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Legalisation of documents from Yemen for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from Yemen in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised in Yemen and then in the Netherlands.

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

Good to know

  • Documents in Arabic 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 Arabic is a three-step process.

Step 1: Having your document translated

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

Step 2: Legalisation of your document in Yemen

Have your document legalised by the Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sana's or one of the consular offices in the South of the country.

Attention: If you have your document translated by a sworn translator in Yemen, you must also have the translation legalised by the Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Step 3: Legalisation of your document in the Netherlands

The Dutch embassy in Yemen is closed. This means the Netherlands cannot legalise documents in Yemen. Follow these steps to have your document legalised in the Netherlands:

  1. Ask the Yemeni embassy in The Hague to draw up a consular declaration for your document. 
  2. Have the consular declaration legalised by the Consular Service Centre in The Hague. You will also need to show the legalised original document and the translation.

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 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.