Legalisation of documents from Bhutan for use in the Netherlands
To use a document from Bhutan in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Bhutanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then you must have it legalised by the Netherlands embassy in New Delhi, India.
Due to the corona virus, you cannot have foreign documents legalised at most embassies or consulates-general until further notice. Please check the contact page of the embassy or consulate-general to see if and from when it is possible to have your document legalised. Don't see a start date on the contact page? Then it is not yet possible. Do you only need to have your documents legalised by the local authorities? Then check with the local authorities if that is possible.
Who can have documents legalised?
Anyone who has one or more documents from Bhutan can have them legalised for use in any part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:
- the European part of the Netherlands
- 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
- an official copy of a death certificate
You can get these documents from the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital. First you need to get a letter from the population register, which is maintained by the Bhutanese Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs.
Certificate of unmarried status
You can get a certificate of unmarried status (single status certificate) from the court in your district.
Official copy of a marriage certificate
You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the court in the district where you got married.
Official copy of a divorce certificate
You can get an official copy of a divorce certificate from the court where the divorce was granted. If the divorce was not granted through the courts, ask the Bhutanese authorities where you can get this document.
Where can you have your documents legalised?
First have your document legalised by the Bhutanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then you must have it legalised by the Netherlands embassy in New Delhi, India.
After these legalisation procedures, you can use your document in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
How can you make an appointment?
Schedule an appointment via the online appointment system of the embassy in New Delhi.
If you want to be sure that the embassy can legalise your document, first send a scan of the document(s) to be legalised via e-mail to the embassy. If there is data on the back of the document, scan it too. If the embassy informs you that your document can be legalised, you can make an appointment via the online appointment system.
When can you pick up your document?
The processing time of a legalisation is normally 1 working day (submit today, pick up the next working day).
How much will it cost?
Please check the overview of consular fees in India for the costs and the payment method.
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
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.