Legalisation of documents from the Maldives for use in the Netherlands
To use a document from the Maldives in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Maldivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then you must have it legalised by the Dutch embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Who can have documents legalised?
Anyone who has one or more documents from the Maldives 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 Maldivian Department of National Registration.
- a certificate of unmarried status
- an official copy of a divorce certificate
You can get these documents from the Family Court, which is part of the Ministry of Justice.
Official copy of a marriage certificate
You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the Family Court, which is part of the Ministry of Justice.
On any of the other islands
You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the island's magistrate court.
Where can you have your documents legalised?
First have your document legalised by the Maldivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then take your document to the Dutch embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka to have it legalised again. After these legalisation procedures, you can use your document 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 in the Maldives.
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.