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 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 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
- 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
Official copy of a marriage certificate
Official copy of a divorce certificate
Where can you have your documents legalised?
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.
- 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.