Legalisation of documents from Zimbabwe for use in the Netherlands

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

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Zimbabwe 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. Most of these are available from the:
Registrar General
Central Registry for Passports, Citizenship, Births, Deaths and Marriages
Private Bag 7734
Causeway, Harare

Official copy of a birth certificate

You can get this document from the department of births at the office of the Registrar General in Harare. You will need to provide the following details:

  • your full name
  • your date and place of birth
  • your birth registration number

Certificate of unmarried status

You can get this document from the department of marriages at the office of the Registrar General in Harare. You will need to take your birth certificate. The certificate of unmarried status is valid for 6 months.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

You can get this document from the office of the Registrar General in Harare. You will need to provide the following details:

  • the full names of you and your spouse
  • the date and place of your marriage

Official copy of a divorce certificate

You can get this document from the court where the divorce was granted.

For divorces in Harare
Registrar of the High Court
P.O. Box 8050
Causeway, Harare

For divorces in Bulawayo
Assistant Registrar of the High Court
P.O. Box 579
Bulawayo

Official copy of a death certificate

You can get this document from the office of the Registrar General in Harare. You will need to provide the following details:

  • the full name of the deceased person
  • the date and place of death

Where can you have your documents legalised?

First have your document legalised by the Zimbabwean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then take your document to the Dutch embassy in Harare, after having made an appointment 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 Zimbabwe.

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.