Legalisation of documents from Afghanistan for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from Afghanistan in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then go to the Afghan embassy in The Hague to get a consular certificate for your document.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Afghanistan can have them legalised for use in any part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

  • the European part of the Netherlands
  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Curaçao
  • Saba
  • St Eustatius
  • St Maarten

Requirements for your document

Your document must be original and complete. If the document refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.

Translation of a document

If your document is not in English, French, German or Dutch you might need to have it translated. The following rules apply:

  • Your document must be translated by a sworn translator.
  • It must be translated into English, French, German or Dutch.
  • If the sworn translator is registered outside the Netherlands, you must also have the translation legalised.

Which documents can be legalised?

You can have various documents legalised, such as diplomas and certificates. The most common documents are extracts from civil status records:

  • an official copy of a birth certificate
  • a certificate of unmarried status
  • an official copy of a marriage certificate
  • an official copy of a divorce certificate
  • an official copy of a death certificate

Ask the Afghan authorities where you can get these documents.

Where and how to get your document legalised

Documents from Afghan civil status records require a consular certificate from the Afghan embassy in The Hague. Different rules apply for consular certificates of this kind than for separate consular certificates from the Afghan embassy relating to other matters.

Extracts from Afghan civil status records

Have your documents from Afghan civil status records legalised by the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul. Then go to the Afghan embassy in The Hague to get a consular certificate for your document. You can then use your document (together with the consular certificate) in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Separate consular certificates issued by the Afghan embassy in The Hague

The Afghan embassy also issues various consular certificates that do not relate to documents from Afghan civil status records. These include declarations on whether you still have – or have lost – Afghan nationality. Consular certificates of this kind must be legalised by the Consular Service Centre in The Hague. Your certificate can then be used in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

­The Consular Service Centre (CDC) (website in Dutch) cannot help you apply for documents or have documents legalised for you.

Verification of your document in the Netherlands

The stamp or sticker on your document means only that the correct signature is on your document. It does not prove that the content is correct or that the document is authentic. A municipality in the Netherlands, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) or another authority may decide to check this.