Legalisation of documents from Cyprus for use in the Netherlands

You can use certain documents from Cyprus immediately in the Netherlands. Other documents need to be legalised first by the Cypriot authorities. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Cyprus 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 your 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.

Multilingual extracts from civil status records do not need to be translated. A multilingual extract is a standard form in 9 languages.

Which documents do not need to be legalised?

The following documents do not need to be legalised for use in the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

  • documents drawn up by diplomatic or consular agents

Which documents require an apostille?

You need an apostille for documents like diplomas and certificates. An apostille is a stamp or sticker on your document. The most common documents are extracts from civil status records:

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

You can request these documents from the District Administration Office (Citizen Service Centre) where the birth or death was registered.

  • a certificate of unmarried status

You can request these documents from the Civil Registry and Migration Department.

  • an official copy of a marriage certificate

You can request these documents from the municipality where you were married.

  • an official copy of a divorce certificate

You can request this document from the Family Court or District Court Judge.

As of 16 February 2019 use of certain documents simplified within EU

As of 16 February 2019 you can use certain documents from a European Union (EU) member state in all EU countries and in some territories directly, without an apostille.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH).

Mediation by the Consular Service Centre (CDC) in The Hague

As of 1 june 2018 the Consular Service Centre (CDC) will no longer mediate for people wanting to request documents from Cyprus and/or have documents from that country legalised.

Verification of your document

The stamp or sticker on your document means only that the correct signature is on your document. Legalisation 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.