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Prerequisites for the legalisation of official certificates in Ethiopia are not given. Hence, this Embassy has discontinued legalisations with the consent of the Federal Foreign Office since 31 March 2014. All interior and justice authorities of the Federal States of the Federal Republic of Germany have been notified accordingly.
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.

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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.

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