To use a document from Taiwan in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Taiwanese authorities. Then take your document (and any accompanying documents) to the Netherlands Office Taipei, where a legalisation declaration will be attached to your document.
Good to know
- Documents in Mandarin must be translated for use in the Netherlands. Follow steps 1 to 3.
- Documents in 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 Mandarin, 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 Taiwan.
- 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 by the Taiwanese authorities
Have your document and, if applicable, the translation legalised by the Taiwanese Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Step 3: Legalisation by the Dutch authorities
Take your document and, if applicable, the translation to the Netherlands Office Taipei, where you will receive a legalisation declaration in the form of a sticker on your document.
The overview of consular fees tells you how much you will have to pay and which payment methods are accepted.
- Legalisation takes up to 5 working days.
- After legalisation, your document will be sent to your home address in Taiwan by post.
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 use one of the following 2 documents:
- your birth certificate. You can get this document from the hospital where you were born;
- an official copy of your Household Registration Transcript. You can get this document from the local Household Registration Office.
If you need a certificate of unmarried status, get an official copy of your Household Registration Transcript from the local Household Registration Office.
You can get official copies of these documents from the local Household Registration Office.
If you need to obtain another type of document, find out from the local authorities where you can do that.
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.