Legalisation of documents from Kazakhstan for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from Kazakhstan in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Kazakhstani authorities. This is done with a (digital e-)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 Kazakhstan, see Legalisation of Dutch documents for use abroad.

Good to know

  • Documents in Kazakh or Russian 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 Kazakh or Russian is a two-step process.

Step 1: Having your document translated

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

  1. Have the document translated by a sworn translator.
  2. Have the original and the translation legalised with an apostille.

Go to step 2.

  1. Have the original document legalised with an apostille in Kazakhstan.
  2. 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 with a (digital e-)apostille.

On the e-gov site of the Kazakhstani authorities you can read how to get an e-apostille. You can get a normal apostille from the Kazakhstani authorities as well. 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.

Find out from the Kazakhstani authorities where you can get official copies of: 

  • birth certificates
  • marriage certificates
  • divorce certificates
  • death certificates

Find out from the Kazakhstani authorities where you can obtain a certificate of unmarried status.

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

You can ask the Kazakhstani embassy to mediate for you.

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.