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What do we mean by legalization or apostille? Is it necessary for any type of document?

Legalization makes it possible to use a Belgian document abroad or a foreign document in Belgium. The apostille is a kind of legalization. Since several elements determine whether or not you need legalization or an apostille, we suggest that you consult the website of the Embassy of Belgium in Tunis? section " « Documents Legalization ».

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Address and opening hours?

For more information on our opening hours, please visit the Address & opening hours page.

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How much does a legalization or an apostille cost?

The price per legalization or apostille is always 20 euros per document.

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How long will it take for my document, issued in Belgium, to be legalized or apostille?

  • Your request in Brussels will be processed immediately if you go to the counter - or if you mandate a person of your choice - with the original document (maximum 4 pages) issued in Belgium (note: notarial deeds only online, to see further);
  • Documents with more than 4 pages presented at the counter in Brussels are available the next day;
  • Online requests made by the Belgian body which issued your document and which is an accredited partner of the Legalization service of the FPS Foreign Affairs (eg notaries, municipalities, SPF, other bodies) are processed within 48 hours.
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Who can present my document, issued in Belgium, at the counter in Brussels? Is a power of attorney required?

Anyone of your choice can come with the original document. A power of attorney is not necessary.

There is only one exception: if you are requesting legalization of your own signature, you must be present.

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Does the document to be legalized / apostilled, issued in Belgium, have to be translated?

The Belgian document to be legalized / apostilled must be written in one of the following languages: French, Dutch, German, English, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese.

If the document is written in another language:

  • It must be accompanied by a sworn translation;
  • The signature of the sworn translator is legalized by the president of the court of first instance to which the translator reports;
  • The signature of the president of the court is then legalized by the FPS Justice;
  • Only then can the original document and the translation be presented to our Legalization department to receive the apostille or legalization for use abroad. The original document and the translation are legalized / apostilled independently of each other.

Please note : foreign documents issued in a foreign language must be translated into one of our national languages ​​for use in Belgium.

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Are you a “partner” of the legalization service (municipalities, notaries, SPF, other bodies) and are you looking for information that is specific to you?

Consult this website which is dedicated to you.

If you have not found an answer in the information above, do not hesitate to send your question by e-mail via elegalisation@diplobel.fed.be.

The service cannot be contacted by phone. If you prefer to benefit from telephone assistance, the Legalization service can call you after having received an express request by e-mail.

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Legalization, apostille or exemption?

Depending on the country where you are going to use the document and the type of document, legalization or an apostille is required. In some cases, no legalization or apostille is required.
A country can be bound by a legalization treaty that contains agreements on how countries accept each other's official documents.
If a country is linked to the Apostille Convention then only one legalization is necessary: ​​this is called the “apostille”.
For more information please visit this website.

NB: Since 1st May 2018, Apostilles are issued in electronic format only in Belgium.

For which countries do you need legalization or an apostille and which ones are exempt from legalization and apostille? You can search yourself via the website of the Embassy of Belgium in tunis, heading: «Search criteria».

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Where can you get legalization or apostille?

From the Legalization Department of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs.
PLEASE NOTE:
For certain documents, other authorities at local, regional or federal level must carry out prior legalization.

For more information, please visit this link.

Before presenting your document at the counter of the Legalization service, make sure that your document is signed by a public officer:

  • either at the municipal level: by the mayor or an alderman or the registrar or a delegated official whose signature has been deposited with the SPF AE (ask the municipality);
  • either by a notary, etc;
  • or by an official of a public body whose signature has been deposited with the Legalization service.

Has your document been legalized by the Legalization service of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs? Then the embassy or consulate of the country where you want to use the document must carry out the last legalization: Addresses of foreign embassies and consulates in Belgium.

If the country where you want to use the document is linked to the Apostille Convention, then the Legalization service of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs affixes an apostille to the document in electronic format and then you can directly use the apostille document in the country of destination. E-apostille / e-legalization?
Since 01/05/2018:

  • apostilles are issued ONLY in electronic format;
  • legalizations can be issued on paper and in electronic format.

With a view to issuing apostilles and electronic legalizations, the Legalization service of the FPS Foreign Affairs has created the eLegalizationsite , which is only accessible for partner authorities (municipalities, notaries, SPF, chambers of commerce, etc.) but not for individuals.

  1. IF YOUR DOCUMENT MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH AN APOSTILLE:

  2. No paper apostilles have been issued since May 1, 2018. Apostilles are issued ONLY in electronic format.
    No DOCUMENT SIGNED BY A NOTARY and requiring an apostille (see the website of the Belgian Embassy in Tunis, search criteria section) can be presented at the counters or sent by mail to the Legalization service of the FPS Foreign Affairs. THE APPLICATION FOR AN APOSTILLE IS MADE DIRECTLY BY THE NOTARY VIA THE eLegalization SITE (see point 1 below).

    TWO procedures are possible to request the e-apostille
    The apostille request can be made directly by the document issuing authority at the request of the person concerned.

    The accredited partner (municipality, notary, etc.) submits the request from the eLegalization site, payment is made directly online and the link to the apostilled document is sent directly by e-mail to the applicant. The processing time for requests is fast (request processed within 24 hours) and does not incur any additional costs. The entire procedure is therefore done online and you do not have to go to the counters of the Legalization service of the FPS Foreign Affairs.
    More information on elegalization - About section.

    Ask at the counters of the legalization service: 27 rue des petits Carmes in 1000 Brussels from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Documents with LESS THAN 4 PAGES are processed directly. Documents with more than 4 pages must be submitted and are available the next day. Present the original document (no scan) at the counter of the Legalization service. The electronic apostille can be viewed and downloaded via the LegalWeb site using the number of the apostille and the date of issue.

  3. IF YOUR DOCUMENT MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH A LEGALIZATION:

  4. After the legalization of the FPS Foreign Affairs, the document will still have to be legalized by the embassy or consulate of the country of destination.
    So please check first whether the foreign embassy or foreign consulate accepts electronic legalization or not.

    If so, the document issuing authority (municipality, notary, etc.) can submit the request from the eLegalization site, as for the e-apostille, and you will receive the link to the legalized document by email.

    If not, you can always request legalization on paper by going to the counters of the Legalization service of the FPS Foreign Affairs : 27 rue des petits Carmes 1000 Brussels from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Present the original document (no scan) at the counter of the Legalization service.

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Is legalization done immediately?

  • The Embassy has contracted out TLScontact for its document legalization activities;
  • As soon as your legalization request has been processed by the consulate, you will receive an SMS and an email informing you that your documents are ready to be collected at the TLScontact centre. You can also contact the TLScontact call centre to find out the status of your request.

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Do you have to bring the document yourself?

No, anyone can bring the document. No proof of identity is required.

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How to pay for legalization or apostille?

For documents presented or deposited at the counters of the Legalization service:
For any legalization request, you must pay the legalization request file fees and service fees. Legalization fees are collected directly by TLScontact on behalf of the Consulate General of Belgium in Tunis and service fees are collected for the TLScontact procedure.

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Does the Legalization service translate documents?

No. Documents to be translated must be translated by a sworn translator.
The signature of the sworn translator will be legalized by the President of the Court of First Instance on which he depends and, then, the signature of the President of the Court will be legalized by the Legalization Service of the SPF Justice: 115 bd de Waterloo, 1000 Brussels; e-mail legal@just.fgov.be.
The translation and the original of the document will then be presented to our Legalization department to obtain either an apostille or a legalization.

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Does the Legalization service legalize diplomas issued in Belgium?

Yes, but they must be legalized beforehand by the competent body:

Wallonia-Brussels Federation:

The municipalities legalize the diplomas of primary and secondary schools of free, municipal and provincial education.
the Wallonia-Brussels Federation legalizes the diplomas of universities and colleges as well as the diplomas issued by the athenaeums.
For titles issued by primary and secondary education establishments organized by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
Cité Centre, 1 Boulevard du Jardin Botanique, 20-20 (1 st floor)
1000, Brussels
Tel .: 02 690 81 51
Fax: 02 690 80 35
E-mail: legalisation.oblig@cfwb.be.

Pour les titres délivrés par les établissements de promotion sociale organisés par la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles :

General Directorate of Non-compulsory Education and Scientific Research
1 Rue Adolphe Lavallée,
1080, Brussels
Tel .: 02 690 87 19
Fax: 02 690 87 32
E-mail: legalisation@eps.cfwb.be.

For titles issued by higher education establishments organized or subsidized by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation:

General Directorate of Non-compulsory Education and Scientific Research
1 Rue Adolphe Lavallée,
1080, Brussels
Tel .: 02 690 88 29
Fax: 02 690 88 40
E-mail: legalisation.sup@cfwb.be.

Vlaamse Gemeenschap :

1 B 01, Hendrik Consciencegebouw
15, Koning Albert II-laan
1210, Bruxelles
Tel .: 04 91 99 68 42

The Flemish Community legalizes all diplomas from Flemish education.

Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft:

1-5, Gospertstrasse
4700, Eupen
Tel .: 08 75 96 36 4

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Does the Legalization service legalize copies of passports or identity cards?

Copies of passports can be legalized.
If it is an identity card, the municipality or a notary can provide a certificate containing the elements of said document. This certificate can be legalized if necessary.
If it is a foreign travel or identity document, please contact the embassy of the country concerned. The certified copy of this document can then be legalized by the Legalization service of the FPS Foreign Affairs.

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How to make an appointment on the TLScontact site?

You will find detailed information about making an appointment on the TLScontact website here.

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What are the acts to be legalized?

Civil status certificates: is an act that is used to prove the civil status of a person. It can take the form of a birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.
Other acts: B3, transcripts

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Is translation compulsory?

Before filing your papers for legalization, you must do the translation if the document is in Arabic.

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Do I need a translator recognized by the Embassy?

When a document has been drawn up in Arabic, it must be presented together with a translation into French, Dutch or German. The translation must be done by a sworn translator. The Embassy will legalize the original document as well as its translation.
But if you need to translate your document, the Embassy of Belgium in tunis advises you to consult the portal of the Ministry of Justice-Tunisia, list of sworn interpreters.

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Where should I submit my documents to be legalized?

Legalization requests for the Belgian Embassy are now collected by TLScontact.
The address of the TLSConatct centre is: Centre TLScontact Leman centre, rue du lac Leman. Berges du lac 1, Tunis.

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Can a third party submit my request for legalization on my behalf?

Yes, it is possible that a third party submits the request for legalization in the place of the applicant, it is sufficient that he presents himself with an original letter of power of attorney, and present the original and a copy of his ID. The representative can in no case be a minor.

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How can I collect my legalized documents?

You can withdraw your legalized documents once you have received the notification on your TLScontact account and via email. Documents can be collected from the TLScontact Centre during public opening hours.

    Collecting documents in person:
    If you collect your documents in person, you must present the following documents:
  • The follow-up sheet for your “application checklist” legalization request;
  • The original of your identity card;
  • A copy of your identity card.
    Collection of documents by a third party:
    A third party can collect your documents on your behalf, they must present:
  • The follow-up sheet for your “application checklist” legalization request;
  • A copy of your identity card (applicant);
  • A copy of your identity card (applicant);
  • The original and a copy of their identity card (representative);
  • A copy of your identity card (applicant);
  • A letter of power of attorney (signed by the applicant).

Legalized documents which have not been retrieved from TLScontact for a period of 3 months after being transmitted by the consular authority will be returned to the consular authority.

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