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 £465 (AED2000 + third party transaction fees) for commercial documents. The consulate fee in GBP varies according to the currency exchange rate and is updated every 1st day of each month.
Court documents in which a company is a party, the Consulate may charge £35 per document.
**the fee on the legalisation stamp is an estimate taken from Google exchange rate every 1st day of each month and does not include third party transaction fees for international payments to the UAE MoFA.**
The normal turnaround time is likely to be 2-4 working days.
***Due to COVID-19 pandemic exceptional circumstances only postal service submission is available and the UAE Consulate turnaround time is likely to be 7-10 working days from the date they receive the documentation for legalisation.
The UAE Consulate in London accept documents from 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 originated from.
For legalisation of educational certificates, the Notary must certify directly on the document for the FCDO Apostille to be attached on the reverse page of the actual educational certificate.
The notarial certificate can still be bound together with the educational certificate as long as the Apostille is attached to the educational certificate itself.
FOREIGN EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
Documents from the UAE need to be endorsed by the UAE Ministry for Foreign Affairs before the UAE Consulate in London could attest them.
Documents from British Overseas Territories will require attestation by the Government of the Territory concerned prior to submission for the FCDO legalisation.
Documents originated from Crown Dependencies can be legalised directly once Apostilled in the region of origin.
NO BUNDLED documents are accepted in any circumstances. Each document must be notarised and Apostilled separately, except Certificate of Incorporation and Certificate of Incorporation on Change of Name in relation to the same company. This is accepted bound together under the same notarial certificate and Apostille and one consular fee only would apply.
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 1) attested by the relevant diplomatic body of the country of origin of the document in the UK, 2) certified by UK solicitor or notary public, 3) Apostilled by the UK FCDO, then ready for submission to the UAE Consulate in London for further attestation.
***Some foreign consulates in London, before they can attest documents originated from their own country, would require for the documents to be attested by their Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country of origin before the London diplomatic body can legalise it.
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Opening hours: 9:00 am to 13:00 (for submission only) Monday to Friday
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