Legalisation of documents from the Maldives for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from the Maldives in the Netherlands, you must have it legalised by the Maldivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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 the Maldives 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 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 extracts from civil status records:

  • an official copy of a birth certificate
  • an official copy of a death certificate

You can get these documents from the Maldivian Department of National Registration.
 

  • a certificate of unmarried status
  • an official copy of a divorce certificate

You can get these documents from the Family Court, which is part of the Ministry of Justice.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

In Malé

You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the Family Court, which is part of the Ministry of Justice.

On any of the other islands

You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the island's magistrate court.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

Have your document legalised by the Maldivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After this legalisation procedure, you can use your document in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

The Consular Service Centre (CDC) cannot help Dutch nationals apply for documents or have documents legalised in the Maldives.

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.