Some documents from French Guiana do not have to be legalised for use in the Netherlands. Others must be legalised with an apostille. This is a simplified form of legalisation. Ask the local French authorities whether your document needs to be legalised and where you can have this done.
Good to know
- French Guiana is an overseas territory of France and is part of the European Union. The same conditions apply as for the legalisation of documents from France.
- Documents in French do not have to 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.
Where can you have your document legalised?
Documents from French Guiana are legalised in the same way as documents from France. Exceptions may apply. Ask the local French authorities whether your document needs to be legalised and where you can have this done.
Find out more about Legalisation of documents from France.
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 civil status records from the local French authorities.
You can request official copies of:
- birth certificates
- marriage certificates
- divorce certificates
- death certificates
You can get a certificate of unmarried status from the local French authorities.
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.
In case you have a question, you can send an email via the contact form.