Legalisation of Dutch documents for use abroad

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  • To use a Dutch document abroad, like an educational certificate, marriage certificate or medical certificate, you may need to have it legalised. Check this by selecting the type of document and the country where you want to use it.
Warning: An exception applies to a few countries:
  • Iraq: The Iraqi embassy in the Netherlands does not currently legalise documents. Ask the organisation requesting the document what you can do as an alternative.
  • Rwanda: Rwanda has joined the Apostille Convention as of June 5, 2024. Documents issued on or after that date must be legalised with an apostille. The information in the tool will be updated as soon as possible. Until then, enter "Tunisia" as the country. You will then receive the correct advice on how to have your document legalised.

Information: You can use documents issued by countries or municipalities that are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius) anywhere in the Kingdom without legalisation.

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