Certificate of life in Ethiopia

If you live in Ethiopia and you need a certificate of life, the Netherlands embassy in Addis Ababa can draw up this document for you.

Due to the corona virus, the possibilities to apply for a certificate of life at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. Please check the online appointment system to see if it is possible to make an appointment. If no times are available, it is not yet possible to submit an application at the embassy or consulate general.

When might you need a certificate of life?

Dutch financial and benefits agencies like the ABP Pension Fund and the Social Insurance Bank may ask you to provide a certificate of life (verklaring van in leven zijn or attestatie de vita).

What documents do you need?

To apply for a certificate of life, you will need to appear in person at the consular section of the embassy. You will need to meet the following conditions:

  • you must have a valid Dutch identity document
  • you must be able to provide proof of your nationality or nationalities
  • you must be able to provide proof of your address and place of residence. For example you could produce a certificate of registration from the municipality where you live
  • you must be able to establish your marital status, for example by producing a marriage certificate

You may need to have the original legalised and translated. The rules vary per country.

Getting a certificate of life stamped

Some Dutch financial and benefits agencies draw up their own certificates of life. The embassy can then sign and stamp these documents (free of charge). This means you don't have to apply for a separate certificate of life.

But you will need to meet the following conditions:

  • you must be a Dutch national
  • you must appear in person at the embassy
  • you must produce a valid Dutch identity document
  • you must provide proof of your address, for example official documents issued by the authorities
  • You must sign the documents at the embassy in the presence of an embassy staff member

Obtaining a certificate from the municipality or a notary

If you are unable to go to the embassy you can instead obtain a certificate of life from the municipal authorities or from a notary in the municipality abroad where you live.

Certificate of life in this country or region

Application procedure for consular certificates in Ethiopia

You can make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Retrieving your document

For retrieving certificates when ready there is no need to make an appointment. Opening hours:

Monday - Thursday 14.00 - 15.30 hours

Friday 11.00 - 12.30 hours

Check the days on which the embassy is closed.


You can check the fees and the payment method at the overview of consular fees in Ethiopia.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please send your questions via the contact form.