To use a document from Cambodia in the Netherlands, you must have it legalised by the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Good to know
- Documents in Khmer 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.
- Documents issued before 2007 cannot be used.
Step 1: Having your document translated
If your document is in Khmer, you must have it translated into Dutch, English, French or German by a sworn translator.
- Have the document translated by a sworn translator.
- Have the original and the translation legalised.
Go to step 2.
- Have the original document legalised in Cambodia.
- Have the legalised document translated by a sworn translator in the Netherlands. You do not need to have the translation legalised. You can find a sworn translator on the Legal Aid Council website.
Go to step 2.
Step 2: Legalisation of your document
Have your document and, if applicable, the translation legalised by the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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.
You can get a birth certificate, marriage certificate or death certificate from the commune where you live
Find out from the Cambodian authorities where you can get a divorce certificate.
You can get a certificate of unmarried status from your municipality. Take two witnesses with you. The registrar will interview you before issuing the certificate.
If you need another type of document, ask the local authorities where you can get this document.
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.