Legalisation of documents from Bolivia for use in the Netherlands

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To use a document from Bolivia in the Netherlands, you must have it legalised by the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is done with an apostille. This is a simplified form of legalisation which allows you to use your documents in the Netherlands.

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

Good to know

  • Documents in Spanish must be translated for use in the Netherlands.
  • At present, the Bolivian authorities only legalise documents in Spanish. Documents translated from Spanish into Dutch, English, French or German cannot be legalised until further notice.
  • If you need the document to submit an application to the Dutch embassy in Peru, have the document translated into English in Bolivia after legalisation.
  • If you need to use the document in the Netherlands, have the original legalised in Bolivia. Then have it translated 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 Spanish is a two-step process.

Step 1: Having your document translated

If your document is in Spanish, you must have it translated.

Step 2: Legalisation of your document

Have your document legalised with an apostille.

You can get an apostille from the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. See the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) website for contact details.

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

If you need another type of document, ask the local authorities where you can get this document.

Help with obtaining documents and having them legalised

The Consular Service Centre can assist Dutch nationals with obtaining documents and having them legalised in Bolivia.

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.