Legalisation of documents from Vietnam for use in the Netherlands

Have your document from Vietnam legalised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is done with a stamp or sticker. The Dutch authorities will check and assess your document.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Vietnam 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 a 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

Where you can get this document depends on your nationality.

You, and one or both of your parents are Vietnamese
You can get this document from the People's Committee in your municipality or district capital.

You are Dutch and are not registered in Vietnam but both your parents are Vietnamese
You can get this document from the Provincial Justice Department (Sở Tư Pháp)

Certificate of unmarried status

Ask the Vietnamese authorities where you can get this document.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

Where you can get this document depends on your nationality.

Both you and your partner are Vietnamese
You can get this document from the municipality (ward).

One of you is Vietnamese, the other is not
You can get this document from the Provincial Justice Department (Sở Tư Pháp)

Official copy of a divorce certificate

Where you can get this document depends on your nationality.

Both you and your ex-partner are Vietnamese
You can get this document from the local court.

One of you is Vietnamese, the other is not
You can get this document from the Provincial Justice Department (Sở Tư Pháp)

Official copy of a death certificate

Where you can get this document depends on the nationality of the person who died.

The person who died was Vietnamese
You can get this document from the People's Committee in the municipality or district capital.

The person who died was not Vietnamese

You can get this document from the Provincial Justice Department (Sở Tư Pháp)

Where to get your document legalised

Have your document from Vietnam legalised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 1 January 2016, the Dutch embassy in Hanoi and the consulate-general in Ho Chi Minh City stopped legalising documents from Vietnam.

After your document has been legalised by the Vietnamese authorities, you can use it in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

­The Consular Service Centre (CDC) cannot help you apply for documents or have documents legalised for you.

Verification of your document in the Netherlands

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.