Legalisation of documents from Bahrain for use in the Netherlands

If you want to use a document from Bahrain in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Bahrain 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:

  • an official copy of a birth certificate
  • an official copy of a death certificate

You can request official copies of certificates from the birth and death registers held by the Ministry of Public Health. This website is in English.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

Muslim marriage

You can get an official copy from the Ministry of Justice (Sunni or Shi’a Court). This website is in English.

Christian marriage in church

You can get an official copy from the church where the marriage took place.

Marriage at the Ministry of Justice

You can get an official copy from the ministry. This website is in English.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

Muslim divorce

You can get an official copy from the Ministry of Justice (Sunni or Shi’a Court). This website is in English.

Christian divorce

Ask the Bahraini authorities where you can get this document.

Certificate of unmarried status

Ask the Bahraini authorities where you can get this document.

Where can you have your document legalised?

You can get an apostille from the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). This website in is English. After your document is legalised with an apostille, you can use it in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

The Consular Service Centre (CDC) (website in Dutch) can help Dutch nationals apply for documents or have documents legalised.

Verification of your document

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.