Legalisation of documents from Kuwait for use in the Netherlands
To use a document from Kuwait in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then you must have it legalised by the Netherlands embassy in Kuwait.
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 Kuwait 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.
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
- an official copy of a death certificate
You can get these documents from the Ministry of Health’s Central Record for Birth and Death Department in Kuwait.
- a certificate of unmarried status
- an official copy of a marriage certificate
- an official copy of a divorce certificate
Ask the Kuwaiti authorities where you can get these documents.
Where can you have your documents legalised?
First have your document legalised by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then, after making an appointment via the online appointmentsystem, bring your document to the Netherlands embassy in Kuwait for the final legalisation.
After these 2 legalisation procedures, you can use your document in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
How long is the processing time?
The collection days and times are:
- Appointment on Monday? Pick up the following Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Appointment on Wednesday? Pick up the following Monday between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Someone else may collect the document for you, provided that person has the receipt. Before you come, please check the days that the embassy is closed.
How much will it cost?
Please check the overview of the consular fees for the costs and payment method.
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 Kuwait.
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.