Legalisation of documents from Qatar for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from Qatar in the Netherlands, you will first need to have it legalised by the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After that, the Dutch embassy in Doha will legalise your document.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Qatar 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 not registered in 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 marriage certificate
  • an official copy of a divorce certificate
  • an official copy of a death certificate

Ask the Qatari authorities where you can get these documents.

Official copy of a birth certificate

You were born before 1969:

Ask the Qatari authorities where you can get this document.

You were born on or after 1 January 1969:

You can request an official copy of a birth certificate from the Ministry of Public Health in Doha.

Certificate of unmarried status

You can get this document from a Sharia court. You will need two witnesses to swear that you are not married.

Where can you have your document legalised?

First have your document legalised by the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then take your document to the Dutch embassy in Doha to have it legalised again.

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) can help Dutch nationals apply for documents or have documents legalised in Qatar.

Verification of your document

The stamp or sticker on your document means only that the correct signature is on your document. It 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.