Legalisation of documents from Greece for use in the Netherlands
You can use certain documents from Greece immediately in the Netherlands. Other documents need to be legalised first by the Greek authorities. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.
Who can have documents legalised?
Anyone who has one or more documents from Greece 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.
Multilingual extracts from civil status records do not need to be translated. A multilingual extract is a standard form in 9 languages.
Where to get your documents
The most common documents are extracts from the civil status records office (lixiarhio):
- an official copy of a birth certificate (lixiarhiki praxi genniseos)
- an official copy of a marriage certificate (lixiarhiki praxi gamou)
- an official copy of a death certificate (lixiarhiki praxi thanatou)
Documents like these are usually available from the civil status records office in the municipality where the birth, death or marriage took place.
Certificate of unmarried status
You can get this document from the civil status records office in the municipality where your details are recorded in the family register (oikogenaeiaki merida/katastasi).
Official copy of a divorce certificate
You can get an official copy of a divorce certificate from the Greek court of first instance (protodikio) in the municipality where the divorce was granted.
Ask the Greek authorities where you can get the documents you need.
Which documents do not need to be legalised?
The following documents do not need to be legalised for use in the Kingdom of the Netherlands:
- documents drawn up by diplomatic or consular agents
- certificates of capacity to marry
The following documents do not need to be legalised for use in the European part of the Netherlands and Aruba:
- all documents concerning your:
- civil status (including multilingual extracts from civil status records)
- legal capacity or legal family relationships
- permanent or temporary place of residence
- all documents required to get married
- all documents required to draw up a civil status record
Which documents require an apostille?
An apostille is a stamp or sticker on your document. The following documents require a Greek apostille:
- documents issued by judicial authorities (for example a public prosecutor, a court registrar or a court enforcement agent)
- administrative documents, like certificates and diplomas
- documents drawn up by a civil-law notary
- official certificates which are placed on documents signed by persons in their private capacity (and not drawn up by a civil-law notary)
This is not a complete list. Contact the Greek authorities if your document is not mentioned here.
As of 16 February 2019 use of certain documents simplified within EU
You may have one or more public documents from a European Union (EU) member state that you want to use in another EU country. You will often require an apostille for these documents. As of 16 February 2019 you will be able to make use of a simplified procedure.
More information will follow shortly. If you would like further information now, see the article about the simpler procedure for use of public documents from an EU country on the European e-justice portal.
Which documents require a different legalisation procedure?
Documents from Greece relating to commercial transactions or customs formalities require a different form of legalisation. Contact the Greek authorities to find out whether this applies to your document.
Where can you have your document legalised?
For an apostille
To get your document legalised with an apostille, contact the Greek authorities. For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). This website is in English.
After your document is legalised with an apostille, you can use it in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Mediation by the Consular Service Centre (CDC) in The Hague
As of 1 June 2018 the Consular Service Centre (CDC) will no longer mediate for people wanting to request documents from Greece and/or have documents from that country legalised.
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.