Legalisation of documents from Angola for use in the Netherlands

You want to use a document from Angola in the Netherlands. You must first have it legalised by the Angolan Ministry of Exterior Relations. Then you must have it legalised by the Dutch embassy in Luanda.

Attention: If you want to use a Dutch document in Angola, see Legalisation of Dutch documents for use abroad.

Good to know

  • Documents in Portuguese must be translated for use in the Netherlands.
  • Your document must be original and complete. If it refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.

Legalisation of documents in Portuguese is a three-step process. 

Step 1: Having your document translated

If your document is in Portuguese, you must have it translated into Dutch, English, French or German by a sworn translator.

Step 2: Legalisation by the Angolan authorities

Have your document and, if applicable, the translation legalised by the Angolan Ministry of Exterior Relations (information in Portuguese).

Step 3: Legalisation by the Dutch embassy in Luanda

Have your document and, if applicable, the translation legalised by the Dutch embassy in Luanda.

Once your document has been legalised it is fit for use in the Netherlands. 

It is then also fit for use in Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius.

Don’t have the document you need?

Find out where to obtain a document that you need but do not yet have.

If you need to obtain another type of document, find out from the local authorities where you can do that.

After legalisation

Verification of your document in the Netherlands

Legalisation does not prove the authenticity of a document or the truthfulness of its content. A municipality in the Netherlands, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) or another authority may decide to verify these things. Legalisation of your document simply means that your document bears the correct signature.

How recently must your document have been issued or legalised

Organisations have different requirements for how recently your document must have been issued and legalised. For more information, contact the organisation in the Netherlands requesting the document.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.