Document for use in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) needs first to be legalised by way of FCDO Apostille and then submitted to the Consulate of the UAE for further attestation.
The consular fees are £35 (AED150 + third party transaction fees) for personal document or £450 (AED2000 + third party transaction fees) for commercial documents.
Court order in which a company is a Party, the Consulate may charge £35 per document.
**The fee shown on the UAE legalisation stamp is an estimate taken from the Google exchange rate every 1st day of each month and does not include third party transaction fees for international payments made to the UAE MoFA.**
The normal turnaround time is likely to be 2 working days.
***Due to COVID-19 pandemic exceptional circumstances only postal service for submission and return of documents is available and the UAE Consulate turnaround time is likely to be 6-8 working days from the date they receive the documentation for legalisation.***
Effective from 1st November 2021, all UK academic documents will no longer require to be verified by the UAE Cultural Attaché Equalization Department, therefore, the Legalisation Department of the Consulate can legalise them directly making the process slightly faster.
The UAE Consulate in London accept documents from the Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Jersey, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories, but they are required to be first legalised or attested by, either the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or Governors’ Offices of Jersey, Isle of Man and Guernsey, the Irish Ministry for Foreign Affairs or the Islandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, according to the region where the document is originated from.
For legalisation of educational certificates, the Notary must certify directly on the document for the FCDO Apostille to be affixed directly on the reverse page of the actual educational certificate. The notarial certificate can still be bundled in a separate sheet together with the educational certificate as long as the FCDO Apostille is not affixed to it.
FOREIGN EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
Documents from the UAE need to be endorsed by the UAE Ministry for Foreign Affairs before the UAE Consulate in London can legalise them.
Documents from the British Overseas Territories will require attestation by the Government of the Territory concerned prior to submitting to the UK FCDO for further Apostille legalisation.
Documents originated from Crown Dependencies can be legalised by the Consulate directly once Apostilled in the region of origin.
BUNDLING documents ARE NOT accepted by the Consulate in any circumstances. Each document MUST be certified and Apostilled separately, except Certificate of Incorporation and the Certificate of Incorporation on Change of Name in relation to the same company. These two are accepted bundled together under the same certification and Apostille and only one consular fee would apply.
Any foreign documents are usually not accepted. The Consulate may accept foreign documents depending on the type of document and under specific circumstances.
In case of foreign documents, they must be:
***Some foreign consulates/embassies in London would require the documents to be first attested by their Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country of origin before the London diplomatic body can legalise it.
Method of payment: Online card payment only.
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 13:00 (for submission only) Monday to Friday
30 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1PT
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