Legalisation of documents from Singapore for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from Singapore in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL). Then you must have it legalised by the Netherlands embassy in Singapore.

Due to the corona virus, the possibilities to have foreign documents legalised 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. 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 with one or more documents from Singapore 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 Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.

Certificate of unmarried status

You can get this document from the Singapore Registry of Marriages. If you are a Muslim, you can get the certificate from the Registry of Muslim Marriages.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

You can get this document from the Singapore Registry of Marriages. If you are a Muslim, you can get the certificate from the Registry of Muslim Marriages.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

If you had a civil marriage you can get this document from the Singapore Family Justice Courts. If you had a Muslim marriage you can get the certificate from the Singapore Syariah Court.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

First have your document legalised by the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL). Then take your document to the Netherlands embassy in Singapore for the Dutch legalisation.

After these 2 legalisation procedures, you can use your document in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

How much will it cost?

Please check the overview of the consular fees for the costs and payment method.

How can you have your documents legalised at the embassy?

To get your document legalised you will have to make an appointment via the online appointment system.

When you hand in your document(s) you will get a receipt.

Collecting your document

You can collect your document the next (working) day after you handed it in during your appointment at the embassy. Please bring your receipt.

Collection time:

  • Monday: between 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
  • Tuesday - Friday: between 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

The Consular Service Centre (CDC) can help Dutch nationals apply for documents or have documents legalised in Singapore.

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.