Document for use in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) first needs to be legalised by way of FCDO Apostille and then submitted to the Consulate of the UAE for further attestation.
The consular fees are £37 (AED150 + third-party transaction fees) for personal documents or £490 (AED2000 + third-party transaction fees) for commercial documents.
Court order in which a company is a Party to the process, the Consulate may charge £37 per document.
For commercial documents requiring further attestation by the London and Arab-British Chambers attestation, the fee is £556.40 per document including LCCI & ABCC fees.
***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 consular estimated processing time is likely to be 8-10 working days. It may take longer if further verification/approvals need to be carried out by the Consulate. Please note this is just an estimate and the Consulate does not provide any updates on when they will release the legalised documents until they complete the verification process.
The Consulate accepts submission and return of documents via postal service only.
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.
As of 11th December 2023 the legalisation of Powers of Attorney/Board Resolution, Authorisations of Agent, Affidavit and Consent Letters will be subject to verification by the UAE Consulate before legalising the document. The Consulate requires a cover letter from the signatory confirming they have signed the document in the presence of the UK notary public or solicitor and attaching a copy of their passport. The cover letter must contain the signatory personal email and telephone number and they should be well-informed about the Consulate contacting them for the verification process and a prompt response from them is anticipated. If more than one signatory, each one must provide the a cover letter with their signature matching with the signature on the passport and the document being legalised.
If the document relates to a foreign entity, the notary must state on their notarial certificate that the document was signed in their presence within the UK (which is the jurisdiction of the UAE Consulate in London), otherwise will be considered as a foreign document without connection with the UK and may be rejected by the Consulate. This is only applicable to documents such as Powers of Attorney, Board Resolution, Authorisations of Agent, Declarations, Agreements, etc (documents which are ink signed or electronically signed by the document holder/company directors).
FOREIGN EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
Documents originated from the UAE must be endorsed by the UAE Ministry for Foreign Affairs before submitting to the UAE Consulate in London for further legalisation.
Documents from the British Overseas Territories require to be Apostilled by the relevant Government of the Territory concerned before submitting to the UK FCDO for further Apostille legalisation and subsequently to the UAE Consulate.
Documents originated from the Crown Dependencies once Apostilled in the region of origin are accepted directly by the UAE Consulate for legalisation (no additional Apostille from the UK FCDO is required).
BUNDLING documents ARE NOT accepted by the Consulate in any circumstances. Each document MUST be certified and Apostilled separately, with exception of a Certificate of Incorporation with the Certificate of Incorporation on Change of Name in relation to the same company which are accepted bundled together.
Any foreign documents are usually not accepted. However, the Consulate may accept foreign documents depending on the type of document and under specific circumstances. In case of foreign documents, they must be:
Certificate of Origin, Invoice and Bill of Sale must be attested by the London and Arab Chambers of Commerce before submitting to the Consulate for further legalisation.
Method of payment: Online payment only.
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday to Friday. Submission and return of documents accepted via postal service only.
48 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 2QA
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