Legalisation of documents from Gambia for use in the Netherlands

Have your document from Gambia legalised by the Gambian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Dutch authorities will check and assess your document.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Gambia 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 (from the Registrar General's Office at the Ministry of Justice):

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

You can get these documents from the Registrar of Births and Deaths in Banjul.

Certificate of unmarried status

(bachelor certificate/spinster certificate)
You can get this certificate from the Registrar General's Office at the Ministry of Justice in Banjul.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

Where you can get an official copy of a marriage certificate depends on your religion.

Muslim marriage

Register the marriage at a Muslim court (Cadi court) and ask for an official copy. Have the official copy signed by the head of the Registrar General's Office at the Ministry of Justice.

Christian marriage:

Register your marriage at a church and ask for an official copy. To find out which churches can register Christian marriages, contact the Gambian authorities. Have the official copy signed by the head of the Registrar General's Office at the Ministry of Justice.

Non-religious marriage (civil marriage)

Civil marriages are solemnised by the head of the Registrar General's Office. The Ministry of Justice issues the marriage certificate and can also provide an official copy.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

Where you can get an official copy of a divorce certificate depends on your religion.

Muslim or Christian divorce

Ask the Gambian authorities where you can get an official copy of the divorce registration for a religious marriage. Have the official copy signed by the head of the Registrar General's Office at the Ministry of Justice.

Non-religious divorce (civil divorce)

Register your divorce in the register of divorces. You can get an official copy of the registration from the head of the Registrar General's Office at the Ministry of Justice.

Where to get your document legalised

Have your document legalised by the Gambian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 1 January 2016, the Dutch embassy in Dakar, Senegal and the Dutch consulate in Banjul stopped legalising documents from Gambia. After your document has been legalised by the Gambian authorities, you can use it in the Netherlands.

Documents issued by the Gambian consulate in Willemstad (Curaçao)

Documents issued by the Gambian consulate in Willemstad must be legalised by the Foreign Relations Department (DBB) in Willemstad. After legalisation, you can use your document in 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.