- The signature on a foreign document will have to be legalized by the Consulate General to produce legal effects in Brazil. The legalization of the signature does not imply the acceptance of the document contents.
- A diploma or school transcript issued abroad will only produce legal effects in Brazil if legalized by the Consulate General.
- Only original documents can be legalized. Photocopies cannot be legalized.
- The Consulate General will only legalize documents issued in its area of jurisdiction.
No appointment needed. Its not necessary to provide any form, copies or power of attorney.
If required by a company for the first time, please provide a business card.
Legalizations required by individuals are processed immediately. If required by a company, one working day is needed for processing.
Only documents in their original language may be legalized. According to Brazilian legislation, translations of legalized documents into Portuguese must be provided by a public sworn translator in Brazil. (tradutor público juramentado).
Documents in general
The document must be previously submitted either to a Public Notary, the Chamber of Commerce (Shoko Kaigi-sho) or the Gaimusho.
Diplomas and School Documents
The documents must be previously submitted to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Gaimusho - Ryoji Sabisu Shitsu Shoumeihan) for legalization. After that, they must be submitted to the Consulate General. Once you arrive in Brazil, the documents must be translated into Portuguese.
Documents and diplomas issued by Brazilian schools in Japan do not need to be legalized by Gaimusho.
Gaimusho - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Kasumigaseki 2-2-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8919
Tel: 03 3580-3311 (extension 2855 or 2308)
- ¥ 2,800 each signature;
- ¥ 2,800 for up to three documents stamped together;
- ¥ 8,400 for four or more documents stamped together;
- ¥ 700 for school documents;
4. MAIL SERVICE (for indiduals only)
- The legalization of documents may be done by mail.
- It is necessary to send the receipt for the payment of the consular fee. Click here for instructions.
- The documents will be sent back via Takkyubin or Kan-I Kakitome
- The Consulate will not be held responsible for lost, stolen or delayed mail.