Legalisation of documents from Israel for use in the Netherlands

If you want to use a document from Israel in the Netherlands,
 you must first have it legalised by the Israeli authorities. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Israel 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.

Which documents can be legalised?

You can have various documents legalised, such as diplomas and certificates. The most common documents are:

  • an official copy of a birth certificate
  1. For legalization purposes, the document must have an apostille stamp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel
  2. The birth certificate should be in English
  • an official copy of a death certificate

You can request these official copies from the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA), which is part of the Ministry of Interior.

Certificate of unmarried status

Israel does not issue certificates of unmarried status. You can request an official copy of your birth certificate, which includes information about your marital status. For legalization purposes, the document must have an apostille stamp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

  • Jewish marriage:
    You can request an official copy from the Chief Rabbinate. For legalization purposes, the document must have an apostille stamp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel.
  • Muslim marriage:
    You can request an official copy from the Sharia court in the district where the marriage took place.
  • Christian marriage:
    You can request an official copy from the church where the marriage took place.

Civil (i.e. non-religious) marriage is not possible in Israel.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

You can request proof of divorce from the relevant religious authority. For legalization purposes, the document must have an apostille stamp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

You can get an apostille from the Israeli authorities. For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). This website is in English. Once your document has been legalised with an apostille, it can be used in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Documents issued by the Israeli consulate in Oranjestad (Aruba) or Willemstad (Curaçao)

Documents issued by the Israeli consulate in Oranjestad or Willemstad must be legalised by the Department of Legislation and Legal Affairs  (DWJZ) in Oranjestad or 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) can help Dutch nationals apply for documents or have documents 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.