Legalisation of documents from Albania for use in the Netherlands

If you want to use a document from Albania in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Albania can have them legalised for use in any part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

  • the European part of the Netherlands
  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Curaçao
  • Saba
  • St Eustatius
  • St Maarten

Requirements for your document

Your document must be original and complete. If the document refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.

Translation of a document

If your document is not in English, French, German or Dutch you might need to have it translated. The following rules apply:

  • Your document must be translated by a sworn translator.
  • It must be translated into English, French, German or Dutch.
  • If the sworn translator is registered outside the Netherlands, you must also have the translation legalised.

Which documents can be legalised?

You can have various documents legalised, such as diplomas and certificates. The most common documents are:

  • an official copy of a birth certificate (certifikatë lindje)
  • a certificate of unmarried status (certifikatë personale)
  • an official copy of a marriage certificate (certifikatë martese)
  • an official copy of a death certificate (certifikatë vdekje)

You can get these documents from the municipality (gjendja civile) in which you are registered.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

 You can get this document from the district court where the divorce was granted.

Where can you have your document legalised?

You can get an apostille from the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This website is in English.

After your document is legalised with an apostille, you can use it in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

As of 1 September 2019, the Consular Service Center (CDC) will no longer be able to help Dutch nationals apply for documents or have documents legalised in Albania.

Verification of your document

The stamp or sticker on your document means only that the correct signature is on your document. It does not prove that the content is correct or that the document is authentic. A municipality in the Netherlands, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) or another authority may decide to check this.