Legalisation of documents from Papua New Guinea for use in the Netherlands
To use a document from Papua New Guinea in the Netherlands, you must have it legalised by the Netherlands consulate-general in Sydney, Australia.
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 Papua New Guinea 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
- a certificate of unmarried status
- an official copy of a marriage certificate
- an official copy of a divorce certificate
- an official copy of a death certificate
Ask the authorities in Papua New Guinea where you can get these documents.
Where can you have your documents legalised?
Have your document legalised by the Netherlands consulate-general in Sydney. After legalisation, you can use your document in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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 Papua New Guinea.
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.