Legalisation of documents from Ethiopia for use in the Netherlands

Have your document legalised by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is done with a stamp or sticker. The Dutch authorities will check and assess your document.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Ethiopia 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 (non-marital certificate)
  • an official copy of a death certificate

You can get official copies of these documents from the municipal records office (kebele) that registered the birth or death.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

You can get this document from the municipal records office (kebele) that registered the marriage.

Sharia marriage

Sharia marriage certificates are not accepted in the Netherlands. You must first register your certificate with the municipal records office (kebele) in the place where you got married. The kebele can also provide you with an official copy of the certificate.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

You must first register the written court judgment with the municipal records office (kebele). The kebele can also provide you with an official copy of the certificate.

Where to get your document legalised

Have your document legalised by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 1 January 2016 the Dutch embassy in Addis Ababa stopped legalising Ethiopian documents.
After your document has been legalised by the Ethiopian authorities, you can use it in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

­The Consular Service Centre (CDC) 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.