Legalisation of documents from Guinea-Bissau for use in the Netherlands
Have your document legalised by the Bissau-Guinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Communities. The Dutch authorities will check and assess your document.
Due to the corona virus, you cannot have foreign documents legalised at any embassy or consulate-general until further notice. 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 Guinea-Bissau 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 extracts from civil status records:
- an official copy of a birth certificate (certidão de nascimento)
- an official copy of a marriage certificate (certidão de casamento)
- an official copy of a death certificate (certidão de óbito)
You can get these documents from the Bissau-Guinean Ministry of Justice.
- a certificate of unmarried status
- an official copy of a divorce certificate
Ask the Bissau-Guinean authorities where you can get these documents.
Where to get your document legalised
Have your document from Guinea-Bissau legalised by the Bissau-Guinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Communities.
After your document has been legalised by the Bissau-Guinean authorities, you can use it in the Kingdom of the Netherlands
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 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.