Legalisation of documents from Equatorial Guinea for use in the Netherlands
If you want to use your document from Equatorial Guinea in the Netherlands, you must have it legalised by the Equatorial Guinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Dutch authorities will check and assess your document.
Who can have documents legalised?
Anyone who has one or more documents from Equatorial Guinea 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.
Civil status record documents in Spanish
Dutch embassies and consulates in Spanish-speaking countries accept civil status record documents in Spanish.
If you want to use your document in the Netherlands, it will need to be translated. This must be done by a sworn translator.
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:
- a certificate of unmarried status
- an official copy of a divorce certificate
- an official copy of a death certificate
Ask the Equatorial Guinean authorities where you can get these documents.
Official copy of a birth certificate
You can get an official copy of a birth registration or an extract of a birth certificate from the civil status records office.
Official copy of a marriage certificate
You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the civil status records office.
Where and how to get your document legalised
Have your document from Equatorial Guinea legalised by the Equatorial Guinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 1 January 2016 the Dutch embassy in Cotonou, Benin stopped legalising documents from Equatorial Guinea.
After your document has been legalised by the authorities in Equatorial Guinea, 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 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.