Here you will find information about how to legalize Ethiopian official documents for use in Norway.

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What is a legalisation?

Legalisation is a formality that is necessary for a document issued by foreign authorities to have legal effect in Norway. Foreign documents must be legalised by the authorities in the country which they were issued.

Legalisation does not prove the authenticity of a document or the truthfulness of its content.

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The standard legalisation process is as follows:

  • Original document is presented to a Notary Public
  • A copy of the document is certified by the Notary Public
  • Notarised document is legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia
  • Original document and certfied copy that has been legalised is presented for confirmation by the Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa

Please note that if the original document is in a different language than English, you will need to bring a translated version of the document in English. The translation must also be notarised and legalised.

The Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa is open for drop-ins on Tuesdays between 1 and 2 pm.

For your appointment you must bring the documents, as well as a valid ID document. If the passport is not Norwegian, a certified true copy must also be brought to the appointment. Legalisation will only be performed if all documentation meets the requirements outlined above.

If you are not able to present the documents for legalization yourself, you may authorize another person to do it for you. You must issue a power of attorney (Fullmakt) to this person, stating what the power of attorney concerns as well as the full name and date of birth of the person you are authorizing. At the appointment with the Embassy the authorized person must present the original power of attorney together with his/her original ID-document, as well as a certified copy of both your and his/her valid ID-document. 

If you are in Norway, you must go to your local police station and present your original ID and original power of attorney and request that they send the documents to the embassy electronically to