To use a document from Guinea in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Guinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Good to know
- 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?
Have your document legalised by the Guinean 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.
What documents you need depends on whether the birth was registered on time. In urban areas births must be registered within 6 months. In rural areas births must be registered within 9 months.
Birth was registered on time
You will need an extract from the register of births (extrait d’acte de naissance).
- This document was issued when the birth was registered.
Late registration of birth
First get a court judgment (jugement supplétif) regarding the birth from the court. Take this document to the civil status records office and ask for proof of late registration of birth (transcription). Both documents must be legalised.
You can get an official copy of a divorce certificate from the court that granted the divorce.
You can get a certificate of unmarried status from a district office. Or you can make a declaration under oath in the presence of a notary.
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.