Legalisation of documents

Consular Services

Prerequisites for the legalisation of official certificates in Ethiopia are not given. Hence, the German Embassy in Addis Abeba does not legalize official certificate issued by Ethiopian authorities.

However, by means of legal and administrative cooperation, the Embassy can assist German authorities and courts by having certificates checked for the veracity of the facts certified and thus give German authorities support in their decision making. Whether a verification is required or not, is determined by the German authority or court where the certificate is to be used as evidence. Private individuals cannot request a verification of certificates.

No more legalisations

The Embassy has stopped legalisations of Ethiopian certificates on 31 March 2014.  Certificates which are presented to the Embassy from 1 April 2014 can no longer be legalised.   However, by means of legal and administrative cooperation, the Embassy can assist German authorities and courts by having certificates checked for the veracity of the facts certified and thus give German authorities support in their decision making.  Whether a verification is required or not is solely determined by the German authority or court where the certificate is to be used as evidence. Private individuals can not request verification of certificates.   Further information on verifications of documents can be found in our information sheet.

Information on the election to the German Bundestag for German citizens living abroad

The elections to the 19th German Bundestag will take place on Sunday, 24 September 2017. Please find more information in German on the Embassy’s German homepage.