You want to use a document from Tanzania in the Netherlands. You must first have it legalised by the Tanzanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then you must have it legalised by the Dutch embassy in Dar es Salaam.
Good to know
- Documents in Swahili 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 Swahili, 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 Tanzania.
- 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 Tanzanian authorities
Have your document and, if applicable, the translation legalised by the Tanzanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Step 3: Legalisation by the Dutch embassy in Dar es Salaam
Have your document and, if applicable, the translation legalised by the Dutch embassy in Dar es Salaam.
The overview of consular fees tells you how much you will have to pay and which payment methods are accepted.
- Legalisation takes 2 to 3 working days on average. The embassy will contact you when your document is ready.
- The embassy does not send documents 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 get civil status records from the Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA), P.O. Box 9183, Dar es Salaam.
You can request official copies of:
- birth certificates (when requesting an official copy of a birth certificate you will need a photocopy of the original certificate, which contains the document number and district name)
- marriage certificates (you can get an official copy of a certificate for a civil or religious marriage if it took place after May 1971)
- divorce certificates
- death certificates
You can get a certificate of unmarried status from the Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA), P.O. Box 9183, Dar es Salaam.
If you need to obtain another type of document, ask the local authorities where you can get this document.
Help with obtaining documents and having them legalised
The Consular Service Centre can assist Dutch nationals with obtaining documents and having them legalised in Tanzania.
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.