Legalisation of documents from Tanzania for use in the Netherlands

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

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Tanzania 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
  • a certificate of unmarried status
  • an official copy of a marriage certificate
  • an official copy of a divorce certificate
  • an official copy of a death certificate

Getting documents in Tanzania

You can get the documents you need from the:
Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA)
P.O. Box 9183
Dar es Salaam

Getting documents in Zanzibar

You can get the documents you need from the:

Office of the Registrar General
P.O. Box 772
Zanzibar

Official copy of a birth certificate
To get this document you will need a photocopy of the original certificate. This has the certificate number and the name of the district on it.

Certificate of unmarried status
If you do not live in Tanzania you can get this document from the Tanzanian embassy in the country where you live.

Official copy of a marriage certificate
You can get an official copy of a certificate for a civil or religious marriage if it took place after May 1971.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

Getting documents from Tanzania legalised

First have your document legalised by the Tanzanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then take your document to the Dutch embassy in Dar es Salaam (after you have made an appointment)  to have it legalised again.

After these 2 legalisation procedures, you can use your document in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Getting documents from Zanzibar legalised

First have your document legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Zanzibar. Then take it to the Tanzanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have it legalised again. Finally, have your document legalised by the Dutch embassy in Dar es Salaam.

After these 3 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 Tanzania.

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.