Legalisation of documents from Guinea-Bissau for use in the Netherlands

Have your document legalised by the Bissau-Guinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Communities. The Dutch authorities will check and assess your document.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Guinea-Bissau 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 (certidão de nascimento)
  • an official copy of a marriage certificate (certidão de casamento)
  • an official copy of a death certificate (certidão de óbito)

You can get these documents from the Bissau-Guinean Ministry of Justice.

  • a certificate of unmarried status
  • an official copy of a divorce certificate

Ask the Bissau-Guinean authorities where you can get these documents.

Where to get your document legalised

Have your document from Guinea-Bissau legalised by the Bissau-Guinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Communities. On 1 January 2016, the Dutch consulate in Bissau stopped legalising documents from Guinea-Bissau. After your document has been legalised by the Bissau-Guinean 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.