Legalisation of documents from Israel for use in the Netherlands
If you want to use a document from Israel in the Netherlands, you must have it legalised by the Israeli authorities. This is done with an apostille.
Due to the coronavirus, the possibilities to have foreign documents legalised at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. To see if it is possible to make an appointment, please check the online appointment system (unless otherwise indicated). If no times are available, it is not yet possible. Do you only need to have your documents legalised by the local authorities? Then check with the local authorities if that is possible.
Who can have documents legalised?
Anyone who has one or more documents from Israel can have them legalised for use in any part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:
- the European part of the Netherlands
- 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 your 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
- an official copy of a death certificate
For legalisation purposes, the document must have an apostille stamp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel. The certificate should be in English. You can request these official copies from the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA), which is part of the Ministry of Interior.
Certificate of unmarried status
Israel does not issue certificates of unmarried status. You can request an official copy of your birth certificate, which includes information about your marital status. For legalisation purposes, the document must have an apostille stamp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel.
Official copy of a marriage certificate
- Jewish marriage:
You can request an official copy from the Chief Rabbinate. For legalisation purposes, the document must have an apostille stamp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel.
- Muslim marriage:
You can request an official copy from the Sharia court in the district where the marriage took place.
- Civil marriage:
Civil (i.e. non-religious) marriages concluded in Israel are not recognized.
Official copy of a divorce certificate
You can request proof of divorce from the relevant religious authority.
After that you need the following legalisations:
- A stamp from the ministry of Religious Affairs in Israël.
- An apostille stamp from the ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel.
Where can you have your documents legalised?
You can get an apostille from the Israeli authorities. For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). This website is in English. Once your document has been legalised with an apostille, it can be used in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Documents issued by the Israeli consulate in Oranjestad (Aruba) or Willemstad (Curaçao)
Documents issued by the Israeli consulate in Oranjestad or Willemstad must be legalised by the Department of Legislation and Legal Affairs (DWJZ) in Oranjestad or the Foreign Relations Department (DBB) in Willemstad. After legalisation, you can use your document in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Assistance from the CDC in The Hague
The Consular Service Centre (CDC) can help Dutch nationals apply for documents or have documents legalised.
Verification of your document
The stamp or sticker on your document means only that the correct signature is on your document. Legalisation 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.