Legalisation of documents from Jamaica for use in the Netherlands

If you want to use a document from Jamaica in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Jamaican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Then you need a legalisation from the Netherlands embassy in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.

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 with one or more documents from Jamaica can have them legalised for use in any part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

  • the European part of the Netherlands
  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Curaçao
  • Saba
  • 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
  • certificate of unmarried status (certificate of no impediment to marriage)
  • an official copy of a marriage certificate
  • an official copy of a death certificate

You can get these documents from the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), Twickenham Park, Spanish Town.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

You can get this document from the Registrar of the Supreme Court in Kingston.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

First have your document legalised by the Jamaican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Then you need a legalisation from the Netherlands embassy in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. It is not possible to send documents by post or courier service. However, you can ask someone else to do the legalisation for you.

How can you make an appointment?

Schedule an appointment via the online appointment system (informatioin in Dutch) of the embassy in Santo Domingo.

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 the Dominican Republic (information in Dutch/Spanish) for the costs. You can only pay cash in Dominican pesos (DOP).

Documents issued by the Jamaican consulate in Oranjestad (Aruba) or Willemstad (Curaçao)

Documents issued by the Jamaican consulate in Oranjestad or Willemstad must be legalised by the Department of Legislation and Legal Affairs  (DWJZ) in Oranjestad or the Foreign Relations Department DBB) in Willemstad. After legalisation, you can use your document 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 in Jamaica.

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.