Legalisation of documents from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from the United Arab Emirates in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then you must have it legalised by the Dutch embassy in Abu Dhabi or the Dutch consulate-general in Dubai.

Point of attention: as of 1 January 2019 you can only have your document legalised at the Dutch consulate-general in Dubai and no longer at the Dutch embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone with one or more documents from the United Arab Emirates 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

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.

The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven states (emirates). Abu Dhabi has its own administration and registers. Dubai is responsible for the administration and registers of the other six emirates. Abu Dhabi and Dubai register births and deaths in different ways.

Official copy of a birth certificate

Abu Dhabi
You can get an official copy of your birth certificate at the Emirates Ministry of Health.

You will need:

  • a clear colour photocopy of your passport
  • a clear colour photocopy of your parents' passports
  • a no objection letter from your parents
  • a birth notification from the hospital
  • a no objection letter from the Dutch embassy in Abu Dhabi

Dubai

You can get an official copy of your birth certificate from the Preventive Medicine Department of the Ministry of Health.

You will need:

  • a clear colour photocopy of your passport
  • a clear colour photocopy of your parents' passports
  • a no objection letter from your parents
  • a photocopy of your birth certificate
  • a no objection letter from the Dutch consulate in Dubai

You do not have a photocopy of your birth certificate

You can get your birth notification from the hospital where you were born. You can use this instead of a photocopy of your birth certificate when applying for an official copy.

Certificate of unmarried status

You can get a certificate of unmarried status from the Sharia Court or from a notary public. You will need 2 witnesses to confirm that you are not married.

Official copy of a marriage or divorce certificate

You can only get these documents in person from the Marriage/Divorce Archives Section at the Sharia Court.

Official copy of a death certificate

Deaths were not registered in the United Arab Emirates before 1968. You can only get a certificate if the death occurred in 1968 or later. Ask the Emirates authorities how you can get proof of a death that occurred before 1968.

Abu Dhabi

You can get an official copy of a death certificate from the Ministry of Health. You will need:

  • a photocopy of the passport and/or residence permit of the deceased person
  • a no objection letter from the Dutch embassy in Abu Dhabi

Dubai
You can get an official copy of a death certificate from the Preventive Medicine Department of the Ministry of Health. You will need:

  • a photocopy of the death certificate
  • a photocopy of the cancelled passport of the deceased person, if available
  • a no objection letter from the Dutch consulate-general in Dubai

You do not have a photocopy of the original death certificate

You can get a death notification from the hospital where the person died or where the death was registered.

You can use this instead of a photocopy of the death certificate when applying for an official copy.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

First have your document legalised by the Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then take it to the Dutch embassy in Abu Dhabi or the Dutch consulate-general in Dubai to have it legalised again. You can have your document legalised at the embassy in Abu Dhabi until 31 December 2018. As of 1 January 2019 you can have your document legalised only by the Dutch consulate-general in Dubai.

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

How can you make an appointment?

You need an appointment to have your document legalised. The embassy and the consulate-general always want to check if they can legalise your document. Therefore, first send your document by e-mail to the embassy in Abu Dhabi or to the consulate-general in Dubai.

After approval of the embassy or consulate-general you have to make an appointment via the online appointment system.

As of 1 January 2019 first send your document to the Dutch consulate-general in Dubai. After approval of the consulate-general, you can make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

The Consular Service Centre (CDC) can help Dutch nationals apply for documents or have documents legalised.

Verification of your document in the Netherlands

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.