Legalisation of documents from the Palestinian Territories for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from the Palestinian Territories in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority. Then you must take your document to the Netherlands Representative Office (NRO) in Ramallah. The NRO will have it legalised for you by the Dutch embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone with one or more documents from the Palestinian Territories 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.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority does not legalise translations. First have your document legalised in the Palestinian Territories and Tel Aviv. Then have it translated in the Netherlands.

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 death certificate

Ask the local authorities where you can get these documents.

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

You are a Muslim

You can get these documents from a Sharia court.

You are a Christian

You can get these documents from your church. Have your document legalised by the patriarchate in Jerusalem before you take it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority.

Where can you have your document legalised?

Have your document legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority. Then make an appointment at the Netherlands Representative Office (NRO) in Ramallah to hand in your document. The NRO will have it legalised for you by the Dutch embassy in Tel Aviv. You can then collect it in Ramallah. After this you must have your document translated by a sworn translator registered in the Netherlands. After it is translated you can use your document in the Kingdom of 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 in the Palestinian Territories.

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.