Netherlands Worldwide

Legalisation of documents from Rwanda for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from Rwanda in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Rwandan Ministry of Justice. Then you must have it legalised by the Dutch embassy in Kigali.

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

Good to know

  • Documents in Kinyarwanda must be translated for use in the Netherlands. Follow steps 1 to 3.
  • Documents in French or English do not have to be translated for use in the Netherlands. Follow steps 2 and 3.
  • Your document must be original and complete. If it refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.

Step 1: Having your document translated

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

Step 2: Legalisation by the Rwandan authorities

Have your document and, if applicable, the translation legalised by the Office Notarial de Kigali at the Rwandan Ministry of Justice.

Step 3: Legalisation by the Dutch embassy in Kigali

Have your document and, if applicable, the translation legalised by the Dutch embassy in Kigali.

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 to obtain another type of document, find out from the local authorities where you can do that.

Help with applying for documents and having them legalised

The Consular Service Centre can assist Dutch nationals with applying for documents and having them legalised in the Palestinian Territories.

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.

Contact

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.