Legalisation of documents from Madagascar for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from Madagascar in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Madagascan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then you must have it legalised by the Dutch embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone with one or more documents from Madagascar 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
  • an official copy of a death certificate

These documents are available from the mayor’s office (mairie) in the place where the birth, marriage or death took place.

Certificate of unmarried status

This document is available from the mayor’s office (mairie) in the place where you live.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

(jugement de divorce)

You can get an official copy of a divorce certificate from the court of first instance (Tribunal de Première Instance) in the province where the divorce was granted.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

First have your document legalised by the Madagascan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then take it to the Dutch consulate in Antananarivo in Madagascar. The consulate will have your document legalised for you by the Dutch embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. You can then collect it in Antananarivo.

After these legalisation procedures, you can use your document 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 in Madagascar.

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.