Legalisation of documents from Sudan for use in the Netherlands

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

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Sudan 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:

Official copy of a birth certificate

You can get an official copy of a birth certificate from the Directorate of Civil Rolls, which is part of the Ministry of Interior.

Certificate of unmarried status

You can declare that you are unmarried in 2 ways:


- You can get this certificate from the Sharia court. It will be issued in Arabic. You must then have the certificate translated by the University of Khartoum.


- You can get this certificate from the marriage register in your district.

It will be issued in English.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

Ask the Sudanese authorities where you can get this document. To use to the official copy in the Netherlands, you will also need to present the original marriage certificate.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

You can request an official copy of the final divorce decree from the court where the divorce was granted.

Official copy of a death certificate

Ask the Sudanese authorities where you can get this document.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

First have your document legalised by the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then take your document to the Dutch embassy in Khartoum 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 Sudan.

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.