The following instructions concern all applications for the legalization of Nigerian or other West African origin, such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, divorce certificates and bachelorhood/spinsterhood certificates. From 1 June 2015 the legalization done by other Nordic countries in the region are not accepted by the Finnish authorities.
In order to keep the processing period as short as possible, please note the following before contacting the Embassy:
First Step: Review of documents
Send an email to to request for legalization of documents. The email should contain the following:
Second Step: Payment of Legalization fees
Legalization fee is 30 Euros per document + 10.50 Euros postage fee. Please note that upon receipt of all requested documents mentioned above, the Embassy will send payment instructions to the applicant. The instructions will contain the total amount to be paid and the Embassy’s account information. You can also do a self-assessment of your documents and calculate your legalization fees. Howeverpayment should not be made prior to the receipt of payment instruction from the Embassy.
Third Step: Verification
All documents to be legalized by the Embassy must first be verified by VFS Global in Abuja. After the legalization fee has been paid and confirmed by the Embassy’s bank, the Embassy will send an email instructing the applicant to send original documents to VFS Global. The documents to be sent are the same originals that were initially scanned to the Embassy for review.
VFS Global investigates and verifies the origin of the document(s). VFS Global charges the applicant a fee for the verification of a document. Please see the instructions and the tariff on the website:
The customer is liable for all verification charges
The work of VFS Global is independent and the Embassy cannot interfere in the verification process or the fees charged.
Fourth Step: Legalization
Documents will be legalized by the Embassy only if the result of the verification is positive. The legalized document(s) will be sent to the applicant’s given address in Finland.