Legalisation of documents from Kyrgyzstan for use in the Netherlands

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

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Kyrgyzstan 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
  • a certificate of unmarried status
  • an official copy of a marriage certificate
  • an official copy of a divorce certificate
  • an official copy of a death certificate

Ask the authorities in Kyrgyzstan where you can get the documents you need.

If you have an original document on which an apostille cannot be placed, you can have a certified copy made by a local notary. You can then have the document legalised with an apostille.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

You can get an apostille from the Kyrgyz 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.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

The Consular Service Centre (CDC) cannot help you apply for documents or have documents legalised for you.

You can ask the Kyrgyz embassy in Brussels to mediate for you. The information on the embassy's website is in English and Kyrgyz.

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.