Legalisation of documents from Syria for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from Syria in the Netherlands, you must have it legalised by the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates. The Dutch embassy in Damascus is closed. The Dutch authorities will check and assess your document.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Syria 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. A Syrian family booklet is not accepted in the Netherlands as sufficient proof of status. You can use it as supporting evidence with any of the following documents:

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

You can get these documents from the Civil Affairs Department of the Ministry of Interior.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

To use a document from Syria in the Netherlands, you must have it legalised by the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates. Due to the situation in Syria, the Dutch embassy in Damascus is closed. The Dutch authorities will check and assess your document.

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 Syria.

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.