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Legalisation of foreign documents

The legalisation office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not legalise documents issued in other countries. A document must be legalised in the issuing country.

A legalisation is not proof that the document is genuine or that the content of the document is correct. A Danish authority may decide to check whether a document is genuine.

If a foreign document is to be used in Denmark, you should investigate whether the document should be legalised or not. The Danish authority that requested the document can clarify this.

Legalisation of documents under the Apostille Convention

If your document is issued in a country that has acceded to the Apostille Convention, your document must be endorsed with an Apostille from the relevant authority of that country. The relevant authority is usually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the concerning country. Documents endorsed with an Apostille can be used in all countries that have acceded to the Apostille Convention.

You can find a list of the countries within the Apostille Convention here.

Legalisation of documents issued in countries outside the Apostille Convention

If your document is issued in a country that has not acceded to the Apostille Convention, your document should be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the concerning country and then by the relevant Danish embassy. For further information on the procedure, please refer to the Danish Embassy in the country where your document was issued.

Please note:
If your document is issued in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, your document cannot be legalized by a Danish representation. Therefore, please contact the relevant Danish authority that requested the document.