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Legalisation of documents

The Embassy of Belgium in Addis Ababa reserves the right to refuse the legalisation of documents that have been translated in a substandard way from Amharic or English into Dutch or French and for which the content has become incomprehensible.
 
Documents originating from the authorities in Djibouti, which have been legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Djibouti, should be legalised by the Belgian Honorary Consulate in Djibouti (Route de l’Aéroport - en face station Shell, Djibouti, tel: +253 21 351 065).

 
The embassy does not legalize or certify any document from Belgium (non-marital certificate, marriage certificate, diplomas and degrees from universities in Ethiopia etc…) in order to be used in Ethiopia. In principle such documents need to be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belgium and then by the Ethiopian embassy in Belgium in order to use the documents in Ethiopia. 

However the embassy legalizes Ethiopian documents legalized by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (non-marital certificate, marriage certificate, diplomas and degrees from universities in Ethiopia etc…) in order to be used in Belgium. 

 
General information about the legalization of documents

A document that is official and legal in one country is not necessarily official and legal in another. Many documents must therefore be legalised if you wish to use them abroad.

The legalisation process involves checking the origin of the relevant document. Legalisation is official confirmation that the signature of the civil servant that has signed a document, or the seal or stamp on the document, is legitimate.

It is not only the signature of the person that has issued the document that is legalised, the process can also legalise the signature of the legalising registrar. Every signature, every seal and every stamp will be legalised by the person authorised to do so and who is familiar with each signature, seal or stamp. This explains why various legalisations are sometimes required, in a specific order.

A country may have signed up to a legalisation treaty that encompasses agreements about how countries accept one another's official documents. Many countries have signed up to the "Apostille Convention" of The Hague of 5 October 1961. With this, just 1 legalisation is required via an apostille stamp.

 

Questions and answers about the legalisation of documents:

  1. How can Belgian documents be legalised for use abroad?
  2. How can foreign documents be legalised for use in Belgium?
  3. How can foreign documents be legalised for use abroad?
  4. Does the document to be legalised have to be drawn up in French, Dutch or German?
  5. What if it cannot be legalised?
  6. Can I have my legalised foreign certificate transferred to Belgium?

For legalisation from abroad, you can also consult the website of our representative at the location concerned, i.e. Belgian embassies and consulates.

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