Legalisation of documents from the Palestinian Territories for use in the Netherlands
To use a document from the Palestinian Territories in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority. Then you must have it legalised by the Netherlands representation in Ramallah.
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 the Palestinian Territories 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.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority does not legalise translations. First have your document legalised in the Palestinian Territories and Ramallah. Then have it translated in the Netherlands.
Which documents can be legalised?
The most common documents are extracts from civil status records:
- an official copy of a birth certificate
- an official copy of a death certificate
Ask the local authorities where you can get these documents.
- a certificate of unmarried status
- an official copy of a marriage certificate
- an official copy of a divorce certificate
You are a Muslim
You can get these documents from a Sharia court.
You are a Christian
You can get these documents from your church. Have your document legalised by the patriarchate in Jerusalem before you take it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority.
Where can you have your document legalised?
First have your document legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority. Then take your document to the Netherlands Representative Office in Ramallah for the Dutch legalisation. Then have your document translated in the Netherlands by a sworn translator.
After these 3 procedures, your document is ready for use in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
How can you have your documents legalised at the representative office?
To get your document legalised you will have to make an appointment via the online appointment system.
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) can help Dutch nationals apply for documents or have documents legalised in the Palestinian Territories.
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.