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From 16 February 2019, an Apostille is no longer required for public documents from a European Union Member State for use in the Netherlands.

This exemption from legalization applies to public documents issued by authorities of a Member State in accordance with national law to be presented in another Member State of the European Union.

Furthermore, these public documents should have the purpose to establish certain personal facts (e.g. birth, death, name, marital status, nationality) or should be required to vote in elections of the European Parliament or in municipal elections.


Since 1 February 2020 the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union. However, the exemption from legalization still applies to documents from the United Kingdom, at least until 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021, documents from the United Kingdom need to have an apostille, unless the European Union and the United Kingdom decide otherwise

For more information, please contact Nikki Vreede.


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