Legalisation of documents from Myanmar for use in the Netherlands

If you want to use a document from Myanmar in the Netherlands, you must have it legalised by the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Dutch authorities may still want to check your document.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Myanmar 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 (for births after 1945)
  • 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 Myanmar authorities where you can get these documents.

Declaration of birth (for births before 1945)

Birth registers for the period before 1945 no longer exist. If you were born before 1945, you will need to have a declaration of birth drawn up. Ask the authorities in Myanmar where you can get this document.

Where to get your document legalised

Have your document legalised by the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 1 January 2016 the Dutch embassy in Bangkok, Thailand stopped legalising documents from Myanmar.

After your document has been legalised by the Myanmar authorities, 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) 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.