Legalisation of documents from Lebanon for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from Lebanon in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then you must have it legalised by the Dutch embassy in Beirut.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Lebanon 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 extracts from civil status records:

  • an official copy of a birth certificate
  • an official copy of a marriage certificate
  • a certificate of unmarried status
  • an official copy of a death certificate

You can get these documents from the Civil Status Department. A local civil leader ('mukhtar'), a family member in the first degree or someone you have authorised can do this on your behalf.

Please note: Individual civil status extracts are not accepted as official proof of birth by the Dutch authorities.


Certificate of unmarried status

To prove you are not married, you need 2 documents:

1. An individual civil status extract from the Civil Status Department

2. A certificate of unmarried status based on the laws of the relevant religious authority. You can get this document from one of the following religious authorities:

  • a Christian church
  • a Sunni court
  • a Shiite court
  • a Druze court


Official copy of a marriage certificate

To prove you are married, you need 2 documents:

1. An official copy of the registration of the marriage in the in the Civil Status Department.

2. An official copy of the marriage contract you signed at the marriage ceremony. This document must also state that the marriage still exists.

Instead of the copy of the marriage contract you kan also use a statement of marriage issued by a religious authority. You can get both the copy of the marriage contract and the statement of marriage from one of the following religious authorities:

  • a Christian church
  • a Sunni court
  • a Shiite court
  • a Druze court

An official copy of a divorce certificate

You need 2 documents as proof of your divorce or annulment:

1. An official copy of the record of divorce or annulment in the Civil Status Department.

2. An official copy of the annulment or divorce pronounced by one of the following religious authorities:

  • a Christian church
  • a Sunni court
  • a Shiite court
  • a Druze court


How can Palestinians living in Lebanon get official copies of certificates?

If you are Palestinian, you can get official copies from the Directorate General of Political Affairs and Refugees in Beirut instead of from the Civil Status Department.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

First have your document legalised by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then take your document (and any accompanying documents) to the Dutch embassy in Beirut to have it legalised again.

After these legalisation procedures, you can use your document in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

How can you have your documents legalised at the embassy?

To get your document legalised you will have to make an appointment via the online appointment system.

When can you collect your documents?

It usually takes a week to legalise documents. You can collect your documents without an appointment on working days between 8.00 and 8.30. Take your original proof of payment with you. You can also have someone else submit or collect your documents.

Documents issued by the Lebanese consulate in Willemstad (Curaçao)

Documents issued by the Lebanese consulate in Willemstad must be legalised by the Foreign Relations Department (Bureau Buitenlandse Betrekkingen) in Willemstad. After legalisation, you can use your document in the Netherlands.

What does legalisation cost?

Under Consular fees you will find the amount in euros and in the local currency.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

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

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.