Legalisation of documents from Botswana for use in the Netherlands
If you want to use a document from Botswana in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Botswanan authorities. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.
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 Botswana 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 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:
- an official copy of a birth certificate
- an official copy of a marriage certificate
- an official copy of a death certificate
You can get these documents from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, Government Enclave, Gaborone.
Certificate of unmarried status
You can get this document from the Botswana Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, Government Enclave, Gaborone. A member of your family can also request this document on your behalf.
Official copy of a divorce certificate
You can request this document from the High Court of Botswana, Central Business District, Gaborone.
Where can you have your document legalised?
You can get an apostille from a representative of the Botswanan authorities, such as a Permanent Secretary, High Court Registrar or District Commissioner.
After your document is legalised with an apostille, you can use it 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.
Verification of your document
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.