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Legalisation of documents from Venezuela for use in the Netherlands

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To use a document from Venezuela in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Venezuelan Ministry of Justice and Peace. After that you will have to obtain an apostille from the Venzuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An apostille 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 Venezuela, see Legalisation of Dutch documents for use abroad.

Good to know

  • Documents in Spanish 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 Spanish is a two-step process.

Step 1: Having your document translated

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

Step 2: Legalisation of your document

Have your document and, if applicable, the translation first legalised at the Venezuelan Ministry of Justice and Peace.

Then get an apostille from the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 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.

Attention: Documents issued by a Venezuelan consulate do not get an apostille but are legalised in a different way. Find out below how to arrange that.

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 another type of document, ask the local authorities where you can get this document.

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.