singapore 307591
Tel. +65-6254 4042
E-mail: sanomat.sin@formin.fi
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Legalization of documents

 The Embassy may issue or legalise the following documents:

  • A residence certificate
  • A marriage certificate
  • A certificate of life
  • A pension certificate
  • A passport letter for immigration authorities
  • Authentication of a signature

Notarial and legalisation services are generally subject to a fee, see Service Fees.

When applying for a certificate or legalising a document, the applicant must be able to give an account of the purpose of the certificate or legalisation of the document.

Documents to be legalised cannot be submitted by post; instead, they must be delivered personally or via an authorised representative.

Legalisation of documents

A document issued abroad by a foreign authority (excluding the Nordic Countries) is only legally valid in Finland when legalised.

Legalisation of a document is an act of legal protection provided to the customer, ensuring that the party issuing the certificate is legally entitled to issue the certificate in its country of operation, that the content of the certificate is appropriate, and that the document is legally valid in the country where it was issued. For example, in the case of a marriage certificate, it is important that the person who performed the ceremony is legally entitled to perform such ceremonies.

There are two legalisation processes, depending on whether the country has signed the Hague Convention of 1961. A document delivered from a state that has signed the Hague Convention is legalised by an apostille (a stamp or printed certificate).

Legalisation of Singaporean documents

Certificates issued by Singaporean authorities are translated into English (if necessary) and then legalised, first at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore and then at the Embassy of Finland. The Embassy charges a notary fee according to its service price list. The fee is paid in Singapore dollars in accordance with the account currency exchange rate verified by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore: Consular Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tanglin, Singapore 248163. Calls from Singapore: 1800-476-8870, calls from abroad: (65) 6379-8000, e-mail: mfa_con@mfa.gov.sg.

To validate a Finnish document for use in Singapore, it must first be verified at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and then in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore. Finnish embassies located abroad can only verify documents issued by Finnish authorities in exceptional cases.

Residence certificate

The following documents are required for a residence certificate:

  • A passport containing a valid visa for Singapore
  • An original lease agreement with address, a Singaporean house registration or an extract from the population register stating an address in Singapore.

The Embassy charges a notary fee according to its service price list for each document. The fee is paid in Singapore dollars in accordance with the account currency exchange rate verified by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

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Updated 6/11/2014


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