Legalisation of documents from Taiwan for use in the Netherlands
First have your document legalised by the relevant authorities in Taiwan. Then take your document (and any accompanying documents) to the Netherlands Office Taipei, where a legalisation declaration will be attached to your document.
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 Taiwan 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.
You also need to fill out this form and bring it to your appointment at the embassy.
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. The most common documents are extracts from civil status records:
- an official copy of a marriage certificate
- an official copy of a divorce certificate
- an official copy of a death certificate
You can get these documents from the local Household Registration Office.
Official copy of a birth certificate
You can use one of the following 2 documents:
- your birth certificate
You can get this document from the hospital where you were born.
- an official copy of your Household Registration Transcript
You can get this document from the local Household Registration Office.
Certificate of unmarried status
You can get an official copy of your Household Registration Transcript from the local Household Registration Office.
Where can you have your documents legalised?
First have your document authenticated by a notary. Secondly, have it legalised by the relevant authority in Taiwan. Finally, take your document (and any accompanying documents) to the Netherlands Office Taipei , where a legalisation declaration will be attached to your document.
To have your document(s) legalised, please schedule an appointment via the online appointment system of the Netherlands Office Taipei.
After these legalisation procedures, 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) cannot help you apply for documents or have documents legalised for you in Taiwan.
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.